For my latest project, I was able to use a fabric I had exactly 1/2 yard of -- and to use the whole piece, with no cutting, no scraps, and only one seam -- to make a bubble romper for spring. I combined a couple of tutorials I found online to do it.
I used the Craftiness is Not Optional Ice Cream Social Dress tutorial to make the top and Mama Says Sew's bubble romper tutorial to ... romperify ... the bottom.
|One seam at the selvages to make a tube.|
|Folded over the top .25 inch, then 2.25 inches and pressed.|
|Stitched down at the edge of the fold (leaving a couple inches open), and again a little more than an inch up, to make an elastic casing with a frill above.|
|Turned the bottom under .25 inch, then about another 1/3 inch, and pressed.|
|Used a little coordinating scrap (left over from this project) to make two, 2"x4.5" strips.|
|Sewed into tubes, then turned inside out and tucked the ends in, and stitched down the ends.|
|Pinned crotch pieces in place at the center of front and back. I did this wrong the first time -- one should be on the inside of the garment and one should be on the outside.|
|Stitched around bottom of dress, leaving enough room for a 1/8 inch elastic, and leaving openings at the edges of the pink strips for the elastic to go in.|
|Added a 1" length of elastic the measurement of the baby's chest in the top casing, and added two 1/8" lengths of elastic, each one the measurement around one of the baby's thighs, one into each of the leg casings.|
|Sewed elastic casing closed and pinned down ribbon straps. It took me a few tries to get the length right.|
|Got to this point and realized I didn't have enough regular snaps -- the kind you punch in with the little tool -- so I had to use sew-in snaps. My sew-in snaps were bigger, though, which made stitching around the snap plackets pretty tricky!|
|I hadn't really been thinking of Easter when I bought the fabric -- just sort of spring/summer -- but now I'm thinking it will be perfect for the church Easter egg hunt on Saturday!|
|The coolest part? It used $5 worth of fabric, ribbon I was given, and maybe a couple bucks' worth of notions, etc., tops.|