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Orange Crush Dress Tutorial

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Here is the tutorial I promised you!! :D This is dress that I sewed for the Project Run & Play Season 6 Week 2 Challenge – Stripes and Polka Dots Sew Along. If you scroll down the page you will find the link up where other bloggers have added their Week 2 outfits. You should check them out! There are some seriously talented ladies there!!!


What I used –

about 1 yard of main

about 1/2 yard of contrast

That’s it! Well, other than the obvious (thread, sewing machine, etc. LOL)



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Sew the sides together creating a long rectangle. Leave the top open a few inches. (The length and width of the rectangle will depend upon the size of your child and your personal preference.)

Press your seam open.


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Fold the sides of the opening in by 1/4″ and again by 1/4″. Sew in place.




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Now you need to measure and cut the arm holes. (Make sure to cut at an angle.)



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Cut 2 long strips about 2 1/2″ wide. Fold the sides in and press. Now fold in half and press.




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Open up the strip and fold over the edges of the arm holes, pin and sew in place.



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Time to add the pleats at the neck line!

To pleat you basically fold the fabric behind itself, press and pin in place.

I marked the places where I put the pleats.




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Now put 2 rows of stitches across the top of the pleats to hold them securely.

It really is hard to see the pleats with the stripes! LOL



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Add pleats to the back and sew 2 lines of stitches across the top.




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Cut a long fabric strip (long enough to fit very loosely around your child’s neck AND tie a nice bow). The width of the fabric will depend upon how long your child’s neck is.

Fold over the edges by 1/2″ and press. Fold in half and press again.



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Open up the middle fold and pin in place over the neck line.

As you can see, I didn’t make mine long enough to tie at first. I had thought about making a button closure but when I tried it out I just didn’t like it. LOL I think the big bow adds more to the back. ;)



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Now, the bottom pleats!! This can take a little while…. LOL I used a strip that was 6″ wide by about 80″ long (2- 40″ strips sewn together).

Fold the strip in half and press making it 3″ wide.

Now start pleating, pressing and pinning until the whole thing is pleated!



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Pin the top of the pleats to the bottom of the dress (right side) and sew into place.

When you get to the edge of the dress, leave the rest of the pleated part unattached.

Press out the remaining pleats.

Fold the end edges in by 1/4 and sew closed. Now tie the remains!



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The bow at the neckline was an afterthought but easy enough to make.

I used a 7″ x  5″ rectangle. Fold it over and sew 2 sides (right sides together). Turn right side out and press. Turn the raw edges in and top stitch around all 4 sides.  Take a small strip about 2″ x 3″ and fold in the sides by 1/4″ and press. Wrap it around the center of the rectangle and sew in place.


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As always, let me know if this was easy to follow. If you have ANY questions feel free to use the Contact Me button at the top of the page and email me! :D



Orange Crush Dress

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This is the Orange Crush Dress! It will be making its way to South Africa soon! :D But before that it will be my entry for Project Run & Play Week 2 Stripes and Polka Dots Challenge.  (To see all the upcoming challenges click HERE )

Thankfully it has been extremely warm here lately so Cailey didn’t have to freeze her tushy off for the pictures! ;)


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This dress has  A LOT of pleats!! The front and back sides are both pleated at the neck.



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And then there are alllll the pleats at the bottom! ;)


It was a super fun dress to make and I will be sharing the tutorial with you next week! :D


In the meantime, I will be linking up at Project Run & Play as soon as the Week 2 Challenge opens. LOL


OHH!! I will also be sharing a pattern test for SquigglyTwigs Designs sometime this week!!! YAY!!!! :D

After that I will be hard at work on my boy’s look for the Week 3 Challenge. I think I have my fabric choices pinned down but other than that I am SOOOOOOO not sure of what I’ll be doing! LOL Not good!! Not good at all!




