Pinafore Summer Dress

I made this cute little pinafore summer dress the other day and now I am wondering why I haven’t made one of these dresses before? They are quicker and easier to make then a peasant dress. This is a great little starter dress or the perfect dress to make when you need a quick gift.

I made this one in about 30 minutes along with some matching bloomers.

I added two button holes on each strap to allow for more growth.
I used a pattern to make mine, but if you are looking for a free tutorial Smashed Peas and Carrots has a great one here.

Girly-Twirly Dresses

I had a lot of little girls to make Christmas gifts for, 12 to be exact. So I decided to make them all the same dresses to make it easier for me. I bought The Twirl Skirt Pattern from Lil Blue Boo and copied her A Party Dress Tutorial. Instead of using cotton fabric for the twirl skirt I used ruffle fabric.
As you can see in the picture below, the ruffle fabric goes in all different directions when cutting it into a circle skirt. I think it adds to the girly-twirlyness of them. Yes they are so sweet and I’m pretty sure that I just made up a word there…girly-twirlyness!

I bought most of my tee-shirts from Walmart or Old Navy. I find they have the best selection of plain tees that can be embellished. And they are very reasonable in cost.
Some of the dresses I added flowers to them, while some I left plain.
I even used a few other fabrics that I had on hand to make each one unique and one of their own.
It was fun making so many different dresses with so many different colors.
I just wish one of these girly-twirly dresses would look as cute on me as they do all those little girls that they went to.

toddler dress turned momma apron {part 2}

Remember the toddler dress that I refashioned into this mommas apron? Well, I finally finished the matching apron for my niece using the leftover fabric from that one toddler dress.

As you can see I had to use more solid fabric then fabric from the dress, but nonetheless I think it is adorable and I still used less than a yard of fabric to make both aprons.

The flowered strip around the waist and on the bottom of the apron are the leftover ties from the dress. And the little pockets are actually the sleeves from the dress.
I just love the way the two of them look together.

I used up every little bit of fabric that was leftover from that toddler dress. I think I definitely got my moneys worth, not to mention made a pretty cute matching apron set for my sister-in-law and little niece.
After making these, I totally look at little girl’s dresses in a whole new light. I never new refashioning could be so fun!

Toddler dress turned momma apron (refashioning)

I was at the local thrift store a few days ago and saw the cutest toddler dresses (tags still on them) for major CHEAPO, we are talking 3 dresses for 50 cents! What a steal! Not able to pass them up I thought I could either give them to my nieces or save them til my girls got bigger. But when I got home and with further inspection I realized just how much fabric there was on that toddler dress. So I quickly realized that these would make the best aprons for… us mommas or really, any adult!

I really wish I would have taken before pictures but I didn’t. Both dresses were size 4 or 5 toddler. One buttoned up the front and one button up the back. I simply cut high on the waist, both dresses just happened to empire style dresses, so they had the high waist, giving them a longer apron. Then I just simply did what I did in this tutorial for the baby dress turned toddler apron here.

All I added was the red tie on the top for the waist and the bottom red ruffle. The toddler dress already had the layer of gingham and some ric rac. I think that is what I love most about this apron. It has a few different layers and little embroidered flowers on the gingham. I used white thread when top stitching on the red fabric and just love how it looks. This one is going to my sister in law that has a sage green and red kitchen. I even have enough scraps left over from the dress to make my niece a little matching apron.

Here is the other dress, turned momma apron… this momma’s apron, maybe? I’m having a hard time wanting to part with this one. I just LOVE it. I don’t know what it is about this one, I just wanna keep it for ME! On this apron all I did was make the tie on the top using 1 fat quarter. I didn’t add anything else, I just thought it was simply perfect as it was.

I still cannot believe how perfectly the tie and the dress match. You never would have known it was a dress to begin with.

So, is it bad if I keep it for myself? Would ya think any different of me?

So there you go another quick and easy gift. Or a great way to use up your little ones outgrown dresses.