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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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.
-Crystal

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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