Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Onsie Dress

We had a bunch of people at market comment on our little onsie dress.  They are so cute and so easy to make!  It's an easy way to dress up a onsie into a fun summer dress (or fall if you use the long sleeve varities).

And of course our images found in our patterns look adorable.  The above picture features a flower from our Quite Contrary pattern.  We've also used bunny foo foo from Hopping Through the Forest, Jill sans Jack from Jack & Jill, etc, etc- or you could just go with nothing.  Like I'm going to do.  

First, you'll need a onsie and a 1/2 yd. of fabric (the half yard (18") will essentially be folded in half for the length of your skirt.  Meaning, 18" is really a 9" skirt.  That's a nice length for girls 6-24 mo. size.  Any younger, you'll need to trim your 18" side down to about 15".  Of course, this is all personal preference to some degree.  The girl above is wearing a 12 mo. onsie with a 1/2 yard of fabric)

I hope all that made sense.

First, you'll need to make some kind of mark on your onsie, where you'd like the skirt to begin.  Since it's just a quick splice, I fold the onsie up and crease it.
Then, open it up, line it up on your rotary mat and cutter, and cut a nice straight line.

This makes a "top" and "bottom" of your awesome dress.  If you'd like to applique, or stitch, or glue, or whatever something on top, you would do it now.  Applique towards the top (top 1/3) of the "shirt" part. 
There is no going back.
 Set aside.  Grab your fabric, and fold selvage to selvage (that's the top/bottom part of fabric.  It'll have the designer's name and brand on one side) and right sides together. Trim your selvage off so it won't show.

 Sew 1/4 inch.  

Press.  Fold your fabric wrong sides together so that you have one folded edge, and all raw edges on the other. 
"Folded egde" is on the left.

Next, sew a 1/4 inch gathering stitch.  Then, gather.  The smaller the onsie, the more gathering you'll have to do. 

"Mom,  I do not need another dress.  Seriously. Also, I'm tired."

 Now, take the top of your onsie, and place it in the gathered skirt so all raw edges match up.  Pin together (make sure the seam of the skirt lines up with a seam of the top) and baste. 

Once your top is attached to your skirt, un-snap the bottom of your onsie, turn it inside out, and place it around the dress, making sure the front and back are lined up and in the right place. The onsie seams should match up.  You're basically sewing your onsie back together.  The longer part of the onise should line up with the back of the dress, and the short side to the front. 
The extent of my photoshop skillz.

 Tada!!! The local walmart was out of 18 mo. size onsies, so this is my 9 month old in a 24 month size.  Awesome right!? It's a little big.  But still cute!
And don't forget to enter our giveaway.  (you have 2 days left!) Thanks for all the responses so far.  We will post the winner this Friday! Stay tuned......

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