Gingerbread Dress and Christmas Candy Headband Tutorials

I’m going to skip the Blogger Challenge today. I’m sure you won’t mind when you see the 2, yes 2!!! tutorials I have for you today! :)



So, the first tutorial will be for the dress and then I will do the headband! That headband is so easy I am almost embarrassed about working up a tutorial for it…. LOL


Here is what I used:

1 shirt that fits your child well

1 yard of gingerbread men

3/4 yard of brown and white polka dots

1/4 yard of red for the sash

2 small pieces of 3/4″ elastic

2 ft of red and white polka dot ribbon

1 ft of red rickrack

3 small red buttons

1 cheap plastic head band

1 cheap plastic candy ornament

1 package of white bias tape (you can use ribbon or whatever)

hot glue gun



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Fold over the fabric you want to use for the bodice of the dress. Place the folded shirt on top. Cut around the shirt leaving excess all around for your seam allowance.



You will cut one back and one front. This is what they should look like.

Cailey is photo bombing! LOL




Now, take a straight edge and cut the front bodice piece right down the middle.







The bodice is fully lined so now you need to cut the lining using the bodice pieces you already have as a guide.

For the front bodice pieces it’s easier to just place them wrong sides together to cut.

The back bodice piece can be placed on the fold.




Now, we are going to cut the fabric for the bottom tier. Just cut 2 even lengths of the same fabric you are using for the bodice.  You can make it as wide as you want depending on the height of your child and how long you would like the dress to be.

I made my cuts where the white lines are.




Now cut the top tier in your other fabric, making it the same width as the bottom tier.

You will only need one piece for this tier.




On to the sleeves! Now, I wanted short sleeves because it just is NOT that cold here in the DEEP South! LOL The length of the sleeve is all up to your preference, and any length will work just fine with the ruffle on the end. ;)

Using one of your bodice pieces as a guide, place your folded fabric under the guide and cut, leaving about 1/2 below the arm place on the bodice, and cut straight across.




Now you are going to cut the piece that makes up part of the ruffle on the sleeve.  Cut 2 pieces that are 4 ” wide and the same length as your sleeve is round.

In other words ________________ this way needs to be the same as the sleeve is when it is unfolded.

And 4″ this way   .



Make sense??? If not, just take a little peek at the picture at the top of the page and see how the sleeve is set up.

I am having a bad case of fibro fog today. BLECK!!!




Here are all the pieces that we have cut plus the red ribbon. :)



Pin your back bodice pieces with right sides together.

Sew up everything but the bottom. You can sew the shoulders if you want to. I didn’t with this one.




Now, turn right side out and press!




Pin your front bodice pieces with right sides together. Sew everything together except the bottom.

Do the same to the other 2 front bodice pieces.




Turn right side out and press. Do the same to the other bodice piece! :)




While your iron is still hot, go ahead and fold in half the long pieces for the sleeve edges and press.




Now, sew your front bodice pieces to your back bodice pieces at the tops and the sides.

Turn right side out and PRESS!!




Time to sew up the sleeve!




Take your ribbon and pin it to the edges of the fabric strips that you cut for the sleeve embellishment.




Turn the sleeve inside out and fold up the end 1 1/2″ and press. Turn the sleeve right side out and pin the ribbon and gingerbread strip inside of the edge of the sleeve. Sew in place.




Now you are going to sew the elastic casing in the end of the sleeve, leaving about 1″ for the elastic. Make sure to leave an opening to insert the elastic! ;)




Turn your bodice inside out and slide the sleeve into the armhole, pin and stitch in place!




Turn everything right side out and press! :)




Pin both ends of your elastic and either hold tightly to one end or pin it to you. ;)

Insert the elastic into the casing.




Zigzag stitch the ends of the elastic.




Stitch the opening closed! :)




Remove the cat from your work space! SIGH…….




Time for the buttonholes! BLECK!! I can’t stand my buttonholer. It only works right about 10% of the time…. :/ It did just ONE of the buttonholes on this piece. The other 2 I had to do myself. NOT fun but it can be done, just use the smallest zigzag stitch setting you can and a clear sewing foot helps tremendously!

