Yesterday, I decided my husband had too many unused shirts lying about. I ventured outside of my yarny comfort zone, got out the sewing machine and gave one of those forlorn shirts a second life as a dress for our little girl!
The pattern and tutorial for this super easy peasant dress is free and can be found on this lovely craft blog: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. I made the smallest size (12-18 months), but the pattern includes sizes up to 8 years. I can see myself making many more of these… It really was easy – it took me 3 hours, and I’m a beginner at clothing!
But, hooker at heart, I just had to add some crochet to this project! The little dress was cute but something was missing. I swapped the original shirt buttons for bigger ones, making the gaps in-between the buttons look more proportional. Nice. But still, it didn’t quite look finished…
Then it hit me – of course – edging! I grabbed some white DK weight yarn from my stash, a 3.5mm hook, and crocheted a 91 cm long strip of simple edging (91 cm = measurement around the bottom hemline). I then machine sewed the crochet edging to the reverse of the skirt with a straight seam. Tah-dah! 🙂
Here’s the pattern for the crochet edging:
Chain any number divisible by 6 + 2, turn. Chain 1 and sc in every stitch across, turn. Chain 3, 2 dc in first sc, [skip 2 sc, sc in next sc, skip 2 sc, 6 dc in next sc, repeat from [ across. Done!