I love a cute dress, and now that I am a mother of a spunky little girl, I LOVE for her to have cute every day dresses that are multi-functional. This adorable dress is great for everyday wear, as well as cute photos or special occasions. You can dress it up or down (pun intended) any way you like. The best part is that the fabric you'll use for this dress does all of the work for you. I made my dress in a 3T - 4T
Here is what you'll need:
- smocked fabric of your choice. I used 22 inches of black with white polka dots from Hobby Lobby. It was around $13 a yard, but with their regular 40% off any single item I saved over five dollars.
- 1.5 inch ribbon. I used 65 inches of bright blue that I also bought on sale at Hobby Lobby for less than a dollar.
- Sewing machine with matching thread and bobbin thread. (Thread should match the dress for the straps and either the ribbon or the dress for the bottom, but I did black on the bottom ribbon to add a little flare and to save $ on not needing 2 spools of thread.
- Sewing Machine I use a Janome DC2010. It is a relatively inexpensive machine and very user friendly.
First if you bought more than the desired amount of fabric cut it to the size you need. I made a 3T-4T and needed 22 inches, but I also measured for a 2T and also needed 22 inches. The only difference is that when I made the smaller one I cut the length off to be appropriate. Remember to compensate for the extra inch and a half you will add with the ribbon.
Pin the ribbon onto the outside of the bottom of the fabric. Remember to point the pins in the proper direction so that you can remove them as you sew.
|Please note that my pins are not in fact facing the correct direction. I had to move them. ha!|
|pins now facing proper direction. :)|
|I did burn the edges of all of my ribbons, but you can also buy Sprayaway 821 No Fray Spray on Amazon|
|When preparing for straps be sure the seam is up the back middle of the dress.|