Start with a skirt that you no longer wear or maybe out of style for you.
Next measure the length you wanted to cut it. My daughter is between a 2 and 3T so I was going to cut it at 17 1/2 in. This is a sheer fabric with a lined skirt underneath so I decided to draw a line to stitch the two skirts together.
Next stitch on the line and cut above the stitch line.
Now I am ready to work on the chest band. I took the idea and measurement formula from lil blue boo's tutorial here. so I cut a 7 by chest measurement +1.5in. After I cut it, I realized I wanted a thicker chest band so didn't fold like in the tutorial. I folded in half and ironed then folded about an inch on each sides and ironed
I stitched right sides together with really small seam allowance because I didn't think it gave enough room around the chest but I was wrong and should of had more seam allowance!!
Then I folded it back the way I ironed it and set it aside for now. Next take your skirt and you will gather it to fit the chest band. For me I set my sewing machine on a zig zag at the biggest length and zig zagged over fishing line.
Once that is done, I pin the skirt in the chest band in 4 parts and begin to pull my fishing line and then pin some more.
Then I stitch in place. Once that is done you can pull the fishing line out. Now I top stitch with a decorative stitch. When I do this I find an embroidery thread looks the best. .
Then I cut 4 strips of ribbon at 18in in length. I pinned on for the straps
Next stitch into place and cut ends on an angle and seal with fire.
I am a wife,(thank you Bill for putting up with me for so many years!!), A mother (who loves her children more than the world), and nana to a beautiful grandaughter, Jordan, (who is the joy and light of my life!!) I am a Christian woman who loves God and her family! I love to cook and try new recipes. These are some of our favorites! My favorite Bible verse is...Jer 29:11 (NIV)
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."