Anyway, take your ruler (if you can find it, I had to use something else….) and mark out where you want your buttonholes to be.

Use your (hopefully) proper working buttonholer. ;)

After you get your buttonholes in place, close up the front of the bodice and mark through the buttonholes for proper button placement. :)

Sew on your buttons.




Pin the rickrack around the collar and sew in place. To save time you don’t have to switch out your bobbin, just switch out your top thread to match the rickrack. ;)




Here is where we are now! Almost done…… :)

You can set aside the bodice for now!



Now, grab the 2 pieces that you cut for the bottom tier and sew them together on one side.

Next you need to run a line or two of gathering stitches at the top.

The way I do that is, I set all my stitch settings to the largest possible settings. This can sometimes gather the fabric for me. It didn’t this time, though…. LOL

Now, gather it up and pin it to the bottom of the fabric you will be using for the top tier. Pin it with right sides together and gathers to bottom, adjusting the gathers as needed.

Sew in place!




Now, run a line of gathering stitches in the top tier!

Next, pin the gathered edge to the bottom of the bodice, right sides together.

Sew in place.

Next, turn inside out and sew up the skirt’s side seam! :)

Almost done!



Fold up the bottom of the skirt 1/2″ and press, then fold up again 3/4″ , press and pin. Now sew your hem!

Turn right side out and press!




Time to cut the sash!

I cut from selvage to selvage for my length and 6″ for my width.

Fold in half, press and pin.

Now you are going to sew the raw edges together and make a long tube.




Turn the tube right side out and press!

Turn the ends in by 1/2″ and press.









Headband Tutorial





This is what I used. A $1 headband and $1 ornaments. Oh, and 1/2 a package of bias tape. But you can use ribbon if you have it in a matching color….. LOL



Put a glob of hot glue on the inside of the headband.




Now, stick the end of the bias tape/ribbon/whatever into the glue.

Just start wrapping the bias tape/ribbon/whatever all the way around the headband.

Oh, yeah…. this is just sooooo hard…. LOL




When you get to the end of the headband, put another glob of hot glue on the plastic of the head band. Then cut off the bias tape/ribbon/whatever and add another glob hot glue and smoosh the end of the bias tape/ribbon/whatever into it.



Now put a ton of hot glue wherever you want to place your ornament and smoosh the ornament on.








Deanna is making Cailey a matching necklace with the other ornament. :)






As always, let me know what you think of the tutorial. Was it easy to follow??? And if you make this dress PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know!!!! LOL


I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! We will just be here at home. My Dad and Stepmother won’t be able to make it down to celebrate with us. :(






High Low, High Low! It’s Off to Play I Go! Dress Tutorial

Well, I am not that big a fan of the current high-low hem lines buuuut I thought it would look cute on Cailey. ;) So, here it is! The High Low, High Low! It’s Off to Play I Go Dress! ;)

This dress was very easy and very fast. I started it this morning and between running errands and normal day to day stuff I managed to finish it and write this tutorial! LOL



As you can see, Colin decided to photo bomb. LOL And I spelled it wrong on my picture…. Fantastic…. LOL That’s what happens when you are trying to fix pictures while one or more people are yelling MOOOOOOOOOMYYYYYYYYY!!!!! MOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMYYYYY!! LOL




What I used-

About 2/3 yard for the bodice

Just over 1/2 yard for the skirt

One button

Small piece of 1/4″ elastic

1/2 package of bias tape

Ball point needle for the knit


Step 1 –









I measured Cailey’s chest while she took a deep breath. ;) It measured 24″ so on the fold I cut the bodice width at 7″.

I cut the neckline and the arm hole. Then I cut a deep curve at the bottom. I sort of eyeballed all of that but you can definitely measure your child. I think I am just getting used to her measurements! LOL


Step 2 –




Take the front bodice piece that you just cut and use it as a guide to cut the back.

