Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ruffle Butt

I found a pattern for diaper covers over at Made and decided that I must own a few pairs.  Especially after making the yummy dress I made yesterday.
Dana's got a free pattern and tutorial which is awesome.
I basically followed her instructions to the letter and ended up with this

Um hi.  Can you say adorable?!  
I did, however, add something very, very important.

Ruffle butt.

Yes, I know.
Every little girl needs to have some ruffle bottomed pants.
Or, in this case, panties.

Here's what I did:
I cut a whole bunch of strips that were 1 1/2" wide out of scraps.  Some were long, some were short.  I figured it didn't really matter since they would be all bunched up.

Then I cut out the pattern, found here.
I took the back and measured across the fullest part, about 1 inch down from the top.
And then made a long strip that would go about 3 times across it.

Then I pressed the seams down and trimmed them with my pinking shears.

I then decided to just use the pinking shears all the way down the length of the strip.
The better and probably more attractive way of doing this would be to use a serger and edge finish the strips.
My serger and I are not on speaking terms at the moment.
Hence the pinking.

I just barely did it along the edge as not to lose a lot of width.

And it made a pretty mess for me to clean up.  
But it's pink so it's not all bad, right?!

I then ran a gathering stitch down the middle of the strip.

And then gathered the crap out of it!

I didn't worry about finishing the edges because they would be encased in the seams.
But I imagine it would be a good thing to do if you were to be adding ruffles to pants or pre-made panties.
Anway I then laid the ruffle across the back of the diaper cover and pinned in place.

I used a tiny stitch to make sure it was good and secure.

And repeat.
4 times.

And then I followed Dana's instructions from there.
I did, however, use bias tape when making the elastic casing around the leg, just to make sure the ruffles didn't get in the way of sliding the elastic through.

And there you have it.
Adorable little girly underthings!

I don't have a model yet, so this will have to do.

Oh alright.  Just for fun...

I have no words.  I am just so dang excited to have this baby girl!!

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