Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Stripe Dress a Tutorial

Hey Guys! I recently participated in Kids Clothing Week Challenge over at Elise Marley. I love this challenge because a bulk of Tabitha's clothes for the season get sewn during this time. This time I focused on dresses because that seems to be all Tabitha wants to wear these days. So I oblige and made her some fun dresses, one of which I'm sharing here today.
I Love Halloween, I love the halloween fabric more! haha. I love the bright colors and fanciful prints, Halloween fabric is probably my second favorite fabric (right behind Christmas Fabric.) I am part of a fat quarter exchange that some women in my ward do and I LOVE it! Yay new fabric to play with every month! The fabric for September was Halloween theme and I was so excited to get it. SUPER CUTE Prints! I decided I wanted to use all of them to somehow make something for both girls. I had some Super Cute Halloween fabric in my stash so I knew I could make it work.
So I started with Tabitha's dress. I give to you The Halloween Stipe Dress. This is a fairly easy dress, but feel free to ask any questions you may have and I'll do my best to answer them.

Using the Basic Top Tutorial cut your bodice piece a few inches from the arm pit depending on how long you want the bodice. For a 4t I did 1 1/2 inches. 

Cut 1 piece of thin elastic to be 3 inches long. 

Cut 2 of your bodice pieces from your main fabric and 2 from your lining. Cut one of each on the fold and one of each not on the fold. 

pin elastic to back at opening on one side in a loop with the loop facing the arm holes. 

Sew the elastic to the bodice piece. 

Lay fabric right sides together and sew shoulder seams together and press. 

Repeat for lining. 

Place lining and main fabric right sides together. Sew all the way around leaving the bottom open, making sure you get the elastic from the back sewn over. 

Press seams. 

Using your bodice pattern trace the curve of the armhole from the bottom to where it begins to curve again. Straighten your sleeve out to a point. Length of sleeve for a 4t is 5 inches. Measure your child to decide how long you want it, remember it will have a cuff on the end to make it about an inch and a half longer. 

 The cuff is 2 inches tall by however wide your sleeve pattern is. 

Cut two sleeves with the top of the sleeve pattern on the fold. 

Cut two cuffs. Fold the fabric hog style then again hamburger style. So you have two folds. one on the top and one on the side. Place your cuff pattern in the corner and cut. It will give you two cuffs doubled in length and width. 

Fold your cuff in half hot dog style and press.

Pin your cuff to the bottom of the sleeve right sides together and sew. Press the cuff flat. 

Pin the sleeve to the armhole opening right sides together and sew sleeve to bodice . 

Repeat on other side. 

Fold sleeve in half with right sides together. Starting at the bottom of the bodice sew up the bodice and down the sleeve closing the bodice side and sleeve. 

Now you have your bodice, its time for the skirt. 

I had 5 fat quarters and I cut them into strips that were 2 inches wide (roughly). 

Then sew the strips together till they form a large piece of fabric. 

Fold the skirt fabric in half long way, right sides together,  and sew the two ends together making a tube. 

Gather the skirt and fit it to the bodice. 

Place the top of the skirt upside down and right sides together with the bottom of the bodice and pin them together. 

Sew the skirt to the bodice. 

Depending on how long you want the dress fold the hem up and iron then fold it up and iorn it again and sew. I did 1 inch each fold. 

Sew on a button to the back and your done. 

Tabitha loves her Halloween dress (but is getting sick of taking pictures for me and I had to bribe her with pez.) I hope you enjoy it too! 



Jessica Davis said...

that came out so cute!

sweetsueemily said...

Oh my goodness, how adorable! I'm sure with some math (UGH!) I could reconstruct this gorgeous dress for my 8 year old grand daughter. Thank you for sharing, your daughter is so cute.


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