Sunday, January 30, 2011

It's time for the annual post, right?

Seriously...I am a good blog reader, but not a dedicated blogger. Perhaps if I took the time to document all of my creations I would feel that my posts would benefit other crafters. This next creation was a fluke. I had visions of this being a cute skirt and then making a fabric flower and attaching it to a pre-made shirt. What the skirt turned into is so cute! If only I had finished this hours ago, you would see pictures of a cute little girl wearing it. Maybe in days to come I'll add some! No promises. I am after all turning into an annual poster.

So if you're thinking...I could make that. You are right, you can! This was a skirt with an elastic waist that was entirely too long for my little monkey. I didn't want to cut the waistband and re-iron to make a new band. What I did took, but the results are cute! I took the  too long skirt cut a black rectangle of knit turned the sides in and pressed, though if you look at the inside I did not measure before I turned and it isn't "pretty." It is just knit and it's just for my little monkey so I just went with it. I decided to ruffle the top of the black panel so that it wasn't too wide. You can do this by setting your stitch length as long as it will go and your tension as high as it will go. This is an amazing little trick my dear friend taught me. I use it to ruffle everything. I have a ruffler, but don't know how to use the thing. The straps of this dress have non-roll elastic underneath red strips of knit. I wanted to keep that ruffle theme going. The straps cross in the back. The flower is a scrap ruffle left over from the bottom of the skirt. I made the red ruffle with the same technique mentioned above. So while this isn't a clear cut tutorial, the project itself is not to complicated.  Enjoy!