How to make a child’s summer dress

This dress is so simple to make. Initially my plan was to make Hattie a maxi dress, but realized that a maxi dress + her rough n tumble life = hot mess. Instead I went with a mid calf dress which allowed her to climb trees, swing + ride her bike without incident.
How to make a child's summer dress
Belted or full, this dress is just perfect for spring or summer. The dress is so simple + can be made in about an hour – promise.
Additionally this tutorial is designed for seamstresses without sergers. If you have a serger, then modify away!
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Click here for the full tutorial after the jump!

Materials needed:

1- 2 yards fabric
45 inches of cut 2-inch strip

Tools that are helpful for this project:
Sharp scissors
Safety pin
Measuring tape

Hot Iron
Sewing Machine

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Start by measuring your child shoulder to the calf or mid-knee or wherever you want the dress to fall to. To make faster cuts use a machine linked here.
Add two inches + cut the length. For the width of the dress, I used the width of my yard, only cutting the length.
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Cut your armholes. I used a triangular cut about 5x 4 inches.
Press + hem your armhole seams.
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Press the edge down 1/4 inch.
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Then turn + press another 1/4 of an inch.
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Stitch right along the edge of your pressed hem.
This is where I stitched up the side of the dress. I used a french seam, but you can certainly used a straight stitch with a zig zag if you like.
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Press and sew the top + bottom of the dress similar to how you did the arms holes. Or you can pick one of the following if you read these extra resource.
For both the top I used a larger hem, to make the casing. I pressed down 1/2 inch.
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Turn + press a full inch. Stitch right along the edge.
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Do the same for the bottom hem.
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The top of your dress should look like this.
At this point, you could thread a ribbon through the casing + be done. I choose to make some non-bias bias tape.
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If this tape was cut on the bias, it would be true bias tape. How I make my non-bias tape or bias tape.
1. Cut the 2-inch strip.
2. Iron in half.
3. Open.
4. Iron one edge into the middle.
5. Iron other edges into the middle.
6. Iron in half again.
I stitch right along the edge.
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I then use zig zag on the bottom at a diagonal.
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Thread your tape through the casing.
The knot or bow will be on the shoulder or put it in the back or front.

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