Shanty Onesie Dress

Hey guys!!
So you non-sewing gals are going to have to bear with me for a bit.  My sewing itch has returned with the addition of my new little girl… Sorry!  There are many takes on the “onesie dress” out there.  I always try to do my takes the cheapest, fastest and easiest so I wanted to share my version πŸ™‚

I start with a onesie.  I like getting mine at Walmart for $2… Can’t beat that!!  Being that it is still 100 degrees here in Texas I decided to use a short-sleeved onesie for mine.

Next you will need a strip of fabric.  I made my skirt 12″ long so I only needed 1/3 yard which I got at 30% off so it was just around $1… Whoop!

I use my serger on the next step.  For you ladies sewing with just a machine, you need to ask the hubs for a serger for Christmas… They are a must!  I added a rolled hem to both the top and bottom of the fabric piece.
My next step was to ruffle one end of my fabric.  I used my ruffler foot on my sewing machine to quickly add a perfect ruffle.
Here she is in action…
Here is my ruffle… (15 seconds later)

My next step was to draw a line with pencil on the onesie where I wanted to attach the skirt.

Then, I opened the bottom of the onesie and pulled it on my machine.

Put the line of your ruffle straight on the pencil line and use a small zig zag stitch all the way around.  I left a bit of allowance on the beginning of my fabric piece to attach it to the other end in my next step.

Once you have made it almost all the way around pull off your onesie.  I flipped the skirt up and attached my two fabric ends together with good sides facing each other.  I then used a simple straight stictch to attach the fabric ends.
Then, I flipped the skirt back and attached the remaining couple of inches to the dress using the same zig zag stitch as earlier.
My final step was to add a little bow.  I love using grosgrain because you can fray check it with a lighter and it washes well in the wash. 
 I made a simple bow using my Schiff grosgrain I purchased from our favorite ribbon supply company…

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I made my bow and used my machine to attach it to the top of the dress.

That’s it…. 20 minutes and less than $4 later I have a super cute little dress for my little lady!
Here she is sporting another one I made her over the weekend…
Can you tell by her expression how much she loves it?? πŸ™‚
And here is another one I made using tulle to make a tutu onesie doing the exact same steps!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Make sure to go check out the great products over at Ribbon Retreat!!  Happy Friday!!

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  1. Cheerful Homemaker on March 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    How wide was your fabric? Did you use the entire width of the fabric? I’m getting ready to make one for a friend’s baby and just wondered. Love the idea! It’s so simple!

  2. Brandy on September 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    toooooo! cute, i can't wait to try this out!

  3. Melody on September 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    That's super neat! I don't have a baby, but now I want to make these for baby showers!

  4. Life in Rehab on September 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Oh, she's just delectable, and you look like you're having too much fun making little dainties for her.

  5. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row on September 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    So sweet – love the tutus! Do you make the headbands, too?

  6. Marthe Bishop-McDonald on September 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I love it! Oh how I miss wittle ones. Sigh. My baby is a boy and he's 5 now. My twin girls are 8. No more glow worms. Triple sigh. I guess I can do this for my friends with the wee wittle ones then.

  7. Claire on September 19, 2010 at 12:37 am

    My favorite is the blue tutu onesie-cutest thing I've ever seen-the baby first, then the dress! Congrats-
    claire at

  8. lise on September 18, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Simply adorable – please show us the blue cabinet the dress is hanging from!

  9. Lena7771 on September 17, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I love love love these!!! If we ever have a baby girl, I am going to have to give this a try!! Too cute!!!

  10. Krista on September 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    LOVE these ideas! Thanks for sharing. I want to make a tutu one for my daughter πŸ™‚

  11. lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE on September 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    aw, so precious! I'm expecting another little girl in six weeks and it's got my sewing machine pedal foot itching. I have recently aquired a ruffle foot myself, and I'm borderline delirious with excitement over the idea of how many ruffles I can put on how many things now that it takes so little time. Eee! Ruffles! Baby girls! I think I have a cavity.

  12. Blessed Mommy of 2 on September 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    She is ADORABLE! =) Precious little dresses and tutu as well. πŸ˜‰

  13. 3LittleByrds on September 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Oh my she is just too sweet. I love her new dresses. You're so talented. I need to take sewing lessons from you. I wish I knew how. My mom use to sew all the time for me when I was little then she stopped when my sister came along. Now that we're here in TX and they're in Fla. it's kinda hard to learn from her.

  14. Bobbie on September 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I featured this adorable onesie on my blog this morning. you can find it thanks for sharing

  15. allison @ on September 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    just gorgeous! Was working on one of these the other day, but it was a big craft fail for me! (It happens!) THanks for sharing your great tips and tricks! The tutu is precious! going to have to make many of these for my new niece who was born yesterday!!! (and looking online to buy a ruffler foot now!)
    Thanks and Happy Friday!

  16. Design A-Peele on September 17, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    absolutely precious. love it!

  17. Knudsen's on September 17, 2010 at 5:08 am

    OH my gosh! You're little peanut is so cute! I miss the new baby smells, squeaks, and yawns. Enjoy all that new baby-ness. She's adorable.

  18. Gabby on September 17, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Great tutorial! It's so funny because I was thinking about asking my hubby for a serger for Christmas.

  19. Tales From My Empty Nest on September 17, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Your little girl is so precious and those dresses are adorable!!! Love & blessings from NC!

  20. Shirley on September 17, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Aw, your baby is absolutely beautiful! I am hoping hoping hoping the next baby is a girl so I can make bows and dresses for her. And of course coming here for the great ideas. πŸ˜‰

  21. Kristie Clower on September 17, 2010 at 2:51 am

    sweet baby! why did you have to post such cute pics?! Now I want another.
    Super cute, keep all the great work.

  22. Tere on September 17, 2010 at 2:49 am

    How adorable as is the baby! Come link up to my party and show off your awesomeness!

  23. Stephanie on September 17, 2010 at 2:30 am

    I don't know what is more adorable, the baby or your dresses! I just wanted to thank you for sharing about the ruffler back in December when you made your tree skirt. I bought one right away and I just love it! It is better than I thought it could ever be, and thanks to you I get to make pretty things in no time at all.

  24. Kara on September 17, 2010 at 2:25 am

    These are so cute and I am so "stealing" these tutes!!! LOVE! That baby girl is so precious πŸ™‚

    Kara @ Mine for the Making

  25. Shelly on September 17, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I love it! She looks fabulous in her new dresses!

  26. Shelly on September 17, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I love it! She looks so precious in her new dresses!

  27. Tara on September 17, 2010 at 1:54 am

    The picture of her in the tutu is ADORABLE!! What a cool idea!

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