DIY Romper Time!

I decided it was time for the classic romper tutorial to come out.  I decided to make my first one with a free pattern of dinosaurs for my little cute nephew for his first birthday!  Now the size is 2-3t since he is not so little.  But you can easily adjust the pattern to your little ones size, just size it up with one of your little one (or big ones) outfit and adjust!  Easy Peazy!

Here are the parts of the free pattern..this is a 2-3t however just hold up a onesie or romper to the pattern and adjust for smaller or larger!

Also see the photo with the pieces cut out or the tutorial to see how they go together if you can’t tell!

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2. TopBody

3. BodyMain

4. BottomMain

And here is the link to the youtube tutorial as always!

 

Here is the written one besides what is written on the tutorial:

What you need:

  1. Fabric choice 1-2 yards depending on size. I used flannel fabric
  2. If you want an alternate color/fabric for for neckline and bottom (a stretcher fabric is best)
  3. Snaps/buttons/or velcro depending on what you want to use

Steps:

  1. Cut out fabric pieces as written out on the pieces.
  2. Take one main body piece and find the center by folding in half and one neckline piece (and fold it in half and mark the middle) and place pattern facing
    pattern and stretch and sew. Look at the pictures below to see how you need to stretch it and sew (it is not easy if you are a beginner but it just takes practice! Also, if the neckline is a stretchy fabric it is much easier)
  3. Line center to center

     

  4. This is the end result, do for both main pieces
  5. Turn to the backside of the main body piece and fold up and iron the seam line as shown below.  Then fold the top down and iron to make it easier to sew and pin.
  6. Turn it right side and either change pins to the front or be careful and take pins out as you sew bottom of collar
  7. Sew both necklines like this then we will create an envelope neckline.
  8. You are going to line up your front and  back body piece with finished necklines and measure from the top of each side 1 to2 in down and this is where the top of one side touches the other side and you pin together (this may not be true if you need a bigger opening or smaller based on head size, adjust opening based on head size). Pin this on both sides
  9. Fold sleeve piece in half and line up middle of sleeve piece (the curved part facing outwards as shown) and where the collar intersects with pattern facing
    down and stretch and pin (see pics)
  10. Then sew using a zig zag stitch (which keeps it strong).  Do this for both sides and it will look like…

I then added double sided bias tape, for convenience and time saving, to the outside of the sleeve edge.

19. Body pieces and sleeve pattern facing pattern, pin around sleeve and down straight to bottom again I used the zig zag stitch. Then I trimmed the sides. Then you can iron it out.

20. Turn your project to the backside and take your football piece and fold in half and line up middle of football with middle of opening pattern facing pattern, pin middle and stretch and pin around then sew.  Make sure the front piece is pushed out of the way (you don’t want to sew it shut! Just sew onto the back piece

 

21. Take two of your leg banding strips and line up pattern facing pattern and sew the outside 1/8th straight stitch and then do this for the other two as well and turn right side out and iron.

22. The binding piece ends up in the inside and it is used for the buttons or snaps (you can alternatively use fusible interface)

23. Next take your one banding piece and line it up with the front bottom with the fold on the inside and then stretch and sew (see video if this is too confusing!) You pin the outside and sew 1/8th zig zag around

24. Now you will sew 1/4 inch around (the white part as shown will now be in the inside after you do step 23.

25. Next (phew we are getting there- keep going!) is the back banding strip, Same method for the back piece, except you just sew the one time and not the second sew around as in setp 24 because of the flap (you will see what I mean after you do the first sew.

26. I hemmed the bottom leg openings and then did my snap buttons using the hammer method!  I used thick material for the banding which I regret (also that it was not stretchy!) I had to use bigger than normal snaps to get it through the fabric!

Congrats you did it!  Let’s see some pics!

