Drum roll please…The Winner of the September Giveaway is…Shari J.!!! 🙂 Congrats Shari!! Please contact me with your address so I can ship your apron and napkins as soon as possible! Thanks again everyone that entered and please be sure to check back often for tutorials and giveaways!
To promote my blog, I’ve decided to do a giveaway. I am going to try to do one every month if everything works out okay. This month I’m starting in the kitchen and the lucky winner receives a handmade apron and a coordinating set of six 20″x20″ handmade napkins.
To enter the Giveaway:
1. Comment on this post
2. Post this link on your Facebook page and comment on this post letting me know.
3. Post this link on your blog and comment on this post letting me know.
So each person can get up to 3 entries. I will be using Random.org’s Random Integer Generator to pick the lucky winner. The giveaway will open starting today (August 31st) and go through Tuesday (September 7th). I will take a screen shot of the number the generator comes up with and post it and then contact the winner privately. Thanks for entering!! Good luck! 🙂
My great aunt sent me a HUGE box of clothes that she didn’t want anymore. I felt like I hit the jackpot. My sister and I were looking through them and she’s wrinkling her nose while I was beaming with joy! 🙂 A lot of the clothes were 80’s to early 90’s. Lots of elastic and shoulder pads! haha. Well, I found this dress that was ridiculous as-is (sorry no before picture) but I ended up getting this out of it! 😀 I love how it turned out. I really wanted it to be a short dress but I made a mistake with the measurements and got a WAY too short dress but a really cute top…with pockets!!! (My favorite part of any outfit.) So, what do you think?
This was the Kormalda cap from Anthropologie that I was in love with and wanted (minus the price tag).
It doesn’t really look anything like the Kormalda cap but it has the right idea. I did have the ruffles and flowers attached but I hated the way it looked. I am going to do a final draft soon to see if I can get it right. Let me know what you think. 🙂
T-Shirt (I used a women’s medium to get a girl’s 5T)
Sewing Machine, ruler, iron, scissors, the usual
Tank top that fits your little princess (to use as a pattern until I can figure out how to make a printable pattern)
*All the measurements I have used are for a girl’s size 5T so the measurements will have to be adjusted if you’re making larger or smaller shirts.
Grab your shirt
Fold your T-shirt in half and your tank top in half. Lay your tank top on your T-shirt matching up fold and bottom hem.
Trace around tank top and add 1/2″ seam allowance. (Don’t add the seam allowance to the top or armholes.)
Cut out the new tank. (Save your scraps because we will use them to make bias tape later.)
Take the back piece of your new tank and lay your old tank on top of it. Tuck the front part in and trace onto your new tank. (To make it the same on both sides fold it in half, trace, and then cut it out while folded in half.)
Pin your front and back pieces right sides together.
Finish seams using 1/2″ seam allowance. I used my serger to do my seams but you could use a small zigzag . Just make sure you press your seams when you are finished sewing.
*** Very important to make sure you match the top seams perfectly.
Set your shirt aside for now, we are going to make some “bias tape” (you might want to check out a real tutorial on how to make this stuff. I’ll show you how I made it, but I can almost guarantee you can find an easier/better tutorial somewhere else. I don’t even know if what I’m using can really be called bias tape, maybe we should just call it the pretty neckline material to cover up the raw edges. LOL)
Okay so moving on, get out your scrap material.
You are going to need
Two – 2″x12″ pieces.
One – 2″x11 1/2″ piece for the back
One- 2″x6 1/2″ piece for the front
Iron each long side of each piece in 1/4″ and then fold in half and press.
Finish making all your “bias tape”? Good! 🙂 Now you can start pinning it to your tank. I started on the left side. You open the tape and sandwich the tank in the middle of the tape. (I hope that makes sense.) Make sure you start at the seam. Pin it up to the top part where the little peak thing is. (Check picture for exact placement.) Do the same to the right side.
For the back – Take your piece of “bias tape” for the back and place it right sides together with the “bias tape” that you just pinned on. Pin, sew at 1/4″ seam and press your seam open. Pin to the back and when you get to the seam do the same thing as when you started.
For the front – Take your front piece of “bias tape” and pin it inside of the “bias tape” straps.
Time to sew! Sew as close to the edge of your “bias tape” as possible. I started at the right strap end and sewed all the way down the right seam, then moved on to the left seam and sewed all the way down the left strap. Then you can sew across the front. When you are ready to do the back, tuck the end of your left strap into the “bias tape” 5″ from the left seam and then do the same for the right side. Sew all the way across the back.
Find your grumpy 5 year old and beg her to get her pic taken in the shirt nicely without whining. (Or in my case, give up and just take a picture of the shirt! LOL! Hopefully tomorrow she’ll be in a better mood and I can get some pics of the shirt in action!)
*Please Note – I am not 100% happy with the way this turned out. If anyone has any suggestions on how to make it without the lettuce edge I would love to hear from you! 🙂 Thank you for checking out the tutorial! 🙂
**Oh and I don’t mind if you make 100 of these for your little one or to give as gifts but please don’t use it to make a profit. (Not that it turned out perfect, but I did put a lot of hard work and time into it.) Thank you so much for understanding. 🙂