Friday, June 1, 2012

Easy Sundress and Shawl


This sundress and crochet shawl were SO easy to make...
each piece was made in only two steps. Both were made from thrift shop finds and cost less than $1.00 each!





This is the Infant top I started with in size 3-6 months. The straps were already adjustable so no need to do anything with them! The body length from top of neck ruffle to bottom of hem ruffle was 7 3/4". Don't be afraid to use a large print for your doll's dress- it can look very modern, but do choose a print in colors that look more grown up!
STEP #1) Pin a small tuck at each shoulder strap front and back (4 tucks in all) I did about 1/4" deep tucks, but adjust to fit doll.
STEP#2) Hand sew with matching thread along tucks in just the gathered area and let the tuck open up for the skirt area.

That's it! No hemming. No sewing side seams. You're done!

And now for the shawl...
This is a crocheted doily that measured 14 1/2" wide and cost 99 cents.
STEP#1) I first decided on a neck opening width (between 4"- 4 1/2") and noticed I could cut out the center section so that what remained had an opening of 4 3/8". I carefully used a seam ripper and cut only the center section making sure NOT to cut any of the threads of the piece I needed for the shawl! Weave any loose threads back into the shawl.
STEP#2) To add interest, and to allow adjusting the neckline, I added a matching tie that I wove through the holes, that were already part of the crochet, using a large needle. I used a cotton tape yarn that looks like a ribbon, you can also use a ribbon or yarn, and it can match or be contrast. I started with a piece 40" long and trimmed as needed.

Done! No sewing! No crocheting! Just a little cutting!
Hmm... This could make a cute skirt, too, just pull the tie a little tighter!




So that's it for the quickest outfit I have ever made!

Creatively Yours,
Donna


16 comments:

  1. My grandmother has a box full of crocheted doilys. This is such a good job. I now have a great project to add on my summer projects list :D

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  2. LOVE that little shawl made from a doily -- what a GREAT idea!!! Just recommended this blog to one of my friends last night - she excited to explore it!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for sharing my blog with your friends!

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  3. Very fun! Love the curative shawl idea!

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  4. This has given me many ideas. I have baby clothes that I just can't give away, but if I turn them in to Doll clothes, I am not giving them away!! ;)

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    1. Yes, and if you make something fun out of those baby clothes you'll be bringing them out of hiding and can enjoy them again! Have fun!

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  5. Thank you Donna! My daughter loves her AG doll and I promised her to make her stuff for the doll if she gets rid of her toys she does not use.So we are working on it :).This pattern is another promise to her.

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    1. Anna, nothing like a good bribe! I love it! Have fun with your projects!

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  6. Love it, can' wait to see what I can find at a thrift store. Wow, thanks for the tip and you did a fantastic job. AG dolls are so cute in their clothes, especially cute Kit.

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  7. I love a good treasure hunt, especially if it inspires a craft project!

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