Last week, while I was posting about the Super Why Giveaway, I was hard at work on several handmade gifts for a dear friend's baby shower. I had to wait until the gift was given or I would spoil the surprise. I had several projects in mind and when they were finally all finished, the night before the party, I got an idea for ONE MORE item. The problem was it was late and I only had about an hour to spend on it.
Now that the show has aired, many of you will be familiar with the upsetting results of the LAST thing I made when I only had an hour! Ouch! Let me say that an hour in your own studio is WAY different than an hour on a set with a giant clock ticking and producers yelling and Tori Spelling stopping you to chat. Besides, if I REALLY needed more time I knew I could just stay up extra late and burn the midnight oil.
So, I had an hour and I was inspired by this purple tulle curtain that I bought at a thrift store a while back. The mom-to-be LOVES purple, so when I caught a glimpse of it, I thought PURPLE TUTU PERFECTION! I discovered an extra plain onsie from the brother and sister outfits I made a while back and just knew I could make a cute, quick outfit.
First, the curtain was too long. It also needed to be gathered more to make a proper tutu. I folded the purple curtain at the one gathered seem so that I could sew a waist band pocket into which I could later insert elastic. Then I trimmed both layers to an appropriate length before I gathered it.
I used the onsie as a guide for the size of the elastic and sewed it into a loop. Then I sewed the layers of tulle together so it wouldn't be open in the back.
With the tutu finished, I used fabric pens and fabric paint to make false necklaces at the neckline. It still needed a little something, so I pulled a few silk flower petals off of a larger flower and sewed them on with a button for the center. I hope the new mama enjoys seeing her little lady in this One Hour Onsie as much as I enjoyed actually finishing in the allotted time!