I ran out to Hobby Lobby yesterday to pick up some Easter fabric. Guess what - they didn't have any. When I asked about Easter prints the lady behind the counter gave me a "pity" look and says "We sold out of that WEEKS ago." Let me just tell you what I heard "HAHAHAHAHA!!! yea right lady - the GOOD MOMMIES came and bought all that fabric MONTHS ago. Really, you should be more prepared - SLACKER!" ANYWAY! I found a really cute pattern that I just LOVED and thought would be adorable for what I want to do.
After Hobby Lobby judgement, we headed over to Target to get a T-shirt. Target has some great plain t-shirts in the girls departments. They are only like $5 and they are really nice quality! Super cute colors too. And in another unprepared SLACKER move, I left the fabric in the car and was forced to buy 4 different colored shirts to make sure that at least one would coordinate. (Starting to think that I should have named this blog MacKenzie's SLACKER Mom!)
When I got home I logged right onto Google Images and found a great picture of a Peep Bunny to use as a template. (I just googled "Peep Images")
And last but not least I grabbed a pair of jeans out of my scrap pile - they still fit M in the waist but are about 2 inches too short - PERFECT!
So, I gathered all my gear tonight and got BUSY! (sewing - get your mind outta the gutter!)
Then I put the jeans on M and measured where I wanted to cut - took them off of her and hacked the bottoms off. I actually haven't cut up a pair of jeans since I was in high school, so this felt pretty good!
Next, I ironed on some Wonder Under to my crazy cute SLACKER fabric, then I drew on the Peep bunny image.
Now, cut out your image and iron it onto the shirt.
I use the satin stitch on my machine ( I LOVE MY MACHINE)! Sorry, had to get that out of my system!
And here is what the shirt looks like finished! Its not perfect, but I LOVE IT!
Next is to add the ruffle to your jeans. Measure the width of the leg of your jeans and double that and add 1/4 inch seam allowance. That will be the length of your rufffle strip. Then you need to decide how long you want your ruffle to be. I wanted mine to be 2 1/2 inches long plus a 1/2 inch seam allowance - double that and then you have the width of your fabric- mine was 6 inches wide. Once you have your measurements and cut out 2 strips of fabric for your ruffles; fold them in half and sew the short sides closed. Then fold the fabric in half lengthwise and iron. Mark the ruffle strip with 4 pins at the 1/4 marks. This will help to line it up and evenly space out your ruffles when you are attaching it to the jeans.
I do my ruffles a little differently than I have seen on other blogs. First I set my machine to the zigzag stich and then I set the stitch width to the longest setting. Then I use a long length of crochet thread and stitch over it, making sure NOT to catch the crochet thread in the zigzag stitch. Do not backstitch at either the beginning or at the end and leave a long tail on both ends of the crochet thread. I tried to take a pic.... hopefully you can see what I mean.
Pull on your crochet thread to ruffle your fabric, being careful to not pull the thread all the way out. Line up your ruffle with the bottom of your jeans and spread out the ruffles so that they are even. This is where the 1/4 pin marks help.
Sew the ruffle to the bottom using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I added a top stitch to give this a finished look as well as to catch the seam.
And then you have a finished outfit perfect for an Easter Party that is being organized by your SLACKER mom!
And this is what she will look like on Saturday hunting for eggs!! Can't WAIT!
A little disclosure about this picture - first of all, it was taken at 11 o'clock at night. At 10:30 she got up and says to me in a very teenage voice "I can't sleep". So I let her stay up and watch a cartoon for a few minutes and then I made her model. I have about 50 pictures of her modeling this outfit - but this one shows the actual oufit the best - unfortunately, this was not her favorite pose! After this picture I told her to put her jammies back on and she says "No, I want to sleep in this!" - so I guess she likes it!
YEA!!! SHE LIKES IT!!
I hope everyone has a very happy Easter!