Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Have you ever had a random idea that turns out better than things you planned & planned like crazy? This was one of those ideas for me. Serena had so many cute little outfits from last summer that were outgrown, but I really wished she could still wear. I've been known to go all chop-shop on stuff to make it last longer so I decided I'd do that with a few of those. Today's project is my favorite one.
We started with this bubble romper. I loved the cotton flower overlay over the onesie part. It was definitely too short for her to wear anymore, so I flipped up the dress part and cut as close to the top as I could:
And trimmed up that raw edge with pinking shears so it wouldn't look like a mess or get stringy:
Then a grabbed a pair of bloomers that did fit and measured about an inch & a half up from the waist and cut again, so I'd have enough fabric to fold into a casing.
I made the waistband casing and snaked a piece of 1/2 inch elastic through and finished stitching it up
Now I had a cute pair of stretchy bloomers and a little tank top:
But the dress part was split up the back by design so it was more of a kerchief style top now, so I thought why not go one step further on the cuteness scale? I pulled apart of few silk flowers I had (that were perfect color matches too!) and then hand sewed those onto the bloomers using yellow embroidery floss. I made french knots so they would stay on really well and the centers of the flowers would look pretty:
I am seriously in love with this outfit now. It's perfect for those crazy hot days we've been having.
I also love how the bloomers snap open, so it's easy to change diapers. And it is a perfect fit over her cloth diapers too (unlike the incredibly tiny pants the stores sell with little dresses).
2 summers of wear, originally cost $6.99 and now is cuter than ever. LOVE!
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