I cut the back neckline without as much curve and I cut the bottom of the back bodice without as deep a curve.

Cut a little notch in the back for the button area. ;)


Step 3 –


I cut the knit for the skirt at 29″ wide and 24″ long.


Step 4 –


Next I cut the curve in the bottom of the skirt. This I just went with instinct and eyeballing. There’s probably a MUCH better way to do this…. I just didn’t stop and think of one. ;) LOL


Step 5 –


Pin the shoulders, right sides together and sew them. I use a finishing stitch first and then a straight stitch. I know, I know…. It’s backwards but that’s the way I like to do it! ;)

Press your seams!!


Step 6-


Next, pin the sides, right sides together. Sew the seams and press to one side. :)


Step 7 –


Next, open up your bias tape, pin it around the armholes and stitch it on! Press!!

Now, this is not exactly the “right” way to do bias tape but I have never had an issue doing it this way and it is MUCH fast!!!


Step 8 –



Next, open up the bias tape, pin it around the neckline and down into the cutout for the button. Stitch it on and press!!


Step 9 –


Now, place your button and sew it on.


Step 10 –




I cut about 2″ of the 1/4″ elastic and attached it to the inside of the back neckline directly across from the button. :) It’s so small that I didn’t bother with a zigzag stitch and just used a straight stitch.


Step 11 –


Next, run 2 sets of gathering stitches at the top of the skirt.

To do a gathering stitch on my machine, I set both stitch setting to the highest numbers and run a straight stitch, pulling back slightly.


Step 12 –


Now, turn your bodice inside out. Insert the skirt part so that the right sides of the bodice and skirt are touching. You are going to pin the bottom of the bodice to the top of the skirt, adjusting the gathers as needed. Make sure that the open part of the skirt is dead center of the back of the bodice and slightly overlap the ends.

Now, sew them together!


Step 13 –


Now, pin the sides of the skirt part together and sew the seam!


Step 14 –


Turn the dress right side out and use your seam ripper to remove those gathering stitches that are showing! ;)


Now, you can finish it by hemming or do as I did and leave it alone. I like the natural look of unhemmed knits. :)


ALLLLLLL DONE!!!! Wasn’t that fast and easy???





And Colin is photo bombing again! LOL


As always, I would LOVE to know if you make this!!!!

Was this easy to follow???


OH!! Don’t forget to enter the CONTEST!!!!!


Red White and Blue Dress Tutorial and a Possessed Sewing Machine

Sooo… this was supposed to be part 1 of a 2 part tutorial with both parts posted at the same time. Well, that isn’t going to happen. My sewing machine was possessed again (would that be repossessed???) and I had to do an impromptu exorcism. I am happy to say that the holy water bath seems to have helped somewhat… It’s isn’t totally fixed but it is MUCH BETTER!!!

Anyway, tonight’s tutorial will be for the Red, White and Blue Dress. I know, I know. I’m about a week late for the 4th. I am always a day late and a dollar short. ;) But seriously, red, white and blue are simply summer colors to me. You HAVE to HAVE some red, white and blue in your summer wardrobe. ;)

Tomorrow I will be posting the uber super secret part 2! But if you were paying attention to yesterday’s post you might figure out where I’m going. Didn’t know there was going to be a quiz did ya?? Gotta keep y’all on your toes! ;)



You will need-

2 1/2 yards of fabric (I used plisse.)

1  7-9″ zipper

A shirt that fits your child well



Step 1 – Remove cat from fabric.







Step 2 – Fold your child’s shirt in half and place on the fold of the fabric. Cut around it with space to spare.

If you want the dress to sit at the natural waist, cut the fabric a little bit shorter than the shirt. You can have your child put the shirt on and mark the spot on the shirt with pins. I wanted it to sit a little lower than a natural waist.





Step 3 – Take your front bodice piece (that you just cut) and flip it over. Place it on the fold and cut around it to make your back bodice piece.




