The Rainbow Dress
With Spring right around the corner, an idea for a rainbow dress entered my mind.
And not just any rainbow dress, but a soft A-line perfect-for-play dress! One made from upcycled t-shirts!
So I ran to the local thrift store and bought these:
A rainbow of bigger sized, mostly half-off tees!
I figured out that I wanted the dress portion (not including straps) to be about 25 inches. This will give my 5 year old some growing room. So each of my five colors needed to be about 5 inches plus seam allowance. So 5 1/4 inches for the top and bottom pieces, and 5 1/2 inches for the middle three pieces. I also cut the bottom purple piece at the bottom of the shirt to take advantage of the hem! [read: lazy! :)]
I wanted an opening in the back so I cut one of my top, pink pieces in half:
I serged the just cut edge and ironed it back an inch on each side:
Next I pinned one on top of the other to keep them together until after I sewed them:
Time to sew the layers into a rainbow! I serged each color onto the next. When I got to the top two layers of the back, I just serged across the bottom to create what will be the opening!
(Careful to do any pinning away from the serger blades!!)
Now I had a front:
and a back (complete with opening):
Time to cut out the dress! After folding my rainbow fabric in half, I used a dress that fit my daughter to cut the armholes:
And then made it A-line from there:
I used the back as a pattern for the front:
Now I had both front and back cut out. Next I cut 4 strips of 1 3/4 inches by about 18 inches out of another pale pink shirt (I could have used the same pink, but thought this might be cute!):
I ironed in the edges:
Then ironed it in half, to be like bias tape:
I then sewed this "bias tape" to the front top edge of the dress:
and to the back top edge, folding the edges over and sewing them at the opening:
Now I determined the length of strap I wanted and kept that much distance between my dress front and dress back while sewing the "bias tape" starting at one side and ending at the other:
After sewing the "bias tape" around the front armhole, I just sewed across the strap and down the other armhole:
I repeated for the other side and serged up the side seams to finish sewing the dress!
Since I have a snap press (I also make diapers!), I added some snaps to the back opening. Buttons also could have been used!
The perfect summer play dress for running:
and jumping! :)
The possibilities are endless! All pink, all purple, prints... So cute and comfy!!
I love the fun colors and snaps in this dress! Great idea to leave some growing room. I don't think reusing a hem is lazy; it's smart and time saving. :)ReplyDelete