Here in the Midwest we have FINALLY thawed out from this cold winter. As of right now, we have no snow on the ground and it was 63 degrees today – hooray!! I don’t mind the beginning of winter, but after months and months, it is so nice to finally be able to play outside with my girls.
Today I had a little nap-time project that I’ve been wanting to accomplish and I finally got around to it and thought I would share it with all of you. Several months back my Mom sent me this skirt that she picked up at Goodwill:
My Mom saw this skirt and loved the fabric (she and I have similar taste). This skirt is way too big for me, but she knew that I had been really into “upcycling” things lately so she thought I could use the yardage for something. When I got this skirt in the mail, I was in love with the fabric – gorgeous, bright, and cheery!! I instantly new this had to be made into a dress for my oldest daughter, Savannah Rose.
So in less than 30 minutes during nap-time this is what I came up with –
A cute spring/summer dress for my sweet Savannah Rose. I took in about 8-10 inches on each side of the skirt to make it fit my daughters chest measurement (21 inches). No hemming was required because the hem was already in place. I folded over the waistband about two inches on the top in order to get the desired length. I decided to leave it longer for now so it will grow with my daughter.
The side of the skirt had a zipper closure, but I just decided to use that as the back of the dress. How easy was that? I didn’t even have to put in a zipper!! I did two additional tucks/darts in the back of the dress (about two inches from the zipper on either side), that way as my daughter grows, I can easily seam rip the darts out (which are just sewn at the top) and the chest size will expand.
I used two pieces of polka-dot bias tape for the straps and simply sewed them into place.
For the front detail I sewed two fabric yo-yo’s in coordinating fabrics layered on top of one another and stitched them together.
I then covered a button with fabric, using additional yardage from the skirt and stitched it on top of the two yo-yo’s. I think I may be addicted to yo-yo’s – they are so cute and add vintage charm to just about anything!
Cottage Mama’s Note: If you would like any further explanation on how this dress came together, feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email and I can answer any questions you may have.