Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fourth of July Necklace Shirt Refashion

I recently showed you the 4th of July necklace shirt I made for my daughter last year.  I mentioned that the shirt likely still fit her but would need a little length added with a ruffle.  Go here to see last year's shirt and a quick tutorial on necklace shirts.

I added a ruffle and made a matching headband for my daughter to wear to celebrate the holiday.
I planned to use red scrap fabric to make ruffles until I came across a dress my daughter had never worn and is now too short.  The fabric matched the necklace shirt perfectly!
I didn't want to worry about hemming the bottom of the ruffle so I cut just above the ribbon and left the original hem on the dress.
I changed the tension on my sewing machine and turned the strip of fabric from the dress into a frilly ruffle.
I lined the ruffle up to the shirt and pinned it in place (right sides together).
I used my sewing machine to sew the ruffle to the shirt. 

This shirt is so much cuter with the ruffle!
I haven't sewn too much lately was excited to be using my sewing machine so I decided to make a matching headband.  I used more fabric from the dress to make a ruffle embellishment.  I started by stitching together a rectangle piece of fabric.
I turned it right side out and used my sewing machine to gather the fabric into a ruffle (you can stitch this by hand if you don't have a sewing machine).
I folded each end and sewed it so there wouldn't be any raw edges.
I pinned my ruffle to a red stretch headband and used my sewing machine to stitch it in place.
Next I tried to get my daughter to pose in her new holiday shirt and headband. for a couple of pictures.  Do you know how difficult it is to get a stubborn toddler to wear something at your request?  Very difficult!  She finally agreed to wear the top and headband with turquoise shorts and her Sea World Shamu slippers.

I'm looking forward to a fun fourth of July and all the cute pictures I'll have of my daughter wearing this shirt while we watch fireworks.

We are currently on our way to California for a family vacation.  We will be spending most of our time at Disneyland and are really looking forward to getting out of the Arizona heat!  Did you know it will be almost 120 degrees this week in Arizona? 

If I'm not too busy on vacation, I will be linking this post here.


~Beth D. said...

so adorable on her! nice job. thanks for sharing.

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

This looks great!

I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and hope you will join in on the fun!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!