Sunday, January 16, 2011
Project ReStyle - Week 3
My daughter attended a superhero birthday party last week which meant my mission was to come up with a costume. I quickly discovered there is a serious lack of female superheros but Erin was happy to be Batgirl. Easy enough. I wanted to use a Christmas dress that she will outgrow before next year but she insisted that she wanted to keep it so I had to turn to plan B. Plan B was to find anything black at Goodwill. This other Christmas dress was similar to hers and just $2.50. Deal.
The dress was a size 7 and way to big for her so I had to make some alterations. I held it next to a dress that fits her to estimate the length then just cut across the bottom. This knit velvet doesn't unravel so I just left the bottom of the dress unhemmed, plus I got rid of the the roses. Then I turned the dress inside out and stitched a new side seam one inch in on each side to reduce the width. Finally I made a pink bat iron-on from some fabric in my stash. I printed off a template for the bat that I found online and used No-Sew Heat and Bond to make the iron on. I didn't want the roses to show so I just turned the dress around and ironed the bat to the back. Whola!
I already had the iron-on template cut out so I used it to make a bag for the birthday boy with some items in my discard fabric pile. This is a huge pile that I hope to be rid of by the end of Project ReStyle.
I have made this bag a dozen times and it is my go to project when I teach sewing. I'll post the directions this week for my Tuesday Tutorial. If you'd like to try an iron-on for yourself leave a message in my post from yesterday. I'm thinking I'll make valentine hearts, not bats for my goody bags.