 

 

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Summer Bee Dress

Cecelia’s Summer Bee Dress

This lovely summer spaghetti strap dress was suppose to be made in time for my sister in laws baby shower in June.  However, I was unable to finish it due to my water breaking early and being hospitalized.  I finally finished it and love how it turned out!  I free handed the design and sizing.  I meant for it to end up as a 2t size, but as you can see it’s a bit big!  This works out great since its winter and not summertime!  She can wear it this upcoming summer.  I can’t wait for the warm spring and summer to come!  Bulbs and flowers emerging and gardening time, but let’s get back on track.

As always there is a youtube tutorial and this written one.  I do not have a pattern as a freehanded it and designed the pattern myself as I went.  I used one of my Cece’s dresses to size it and make part of the pattern to guess the sizing.

Unfortunately, a lot of the video tutorial was accidentally videotaped over with my baby boys arrival home (sorry more important anyways!).  So I videotaped again trying to explain the best I could.  If you have questions please let me know!  More great videos to come soon!

What you need:

  • Chose of fabric colors and types (I chose three colors
  • 1/4 inch elastic (for gathering of the top of back of the dress)
  • Bias tape (or you can make your own like I did)
  1.  First you want to cut out your fabric pieces.  I looked at another dress I have for my little one and based the main front and back piece by measuring and estimating the sizing.  Then I cut the bottom piece I needed which ended up being about 40inches long and 4 inches wide (for the ruffle on the bottom). I ended up added another color (black) on the two sides of the dress.  Then I also cut out fabric to make bias tape (here is a good tutorial on making bias tape if you’ve never made it before..BIAS TAPE TUTORIAL. )
  2. Take your strap (black piece) and sew it to the top piece and bottom piece.  Pattern piece to pattern piece (facing each other) sew the bottom to the strap
    then the top.
  3. I made my own bias tape by cutting and ironing the fabric.  Then you proceed to use it to line the top of the dress (sew it on!). Then sew up the armholes and long to tie…estimate how long you want the straps to be to tie behind the neck (longer the better!)
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  5. Take the back side and sew two black (or whatever color you choose) by sewing
    facing pattern sides together
  6. I decided to add a small piece of fabric above the black strap to make it higher .  If you want, sew and connect.  Then place from and back piece facing each other and sew to connect from and back.
  7. Add elastic to back piece if you want it ruched and tighter.
  8. The last part is the bottom ruffled part.
  9. Hem the bottom first about 1/8inch
  10. To gather your fabric put your machine on the longest thread setting make two
    straight lines (Do not reverse!). Roughly 1/4 and 1/8 inch away from the top.
    Leave long threads on the ends.
  11. Next you knot the bottom of the back side of the threads so you can gather, just the two in the back (not the front).
  12. Pull the bottom threads from the other end and slide the cloth along the threads toward your knot making small folds. When your cloth has been
    gathered the way you want it, knot the ends securely with each other.
  13. Sew pattern side to pattern side all the way around.  Then you can zig zag around (or you can zig zag before attaching (this prevents fraying).
  14. Then you are finished! Great Job!  Have fun! Post your pics!
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Hooded Dress (Christmas Theme)

So I didn’t want the same old fancy dresses for Christmas that take FOREVER to make and are uncomfortable.  Therefore, I strolled around the fabric store looking for inspiration.  A tan plaid red and green pattern caught my eye.  For some time I have wanted to make a plaid dress for my little one, but haven’t found the right fit.  However, today, I thought to myself, “How about a comfy hooded dress in plaid?”  And so, the Christmas Plaid dress was born!!!

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I designed the dress myself, so be patient with the video since sometimes I change my mind after completing part of the dress.  Oh, you’ll see what I mean when you watch it!  As always, there is a youtube video tutorial and a written and picture form.  The dress pattern is listed below and is a sketch I made of it.  There are several sizes on there, but you can always adjust it by measuring your little one or making it bigger or smaller by moving the lines.

 

What you will need:

  1. The pattern found here–> dress.jpg
  2. Fabric (around 1 yard)
  3. Thread
  4. Sewing machine and scissors
  5. Optional: ribbon, bias tape, buttons, felt, any other decorations, Velcro for hood

 

Lets get started!

