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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Twirl Dress:.

I've had this vision of a drop waisted dress with a full twirl skirt for my girls for this fall and winter. I figured it couldn't be that tough to make. And I was right!

My original plan was to use a t-shirt to figure out the top part of the dress. I'm sure it's not too difficult, but I quickly abandoned that idea and just used a tunic top pattern I had by taking some inches off the width and length to make it a little more fitted. What can I say, I'm all about easy! But if you need to use a t-shirt to make a pattern, here is a fabulous tutorial from Sweet Verbena to get you on your way.

Here's what you're going to need:

- fabric (I think I used about a yard and a half for my one year old; I wanted the skirt to be really full. You can use less if you don't want the skirt part as full. You'll also need 1/8-1/4 yard of coordinating fabric for a sash.)
- elastic
- elastic thread
- sewing machine/accessories
- iron
- embroidery thread
- needle

Start off by cutting our your shirt pieces. You will have a body and two sleeves.

Then cut out your skirt pieces. To do this, you'll need to measure from where the shirt piece will hit your little gal's waist/hips to where you want it to fall on her legs. This will be your length measurement. To ruffle the skirt, you'll need the length to be at least two times the width of your shirt piece. You can do more if you want it more full! Cut two of these pieces.

Sew your shirt pieces together. I'm not going to show you how because I used a pattern that I purchased, and that just wouldn't be honest now, would it? Here's another tutorial from Sweet Verbena that might help you on your way if you aren't quite sure which way to go.

Set your shirt piece aside.

Sew your two skirt pieces together - this will give you a large tube.

Hem up the bottom, and do a gathering stitch along the top. Use the threads to gather the skirt.

Pin the skirt to your shirt piece, right sides together.

Sew the skirt to the shirt, then flip the skirt over and top stitch all the way around.

I could tell that I hadn't quite made my shirt piece narrow enough, so I decided to shirr the waist in. Here is a tutorial on shirring if you aren't sure how.

Set your dress aside, and make a sash using a coordinating fabric. Sorry, I'm assuming we all know how to do this; I didn't take step by step pictures!

Sashes don't love to stay put when being worn without a little help. I figured I could make some little belt loops using embroidery thread. I just threaded the needle and tied a knot in the end. I came from the underside of the dress, and went back down to create a belt loop.

Here's the view from underneath; kind of hard to see!

Thread your sash through the belt loops - I did three (both sides and one in back) and tie into a cute bow!

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

I've got another one in the works for my oldest!

I tried it on my one year old, and as you can see, it's still a bit too big for her. But I figure that will just give her room to grow into it throughout the fall and winter!

She is soooo busy these days; it's impossible to get a good picture of her!

This is usually my view of her lately!

What do you think? You going to try your hand at it?

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  1. very cute! you make everything look so easy!

  2. that last comment was from me!

  3. I'm not sure why my name is not coming up. It's michelle from someday crafts.

  4. What a sweet dress! I know what you mean about getting a 1 yr old to sit still for pictures...it's about impossible :)

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [17 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. very cute love the material you used I love pink come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  7. That's so cute! And her little face in that pic! So sweet!

  8. So sweet :) And a cute model too!

  9. Cute! Looks like she loves it :)

    I'm hosting a fabric giveaway this week over at my blog - stop by when you get a chance: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/08/fabric-love-21-fabric-giveaway-end-of.html

    Maybe for another little dress ;)


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