And sometimes, yeah, I stress out instead of just spending the money on a pattern, or the new shirt, or whatever.
But sometimes, sometimes that challenge comes from my four year old Curly Girl who desperately wants a fuzzy soft pink tutu for her Easter dress and we can't find a good pattern anywhere.
Armed with 1/2 yard of hot pink knit, 1/2 yard of pale pink tulle, hot pink thread, some elastic and the instructions "soft pink tuttu easter dress", I created this:
I used one of Curly Girl's t-shirts as a pattern for the top and merely cut out two t-shirt shaped (sleeves and everything) pieces of knit, then sewed them together! The underskirt is three tiers of knit, as 1/2 a yard wasn't actually enough to create a full dress (surprise surprise).
The tulle overskirt is actually a separate piece. I sewed a strip of knit over the top of the tulle to create a casing for the elastic. For the first time ever, it gathered perfectly! It also has a light pink thread going through it about half way down to gather it in - otherwise the fullness of the tulle looked really odd with the underskirt.
Using the "Instant Gratification Top" from Sewinginnomansland.com I created a flowered-y type neckline. And then used her pattern for a retro-turban to create a matching headband out of some knit scraps.
It's a little funky, but I'm completely in love with knit. I didn't have to do one single hem! And Curly Girl loves it and can't wait for Easter morning. So..... the winner of the competition - Curly-T!