  1. Print the pattern and cut out the right size (note: make sure it is the right size for your little one by measuring)
  2. Cut your fabric patterns out as instructed (decide if you want a hood and if you want it detachable.  Also decide if you want long sleeves or no sleeves)
  3. You can serge or zigzag stitch around all the pieces of fabric to prevent fraying. IMG_3287
  4. After zigzaging or serging, sew the top part of the pocket on the main pocket
    parts
  5. If you want a button on your pocket sew them on now before you attach it
  6. Next, make sure you align your pockets on the dress front by measuring in from the sides and from the top and bottom to get them as even as possible.
  7. You can either fold your pocket edges and sew either a straight or zigzag stitch around the pocket leaving the top open, or you can just stitch around it as I have done since I liked the look for the plaid dress.
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  9. For the hood, have the pattern facing each other on the inside and sew the rounded edge!
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  11. Flip right side out and hem or add bias tape to outside
  12. You can sew your hood on fabric pattern facing fabric pattern and sew across and flip right side out, or you can use buttons or velco. You will need to either make button holes or put velcro on the back of the dress to hold the hood.  I used iron on velco.  Note**If you are sewing it on wait until after you sew the front to back**
  13. The front collar of the dress needs to be hemmed or sew bias tape on it
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  15. Next, is to sew the front to back of the dress.  If you want the top of the dress to be velcro as well, you can have a jumper (but you wouldn’t have sleeves so skip the sleeve part).
  16. To sew it together, turn patterns facing each other and sew . Also line up sides and pin and sew down underneath the sleeve opening. Then turn right side out.
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  18. If you are not doing sleeves, you want to hem or use bias tape on the sleeve holes after sewing down the side. If you are not doing sleeves then hem or use bias tape around the bottom and you are all done!
  19. If you are doing sleeves, turn pattern facing pattern and sew.  Then turn right side out.
  20. Sew the sleeve sides together by facing pattern side to pattern inside. Do not sew the curved part as pointed to in the picture below. Then turn right side out
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  22. Turn your body of the dress inside out. Have your sleeve right side out.  Place your sleeve inside the body with the curved open part lining up with the
    armhole.  Sew around.
  23. Snapshot 5 (11-17-2015 7-57 PM)
  24. This picture shows that you want the sleeve facing downward inside the body of the dress.  the larger end to the hole and the smaller end (where the hand comes out) facing downwards.
  25. You can hem or use bias tape on cuffs of sleeves and bottom of dress.  Then add any embellishments you want and wah-la you are done!IMG_3446
  26. Congrats! Feel free to post your pics below!
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1st birthday dress!

I wanted that special 1st birthday dress, but not that especially high price that comes with most of them!  So once again, I searched pinterest, etsy, and other sites to find ideas.  I ended up combining ideas, as well as making up my own, to design with the dress I created. The theme was rubber duckies for her party.  Therefore, I wanted to incorporate duckies as well as other birthday fabrics.  I went to the store and examined numerous fabrics, buying  a yard of my favorites!  The extra fabric I ended up using to create the crowns!

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I purchased the iron on birthday 1 and ducky from etsy.  The number is even personalized with her name!  I also bought the duck buttons from the store.  I used white hair bands that I cut to make the loop holes for the buttons on the top of the shoulders.

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So how did I make this dress?  Well that’s a secret! But I can give you some hints.  If you are truly interested in a dress like this you can private message me or come back and look for my future etsy link!

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The skirt of course took the longest because of the detail.  I added yellow ribbon in between the rows as well.

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Then I added the cute duck to the back of the dress.  Personally, this dress could be used as a 2 in 1 dress because the back is also so cute!  However, the 1 in the front personalized this as a 1st birthday dress.

 

IMG_2457Well check out the other tutorials, as well as the 1st birthday party theme page for more ideas! Feel free to share pictures of your little one’s first birthday dress!

