It's starting to get warmer and it time to break out the dresses and skirts!! I really wanted to try making my little girl a dress.
I'm still new to sewing and I'm realizing that the fabric makes a huge difference! The quality and the design. What really makes this dress is the super cute fabric!!! I just LOVE it. I got it from the awesome fabric store, Stitches 'N Giggles. It's cute and a great quality!
I just want to warn you that this is only my second dress that I've made (first without a pattern) and my first tutorial for a dress. I was making things up as I went along, so it might not make sense!
This is how I made it:
1) I took a dress that had the same shape and traced around it to make the pattern. The dress was 0-3 months, so I made it about 1/2-1 inch bigger all around.
2) I then cut out the pattern. This is the front.
3) I then traced and made the back. I made it 2-3 inches wider than the front because I'm going to have buttons in the back of the dress.
4) I cut out the fabric. Make sure you make the two different sides, don't just make two of one like I did :).
5) I then made some bias tape and sewed it onto the front.
6) Next I overlapped the back. There is about 1 inch overlapped.
7) I then overlapped the front V and the put the back and front of the bodice together, fronts facing each other and then pinned it together. I sewed the shoulders and the sides together. Then I hemmed the neck of the bodice.
Here is it right side out with the shoulders and sides sewn together.
Now for the skirt.
8) I took pieces of fabric, 9"x12"
9) I took my green fabric and made some ruffles. For the full tutorial for the skirt, go here.
10) Next I put the bodice and skirt together. I put the bodice inside the skirt, making sure that the front of the fabrics were facing each other and pinned it. I then sewed it together.
11) Next I made a band out a of 2" wide strip. I made the band first and then put it onto the dress and sewed it on. (Sorry, didn't realize that my camera strap was in the picture....)
Now for the sleeves
12) I took a 2"x12" strip and ruffle it. Then I pinned it onto the sleeve and sewed it.
13) Next I hemmed the sides. I made the bottom of the sleeve about 1/2 inch and the middle about 1 1/2 inch. I then hemmed the rest of the arm hole.
14) I then put three buttons onto the back of the bodice.
And that's it!! Not too bad for not having a clue what I was doing half the time :) Don't you just love the colors of it? I do!