You should have 2 pieces that look like this while folded. At this point I also cut a 1/2″ off the top of the back bodice straps.



Step 4 –  Cut the back bodice piece into 2 pieces, down the middle.




Step 5 – Cut your skirt piece 2 yards wide by however long you want your dress to be +2″.  I cut mine 2 yards by 20″.

That would be 2 yards this way ________________ and

20″ this way









Step 6 – Cut your sleeves. Line one of the your bodice pieces up against the folded fabric with the fabric sticking up about 2″ past. Cut using the armhole as a guide and curving the other side as well. Cut 2.


Now you have all the pieces cut! :)




Step 7 – Pin one of the back bodice pieces to one side of the front, right sides together and matching up the bottoms and the bottom of the armhole. Sew together. Do the other side the same way. Press your seams toward the back.




Step 8 – Pin the top of the arms, right sides together and sew. Press your seams.




Step 9 –  Fold and press about a 1/4″ around the armholes and neckline. Pin and sew.





Step 10 – Remove the cat. AGAIN!!!




Step 11- Fold over and press about 1/2″ on the sleeves. Pin and sew.



Step 12 – Sew a gathering stitch on the other side of the sleeve (where it will attach to the armhole).  Do that to both sleeves. To sew a gathering stitch on my machine I set it for a straight stitch and then set the stitch length and distance to the highest numbers.




Step 13 – Pin sleeve into armhole, right sides together and sew. Do both sleeves. Press. (You should press every time you stitch, I just forget to say it sometimes.)




This is what you should have so far!




Gratuitous cat pic.




Step 14 – Take your 2 yards and sew a gathering stitch across the top.




Step 15 – Pin skirt top to bodice bottom with right sides together, adjusting gathers as you go. I find that it’s easiest to pin both ends and the middle and then adjust the gathers in between.




Step 16 – We are going to make some darts in the front bodice. This is very simple. Gather the fabric between your fingers, pinning and getting smaller as you go from the bottom to the top.  Try the dress on your child to be sure of fit before you sew. You can make the dart wider or narrower accordingly. Then sew the pinned fabric together. It creates a little ridge.


Step 17 – Press the darts in toward each other.




Step 18 – Open zipper and pin one side at the top of the back bodice. Sew that side. Then pin and sew the other. This isn’t as scary as you might think. I don’t even have a zipper foot and I can  manage it without messing up TOO much. ;)




Step 19 –  Turn inside out and pin up the back of the skirt. Sew your back seam!



Step 20 – Roll up 1″ at the bottom and press. Roll another 1″ over and press. Pin it and sew your hem!!



You are ALLLLLL done!! :)



You can see some of c1’s sunburn in this pic. :(



With the front darts and rolled hem, this dress is very adjustable for when the child grows! :) They should be able to wear it all this summer and next! ;)


As always, let me know if this was easy to follow.

I apologize for getting it posted so late. I have been interrupted at least 1,001 times! LOL


And here’s another gratuitous cat pic! ;) (Just for you, Carol!)




Don’t forget about tomorrow’s tutorial!! I am almost done with the…… ummm…..article of clothing. Thought I was just going to spill it, didn’t ya?? ;)


Fast and Easy Fab Mod Dress Tutorial


The Fab Mod Dress


Here it is! A new tutorial! :)


What you will need –

1 yard of fabric

2 buttons

Double fold bias tape

Scraps of coordinating fabric (for pockets)


Measurements – child’s chest, length for armholes and length of dress






Step 1 – Remove cats from fabric!!!



Step 2- Fold fabric 1/4 width of chest +1/2″. Fold going into a slight slant. (The dress is slightly A-line.)




Step 3 – Cut length, width and neck line



Step 4 – Cut armholes



Step 5 – Take front dress piece and  place over folded fabric. Cut back piece while using front piece as a guide.  You may want to pin it.



This is what you should have.



Step 6- Remove cat from your work area!





