I like it when a creation “creates itself”! I had not planned anything for that old t-shirt, then I saw it among my fabrics to reuse and at first I thought I was going to make a skirt out of it, but it came out a dress!!!
I would like to share with you the way I made it.
First of all, I cut off the neck and shoulders’ seams.
Then I placed a satin ribbon on the wrong side in order to put an elastic band to shape the dress.
I sewed the elastic and closed the ribbon.
Actually I found it pretty even this way, but it was on the wrong side so I had to turn it inside out 🙂
Since my intention was to sew a funny pocket on it I did not want it to look too complicated.
To find inspiration I looked at my animal-bookmarks and thought the Octopus would have been perfect!!!
So I drew the pieces and cut them off.
Then I sewed the face.
And the tentacles on the wrong side and turned them inside out (I know they should be eight, but that would have been too much :P).
In order to sew all the pieces together, that’s how I did:
To be sure that by sewing I wouldn’t have sewed the tentacles in between, I placed some pins.
I left an opening on the head in order to be able to turn the octopus inside out, then sewed it close.
Finally I could sew it on the dress. I did it just around the head, leaving the opening for the pocket, because I wanted it to have flippy floppy tentacles!
(Here a picture with his inspiration)
The shoulders were of course too large for a child, so at first I pinned the back as shown and then sewed it with a cute elastic stitch.
For the shoulders I created two fabric tubes with the same fantasy as the octopus.
Here you are!!! I hope you enjoyed it!!!