Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shanty Onesie Dress

Hey guys!!

So you non-sewing gals are going to have to bear with me for a bit.  My sewing itch has returned with the addition of my new little girl... Sorry!  There are many takes on the "onesie dress" out there.  I always try to do my takes the cheapest, fastest and easiest so I wanted to share my version :)

I start with a onesie.  I like getting mine at Walmart for $2... Can't beat that!!  Being that it is still 100 degrees here in Texas I decided to use a short-sleeved onesie for mine.



Next you will need a strip of fabric.  I made my skirt 12" long so I only needed 1/3 yard which I got at 30% off so it was just around $1... Whoop!


I use my serger on the next step.  For you ladies sewing with just a machine, you need to ask the hubs for a serger for Christmas... They are a must!  I added a rolled hem to both the top and bottom of the fabric piece.



My next step was to ruffle one end of my fabric.  I used my ruffler foot on my sewing machine to quickly add a perfect ruffle.



Here she is in action...



Here is my ruffle... (15 seconds later)




My next step was to draw a line with pencil on the onesie where I wanted to attach the skirt.


Then, I opened the bottom of the onesie and pulled it on my machine.




Put the line of your ruffle straight on the pencil line and use a small zig zag stitch all the way around.  I left a bit of allowance on the beginning of my fabric piece to attach it to the other end in my next step.


Once you have made it almost all the way around pull off your onesie.  I flipped the skirt up and attached my two fabric ends together with good sides facing each other.  I then used a simple straight stictch to attach the fabric ends.



Then, I flipped the skirt back and attached the remaining couple of inches to the dress using the same zig zag stitch as earlier.

My final step was to add a little bow.  I love using grosgrain because you can fray check it with a lighter and it washes well in the wash. 



 I made a simple bow using my Schiff grosgrain I purchased from our favorite ribbon supply company...


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I made my bow and used my machine to attach it to the top of the dress.


That's it.... 20 minutes and less than $4 later I have a super cute little dress for my little lady!



Here she is sporting another one I made her over the weekend...



Can you tell by her expression how much she loves it?? :)

And here is another one I made using tulle to make a tutu onesie doing the exact same steps!



Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Make sure to go check out the great products over at Ribbon Retreat!!  Happy Friday!!

~Whitney

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26 comments:

Tara said...

The picture of her in the tutu is ADORABLE!! What a cool idea!

Shelly said...

I love it! She looks so precious in her new dresses!

Shelly said...

I love it! She looks fabulous in her new dresses!

Kara said...

These are so cute and I am so "stealing" these tutes!!! LOVE! That baby girl is so precious :)

Kara @ Mine for the Making

Stephanie said...

I don't know what is more adorable, the baby or your dresses! I just wanted to thank you for sharing about the ruffler back in December when you made your tree skirt. I bought one right away and I just love it! It is better than I thought it could ever be, and thanks to you I get to make pretty things in no time at all.

Tere said...

How adorable as is the baby! Come link up to my party and show off your awesomeness!

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Kristie Clower said...

sweet baby! why did you have to post such cute pics?! Now I want another.
Super cute, keep all the great work.

Shirley said...

Aw, your baby is absolutely beautiful! I am hoping hoping hoping the next baby is a girl so I can make bows and dresses for her. And of course coming here for the great ideas. ;)

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Your little girl is so precious and those dresses are adorable!!! Love & blessings from NC!

Gabby said...

Great tutorial! It's so funny because I was thinking about asking my hubby for a serger for Christmas.

Knudsen's said...

OH my gosh! You're little peanut is so cute! I miss the new baby smells, squeaks, and yawns. Enjoy all that new baby-ness. She's adorable.

Design A-Peele said...

absolutely precious. love it!

allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com said...

just gorgeous! Was working on one of these the other day, but it was a big craft fail for me! (It happens!) THanks for sharing your great tips and tricks! The tutu is precious! going to have to make many of these for my new niece who was born yesterday!!! (and looking online to buy a ruffler foot now!)
Thanks and Happy Friday!

Bobbie said...

I featured this adorable onesie on my blog this morning. you can find it http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com/2010/09/no-friend-friday.html. thanks for sharing

3LittleByrds said...

Oh my she is just too sweet. I love her new dresses. You're so talented. I need to take sewing lessons from you. I wish I knew how. My mom use to sew all the time for me when I was little then she stopped when my sister came along. Now that we're here in TX and they're in Fla. it's kinda hard to learn from her.

Blessed Mommy of 2 said...

She is ADORABLE! =) Precious little dresses and tutu as well. ;-)

lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

aw, so precious! I'm expecting another little girl in six weeks and it's got my sewing machine pedal foot itching. I have recently aquired a ruffle foot myself, and I'm borderline delirious with excitement over the idea of how many ruffles I can put on how many things now that it takes so little time. Eee! Ruffles! Baby girls! I think I have a cavity.

Krista said...

LOVE these ideas! Thanks for sharing. I want to make a tutu one for my daughter :)

Lena7771 said...

I love love love these!!! If we ever have a baby girl, I am going to have to give this a try!! Too cute!!!

lise said...

Simply adorable - please show us the blue cabinet the dress is hanging from!

Claire said...

My favorite is the blue tutu onesie-cutest thing I've ever seen-the baby first, then the dress! Congrats-
claire at rosegirls3.blogspot.com

Marthe Bishop-McDonald said...

I love it! Oh how I miss wittle ones. Sigh. My baby is a boy and he's 5 now. My twin girls are 8. No more glow worms. Triple sigh. I guess I can do this for my friends with the wee wittle ones then.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

So sweet - love the tutus! Do you make the headbands, too?

Life in Rehab said...

Oh, she's just delectable, and you look like you're having too much fun making little dainties for her.

Melody said...

That's super neat! I don't have a baby, but now I want to make these for baby showers!

Brandy said...

toooooo! cute, i can't wait to try this out!

 
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