Saturday, April 24, 2010

Blog Swap with Tina from Twinkle Toes

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to introduce Tina for my first blog swap today! She has an awesome blog, so go check it out. And have fun with her tutorial. So easy, I may have to give it a try. Enjoy! Also, be sure to check out her blog for my tutorial on a unique way to frame your pictures. Have a wonderful day!

Hi there! I’m Tina from
Twinkle Toes and I’m super excited to be Meg’s guest today!

I’m a wife and mom from the Midwest who loves to sew and create. I also have a little Etsy shop, but most of the things I make are for friends and family.

I love to make dresses and shirts for my daughter, so I thought I would share how I made this:

Let me start by saying that I purchased three spools of elastic thread last summer and they have sat unused since. I have no idea why, but I was so intimidated by it! I found this tutorial and with warm weather approaching in Ohio, I knew it was time to get to work.

I started out by taking my daughter’s chest and length measurements and cut my fabric, adding about 5 inches to the width. I sewed one seam down the side. Following the steps in the tutorial, I began sewing rows of elastic, creating the shirred effect. For the first row, I drew a straight line with chalk for a guide. For each additional row, I followed the previous one.

Here's the inside of the dress.

I continued sewing until I had completed 12 rows. I followed the instructions on the tutorial to tie off each row of elastic.

Next I cut 4 strips of coordinating fabric 2.5x12 inches. You can make these much wider if you want thicker straps for your dress. Rotary cutters are great for this type of thing. I just bought my first one this year and I heart it. I can’t believe I ever sewed without it!

I folded and pressed about 1/4 inch on each side, folded in half and pressed again.

I then sewed down the left side of each, creating four straps.

Next, I attached the straps to the dress.

Now comes the fun part! l cut a piece of the coordinating fabric 3.5x26 inches (the chest measurement plus 6 inches) and sewed a 1/4 inch hem down one side. (For more pouf in your bottom ruffle, simply make this piece longer.) Then I sewed a nice wide basting stitch down the opposite side and gathered the entire thing into a ruffle. You could also use your ruffler presser foot to create the ruffle.

Then I sewed the two end pieces, right sides together, to make one circle of ruffle.

The next step is not difficult, just tricky to show in a picture. Taking the right side of ruffle, I lined up the basting stitch along the right side of the bottom of the dress and pinned it in place. You may have to adjust the gathering in your ruffle to make it even all the way around the dress.

Then I sewed it in place, making sure to stay to the left of the basting stitch, so that it didn’t show when I turned the ruffle out.

TA-DA! Super cute and really easy!

Thanks for checking out my tutorial. Come on over and visit me at my blog and while you’re there, leave me a comment. I heart comments! And if you make this dress, send me the link. I’d love to see it!

Sumo Sweet Stuff
The Girl Creative


  1. Tina you are so talented! Your projects are getting more and more complicated as you improve in your abilities. Awesome job on the dress, can't wait to see it on your daughter!

  2. Love it! It turned out so pretty. Be blessed. Cindy

  3. Wow, I am jealous of your sewing skills! Nice work:) The elastic looks so simple...but without fail sewing machines just don't work for me!! Haha, perhaps I'll have to give it another shot.

  4. this is an adorable dress. You're very talented!


  5. Adorable - nice job! Dropping by from BNOTP, #7.


  6. I have been wanting to try elastic thread but am also intimidated - you made it look easy!

    I have a link party on Tuesdays and would love if you would drop by:

  7. You posted on my cooking Blog Snow Delicious. It is always fun to have people make comments that I don't know. I am LOVING your name. Your blog is great. I will be coming back a lot more. Thanks for the comment. I love comments.

  8. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing at the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Great tutorial - The dress is super cute! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  9. What a sweet little dress! I am all about the dresses!

  10. Cute little shirred dress!!

    I have a weekly Thursday blog party especially for people to share things they've made to be worn. Stop by if you'd like!


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