Step 7 – Take your scraps and find something to use as a guide to cut them in the shape you want them to be. Well, I guess you could just eye-ball it…. LOL  Cut 4.



Step 8 – Pin 2 pieces together and sew up 3 sides. Do the same to the other 2 pieces.

Turn right side out and press.



Step 9 – Turn down 1/2″ from the top and press.




Step 10 – Figure out where you want to place your buttons on the pockets. Sew the buttons on.


Step 11 – Pin the pockets on the front and sew the 3 sides.





Step 12 – Place the front and the back right sides together. Pin the tops of the dress and both sides. Sew them together.  Press your seams.




Step 13 – Open your bias tape and pin it around the neckline and armholes. Sew it in place and press.




Step 14 – Turn a 1/2 over on the bottom, press and turn it in another 1/2″. Press and pin.  Sew your hem and press again! (I pressed the whole thing one more time.. LOL)


Now you are DONE!!! You just made the Fab Mod Dress!! :)



I hope this was easy to follow! Let me know if you make it! I would love to see it! :)






Romper and/or Skort Tutorial

With this tutorial you can make the romper OR the skirt! :) This is what’s been in my head since I bough that fabric at the beginning of the week. LOL Sure does feel good to have it done! And have it turn out the way I pictured it!!! ;)

You will need:

2 3/4 yards of fabric of your choice (woven, knits won’t hold pleats that easily)

1 package of wide single fold bias tape (or ribbon or whatever)

4″ of 1/4″ elastic

2 buttons

A pair of your child’s shorts to use as a guide.

Now get ready ’cause this is a long one with LOTS of pictures.

Measure your child’s chest and then shoulder to just below the hip. Measure from just below the hip to where you want the skirt part to fall -2″.  Measure the shoulder to where you want the bottom of the arm hole to be.

Fold your fabric and cut it the length you need the top to be. Then cut the width on the fold. (You will be cutting 1/2 of the width of the chest + 2″.

While still folded, cut out your arm hole.

While still folded, cut out your neckline in a square shape.

Open the bias tape and pin around the arm holes and neckline, skipping the tops of the straps.

Sew the bias tape around the arm holes and neckline.

After sewing the bias tape, press it. This helps to set the stitches.  And it’s easier to see if you missed a spot. If you DID miss a spot, take out my BFF, The Seam Ripper, and rip out those stitches and try again. ;)

With right sides together, pin up the side seam and sew. You could actually do this BEFORE the bias tape….. I’m always a little backwards. LOL

Pin over the tops of the straps and sew.

Press the tops of the straps.

Sew on your buttons.

Cut 2 pieces of 1/4″ elastic either 1 1/2 to 2″ in length depending on the size of your buttons.

Pin and sew your elastic in place.

Now, set this piece aside.  And grab your child’s shorts.

Place your child’s shorts on the fold. Cut around the shorts and DO NOT leave much room at the top or bottom for seams. You will be giving them a SMALL hem and will NOT be making an elastic casing. ;)

Flip your newly cut leg over and use it to cut the other leg. Make sure to flip if you have a right and wrong side or a particular pattern.

Turn the legs inside out. Pin from the bottom of the leg up to the beginning of the crotch and sew the seam. Do this to both legs.

Gratuitous cat picture.

Turn one leg right side out and stuff it down the other leg. Pin and sew. (If you need better instructions for this look at the Spider-man Pajamas Tutorial or the Knit Peasant Blouse and Gingham Capris Tutorial.)

Turn the shorts wrong side out and turn up less than 1/2 and inch. Press and pin. The sew your hem.

Turn your shorts right side out and measure them up against your top. If needed take a little tuck in the sides like I have done there. Just pin the tuck for right now.

Take your top and turn if wrong side out. Slip it over the shorts with right sides together (the top will be point down to the bottom of the shorts) matching seams and pin it. Then sew the top to the shorts.

Turn right side out and press!

Now you can stop here and you will have a romper!

If you want to change the romper into a skort-all (???) stay with me!

