Thursday, May 24, 2012

The very simple dress tutorial

So a while ago i was going through my fabric and came across some stretch velvet I got for super cheap from a remnant box. I was trying to think what I could do with it and came up with this very easy super quick dress for Tabitha, Although it came out a little big, I forgot it stretches so I didn't need to add any give to it like I usually do. This dress took me less than two hours start to finish, and that included trying it on Tabitha and taking pictures.
What you'll need
enough streatch velvet (or any streatchy fabric) I think i had a little over a yard for a 3t.
thread, a needle for streatch fabrics, scissors, all that jazz.

Fair warning this is not a picture intensive post so I'll have to explain a lot of what i did. Sorry, next time i'll take more pictures!

First for the pattern.

1. I took a shirt of my daughters and folded it in half then traced around it on butcher paper leaving the sleeves off. See the picture below. For the front I made the neck a little lower than the back.

2. I measured where the shirt ended on my daughter and where I wanted the dress to go to. Then added that amount to the bottom of the pattern. (you can ignore the lines on my pattern i use the same pattern for a lot of different dresses)

3. fold fabric and cut out the front and the back on the fold.
4. Pin front and back together. 

5. Sew front to back and side and shoulders. 
6. Hem bottom of dress by folding over bottom edge 1/2 inch and sewing then folding over 1/2 inch again and sewing. 
7. Measure around the entire neckline. 
8. Cut a strip the length of the entire neck like +1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inches
9. pin strip front of fabric down to the outside of the dress at the neck and sew all the way around folding in and overlapping the ends slightly. 

10. fold the strip over and in half so it looks like the picture below, and pin it to the inside of the dress at the neckline. 
11. sew along the neck.
12. repeat steps 7-12 for each arm hole. 

And your done! Super quick and easy dress. 

(please excuse the abundance of Tabitha's toys in the background!)

Tabitha loves it and it was super easy to make. It is a little big on her so I may make a belt to go with it but I think its nice by its self too. 

This would be a really easy dress for a beginner since there are no zippers or buttons. 

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Amanda T said...

Thanks for a great tutorial! I like sewing but am lost when it comes to clothes XD

DeDa Studios said...

Super easy! Shared!

Paula Parrish said...

Super Cute! I am sure that she loves her new handmade dress. Smiles, Paula

Mommy and Me Giveaways said...

That turned out so cute!

Deanna - Mommygaga said...

This is perfect, thanks! I am totally a beginner, very helpful.

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

I love sewing, but I just started, so this might be a bit too advanced. But I love sewing tutorials. I have made a crayon roll, wallet, and business card holder so far :)

Thanks for sharing!

Crafty Cousins said...

Super cute. The colors are fabulous. I'd love for you to link it up to Crafty Cousins--


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amy2blessings said...

Very Talented:)

Hardly Awkward said...

Aww, how cute! It seems like it will be simple for me to do too!

blissfulsewing said...

This is awesome ,you have great talent!


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