1. Â Cut out your laminate fabric using your hand drawn pattern.
2. Â Sew the shoulders first. Â Put right sides together and sew the back piece to the front at the shoulder. Â Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
This photo shows one side sewn on and the other not yet sewn. Â It will begin to look like ears attached to the front of a dress.
3. Â Top-stitch the shoulder seam. Â Top-stitching is just adding a tiny stitch on the seam you just sewed together.
Above you can see one side is top-stitched down and looks nice and the other is just sewn together without the finishing top-stitch. Â I always add a top-stitch because it just makes the garment look
4. Â You’ve created the bunny ear look now. Â Before we sew the sides together, we are going to finish the raw edges.
I have found that it is easier to hem the arm holes and around the unfinished raw edges now rather than trying to do it when the garment is completely sewn. Â Wrong or right, that is the best way I have found for me.
5. Â Serge or zig zag stitch the raw edges like I have shown above. Also do the same to the bottom front hem. Â (I didn’t show that.)
This photo is just to show you what I mean by serging and zig zag stitching. Â The only part NOT sewn on at this point is the sides where we will sew the garment together.
6. Â Because I CANNOT iron the laminate fabric to create the crease where I would sew and I don’t like pinning the fabric, I used the serged stitch as the guide to where I would hem the raw edges. Â I just folded it over as I went.
The bobbin thread ends up being your top-stitch. Â Above is a finished arm hole.
And here is the finished back. Â Now all the raw edges are turned under and look finished.
7. Â Next we are going to sew the sides together! Putting the right sides together, sew down the sides using 1/2 inch seam allowance.
8. Top-stitch down the side so it looks pretty.
9. Let’s add the back closure: Velcro! Â This is where I tried the smock on my daughter to determine where I wanted the velcro. Â If you don’t have your model handy, I placed the Velcro about 1.5 inches from the bottom of the arm hole. Â Sew all around the Velcro.
10. Â Add the other side of the Velcro to the inside of the back and sew all the way around it.
Ta-Da! Â You are all done and your little one is ready to get messy. Â The Laminate fabric wipes right off and is also perfect for bibs! Â I love this stuff.
If you are a bit nervous to sew with the laminate, try thisÂ Roller Sewing Foot!Â It helps pull the fabric through.