The Making of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Caped Maxi Dress
Sephora is quite the tomboy but loves dresses. That is a difficult path to navigate. Don’t get me wrong she loves to get dressed up in her really girly dresses but on a regular day – she can’t really climb trees dressed in that. Well she can – but I prefer she doesn’t. Over the last two years I started whipping up dresses for her. Dresses that I have been making since early 2012 still fit her – I do make them big at first, then she can wear them for a long time. These are some photos of dresses I have whipped up previously. There are more but these are the dresses I have photos of.
To make these dresses I simply take pieces of multiple tshirts – sew them together and voila – one of a kind dresses. The next one I even put on a hood and tie. It definitely isn’t the best hood but she has certainly never complained and gets compliments on it every single time she wears it.
Right now she has definitely been sucked into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle craze and has been quite upset that she can’t find anything girly in their designs. Not a problem…
I purchased a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cape Tshirt and a plain black tshirt.
This one was rather simply done – I cut off the entire bottom section (armpits to the bottom) of the black tshirt and sewed it on the bottom of the TMNT shirt. Normally I would shorten the upper shirt but she wanted this one to be a maxi style dress so I left it as a full length adult sized shirt. Remember correct side to correct side when sewing together. I neatened that seam up – then hemmed the bottom (I sewed the finished edge to the finished edge of the TMNT shirt). These are adult shirts so I shortened up the shirt sleeves by hemming and using black thread on purpose to match the lower part of the dress. Because this is a Cape Tshirt – that is all I did. If the cape wasn’t there I would have added a hood or longer sleeves.
Now that is a happy child! So now she has all of the dresses you see above (they all still fit except the candy corn dress) and a batman with cape dress. Tomorrow we will make something different.