June 23, 2010

Red White Blue Outfits (plus skirt with shorts tutorial)

I saw this cute fabric at Joann's and knew I need it.  I was thinking shorts and even cut the pattern pieces, but as I was laying them on the fabric, my older daughter said "not SHORTS, we want SKIRTS" - huh?  Ask and you get, I guess.  I knew that the would actually wear it if they had a hand in the design process, so Skirt it was. 
 My only problem with skirts is that they are hard to play in - but lots of store-bought ones now have built-in shorts.  So that's what I did.  Normally I'd look up a how-to, but I was without internet all yesterday afternoon, so I had to wing it.  But that means I whipped together a tutorial for you - let's get started.
First I cut used a pair of shorts-under-skirt and traced around it on the fold of a T-shirt.  I was sure to put the bottom along the hem of the shirt so I didn't have to hem the shorts.  I normally don't like making shorts/pants via the tracing method because the crotch area always turns out a little wonky, but I figure this was under a skirt so it didn't matter.  You can see more about this method of making pants at SamsterMommy so I won't go into details.  So make the 2 pant legs and sew them together, but don't finish the top/waist.

Set that aside and make the skirt.  Cut a rectangle and sew on a ruffle.  My rectangle was 9x28in for my 3 year old and 11x28in for my 5 year old.
For the ruffle I thought it might flip up so I wanted the fabric on both sides.  I cut a strip of fabric 3 inches wide and folded it in half, wrong sides together.  I then sewed the raw edge to the bottom edge of the skirt using that fabulous Gathering Foot on my serger.  But you can gather it and sew it on the normal way too.
I thought it added just the right about of wow factor to the skirt:

After adding the ruffle, sew the rectangle into a tube by sewing the end edges right sides together.  Fold down the top edge 1/4 in and then 1/2 (or however wide your elastic is) - I serged instead of the 1/4 in.  But before you sew that casing (tube) for the elastic to run through, put the skirt, wrong side out, into the shorts which are wrong side out.  Here's a picture:

Then, slide the top edge of the shorts under the edge of the casing.  When you sew the casing, you will also be attaching the shorts to the skirt.  Hope that makes sense.  Thread elastic through and you're done.

Moving on to the shirt.  Here too I wanted the ruffle to have material on both sides.  So I sewed a tube of fabric and turned with my trusty turning tools.
Then I gathered the strip:
And pinned it to a $2 Old Navy tank top (that was one crazy sale!)
Then just sew along the gather stitching.  It brings the whole outfit together.

They turned out really cute.  For some reason I don't have a great shot of the girls just standing still showing off the outfit - oh well.  I wanted to take pictures when they were playing to emphasize that with the shorts underneath they are good to go and conquer all sorts of jungle gyms!

See the hem flipped up - but it's okay because the underside is fabric.  And here's the best posed shot of the outfit.
The fun just kept on going...


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

31 Fabulous Comments:

cute! I love the ruffles and the added shorts-perfect for playing.
p.s. thanks for linking up to my challenge this week.

Way cute and the fabric looks great!

Adorable! I need to get my hubby to put the air conditioner upstairs where my sewing machine is and I may lock myself away for the rest of the week! Actually, he has to fix my serger cord that my 4yo cut because it "bothered" her.
I added this to my favorites (with lots of your other projects already there) to come back to later when I get a spare minute!

Darling! I love that fabric!

Love the idea of adding the shorts under the skirt! And the ruffles on the tank are just too cute!

I'm a new follower of Welcome Wednesday follow, please follow me back.
Thanks, Mr. Monkey




link up at tomorrow!

Fabulous!! I am J!! I haven't seen that fabric at my Joanns.

So cute! I love the detail on the tops. And the girls are great models! Mine just runs around and all I can get is the back of her LOL

Adorable! Thanks for sharing!

These are soooo cute! Thanks for the info on how to attach the shorts, too. I've seen some skirts at the mall that I want to copy for 5-year-old, but she's not the kind of girl who can go without shorts underneath. I love the ruffle on the tank tops. It's adorable!

OK I totally want to make that tank for ME for the 4th! So cute!


Adorable! Can you make me a couple for my daughters! Ha! ;)

Very cute idea! I'll have to save this one for when I have little people at my house!

So cute!! I always love doing my daughters in matching outfits when they were younger. Now at 11 and 14 they are not into that anymore! LOL


Super cute set!! Wish my 16 year old would still fit into stuff like this!!! :)

SEW very adorable & thrifty as well! Congrats on being featured! -diane

Love them! You are a fav @PonyTails&FishScales...yay!


Okay -- these are just too darn cute! Do you think it'd be weird if I made one in my size too?? :) Thanks so much for sharing a CUTE project!

lovely creative and great upcycling ideas.
very good.

Thanks for linking it up at Fine Craft Guild DIY Linky Party.

Do join our next party again with a great tutorial. The party will open Wednesday and you can reach it from our homepage.


Your outfits are too cute. I'm working on some dresses for my girls too. I hope I can find time to get them done before the 4th. I'll be happy if they turn out half as cute as yours.

Adorable! Thanks for sharing! I'm visiting with sumo, hope you visit me too.

Love this... adorable!! I am working on a dress for me and my two nieces...

Lindsay @ A Design Story

How long was your ruffle piece? 3 x ?

great question Karol - I can't remember!! sorry I'm not more helpful!

How did you ensure that both waistbands fit together smoothly before sewing the casing? Is there stretching involved or did you measure beforehand?

since the shorts under are out of knit, they had a little stretch.

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