Thursday, September 8, 2011

Our First Home Ec Sewing Project

Yesterday, Olivia and Julie completed two t-shirt dresses for Leah.  They turned out so cute!  I think we spent 4 separate sewing sessions on their construction, each session from 20-45 minutes.  That included all of the measuring, cutting, sewing, serging, and ironing.

I am NOT a good photographer, so these pictures really don't do these dresses justice.

Completed dress #1.  The picture of Leah modeling this dress is a little blurry, so here is the dress lying on the ottoman.

Leah wearing dress #1

Leah wearing dress #2

A close-up of where the fabric joins the t-shirt

Isn't this a cute way to hem the dress?

I bought Leah leggings in the same color as the t-shirts for her to wear on cold days. 

We used the instructions found on Cool People Sew.  Look on the left sidebar for the "How to Make a T-shirt Dress" link.

We will spend the next few home ec lessons on menu planning and grocery shopping.  Our next sewing project will be sewing twirly or tiered skirts for the older girls.


  1. I bet I could do that! I'll check out the link, thanks.


  2. Very cute! Too bad I don't have any girls.

  3. I am going to show this to my mom! I would love to see your cost breakdown (so I can compare it to the $40 I spend on Lands End dresses and leggings that aren't nearly as cute as Olivia and Julie's creations).

  4. How cute! They did a great job. And how special for Leah to wear something her sisters made for her.

    Hope wears lots of Lands End dresses and I am planning to pair those with leggings this winter too. I am hoping for a sewing machine for Christmas, so who knows, maybe I will be making some of these.

  5. Adorable! What a good job!