Thursday, 4 February 2010

Project Upcycle Day 4 - Cutie Baby Valentine's Day Dress

Yesterday I asked you what I would make out of a plain, old, red pillowcase? It's was actually a simple question for most seamstresses. There are about a zillion tutorials online that take pillowcases and turn them into skirts, dresses, headbands, tops, bags, just about anything. But I also hinted that it was Laney's 6 month birthday, so it was going to be something for her, or more accurately, something for a baby like her. What could it be?

So let's get started.

1) Cut out the shape of your baby dress. Sew the sides and decorate if it's looking a little plain.

2) Bind top and make sleeves out of a little more binding. You don't even have to hem the bottom if you cut out the dress pattern from the hemmed edge of the pillowcase! Nothing could be simpler.

I whipped up a cute little headband out of the pillowcase scraps and put a bow on the front as well.


Then all you gotta do is get your model to sit still while you take a picture. Impossible! I took about 40 pictures and only got a few usable ones. Laney is a whirlwind of movement!

But she's an adorable whirlwind of movement!

Here is the still version of the dress, just in case you missed it in the previous photos. Models! You just can't do anything with 'em!

**** This Cutie Baby Valentine's Day Dress and matching headband will be listed at Tawny Bee for $26. Half the proceeds ($13) will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as part of my Project Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010 campaign. ****

Stay tuned tomorrow to find out what I will be turning this mint green sweater, this reclaimed elastic, and these adorable bear buttons into. Hint: Lace up your ice skates and grab your AquaNet - it's 1984 baby!

Earlier Posts in the Project Upcycle for Heart and Stroke series:

2 comments:

Jen said...

Awww... She looks so cute in it, you should just keep it for her! I'd buy it for Claire, except there's NO way Chris will let me buy her any more clothes!

Tawny said...

Yeah I actually thought about that, but I have the matching pillowcase, so I might make Laney one that is a bit bigger. She's having another growth spurt, so she won't fit into that one very well soon.