Now nobody likes their underwear to show, but MOST people do not have QUITE the problem that little ones do. THEY just cannot sit around like little ladies ALL the time and they LOVE to wear pretty dresses. I have had a bit of an obsession with making t-shirt dresses for a while now and I FINALLY decided that it was SiLLy to just throw away the bottom of the onesie. SOOOO I decided to turn that waste into a little diaper cover. Here is the run-down.
First, cut off the top of the onsie and keep it for your dress.
I used another diaper cover to get the approximate measurements---I just added a little bit to the top for my elastic casing.
This next step is probably not necessary, but I tried it anyway. I sewed the crotch area closed. You can see my terribly crooked seam right under the snaps---I was scared to hit the snaps, which resulted in a line that looks like it was sewn by a two year old:)
****If you are planning to add ruffles to the bum of the onesie---like I did---I would wait and sew the crotch shut AFTER sewing on the ruffles. It will just make it easier to get the onsie around the arm of the machine. Just a thought.
Next I turned the cover inside out--and sewed the top down about 1/2 inch---leaving a 1 inch opening for inserting the elastic. (I used 1/4 inch elastic because that is what I had--I think baby elastic would work just fine too). Then I used a safety pin and strung the elastic through the casing and FINALLY sewed the casing closed.
Voila!!! Cute little diaper cover. Not quite cute enough though----I wanted ruffles. My little ruffle butt kid is TWO now and her days of wearing diaper covers and ruffles on her butt are quickly disappearing. SOOO I want each of those days to be RUFFLED!!!
I had a few steps though between diaper cover and ruffle butt. I had to make the matching dress:) There are TONS of tutes out there for t-shirt dresses, so I will spare you, but I did do a few things differently. For starters I had a long sleeved onesie and it is now JUNE, so I wanted to shorten the sleeves. Good thing I am still on my sleeve shortening kick, so I followed the same general steps as I did in THIS tutorial.
The only difference is that the end of the sleeve was not at all stretchy, So I just had to pin it on as best as a could and spread the pleats out evenly around the sleeve. I honestly was not sure it would work, but they ended up perfectly cute.
Ta-da!!! Short sleeves.
I found this knit remnant at JoAnne's for pretty much free and I LOVE how comfy this little dress turned out. I made it more a tunic than a dress because I thought it would be fun in the summer, it would look cute with leggings, and because I have made her about a thousand dresses already for this summer.
I didn't need to hem this, but I saw THIS tutorial for lettuce edge hems. I thought it looked cute and girly and I was NOT disappointed. Cute--check...Girly---check. Then I added 3 rows of ruffles to the bum (there are tutorials EVERYWHERE for that) and DONE!!!!
Perfect for practicing somersaults.
And even looks girlie when your Girl isn't acting GIRLY:)
I see many of these in my BABY SHOWER future!!!!