I (try to) get around to making Miss 6 a Christmas Dress every year and this year it would appear I am super-organized… I also cheated a little. Here’s how to make my DIY Christmas dress – the Cheats Way!
Get yourself a cute little Christmas T-shirt. I got his one from Target for $10. I LOVE that the Deer Design is on the Front AND the Back. Super-cute!
If you want to get a little fancy like me – Unpick the side tag and put aside to use later.
You can use ANY fabric you like for the skirt. I was going to use Red w/White Polka Dots (Polycotton – no stretch) and gather it around the waist for the skirt, but Miss 6 intervened. She has issues with me using polka-dots. I ended up using a scrap of some good quality Red Cotton/Lycra Jersey that I had stashed. If the thought of sewing stretch fabric makes you come out in hives, just use non-stretch.
Measure where you would like to join the skirt (waist) by having your child try on the T-shirt, mark it, then cut it off – preferably once your child has taken the shirt off…. unless you’re really steady with the scissors!
TIP: If you don’t have an overlocker: When sewing your seams, use a straight stitch then zigzag along your edges. It will do the same job .
When I sew stretch fabric – and this isn’t very often – I like to create a false hem, I find it sits flatter. Create your hem now – NOT later – on the front & back so it looks like you’ve added 2 inches to the skirt. (The pic below is before I’ve added the false hem)
Pin the Front/Back of your skirt together (I normally HATE pinning anything, but with stretch fabric, it’s really necessary). It is important that the edge of your skirt lines up perfectly – don’t stress about the top part where it will attach to the T-shirt, or the very bottom which becomes the hem. This is where I replaced the cute little side tag. Stitch down both sides of the skirt.
Pin the skirt to the T-shirt, making sure both side seams line up with the existing side seams on the T-shirt. Turn in the right way – You’re almost there!!
Fold the hem up, pin it in place, then stitch along the top of the false hem and along the bottom for good measure.
TIP: I used a Zigzag stitch for my Hem – It’s little more forgiving when sewing straight lines on stretch fabric.
Have a Glass of Wine – You’ve earned it (especially if you’re a non-sewer: Good for you!)
What’s that? – You’re a sucker like me and have to Bead the T-shirt as well! Go on, it does really finish it off nicely 😉
I’d love to see what Christmas Outfits you sew/make for your kids! Pop over to my Facebook page and share them with me.
Happy Christmas Crafting…