Sunday, July 14, 2013

No Such Thing As Too Many Ruffles!

I don't know about you, but I cannot get enough of ruffles on my little girls.  Now, I am not into the HUGE, take-over-the-child kind (because some of the over the top ones are a bit scary), but who can resist little ruffles on baby bottoms?  Not me!!!
A couple of weeks ago, I was at a local fabric shop and ran across this adorable crab print.  I instantly knew that it needed to come home with me and become an open back top for Adelyn.  I believe it is a Fabric Finders print, but I am not positive.  The bloomers and ruffle are random prints I had in my stash.
The top is the Ruffled Pinafore pattern by Little Lizard King.  I made just a couple of modifications to suit my needs.  The original design has the back closing with a large bow.  It is very cute, but not that comfortable for a baby who cannot yet sit independently (imagine laying on a big knot!).

 So, I eliminated the bow, overlapped the back slightly and added a button closure.  Perfect!

I also curved the ends of the ruffle and sewed then into the seam instead of ending them in squared hem.  I also changed the way the "lining" and "main fabric" are sewn together (I used a Children's Corner method that I much prefer since it creates a VERY nice and even finish).  Thank goodness for YouTube videos since it is one of those techniques that it really helps to see!

On a side note, the version of the pattern I had was not reversible.  When I emailed the designer, without hesitation she sent me the updated pattern and BONUS--it has a doll version included!  I have a feeling Baby Emma might get a similar outfit!

Now for the bloomers. Aren't they the cutest?!  Seriously, I giggled when I was putting them together knowing how adorable they were going to be on my Adelyn.

The pattern is the Ruffled Diaper cover by Tie Dye Diva.  I appreciated that this pattern includes the ruffles in the construction of the bloomers instead of attaching them as separate pieces.  The end result is clean, neat and so precious!  I used my serger to make rolled of my favorite (and fastest) ways to hem lightweight ruffles.
Of course, I had to make one minor modification because really, can I leave one pattern "as is?"  On the original pattern, she calls for the leg openings to be turned 1/2" and then the bias tape casing sewn on top.  I used my favorite armscye bias tape lining method (eliminated the 1/2") and used 3/8" elastic instead.  Worked great and I didn't have to mess with trying to turn a non-bias curved edge with a hot iron.  OUCH!
On the front, I added a little applique "a."  It is not as professional as my sweet friend Kam makes, but I was in a hurry so I did it myself.  Don't look too close Kam--it is just ironed on with a topstitch around the edge.

I think together, the two pieces make a perfect pair! 

1 comment:

Little Lizard King said...

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