DIY Babies: Zoeeden Designs

Hi all iCandy readers. I am Zoeope and I blog at Zoeeden Designs. I am glad to be here today!

I fell in love with sewing after I had my twin girls and I have been making their wardrobe since then. One of the most interesting things I find is how they specify colours, trims, designs to use in making their outfits for them!

One of my dresses: One shoulder bow dress.

I am so proud of people who decide to go down the adoption route.

I pray that God will strengthen the family and bless all their children.

I want to assume that a mother with a baby/infant do not have much time in their hands for other things apart from the baby hence fast and simple projects is desirable

I am going to be showing you a little tutorial on how to convert the basic top pattern for a girl into a flare dress or top with only one closure at the back.

This dress was made for a one year old princess!

1. Take a basic front and back pattern fro a top bodice in the size you require, place this on your folded fabric. Determine the extra length you require for your dress, e.g.

Total length needed is 13″. Length from shoulder to armhole is already 4″ all you need to add is extra 9″ to add to the pattern. Using a ruler draw a slant from the point where armhole ends down 9″

Measuring from the same line of the armhole keep marking the 9″ mark on the fabric until you get to the end. This gives you a slant curve (as in picture below)

Slant line and curve drawn. Note: The back pattern in picture is of various sizes so it looks bigger than fabric cut out. I traced out the correct size.
(Note: Different fabric but same procedure)
2. You now have your two fabric pieces if both cut on a fold. Join shoulder seams together
3. Turn the armhole in about 1/4″ and stitch down
4. Join the side seams.
5. Turn the hem under once and sew. (For this illustration I used a velvet fabric which meant there was no fraying involved. That’s why I just turn under once to sew the armhole, neckline and hem! Just like for a knit fabric.
6. I cut an opening at the back for easy wearing and taking off. Finish the edge using a piece of the fabric as in when sewing on a bias binding. then finish the neckline also by turning in once and sewing.
I then used a press stud snap popper for the back closure.
7. For decorative purposes only, I cut stripes of the fabric and sewed this on at the hem, I then pulled the ribbon through it and stitched down the ribbon all the way round the edge avoiding the belt loops.
Dress can be tied into a bow or in my own case I cut the extra ribbon off and just made a little flat bow in front.
I must say that since this dress is cut on a bias, the ribbon is completely straight so I had to iron it down to sit well round the dress. If it was a rectangular cut skirt or dress this ribbon trim will work better.
I made this white top below for my daughter. It turned out OK but next time I will make a flutter sleeve instead of a flared one like I did here.
So there you have it. A dress made in little or no time!
Visit my blog ZoeEden Designs to see a few more simple tutorials and other designs.
Thanks Auntie and Jen for having me. Wishing you the best in life.Thanks to all the readers for taking time out to read this post.