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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Corduroy Dress:.

Ready to find out how to make a simple, cute little dress?

I thought so.

Here's what you need:

- t-shirt
- fabric (you'll have to figure out how much you need based on how long you want the dress!)
- sewing machine/accessories

Start off by measuring two inches below the arm pit of the shirt, and cut the bottom half of the shirt off.

Let me start by saying that when I cut fabric, I cut my length on the fold so that I only have to do one seam, instead of cutting a front and a back piece and having to do two seams. Lazy sewer!

I knew that I wanted to do a little band between the shirt and the main fabric of the dress, so I cut the band to double the length that I wanted it. In this case, I wanted it three inches long, so I cut it six inches long. For the width, I did one and a half times the width of the shirt.

Then I figured out how long I wanted the dress to be on my daughter, took into account the shirt and the band, and cut my main fabric to that length. Don't forget to account for hemming up the bottom of the dress as well! Again, cut your width to one and a half times the width of the shirt.

Next, take your band and iron it in half on the long side.

Pin the raw edge to the raw edge of the main fabric, matching up the width.

Sew it using a 1/4 inch seam, and zig zag or serge your edge.

Turn it over and top stitch.

I wanted to add a little ruffle to the band. I needed the fabric for the ruffle to be two times the width of my dress piece so that I could get a nice ruffle. To do this, I had to make two separate pieces to get the width that I needed.

I cut the two separate pieces that were each the width of the dress, and a couple of inches in length.

I sewed the long edges up, right sides together, to form a tube.

I turned the tubes right side out, and ironed them flat.

Then I joined the two pieces together.

That's one long strip now!

Do a gathering stitch along the middle of your strip, not back stitching at the beginning or the end. Gently pull the bottom thread to gather your strip.

Pin it down on your band where you want it to go.

Sew it down, stitching again on the middle of the strip. You can un-pick your basting stitch if you want. Or you can be lazy like me and just leave it. You don't really see it that much if you've sewn over the top of it!

At some point you should have hemmed up the bottom of your dress piece. Apparently I skipped taking a picture of that step!

Match up your edges of your dress piece, right sides together, and pin.

Sew the sides together, and zig zag or serge your edge.

Do a gathering stitch along the top edge of your dress piece. Follow the same guidelines I used above.

Gently pull the bottom thread to gather, and pin it to the raw edge of your shirt, right sides together.

Sew around the edge, and zig zag or serge your edge.

Turn your dress right side out and top stitch along the bottom of the shirt.


Throw that dress on your cute little gal, and head outside to attempt to get some decent pictures of her!

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  1. LOVE the dress! Thanks for the tutorial! It's so much fun to sew for little girls! :)

  2. I love the color combinaions in this dress...how cute!

  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [04 Oct 09:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. Very cute! (Both the girl and the dress.) I can't wait for my little girl to get a little bigger so I can attempt to make darling little dresses like this one. :)

  5. I love corduroy and tee shirt dresses...and the details you added are darling!


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