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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - T-Shirt Dress:.

** The pattern for this dress with sizes from 0-3 months up to 7 is available in my etsy shop here. **





So you all saw the t-shirt dresses I posted yesterday. My friend had made one for her little girl, and I begged her to show me! So, this past Friday nite, her husband was at work and mine was out of town, so we put the kids to bed and had a sewing party! We had both of our sewing machines out on her table, and 'stations' for cutting, ironing, and gluing. Combine that with Diet Coke, licorice, peanut M&M's, and good company - could life get much better? I submit that it could not.

So here's what you need:
- t-shirt (mine was a $3.50 tank from Wal-Mart)
- fabric
- iron
- sewing machine/accessories
- buttons (optional)


You'll want to start off by using a dress your little girl already has for some measurements. For the body of the dress, you'll want to measure across the width, and then cut your width of fabric to be one and a half times that. As for the length, you'll just want to figure how long you want the dress to be, subtract how much shirt you are leaving, and there's your measurement for the length. If you are smart, use the fold of the fabric to cut this piece out. That saves you sewing a side. You can see that I was not smart.


For the ruffles, you'll want to make them as long as two times your width since you will be gathering them to make them ruffle. For the length, it just depends on how long your dress is going to be and how many different fabrics you are using. I needed five ruffles that would be about three and a half inches long, so I cut them at four inches to account for seams. Again, use your fold! I got smart this time!


You'll want to pin the two right sides of your fabric for the body of the dress together and sew the seams. I used a 1/4" allowance.


Next I ironed a 1/4" on the bottom of the body and sewed it.


At the top of your body, do a gathering stitch by setting your stitch length to the longest length. Don't backstitch here! You'll need your thread ends nice and long so that you can pull.


After I did the body, I closed up one of the ruffles, ironed and hemmed it, and did the gathering stitch at the top. This was the ruffle I wanted to go first.


Next you are going to pin your ruffle, body, and half shirt together and sew a quarter inch seam.


Turn it right side out and top stitch.


Doesn't this look like a little 80's dress??


Then you're going to want to hem and gather all of your other ruffles. Here's a little pile of ruffles!


Then, measure the distance that you want between ruffles. Okay, I was living on the edge and just eyeballed it! Pin your ruffle down and sew it all the way around.


Then top stitch all the way around. Do this for all of your ruffles.


Looking good so far!


Then I decided that I wanted to put something on the sleeves of the tank. I traced a circle and cut it in half.


Then I ironed down the curved edge and sewed it....


And then did a gathering stitch to give it a bit of a ruffle.


Sew them on to the tank.


Make a cute flower and hand stitch it on.


Hand stitch on some buttons.


And you are done! A cute, unique dress!


I also made one out of a onesie for my baby.


Then put them on the cutest girls you know and admire your work!








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67 comments:

  1. Too Cute!! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love this tut, I think my readers would love it, could I feature you this Thursday on my Tut Thursday post? OF course linking to you.

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  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  4. Cute dresses. I especially like the itty bitty pint sized one.

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  5. Oh my goodness Summer, your baby in the ruffle dress is about the cutest thing I've ever seen. Seriously, it just doesn't get any cuter than that :).

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  6. Summer I love these! I am definietly going to have to try them out!

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  7. I love the matching dresses! They turned out great! Thanks for sharing how to make them!

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  8. Your girls keep getting cuter and cuter! Great dresses.

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

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  9. This is just too cute! And your little girls are DARLING! :)

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  10. So cute...

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori. Please join me next week for another great party.

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  11. Summer, I think those are probably one of the cutest t-shirt/onesie type dresses I've ever seen. Not kidding! Too Cute!

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  12. Oh my heck...I love the onesie dress!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

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  13. Love the ruffles! They add so much fun to this dress! Looking at it from Tatertots and Jello. Excited to be a new follower!

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  14. CUTEST idea ever! I am totally doing this! Thanks so much! Link up to my linky party if you want..

    http://bunchofscrap.blogspot.com/2010/05/scrappy-saturday-52210-and-giveaway.html

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  15. OMGosh! If that isn't the cutest thing EVER! LOVE it! I really like the fabric... can you share where you got it?

    The headband for the baby is very cute. I'm hoping there is a tutorial for that on your site. This would be the cutest gift!!
    I'm off to check out your site. Thanks for sharing :)
    amy

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  16. Adorable! I wish I had more time to sew!!!

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  17. These turned out so cute! Great job.

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing this! I've been looking for a tutorial for this very thing!

    www.rockiescrafts.blogspot.com

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  19. these dresses are to die for! i am making one (attempting that is) one for my little girl... thanks!
    www.yesterdayontuesday.typepad.com

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  20. Oh my goodness these are adorable. How creative! The fabirc are supre cute and the ruffles are to die for! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  21. Hi Summer! Just wanted to let you know I’ll be featuring your dresss today! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! Thanks again for joining the Sunday Showcase! Hope to see you again next week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  22. Oh my heck this is too cute!! Your girls are the cutest!

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  23. I love this!! Turned out so cute! Thanks for linking up.

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  24. So cute!!! I wish I could sew...and I wish I had a baby girl to dress alike with my 5 (almost 6) year old! (Did I just say that?!?!?!) Thanks for the inspiration! So adorable!

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  25. OMG!!! Okay - too cute!! I have 2 girls - 4 years and 5 months old...I HAVE to make matching ones for them!! Thank you for sharing!! (p/s - I smiled when I saw the Diet Coke in one of the pics - totally ME!!!!) Love your blog!! :)

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  26. Thanks for the tutorial. I made my daughter a Patriotic version for the 4th!

