I’m so excited to be participating in Heidi’s Knock it Off series! I really love following this series! All my readers know how cheap frugal I am, so this series is right up my alley. I like dressing my kids in nice clothes, but dislike spending a lot of money on them. When I first signed up for this series, we were planning on moving in September, so I signed up for an early date. Then we decided to move earlier, i.e. tomorrow, so I wasn’t able to put together a tutorial. But I share two free patterns later in the post, so you can make something similar for cheap!
It took me awhile to decide on what to make. I have a lot of expensive kid’s clothes pinned to my pinterest boards, so I had too many things I wanted to make. But I couldn’t get this Oscar de la Renta Ikat baby dress and bloomers out of my head, and then I found a cute Ikat skirt in my refashion pile. It was perfect to make a little dress and bloomers for my baby.
I skipped the lace details because my Ikat was much busier than the original and the gathered sleeves and bloomers gave enough detail to the outfit. I decided to add little gathered cap sleeves because I LOVE little flutter sleeves. I haven’t had much of a chance to play with gathers since I had a boy first, so I thought I’d add some. I love the poofy bloomers, the keyhole back with a button loop, and the fun Ikat print.
Pattern: I used the free Little Tummy Tunic by Once Upon a Sewing Machine. This tunic looks more like my original inspiration which I was going for, but I decided to keep the pleats from the original skirt. The pleats made the look more like a little baby doll dress. I used a store-bought bloomer pattern my friend gave me, but Sewing Mama Raeanna has a free bloomer pattern that you can use.
Fabric: I used an Ikat skirt I had and also reused the lining so the dress is fully lined.
Time: 2 hours for both pieces
Here are some other tips for sewing to save.
If you join in the Knock if Off sew-along than add it to the Knock it Off Flickr group. Two prizes will be awarded at random from the submissions. The prizes will be $100 and $50 gift certificates to Gold Star Tools. Join in so you might win!
Whenever I take pictures of my daughter, my son wants to join in. They are so cute together! And moving actually came in handy because they are sitting on a packed box to get in the right light.
I can’t wait to see everyone else’s fun knock offs!