July 23, 2010

Apron Dress-Up Skirt

Samster Mommy Tutu Drive  Have you seen the blog Samster Mommy??  She is doing a great drive to provide hospitals with dress-ups for the kids.  How could I not whip up a few??  Click her button to find out more - her goal is 100 by the end of July, so you still have time to crank out a few this weekend and send them on their way.

I made 2 types of Apron Dress-Ups.  I went with the apron style instead of elastic because I thought some kids might be sick in bed and a apron would be easier to put on.  Anyways, I made the kind where you cut stripes and just tie them on to a sash.  No tutorial because there's nothing do it.  Here are my pics from that one:
Then if you caught my guest post on Fun to Craft you saw how I made the other two.  If you missed it, here ya go:

For you today I wanted to share a quick and easy sewing project - this would be a fun one for a beginning sewer, or even to teach a child to sew this summer to fill some of those "I'm bored" moments.
It's an Apron Dress-up Skirt - let's get started:
Cut a rectangle of fabric as the base.  Mine is that cheap satin - it's kind of hard to work with but has a fun sheen.  Cut it the size you'd like - anything will work.  Since this is just to play in, I serged around the 3 edges (leave the top) - you can hem it for a nicer finish.

Then you cut several pieces of tulle (the fine netting stuff) that are slightly longer and  about 6 -10 inches wider than your base fabric.  Once again, this is for dress-up, so I wan't aiming for perfection.
Sew all the tulle to the skirt at the top on the right side.  As you do this, kind of wrinkle up the tulle - this will give it some poof.  It's the lazy way to gather.  You can see in how I did it in the picture below:
I used my serger again, so I didn't need to finish that edge either.  But if you use a regular sewing machine, either wrap a ribbon or bias tape around the top edge, or turn it under, so it looks nice.

Then I cut 4 strips of tulle, layered them 2 and 2, and sewed each to a side of the waist of the apron.  I zigzagged it on for additional strength.

That's it - sewing can be quick and easy!  I enjoy how it ties in the back, for easy in-and-out dressing up.
I made another Dress-Up Apron using a tie-on strip method and my model wanted to wear that one as a veil - I guess that's the fun of dressing up!


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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 +

6 Fabulous Comments:

Ah! I wish I would have seen this sooner! We are leaving for vacation and I have no time! That would have been a great deal of fun to do!

You've got a great name! :) I found you through The Girl Creative and now I'm a follower. I'm excited to read more!

Those are so sweet and you are so sweet for making them.

That is so cute!! What little wouldn't just love that, great idea!!

This is way cute. I think this would make such a cute present.

I would love for you to come and link this up at my Christmas in July linky party.

Hope to see you soon.

PS found your blog recently AND I pretty much love it. Your play room is outta control wonderful.

Just Another Day in Paradise

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