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.
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!
Click here for the full tutorial after the jump!
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
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.
If you’re not sure if Cricut or Silhouette is the better choice take a look at the Cricut vs silhouette comparison page.
Add two inches + cut the length. For the width of the dress, I used the width of my yard, only cutting the length.
Cut your armholes. I used a triangular cut about 5x 4 inches.
Press + hem your armhole seams.
Press the edge down 1/4 inch.
Then turn + press another 1/4 of an inch.
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.
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.
Turn + press a full inch. Stitch right along the edge.
Do the same for the bottom hem.
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.
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.
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.
I then use zig zag on the bottom at a diagonal.
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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