Friday, May 10, 2013
First you need to gather up your materials.
Have you ever noticed that little girls, particularly when they are young, have protruding tummies? It is for that reason I cut the lower portion of the t-shirt off so that the fabric falls loosely from above the tummy.
Cutting the tee will make the t-shirt dress look more like a dress and less like a t-shirt with a skirt sewn on the bottom of it. I know you hate to cut off a perfectly good t-shirt but it will be worth it and you will be able to use the bottom of the tee for a headband or braided bracelet. Trust me on this one.
I think I can safely say that all little girls like bright colors and playful prints.
My pleats are about 1 to 1 ½” wide and a ½” deep. Go ahead and pleat all around the top starting in the center and pleating toward the side seam. You be able to put in 3 or 4 and the 4th one might be a little skimpy but that's okay keep going.
This is sort of an aerial view of the pleats.
When you are finished pleating it will look like this.
Remember that little piece of stabilizer that we ironed in at the beginning of this tutorial? This is going to keep your knit shirt top from stretching when you sew around. Pretty awesome!
Now all that is left is the hem and you’re finished!
Edge stitch the end and the length of the tie. Sew as close to the edge as you can catching all the layers. You might want to pin it OR live dangerously like I do and match it as you sew along. Make a second tie – fold, press and sew.
At the underarm of the t-shirt side seam pin one of the ties. The ties will be toward the front which will seem wrong but it’s fine. It is hard to describe so look at the photo below and attach one of the ties.
Now fold the tie back on itself so that the ties are facing the back of the dress and tack it down with machine stitching about ½” from the side seam.
Also with regard to this t-shirt dress pattern...some mission groups prefer pillowcase dresses as they are easier to pack and take up less space. If you have questions about this contact your Ambassador. If you don't know who your ambassador is please go to www.DressAGirlAroundTheWorld.com to find a list of names.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Many people have asked me "what about little boys? Can we do something for little boys?" Well what about little boys? Don't get me wrong I LOVE seeing little girls in their new dresses but I also feel called to make shorts for the 'little boys in the background.' I cannot in good conscience ignore these little boys.
Let’s get started! First off you want to gather up your materials. So here is a list of what you will need to get started.
Basically I only want to have one large pattern piece rather than the usual two pieces so I pin the front and back pattern together at the side seam. Match the side seam up the best you can. As long as the top and bottom line up then you’re fine.
At this point you can use the tissue pattern OR you can trace the tissue pattern on another piece of paper OR you can trace this pattern on a piece of fabric and use that as a pattern. Fabric patterns are my favorite because you don’t have to use pins when you cut things out AND fabric patterns aren't attractive to cats. If you are making a paper or fabric pattern draw around the pattern piece with a fabric marker, and then put the tissue aside.
Take the pieces apart and you will have to legs. Fold each one in half right sides together, pin and sew the inseam.
I was going to say “let’s take a break and have a cup of tea” but we are so close to the end let’s just keep going and finish these up. All that is really left is the elastic.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
In addition to the school at Wounded Knee that I wrote about in my previous post we can send warm clothing to the National American Heritage Association.
Here is the address for National American Heritage Association to use if you wish to send warm winter dresses, leggings, hats, gloves and extras.
National American Heritage Association
12085 Quaal Rd
Black Hawk, SD 57718
Or if you you wish to send monetary donations use this address:
Native American Heritage Association
P.O. Box 512
Rapid City, SD 57709
The Warm Winter dress tutorial is in the September 2011 archive. Just scroll down the right side column to the Archive and click on 2011 and then September. Drop me a line if you need help finding it. DressAGirl@charlottesville.net.
This is a temperature chart for Pineridge, SD. As you can see the coldest months are November November through March. Brrrrr
Friday, October 19, 2012
Winter is creeping up on us again and my thoughts turn toward the Lakota children.
Wounded Knee District School
Manderson, SD 57756
To send a package by UPS/Fed Ex use this address:
Wounded Knee District School
101 Main St
Manderson, SD 57756