Make a cute one of a kind dress for your dog with that Tshirt you no longer want!
I haven't sewn in over a decade and just bought myself a sewing machine and wanted to see what I can do. I have an adorable Corgi that loves to wear clothes, but she's in between sizes so finding cute outfits for her isn't always easy! I decided I'd try making a dress for her (for her birthday coming up next month)
I'm in no way a professional seamstress, and the making of this dress wasn't used with any templates or copying a design. As far as I know this 100% original and of my own personal tastes and creativity. With that said, I hope you enjoy. Let's get started making a dress for a Large-XL size Corgi :-D
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For the fabric of the dress I used my boyfriends old T-shirts. A white T-shirt and (a black T-shirt for trim and details). Depending on the size of your dog, bigger shirts are always best...
Measure your dog, and create a pattern of the kind of dress you'd like to make.
Take the fabric (white T-shirt) and lay it out on the table. Take your dress patterns and pin them to the fabric. (you should have one front piece, back piece and a 'skirt' piece -I folded them in half to make it easier to keep things even. Don't cut along fold. Now you should have 3 pieces of white fabric cut out in to the shapes of your patterns.
Once my pattern pieces were cut out, I attached some lace and some decorative stitching and made the ruffle for the skirt. Take the skirt piece and baste to the largest pattern piece... Make sure to leave room with the thread before cutting. Take the thread and pull to 'gather' the fabric until desired amount. Stitch to the 'back' of the dress (larger piece of the pattern) right sides together.
Grab your model for a quick look see. :-)
I took a few minutes out to make some beautiful fabric flowers out of the scraps of black fabric left over.
Depending on the size of the flowers..
-Cut 5 circles in any size you choose (smaller ones are much easier...)
-Once cut, fold each circle in half and then in half again (you'll end up with triangles)
-Machine (or hand) baste along the longer edge of each piece.
-Pull the thread (like with the skirt) and attach all 5 scrunched up petals together in a circle.
-(to make the center of the flower...) cut a long strip of fabric and roll tightly. Hand sew to prevent from unraveling.
-Attach the center to the petals and there you have it! A perfect flower! (make as many as you want- I made a small (used a cup for size) and a large flower (used a CD for size)