Then I got started and realized that besides 2 shirts, you also need fabric to make ruffles (I mistakenly thought the ruffles WERE the 2nd shirt). So I dug through my rubbermaid of extra scrap fabric (YES a whole rubbermaid of just small scraps--don't judge) and came up with a scrap piece of backing fabric from my Cherry Oh quilt.
This is what I started with--2 shirts and my cute cherry fabric---AND a dream---because I really did not know if I could pull this off:)
I sewed the bottom of the red shirt to the top of the sun shirt and thought--cute (I even thought of stopping there). I decided to go for at least ONE ruffle. I got one sewed on---crooked and decided to try the belt. I didn't have any fabric to use, so I hit my closet. I have one yellow cheerleading shirt that is now missing about 4 inches off the bottom. And THUS the yellow belt.
The belt was crooked, the seams were crooked and I was tired of making ruffles. So I looked at my dress and thought---hmmmm, kinda 80's retro. After a chocolate granola bar and another look, I decided I would continue on. SO I added another ruffle...
Once again I thought--Cute and thought about leaving it. I hate not finishing things that I start though so I added the last darn ruffle.
And THEN I fell in love. It is cute and fun and happy---JUST LIKE EMERSYN!!! The tutorial was a good starting point, but now the options are endless. I have now grabbed a bunch of Em's shirts out of her closet and am ready to get sewing:) It wasn't TOO frugal since I used brand new shirts, but you could grab a shirt with a stain and cut the bad part off OR only use one new shirt. Seriously I have visions of little dresses dancing in my head. SOOOO 6 dollars later I have a cute summer dress and half of a red shirt (still thinking about what to do with that one). Not to shabby!!! PLUS as an added bonus--I was just pulling out the last of the gathering threads when I heard my little darling wake up.
She was NOT feeling fun and happy and cute though and didn't wanna model her new dress. I guess a little cuddle is enough thanks from a 2 year old:)