Little Journey LOVES dinosaurs. She knows the names of many of them. Her favorite: Brachiosaurus. She attends a pre-school a couple days a week and they had show and tell featuring items starting with the letter "B". She has a three foot long blow up Brachiosaurus that she was going to bring. Coincidentally I made her a little play set with a dinosaur print fabric and an embroidered Brachiosaurus on it which she was able to wear that day.
When I saw this dinosaur print fabric I knew I had to make something out of it for Journey. I used a turquoise linen blend for the capri pants, which does not require ironing. I found some cute buttons to match. You can find these button sets everywhere - JoAnn's, Wal-Mart, etc. They come in little packets and they also have coordinated sets of buttons. I have about 10 sets.
This little outfit seemed simple enough, but once I got into it, it turned out to be more work than I wanted to spend on play clothes. The sleeves and neck were finished with bias binding and there was a placket and buttons on the back.
I already had the dinosaur applique design and had used it on something else and knew that it would stitch out nicely. I used a 4 x 4 size and decided it was too small. I tried to do the larger size over it but of course it didn't completely cover the 4x4. Thankfully I had enough fabric to cut another front and start over. The dinosaur turned out perfect this time. I was busily sewing along and realized that I had managed to get a fold caught up in the serger knife and had cut into the fabric, front and back, at the top sleeve area. What to do? I SHOULD have thrown it out and started over, again, since I did have more print fabric, but I didn't want to go to the trouble of cutting, pressing, fusing stabilizer and interfacing, re-doing the applique, etc. So I created more trouble for myself in the long run.
I applied interfacing to the cut area, then fabric glue. It was still noticeable. I then decided to create a yoke to cover the cut. That looked cute. I added ric rac trim at the bottom of the raw edge of the yoke instead of seaming together the new yoke and the bottom of the top front (this came back to haunt me later). I added some decorative stitches using embroidery thread.
Next came the placket. For whatever reason (operator error??) the placket didn't line up right, which of course I didn't realize until I was completely done and ready for buttonholes. Oh well, no one would know unless they turn it inside out and examine it closely.
This little outfit turned out cute, just don't look too close!!