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Peasant dress tutorial!

Peasant dresses are perfect for any age!  The elastic on the top and through the sleeves allows the dress to fit for much longer than most clothes.  There are also many ways to customize the peasant dress.

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I love the dress because it’s easy to put on my little one. It stretches right over her head and I dont have to deal with the fuss and fight that sometimes comes with putting on onesies.  Also, at home I use cloth diapers and it’s easy to just throw the dress on and she just needs the diaper underneath!  Of course I do this with regular diapers as well, but it looks so cute with the colored cloth diapers!  She seems to really enjoy the fabric too!  She enjoys playing with the design and discovering her feet and how the two things she is learning are her feet can kick the lace :op

So, lets get started…

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Here is the free pattern for sizes 4-10months (it stretches).  If you want a bigger or smaller size you can scale it down or hold the pieces up to one of your child’s dresses and adjust the sizing

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Below are the four components- don’t forget set printer option to print to actual size.

Here is the youtube tutorial for you to follow:

 

 

Or you can follow below:

  1. Print out the pattern and trace and cut as directed.  If using a pattern on the fabric make sure it is all going in the correct directions.
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  3. Line up one body piece with pattern facing up to one sleeve with pattern facing down.  Pin and sew.  Do the same for the other sleeve.
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  5. Next you want to take the other side of the sleeve and line it up with the other body piece.  Put pattern side to pattern side so it fits. Sew both sleeves.  Now you should have looking like this:
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  7. If you want to zigzag stitch on all edges to prevent fraying when washing, now is the time.  If you have a serger, by all means use that now. This is not required but is helpful to prevent fraying.  See the video for more information on zigzag stitches.
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  9. Next you want to form the pockets for the elastic for the sleeve and necklines.  I am using 1/2 inch elastic and folding the fabric edges about an inch in.  If using 1/4 elastic then you can fold in 1/2 inch.  I also press to make it much easier to sew.  See picture below.
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  11. Now you want to sew the bottom part of the sleeves down the long side but leave the small edge sides open for the elastic.  Then sew the neckline leaving 1 inch or so open.  Usually I do this towards one of the seems so its not as noticeable when you close it. This will be to put the elastic in.  So sew all the way around leaving a one inch opening.  Remember to backstitch.
  12. Next, use a safety pin and pin the end of the elastic.  Put the pin through the opening at the end of the sleeve and pull through.  Bunch the fabric over the safety pin and pull the elastic through.  When to the end you want to adjust the bunching to the appropriate size for your little one’s arm.  Then sew the ends of the elastic to the fabric then cut the extra elastic.  Do not cut before sewing or you may lose your elastic.
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  14. Now do the neckline.  Find your hole and pull elastic through.  Then adjust to appropriate size (which you can measure your muchkins neckline).  Then I cut the elastic holding it carefully and put a quick stitch in the two elastic pieces by stretching it outside the fabric area.  Then I let that go back into the fabric and stitch the hole shut.  You can also sew the elastic on the two sides of the opening on the holes (which may be easier).
  15. Now you should have your elastic all completed!  We are almost there.
  16. Next, you want to sew both sides of the dress closed.  to do this, put your dress inside out and pin sides together starting at bottom of the sleeves.  I usually do a zigzag stitch down the outside then a straight stitch on the inner side of the fabric.  This makes it stronger.  Do this for both sides making sure you sew the bottom of the end of the sleeve.
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  18. Now you should have both sides completed.  What’s left you say?  The bottom of course!  So decide if you want a plain hemline or lace. You can hem and then lace as well.
  19. So either hem, or continue and take your lace and line it up on the outside.  I have zigzag stitched the bottom already in a previous step to prevent fraying  If you have not done so, I suggest you do this or hem the bottom before adding the lace.
  20. Line up the lace on the bottom and pin.  Sew it and WaaaLa!  You are done!  Congrats!
  21. Optional is adding buttons or a bow!
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  23. Stay tuned for the hat tutorial!
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