    Check it out: http://mncrafts.blogspot.com/2010/07/patriotic-ruffle-dress.html

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  27. Oh me oh my! My sister is having a baby girl. I can't wait to make her one of these dresses! After 3 boys she deserves it. Your baby is adorable in it.

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  28. OH MY GOODNESS....I love the onesie dress..... do you make these to sell?
    Thank you!
    Leticia

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  29. these dresses are to die for! i am making one (attempting that is) one for my little girl.

    Funny Shirts

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  30. Wow you are soooooo cool and ALL your work is AWESOME!!!!
    I am crafting at hone for my little lady too :) can you tell me where I can get inexpensive fabric to buy online??? I am in NY but don't have the time to trapes around with the baby just yet.

    Many thanks!
    Kisha :)

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  31. @Kisha: Thank you so much! :) It's fun to make things for little gals, don't ya think? As for where to buy inexpensive fabric online, honestly, I don't really know! I usually buy online from hawthornethreads.com, but that is lots of designer fabrics. They do have flat rate shipping and tiered pricing, though! Also, if you're signed up for Joann's coupons, you can usually use those online. Hobby Lobby also sells online. Those two places might have lower prices, and I buy from both of them frequently as well!

    Happy Sewing! :)

    Sumo:)

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  32. Thanks Sumo, I appreciate you taking the time out of your very busy day to reply to me :)
    Happy Spring!!!

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  33. Probably the most adorable thing I have ever seen in my life! My biological clock in now ticking so loudly it can be heard in New York. My ovaries seriously want to get to work :)
    Great tut and cute babies!

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  34. Ahh love the baby one - too cute!!

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  35. It looks like your dress fits about a 3T. How much fabric did you buy?

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    1. For the fabric that is two ruffles, you would probably need 1/3-1/2 yard. For the rest of the ruffles, probably just 1/4 yard each. I have a full pattern with sizes and measurements available in my etsy shop if you don't want to worry about figuring it all out! :)

      You'll also need a piece of material to attach your ruffles to. In this tutorial, I used a patterned fabric, but now when I make the dress, I just use a solid cotton fabric.

      Hope that helps!

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  36. thanks for the great visuals. I just made one for my granddaughter. I'm need good visuals and your are wonderful THANKS!

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  37. Seriously the cutest thing I've ever seen! Awesome pics and instructions.

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  38. so cute, making one for thanksgiving!

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  39. absolutely adorable...would be able to use scrap pieces so easily.

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  40. Cute! thanks for sharing! love your colors!

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  41. Loved this!!! Went and bought a tank at Target today to come home and make this. I do have a question, after you attach the first ruffle, how do you do the next ruffle, do you wing it, or do you draw a line with chalk? I usually wing it, or use a tape line on my machine but I think I may start to use a chalk line. I like how you topstitched the ruffle as well. Haven't done that on previous ruffle items and I think that will finish it nice! Great tut, thanks!! Off to sew!

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    1. I'm lazy and I just wing it! :) Chalk or a fabric marker would work great, too! I'd love to see a picture of yours when it's done! Happy Sewing!

      Sumo:)

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  42. I love this, but I have a stupid question. :) When you say measure the width and cut 1.5 times that, do you mean the width of the front or the circumference of the whole dress? Does that even make sense, lol. I measured the width of the front of the dress (11 inches) and 1.5 times that is 16.5 inches. Does that sound right?

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    1. Not stupid at all! :) When I say the width, it is just the front of the dress, but I cut the strips on the fold, so that way you are getting the whole circumference without having to cut or measure twice. Does that make sense? Let me know if you have any other questions! Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner!

      Sumo:)

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  43. Those are adorable!! Love the fact that you can make any age you want and they can match each other.

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  44. These are adorable !! Love the fact that you can make any size you want, and they can match each other.

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  45. These are adorable and I have always wanted to make something like this for my girls. When you stitch the cotton skirt to the knot dress what type of stitch do you use? don't you lose the stretch of the knit and risk having your stitches pop when your little ones put this on?

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    1. If you stitch it too tight, and don't keep the width of the shirt or use too fitted of a shirt, then yes, you definitely run the risk of popping the stitches. I've found that if I use a shirt that isn't too fitted, and am careful to no mess with the shape of the shirt, then I don't have any trouble. I've also - at times - used elastic thread in my bobbin to help it keep some of the stretch that you would have with knit. Hope that helps!

      Sumo:)

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  46. Probably the two cutest little dressed up girls EVER!I will have to sew few beginner projects before I tackle this one! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. How do you make you fabric flowers ??

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    1. I usually take a strip of fabric, iron it in half, then run a gathering stitch along the raw edge. Then I pull it to curl it up into a flower and hand stitch it on. Hope that helps!

      Sumo:)

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  48. LOVE THIS. id love to feature it over at my NEW blog.... (yes im new to this) www.balancingsupermomandme.blogspot.com

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    1. Welcome to the blogging world! It's a fun place to be. I don't mind, and certainly appreciate features; I usually just ask that it be a line or two and a picture with the link back here. That may have been your plan already! :) Thanks so much, I appreciate it! Good luck with your blog!

      Sumo:)

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  50. This is such a cute dress. I'm new to sewing and I'm going to attempt to make one for my daughter this weekend, but I had a couple questions - did you make all the ruffles the same length or are they all different? Also, do you have a tutorial on how to make the flower?

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    1. I'm glad that you like it! All of the ruffles are the same length and width. The flower is a just a strip of fabric ironed in half - the long way - with a gathering stitch run along the raw edge (I would finish that edge with a zig zag stitch or serger so it doesn't fray in the wash), then pull the gather and arrange it into the flower as you like. Hope that makes sense! Happy sewing!

      Sumo:)

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Sumo:)