Next I looked up a few different tutorials on doing applique (Plaid Apple and Sew Mama Sew were my go to blogs on this).
materials needed (polka dot material not present)Minnie Mouse Onsie / Applique
-onsie or shirt
-red and white polka dot material
-Wonder Under or other fusible interfacing
-stablizer or you can use lightweight interfacing (keeps your stitches from puckering)
-sewing materials (sharp sewing scissors help a lot)
Step 1. Prewash your fabrics and onsies. I am horrible at this but it's an important step especially with applique and sewing different fabrics together.
Step 2. Trace and cut your template for applique from the Wonder Under. Mickey made it easy as I didn't have to reverse the image or such but keep that in mind depending on how complicated you get. Iron on the Wonder Under peice to the wrong side of your fabric.
Wonder Under cut into pattern and ironed on to "wrong" side of fabric"
Step 3. Peel off the paper backing of the Wonder Under once your peice has cooled. This was my first time doing applique and I swear this was not a step in any tutorial and I tried to iron the peice on with the paper attached (silly me).
peel off the paper leaving the adhesive behind
Step 4. Iron the sticky side down of your fabric peice to the shirt or item you want it attached to.
Step 5. Iron on stabilizer or pin it to the inside of your garment. This will keep the stitching even and prevent ruffle and other uneven looking applique messes.
Step 6. Using a sewing machine or by hand, sew around the outside of the applique. Try to keep your stiches close to the border and very even...overlapping to prevent fray or allowing for fray if you wish, depending on style.
Gathered Skirt (Addition)After the applique onsie/shirt was complete I used the red and white polka dot material to add a simple gathered skirt to each onsie. Then I simply put a pair of red and black leggings under each girls' outfit and we were good to go. Literally finishing touches (the bows) were added only hours before our flight.
Step 1. Sew hems on both top and bottom of skirt. Then sew a long "baste" stitch with your machine along the top of the skirt. DO NOT reverse stitch or "lock" your baste stitching.
gather material with a basic sewing machine..."baste stitch" and keep your thread long at both ends
Step 2. Keep the thread long at both ends of the peice of fabric. Once you have the baste stitch complete find the bottom/bobin thread (bottom of hem/stitch) and gently pull on this and gather your skirt across.
pull the bottom thread or threads in this case and voila...cute gathered skirt
Step 3. Pin the skirt to the shirt or onsie to get your spacing/gathering just right and then sew the back seam together with right sides together. Once back seam is complete then sew the skirt to the onsie or shirt.
finished product without the bow
Basing my under $10 estimate on $3 onsie, $2 remnant fabric, $5 Wonder Under (not using nearly all of it) and having some other supplies on hand.
|My girls living it up in Disneyland with their Minnie Mouse themed outfits|