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Date: 1/5/12 8:46 AM

I have a little girl to sew for...yeah!

I made her a Jalie fleece jacket for Christmas that she really liked. But I thought it would be fun to sew her some dress up clothes. She is 6 and loves that! Plus, I have some (hideous ) great little girl dress up fabric in my stash from mystery bundles that would be great. I would also get to clean out some stash fabric!

I was thinking about some simple elastic waistband skirts for starters. Can anyone give me any other ideas? Preferably simple things. The fabrics are not that great, really polyester, and I think they will be kind of a pain to sew with.

Any free patterns? I'm trying to reduce my stash of everything and don't really want to buy patterns.

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Date: 1/5/12 10:15 AM

Kim - that sounds like a lot of fun! You really don't need patterns, though if you want some sort of guidelines you can use adult sized patterns that you already own or at least parts of them.

I often bought thrift store things and cut them down for my kids. Especially things with big skirts. Just cut the skirt off to the length that you like and add an elastic waist casing. She will probably want both long, floor length as well as short, more like tutus. Another use for really long skirts (especially lingerie) is capes. Open one seam, refinish the edges, gather the top edge and add a band with velcro to hold it on.

One of my best (in my mind anyway) was a black, empire waist nightgown that I converted into a Dracula/Phantom of the Opera cape. I cut off the bodice and cut about 12" off the top of the skirt. I heavily interfaced the 12" section, inverted it so the widest part was at the top, added a band with velcro and that made the big collar. I did the rest of the skirt as a cape as above. My kids loved it and I think it eventually went to younger cousins who also used it for years.

You have fabric, but you can use the same ideas by looking at your adult patterns and using the appropriate bits. Have fun!

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Date: 1/5/12 10:30 AM

I can give you one for a tutu. I used tulle but, depending on how heavy your fabric is maybe you could use this same concept maybe shortening the length of your fabric. Or buy tulle when it is 1/2 off at joann's. When my girls were in ballet I helped make these.
2" wide elastic measured to fit waist
tulle/bridal netting (soft stuff) cut 14' x 9" wide for top layer next two layers are 14'x 8". (that is what it ended up maybe it was divided into thirds and this is what I ended up with in the end. Don't remember it was 8 years ago.) Double each layer.
So you will end up cutting six 14' strips.
gather each layer. divide into 4 equal parts. I used a safety pins to mark my places. divide the elastic into 4 equal parts. now line up your marks for the tulle and the elastic. to attach the first layer (top tulle layer) I put the raw edge of the tulle 1/2" in from outside edge of elastic. I stretched the elastic as I sewed and sewed really close to the elastic edge. giving a 1/2" seam. The second tulle layer I placed the raw edge of the tulle up next to the raw edge of the 1st layer of tulle and sewed a 1/2" seam. That puts the second layer sewing line almost center of the elastic. flip the second layer out of the way as you sew the third layer. third layer is sewen with a 1/2" seam also. sewen 1/2" up from bottom. when put on the top layer of tulle lays over the top of the raw edges of the top and second layer of tulle. the second layer of tulle lays over the raw edge of the third layer. separate the layers from each other and they will fluff out full.
Oh by the way the tutu's being 8 years old still get played with Hope this was clear.

forgot to say: stager the beginning and ending places in your layers so they aren't all in the same place which will cause a gap.
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Date: 1/5/12 10:31 AM

Capes are great as are all kinds of full skirts -- think poodle skirts complete with appliques, dance type skirts, tutus (if you have any tulle or netting in your stash), full princess-y skirts with some type of simple bodice.

I've had lots of luck finding instructions and patterns for simple costume pieces just by googling.

Have fun -- my new grand-daughter is too young for dress-up just yet but I'm looking forward to the time when she is.

My one grandson was very into "dress-up" when he was younger. One year for Christmas I gave him a painted wood Costume Trunk with his name on it and filled it with costume pieces -- a wizards cape & hat, a pirate's jacket and hat, super-hero cape, jester's hat, a dinosaur costume and a variety of other things. He loved that trunk and got lots of enjoyment out of the costumes.

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Date: 1/5/12 10:38 AM

Thank you both! I had some tulle but I gave it away....darn! However I am really about stashbusting at this point so I will find some stuff to make due.

I found some quick tutorials for twirly skirts which I can do without any instructions. So I think I will start there.

I have some light blue and light purple acetate that I was thinking about making a double layer twirly skirt. I also have some open weave crochet fabric in pastels with some metallic in it that would be good. I need to figure out what to do with that.

I also have some pretty hideous stretch green velvet. I was thinking about a long empire waist dress out of that. I also have some gold trim I could use on it.

Also, maybe a capelet out of some tie-dyed blue velvet.

Hmm....this is fun!!! It's great to make stuff that doesn't need to "Fit"!

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Date: 1/5/12 10:40 AM

Thanks! My DS loved to dress up too. Still does. I made him a karate/ninja costume this summer and he wears it around all the time and he's 9.

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Date: 1/12/12 12:20 PM

Start with a plain, inexpensive tee-shirt such as the ones sold at Hobby Lobby for decorating. Make fabric ruffles using fancy, frilly, romantic, etc. fabrics and attach to the bottom to create a skirt. Dot puff paint onto the bodice of the tee-shirt and you have a very easy, glamarous princess dress that's washable to boot.

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Date: 1/12/12 12:38 PM

Thanks for the suggestion but I'm trying to de-stash, not buy anything else at this point. I did cut out McCalls 5732 dress last night and so far so good. It's going to be somewhat medieval princess-ish. I have to scrounge around for some trim that I think might be in the basement somewhere....

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