First dress i made

Hey!

Ive decided to do something really difficult(in my opinion) and make something wearable…

A dress!! I thought id start small and make my little sister a dress so i looked up patterns on the internet and came accross a halter neck dress that looked really cute. So heres how i did it….

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1F4fli7PB6WYTVmMTM5YmYtNmI5My00YTQzLWIxYjYtNjgwZmNiNGRmZjg4/edit

I first printed off the template from the link above^^^^^ and sellotaped it all together so that the X joined together.

First, Fold your piece of fabric in half and line up the pattern on the fold (as marked) with the top x at the top of the fabric, like so. Trace it, then repeat again moving your pattern downwards so that they are directly above and below each other. 

After you have traced both patterns, cut them out.

 

 

Then use the scraps leftover to trace the straps. Leave a little just below the x for your seam allowance. Pile the two scraps on top of each other and trace twice, so you get four straps, like this:

 

Now take your two bodice pieces and lay them right side up. Pin a strap to each side of each piece, right side down:

Sew them in place with a straight stitch. Then trim your threads and iron the seams open:

Now take one complete bodice piece and lay it right side up. Lay the other piece right side down on top, so right sides are facing. Pin all the way around the entire thing except the bottom edge. Sew all the way around the top of the bodice and straps with a straight stitch, and leave the bottom flat edge unsewn:

Now its time to turn it inside out. Turning the straps inside out is very hard to do, i use scissors that are together and try push the fabric up.(Be careful not to put a hole in the fabric though) Push the seams out and iron flat.Then iron the bottom unfinished edge under about 1/2″ all the way around.
 
You also need the skirt portion of the dress. That is just a big rectangle. Use the width of your fabric metre ( 44″ or so – doesn’t have to be specific) and cut it the length you want your dress plus one inch. I cut mine 15″ for my 1 and a half year old.

Now take your rectangle of fabric and finish each short side edge by folding to the wrong side 1/4″ and ironing, then another 1/2″ and ironing, then sewing in place with a straight stitch:

Take the bottom edge of your fabric panel and finish it by folding to the wrong side 1/4″ and ironing, then another 1/2″ and ironing, then sewing in place with a straight stitch. Now along the top unfinished edge of the panel sew a basting stitch. Make sure you pull a long length of thread out of the machine before you start. To sew a basting stitch, use a straight stitch set to the widest width your machine will allow, usually a 5. Baste all the way across, then leave a long length of thread at the end:

Open your bodice and lay it out flat. Pull the bobbin thread on your basting stitch to gather the fabric until the skirt panel is the length of your bodice

Snip the corners at the top of your skirt panel at an angle (so they will fit into the bodice):

Choose which side of your bodice is going to be the front (the side that will be away from the kid’s body and show) and lay that side up. Lay the skirt right side up as well. Fit the skirt into the bodice and pin. Make sure the gathers are evenly spaced and use lots of pins, it helps with sewing it all in place. Double check that your basting line is not showing, that it’s nicely pinned inside the bodice.

Sew straight across the bodice at the edge to secure your skirt in place:

Now is the time to try it on your wearer if you can, to mark where your fasteners will go. The fasteners can either be buttons, snaps, velcro.. what ever you choose or have available!! It really is up to you. I used snaps so i can adjust them as Millie grows 🙂

 

And there you have it! My first ever dress!! Only took a day to do! 

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