I just finished this one this morning. I started it yesterday while my mom was here-she brought my two nieces to play and told me to do whatever I wanted while she watched the kids. Yay craft time!!!
This is a semi-homemade outfit that I made out of a white t-shirt ($3 at Target) and a pair of black shorts ($2.44 at Wal-Mart). I also bought fabric at Hobby Lobby when it was on sale for $4 and used half a yard.
I cut a 8" x 36" piece of fabric for the bottome of my shirt. Oh yeah, I cut the bottom of the shirt off about an inch and a half below the armhole. Back to the red fabric...I ironed about 1/2 inch of one long side down for my hem and then sewed it. I sewed the two short ends together-wrong sides facing-to make a big loop. I then basted along the top and pulled my thread to get it to gather. Once that was done I attached it to the bottom of my shirt.
Let me try to walk you through this is case you are really bad at picturing in your head how to make things come out the right way....
I laid my shirt down, right side out. I turned my gathered red fabric 'inside out' so the wrong side was facing me. I then put it around the bottom of my shirt so the gathered end was against the bottom (now cut-off) end of my shirt. The hem of the red fabric was pointing toward the collar of the shirt. Still with me??? I pinned them together and carefully sewed.
Make sure you aren't so excited to be getting so much done and so well that you forget a step here. Make sure that the side seam of your red fabric meets up with the side seam of your shirt. :) Otherwise you will have a seam running down the front of your shirt. Thank goodness my mom was here and offered to rip the stitches out for me so I could do it again. Rookie mistake that I learned long ago and have no idea where my head was yesterday!
After that was in place and incredibly cute I decided to try something I had never done before. A freezer paper stencil. From some of the posts I have read about them, people seem to make these sound so difficult. I was scared for nothing.
I took a small piece of freezer paper and using a bottle of acrylic paint for the head and a quarter for the ears I traced a Mickey Mouse silhouette. I cut out my stencil from the freezer paper and with the waxy side down I ironed it to my shirt. I blotted some paint on there and easy peasy....not scary at all.
After the paint was dry I peeled the paper off and was so very happy :) Isn't that white bow the shirt came with just adorable?
I used the same concept of adding the red fabric to the shorts. Except the fabric was 18" x 4" for each leg hole. I made a bow out of ribbon that I had leftover from our Minnie Mouse birthday party and hand sewed it to the shirt. i topped it with the ears I made her for the same party and she was so excited to try it on. The only problem I had was chasing her around the (messy) house to try and snap a picture! I can't wait for our dinner with Mickey and Minnie!