My little girl loves dresses, even more than me!!
This dress is loved so much that it has been worn three days in a row, so far.
I can’t blame little Eliza because these pastels are just so pretty!
I found this little adorable t-shirt for $1 at the thrift store. The sweet collar with the peach t-shirt fabric was beckoning me from across the store. For me it is all about the thrill of the hunt. If you would rather go to your favorite place and buy a cute ruffly shirt, that would be cute too. The fancier the better, because hey this is an Easter dress right?
But it needed something. Then I thought of this gorgeous knit fabric that I have at home.
I got this knit from Girl Charlee Fabrics online. Since you might be running a little low on time Joanne Fabrics or your local fabric store may have just what you need. Unless you are a fabric hoarder/craft person you probably already have just the right fabric on hand!
This dress took me less than an hour. It doesn’t need to be hemmed, and if you know how to gather the fabric by hand and can sew a semi-straight line then you can definitely make this dress!
For best results you will want to choose a knit fabric to go on a knit shirt.
If you are using a woven (non stretchy fabric) for your shirt, then you will want to use a woven fabric for the skirt part. (you will need to finish the hem if you do this.)
Try the shirt on your little girl (or you if it is for you.) to decide where you want the skirt to attach.
Cut off the portion of the shirt that you will not need. Be sure to leave room for 1/2″ seam allowance where you will attach the skirt.
This is also a good time to measure how long you will want the dress to come.
Meausure the width of the shirt where the skirt will attach. Times that by 4.
Cut your fabric using the measurements you came up with during the “fitting”. Just to be safe get a 1/2-1 yd. of fabric.
Sew the two ends of your fabric together, creating a seam.
If you are using a knit fabric, be sure to use a ballpoint or Jersey needle.
You can finish the edge with a zig zag, or leave it as is. (Knit fabric does not unravel.)
Divide the fabric into four sections and mark with a needle.
Put one on the seam, and fold the dress in half finding the halfway point.
Then find the two other half way points.
Your skirt should be divided into quarters now.
Gather your skirt.
You can gather the fabric by using your sewing machine. Use a basting stitch and make two rows of stitching with the stitch length on a basting stitch. (4)
You can use a plain ole’ needle and thread if you don’t like gathering knit fabric by machine.
Be sure you gather around the 4 needles that you are using to mark your quarters of the skirt.
Divide your shirt into quarters using the same instructions for the skirt in Step #6
Pin your skirt to the shirt (bodice.) of the dress. Adjust the gathers so they look even, and they match up with the shirts straight edges. Be sure to match the quarters of the dress.
Sew the two pieces together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Be sure to have your stitch length set to a 3 for this step. Just big enough to unpick a few stitches if needed, but small enough to keep the dress held together.
Pull out any gathering threads that look visible from the outside of the dress.
Put the dress on and enjoy the warm weather. Spring has arrived!!
Take a picture and send it to me!
If you make a dress using this tutorial, please link it up with Whimsey Lane on pinterest using the hashtag #thisdesignerslifeeasypeasydress
I would love to see your creations!!