A few months ago I made this little girl dress for my soon-to-be grand daughter. I received quite a few requests that I do a tutorial on how to make this simple design.
Now that the baby is here, I am spending time at my daughter's house, and making Kayla a few more dresses.
This tutorial will be quite rudimentary because there really are not instructions for the pattern. My friend Monica made up a dress for her little girl. I looked the dress over, took a few measurements, and duplicated what I could remember.
I am happy to share with you my process, but realize it's one of those patterns that can be easily altered. These instructions measure for a 6-12 month old.
Main part of dress = width of fabric, and 13" cut for length
Contrasting bottom piece= width of fabric, and 6" cut for length
1/8 yd. for straps and covered buttons
20" of elastic (1"wide)
1 1/2" covered buttons
I used "Wonderland" by Moda for this dress.
For the base of the dress use the width of the fabric. I trimmed off the selvages. Cut 13" for the length.
For the bottom contrasting piece, use the width of the fabric again, cutting 6" for length.
Sew them together. This makes the main body of the dress.
Press under 1/4" along both the top and the bottom width of the main body of the dress.
Fold the bottom piece in half towards the inside, meeting at the seam line. Top stitch down.
Fold the top section down to the inside 2 3/4". Stitch down.
From the stitched line, measure up 1 1/2 inches. Sew a stitching line again.
This creates a space for the elastic to be encased. Insert the elastic inside the casing. Stitch both ends to hold in place.
The front of the dress now looks like this.
Sew the side seams together, creating a tube. I like to make a french seam for a cleaner look on the inside.
For the straps, cut 2 pieces 3" X 12 ". Fold in half right sides together, and stitch leaving both ends open. Turn the tube to the right side, and press. Top stitch on both sides.
I love covered buttons. You can use a store bought buttons if you like, but I am very partial to using the same fabric line for the buttons also.
I saw this wonderful companion fabric in the Wonderland collection, and they just shouted "Covered Buttons!"
I get my button supplies from www.coverbuttons.com
I just eyeballed adding on the straps., and stitched them to the inside of the dress.
I sewed the buttons on the front, and the dress is done!
My daughter asked if I could make a few dresses in a larger size.
Easy to do. I just increased the length of of the two pieces that make up the body of the dress. I increased the elastic size and the length of the straps.
This dress will probably fit Kayla when she is around 2 years old.
These can be worn as a top or a dress. For the smaller size, you can wear it with a tee shirt and pants. (see the first picture in the post)
I made another just a little bit bigger than the 6-12 month size. I added 2 inches to the main fabric of the dress.
These dresses are very easy to do and would also make nice baby shower gifts.
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org