Sail Away Summer Outfit

I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with just a few more projects left on So You Think You’re Crafty.  Ten weeks is a really long time! The good thing is that it’s helped me push my creative boundaries and do things that I normally wouldn’t.  I made it through to the next round with the “Sail Away” Summer Ruffle Outfit that I made for Audrey.

The outfit is complete with a ruffle ocean around the skirt, ruffle sleeves, and ruffle pinwheels behind the buttons and on the hair clip.

I just LOVE the white fabric that I found for the shirt! It has a very faint polka dot texture (seen better on the photo above). Super cute and feminine. Rustic wooden buttons are sewn onto the front as a decoration and sort of look like driftwood to match our theme.

The sails on the little appliquéd boat are made out of the same polka dot fabric as the shirt. Don’t you just love the faint orange color of the flag?!  Perfect accent color!

The hair clip ties the whole outfit together using all of the fabrics from the sailboat and the same wooden button as the shirt.

I used a couple different tutorials to construct the outfit.  I wanted needed it to be easy because I’m not much of a seamstress.  To make the shirt, I just used the tutorial here at Sparkle Power.  Audrey’s chest measures 23.5″ and she wears a size 6.  I thought that I should add some inches to compensate, so I made hers with a 37 x 18 rectangle.  And… then I ended up cutting fabric off because it was way too big, and it needed to be shorter to look ok with the skirt.  So, my measurements are no help, but here’s a photo of what I did.

I ended up cutting two inches off the already hemmed bottom.  Then I measured two inches from seam on both sides and cut at an angle towards the top.  I didn’t want to have to take the whole thing apart at the top, so this worked.

I made the skirt using this free pattern/tutorial from oliver + s.  Instead of adding a ribbon, I hemmed the bottom before adding the elastic at the top.  Super easy.  To make the ruffles, I cut 2″ wide strips of fabric that were 2.5 times longer than the circumference of the skirt.  When you make the skirt you cut from selvedge edge selvedge edge, so you just cut 2.5 strips from selvedge to selvedge.

Sew the three strips together to make one long strip.  Iron open your seams.

Fold and iron the strip in half right sides together (you want the seams that you made before on the outside).  Sew a 1/4″ seam all the way down the strip to make a tube.  Insert a safety pin into one end and push it through the opening to turn the whole thing right side out.

Now you should have a long tube.

Iron the tube flat with the seam in the middle.  Baste (long stitch) down the middle of the seam, stopping at each seam that you made to attach the three strips together.  If you don’t stop and start at these points, you won’t be able to to do the next step.

Take your bobbin threads and gently pull them to ruffle the entire strip.  I broke my thread a couple times, which is probably why you are supposed to do two threads when you make a ruffle, but I was being lazy.  It’s pretty easy to just go back over the spot that broke and sew another line.

I added the ruffle before adding the elastic to the top of the skirt.  That makes it easier to keep things flat.  Start at the back seam of the skirt, turn the end of your ruffle in, and pin with lots and lots of pins.  Take it over to your machine, and sew the ruffle down in the middle.

I drew the sailboat applique.  You can download that for free here.  I’m not going to do the applique or hair bow tutorial right now, but look for those soon.  I’ll add the links to the post as soon as they are up.  **edit: check out the hair clip tutorial**

That’s it for today.  Next week’s theme is Summer!  I hate Summer.  My pale skin and AC bill do not care for the 100 degree weather.  Of course for some reason that is the theme that I suggested to Missy when she was asking for ideas for the season. Haha.  Should be fun!

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11 Responses to Sail Away Summer Outfit

  1. LOVE this!! The ruffle waves are awesome! Im thinking of making a dress with the inspiration of that shirt for my niece. She would look so darling!

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