What do you do when something turns out well? Make three more of course! Altogether, I made four little outfits of the same design for Fuzz and her three little friends. They had pictures on Sunday by Marci, and I'll post one when I get them back. Somehow, I managed to make four tops without remembering to take pictures from the beginning, but I did take pictures of the shorts. Here's the end result:
Fabric Envy. The pink is pomegranate by moda (I think, I got it from Joann's), yellow is Bella solids in 30's yellow by moda and blue is kona solids in lagoon. I was impressed by the quality of all of the fabrics.
Today I'm just going to attempt to explain the shorts. Make sure the directions make sense to you when you're making them. Leave a comment if you have any questions.
(Bear with me, I'm new at this)
Less than 1/2 yard 44" wide woven fabric
1" single fold bias tape (or 1/2" double fold ironed open)
Elastic for waistband (I used 1/2")
Note: I used a 3/8" seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
Optional pre-step: make your own bias tape. I used this tutorial from made and another one I can't find now. It was much easier than I thought it would be! Plus, the quality of the bias tape was (way) better than the store-bought stuff.
1. Here's the pattern I made: Shorts front, shorts back 1 and shorts back 2. I wasn't sure how to share the scanned pattern. Please let me know if it worked or any suggestions you have to make it easier. It's basically 12-18 month size, but cut generously so the shorts are extra poofy. Because baby girls need extra poofy shorts. Size up or down using bloomers you like the fit of. Cut two fronts and two backs.
2. Pin and sew the fronts to the backs at inseams (A to AA), right sides together. Press seam open. (No picture, you can figure that out.)
3. Pin and sew crotch, matching front to front and back to back (B to B and BB to BB). Trim seam at curviest part of crotch.
|(Ignore the bias tape around the leg openings for now.)|
5. Open up the single fold bias tape and pin the right side of the bias tape to the right side of the leg openings (D). When you get all the way around the leg opening, overlap 1/2" and cut. Now pin the ends of the bias tape together and sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open.
7. Fold over, press and pin.
8. Sew 1/8" away from other edge of bias tape, leaving a 1" opening to insert elastic cord. Also, sew down the middle of the bias tape.
9. Make a casing for the waistband (E), folding over 1/4" then 3/4". Pin and sew leaving opening to insert elastic.
11. Insert 1/2" elastic into waistband. Again, measure your little one, this time around her belly button and add 1/2" for overlap. The girls varied from 16-20" here, averaging 10 months old. Overlap and sew elastic ends together with a zigzag stitch or big X. Sew casing closed.
12. Enjoy your handiwork, you're done!