Saturday, March 9, 2013

Upcycled Shirred Dress from Pyjama Pants

I have a pile of fabric waiting to be cut out for shorts...but this little project jumped the queue on Thursday

 What started life as a pair of pyjama pants
( They were her aunties...they got caught on a nail which ripped a gaping hole in the buttocks! )

Became a idea to upcycle and reuse this gorgeous cotton
They were promptly rescued from the rubbish bin at Christmas and since then have sat folded in my to do pile......the fact that it hasn't taken more than two years to actually reuse it, is a miracle in itself!

I started Thursday deconstructing between dinner and homework and by that night I had two rectangles cut and ready to go

Friday afternoon I started, and by the evening I had finished sewing the straps into a bow.....I reused the pjay ties to make the straps and mum suggested to turn the dangling ends at the back into a bow!

Which is my favourite part.
though tonight I'm going to tack the bow a bit....make it a bit more perky  

I'm also pleased with the shirring, I decided to make a casing at the top for elastic, so it wouldn't have a frill...something I learnt in the Gerties Book for Better Sewing.

Lil Miss loves it too, she's really starting to enjoy the outfits she wears each day....and got incredibly excited when she tried this one on......not the first time when it had pins in it though!!! 

I also made it shirred so that she can wear it next summer, 
and maybe even the next?  
For now though I love it as a little maxi dress.  And the length doesn't stop her from having fun...

Linking in this week with

On Tuesday with Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts

On Thursday with Show and Tell at Leonies

And Andrea at Make it Wear it Thursdays


Actually Amy said...Best Blogger Tips

What a great upcycle! I would never have thought to turn PJ pants into a dress.

It's gorgeous!

Fay said...Best Blogger Tips

So pretty!

Schulz Family said...Best Blogger Tips

Oh this is fabulous. I am impressed that you did shirring. That is just a step too far for me!

Leonie said...Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! Am always in awe of your talents!

Susan C. said...Best Blogger Tips

That is so gorgeous!
We all need perky bows in our life.

Hazel from Hazel Loves Design said...Best Blogger Tips

I love your creativity, and a little bit inspired by it also! Such a gorgeous dress, for such a gorgeous girl!! :) Hazel

Ginx Craft said...Best Blogger Tips

What little (or big) girl would not like that lovely fabric. Too gorgeous not to make into something new.

Miriam said...Best Blogger Tips

cute - it's such a beautiful wee dress... kinda good the jammie pants tore!

Alyna Higgs-James said...Best Blogger Tips

So Cute, makes an awesome wee dress

Leanne M said...Best Blogger Tips

This is totally amaze balls. Love the fabric, great dress choice to showcase it and you can shirr, girl! I'm going to have to give that a go one day.

Al Shaffer said...Best Blogger Tips

It is sooooo cute. You are amazing to take pajama pants and turn it into a beautiful dress. I am a fan of the razor back straps. Great job.
Just one question for you, did you do smocking, use elastic thread, or another method to have it gathered like that at the top of the dress?

Hootnz said...Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Al , to answer your question I shirred with elastic thread. And the top edge I made a casing for a narrow width elastic to be inserted giving the nice top line to the dress.... You make the casing first and then shirr and then once you've steamed the shirring to shrink it you insert the elastic in the top casing :-)

Lisa said...Best Blogger Tips

This is adorable! Great way to reuse something old!

becky_tee said...Best Blogger Tips

I love this, it looks gorgeous on her- wish I had the sewing skills to do something similar!

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