Thursday, April 7, 2011

Simple toddler dress

I can't resist cute little Easter dresses for babies.  I had never made a dress before but I found some cute fabric, so I thought I would try it out.  I started out by tracing a pattern from a simple dress that my daughter already has, with a few modifications. There were just 8 peices-- the front top and bottom, back left top and bottom, back right top and bottom, and the sleeves.  The dress I copied from didn't have sleeves so I just made these ones up.  If you want to do a really easy dress, just leave the sleeves out altogether.
 Then I stitched the tops to the bottoms. Now that I think of it, I probably could have just cut them out as one peice.
 My next step was to stitch the shoulders together, then hem the neckline.  This was a little tricky since the neck was curved, so it helped to cut small (<1cm) slits along the neck before hemming.
 I then hemmed the sleeves along the straight edge and ran a ruffle stitch along the curved edge.  I centered them on the sleeve openings and stitched them to the dress, then hemmed the part of the sleeve openings that weren't covered by the sleeves.
 I added the zipper to the back of the dress by stitching it to the inside of the back opening.  I then sewed up the rest of the back.
 After hemming the skirt, this is what it looked like.  I was surprised at how quickly it all came together.  I planned on making a sash for it, but I got sick so that will have to wait.


  1. It is so sweet! I love that fabric!

  2. i love it! i wish i had a little girl to make one for. (caroline is too big) how much fabric did you use?

  3. I bought a yard and a half and it ended up being way too much. About 3/4 yards would have been enough.