You will need 2 pieces of fabric 1 3/4 yards by however long you want the skirt part to be -2″.

We are going to start with the hem, which I apparently forgot to fix the pics for…. :/ Anyway, to do the hem you are going to roll 1/2 ” and then roll again, pressing and pinning as you go.  Then sew the hems.

Now you are going to start folding, pressing and pinning all along the 1 3/4 yards. Fold, press, pin. Fold, press, pin. To both pieces. The size of the pleats is completely up to you and your personal preferences. Be sure to pin the bottoms of the pleats, too.

You will have 2 pieces that look like this.

Now you are going to need a waist band.

You are going to cut a strip 5″ in width and as long as the romper is around the waist +1″. Fold the strip in half and press. Then turn 1 edge under and press. It should look like the picture above when you are done.

Fold in half lengthwise, giving you a middle, and press.

Place your 2 pleated pieces right side together and pin one side. You may have some hang over and that is perfectly fine. Sew the hem on one side.

Cut off the excess.

Another gratuitous cat picture.

Match up the middle of the waistband with the seam. Open the waistband and pin on place with the folded edge on the outside.

Cut off the excess.

Sew the waistband in place. I sewed 2 rows to make sure I got all the pleats. ;)

With right sides together, pin and sew the other seam.

With right sides together, slip the skirt over the romper and pin the top of the waistband to the seam between the top and bottom of the romper.

Sew together.

Turn right side out and press.

Now, cut a rectangle 10″ wide by 15″ long.

Fold in half with wrong side out and sew and seam along the 15″. Open and press with the seam in the middle.

Turn 1/2″ in on both ends and press. Then sew a very tiny seam right at the edges.

Fold in the middle and press. Open and sew a gathering stitch right down the middle. I apparently forgot the pics to this part. If you need to know how to sew a gathering stitch, this is how I do it on my machine, I set my stitch length to the longest setting and then I set the distance between stitches to the longest setting. On my machine they are 4 and 9 respectively.

Now, cut a piece of fabric about 5″ long by 3″ wide.

Fold over both long edges to the middle and press.

Wrap it around the middle of the other piece making a bow! Now press and press and press the middle. Press again. One more time.

Pin it to the front of your skort-all!!  (I tried to sew it but it was too thick…. LOL)


Better pictures to come (in the morning).

I hope this has been easy to follow, if not just leave me a comment. If you try it out, let me know!! You can e-mail me at StacySewsandSchools (at) yahoo (dot) com. :)


TA DA!!!!! McCall’s M4769 Is DONE!!!


And here I am wearing the dress. Excuse the lack of face… I was having a bad face day. ;)Image

Here’s a close up of the buttons (which I <3).


SHEW!! It feels SOOOOOOOOOOOO good to have that done! :) As you can tell I made some adjustments from the original pattern…. No collar or lapel and I added the bias tape. It made the dress a tad bit too roomy in the neck but I think I can fix that.

I think the adjustments make it look even MORE vintage than the original. It’s definitely giving me a 50’s feel

Here’s a pic of the original pattern.


I know I said I was going to make this

Easy (HA! Not THAT easy) McCall’s M6197


out of this


But I feel the need to go with simple for a bit. All the sick kids and sick Hubby…. Now I am starting to get a sore throat! YILES!!! So I will be keeping it simple for the next few days. And I REALLLLY need to get my VBS lessons down. I volunteered to teach the 4/5’s this year… I’m a little afraid…. The enthusiasm I received when I said I would take that age group fell only slightly short of a standing ovation… Yeah.. A little afraid… I think they know something I don’t… LOL

So….I will be making this instead.


I’ll be making the blue dress only in sparkly pink knit!! :) LOVE PINK!! It’s Easy (YAY!!!) McCall’s M6074.

And for the kiddos I will go with pillowcase dresses for c1 and a pair of pillowcase shorts for c2 using these….




I LOVE the details of that one. Here’s a close up! ;)


And for c2’s shorts…


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