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Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Play Date Dress Tutorial

I doubt any of you remember this because it is from my very first post...It was supposed to be my first tutorial but obviously that didn't here it is finally after...idk, 6,7 months....but it is super simple to's basically a glorified pillowcase dress and you will be able to make both the pink and blue versions using this tutorial.

What you'll need

1/4" elastic
Cording or Ribbon (optional...could be used instead of fabric for the belt)

You can download the pattern & cut list here

Forgot to include these measurements in the cut list.
 width of dress x 2" (belt casing)
2 - 30" x 1" (belt)

Finish sides of front & back of dress(zig zag, over cast, or serge)  Pin the dress front and back together at the sides with RS facing; stitch; press seam open.

Finish the arm holes and fold them.   Fold them over and press...using starch makes it waaaay easier....stitch down.  I prefer to use bias tape to finish the armholes but I didn't have enough fabric to make any and I didn't think the packaged ones would look good with this fabric.

Stitch the short sides of the front and back collar pieces together with RS facing to form a tube.  Then, press the seams open and press the bottom up 1/2".

Fold the dress and collar in half and finger press a crease at the centers.  Then, line up the creases with the RS of the collar facing the WS of the dress; stitch all the way around the collar using a 1/2" seam allowance.

Open out the collar and press the seam up.

Fold the collar down, so that it just covers the stitching; press and pin in place as you go.

Edge stitch at the bottom of the collar,  leaving about a 2" opening.  Then stitch, 1/2" above that to form a casing.

Note:  If you want to make the pink version skip down until the insert elastic step...

With RS facing, stitch the short ends of the belt casing together.  Press the seams open.  Finish both the long raw edges.  Fold them over to meet in the center; press.

Mark the center front of the belt casing and make two 1/2" button holes  1/2" to the left & right of the of the center of the belt casing. 

Measure from the bottom of the collar down 11" and draw a line across the front and back of the dress at that point.  (If you are doing a different size measure the back-waist length..from nape to waist...and add 2"...give or take depending on the size you are making)

Lining up the seams, pin the belt casing to the dress with the top edge just below the line you drew

Edge stitch the top and bottom of the casing to the dress.

Stitch the short sides of the belt together.  Press the seam open.  Then, fold it in half with WS facing and press.  Zig zag, overcast, or serge the raw edges together.  Then, insert the belt into the belt casing using a safety pin.

Cut a 12" piece of elastic (for different sizes I would measure the neck with the measuring tape coming out onto the collar bone and use that measurement to cut the elastic) and insert it into the casing in the collar.  Stitch the ends together.  Then, edge stitch the opening closed.

Turn up the hem 1/2"; press.  Turn it up another 1.5" and press and stitch.

Done!  I hope you liked it!  I would love see your version if you make one.  Drop by and link it up to my Sew Crafty Saturday Party!

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Mama Lusco said...

Love this! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I think I need one in my size, too :)

Rachel said...

I like the collar, it gives it a more grown up look.

Lauree said...

love this little sophisticated dress. my wee girl needs one. when i clicked in the link for the cutting list and pattern it says that it isnt available, is there something wrong with the link or am i doing something wrong?


Nicole said...

Love the dress, but I cannot access the link with the pattern or cut list. Can you help? Thanks!

Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots said...

I can't get the links to cooperate, but I love it so much that I'm featuring it this week during What I Whipped Up Wednesday! xo

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