First project was pretty easy.
The hardest part was planning ahead so that I didn't cut any fabric that could interfere with future projects. Sort of like a Rubik's cube -- I kept turning the shirt over, sideways, measuring and re measuring to make sure I would have enough fabric for each item.
My first step was cutting the shirt at the chest.
Since I don't have any young children around for measurement, I used a child's size 3 pattern to get the correct size. The pattern called for the fabric to be placed into a fold, but this wasn't possible. Lucky for me, the plaid lines of the shirt made measuring so much easier!
I was able to place the pattern on the line, and then turn the pattern over to face the other direction and cut the arm/sides. No folding needed. The fabric was doubled, so that the dress/shirt would have both sides for front and back.
I went ahead and took apart the neck, thinking I would LINE the inside arms of the dress, but decided against it when I realized that I had very little COLOR to add to the plaid. I wanted to save the beige fabric for something special, rather than get all fancy on the dress.
Now what can I use this strip of beige fabric for?
Please be aware, I'm not doing a sewing tutorial, so I may skip a few steps. What I'm mainly showing here is how I'm sectioning off the shirt.
I also needed to cut the sleeves apart, because I'm going to need straps for the dress. Since I can't use any notions for the project (snaps, elastic, etc.) Remember, I'm only using THREAD on this challenge. Nothing else.
FIRST, I hand sewed both sides of the dress together.
NEXT, I rolled hemmed the under arms of the dress.
THEN, I overlapped the neckline of the front and back of the dress so that I could slide in the slaps.
Folding over to sew strap
I had to sew two of these straps, as each strap is inserted into the front/back neckline of dress.
I didn't "hem" the edges of the straps as they are rolled into knots.
The straps are now adjustable and can be tied/re tied.
This outfit is perfect as a dress for a one year old, or can be used as a sun top for a toddler up to 5.
Tomorrow, I'll be posting updates for DAY TWO of the Project Recycle Challenge.
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