I wanted to make my girls matching outfits for Valentine’s day. So I found some pink t-shirts and matching fabric at Hobby Lobby. The t-shirts are very cheap! I’m going there for solid shirts from now on! Anyway…
I came up with this!
I originally wanted them both to be dresses, but I didn’t make Bammer’s quite long enough, but it’s super cute as a shirt too. So it still came out great! Do you want to make one too? (or two in my case)
I’m going to show you how I made my baby’s 12 month dress.
Here’s what you need:
1/2 – 1 yard fabric – I suggest a stretchy fabric
(depending on how you want the ruffles. I used a yard to make both the shirt and dress)
Here’s how to make it:
First grab a dress that your child already owns that you like the length of. Then measure it from collar to end so you know how long you need to make the ruffles. For example: Lowie has a dress that is 10 inches long. So from collar to the end of the dress should also be 10 inches long. Or you can make it shorter like I did to make a shirt.
The width of the shirt is 9 inches. So multiply the length of the of the shirt by 2 and allow for seams and this is how long you want the strips of fabric to be. Measure from the end of the shirt you bought down to the length you want the dress to end up. This is how long you want the strips to be.
So I made 3 strips that were 5 inches by 19 inches. You’ll have the ruffles overlap a bit.
Hem all the sides.
Once the sides are hemmed, do a baste stitch across the top of one side. I learned what a baste stitch was recently over at Crazy Little Projects. Then pull only the back string to make ruffles. Make the ruffles so that it measures the length you want. So I made 18 inches of ruffles.
Fold the ruffles in half hamburger style (you know those days back in elementary school!) and sew right sides together to make a complete circle.
Then pin on one strip of ruffles to the bottom of the shirt, right sides together. Then sew all the way around the shirt.
Then pin the middle ruffle on, but this time you don’t need to pin right sides together. Just pin it on top of the shirt and sew all the way around the shirt. And then do it again for the top and final ruffle. Try to make them as evenly spaced out as possible.
And there you have a beautiful dress! I added a little heart applique on the top which you will use the Wonder Under for. To learn how to applique, go HERE.
And here are my little models! Lowie of course was easy to photograph. Bammer on the other hand cried when I put her shirt on and she kept saying, “No Way!” Her new favorite phrase… It was really cute on her though.
What I learned:
1. Stretchy fabric would be better because once the ruffles are sewn on, it’s not as easy to get the shirt on my girls.
2. Make sure you measure how far you want the ruffles to come down if you want to make a dress for a toddler. I measured, but then sewed them on too high so it became a shirt instead.
Happy Valentine’s Day this week!
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