Pull out your original front and back dress pattern pieces. You will need to reshape them so they go straight down, instead of angling out into an a-line. Measure your dress-wearer from neckline to dropped waist (about where their pants usually sit), and crop the dress off at that length, making sure to add seam allowances. In this illustration, the dotted line shows how you will be cutting your new front and back pattern pieces:
Using your new front and back bodice pieces as a guide, cut a strip of fabric that is 3 inches long and equal in width to the bottom hem of your new bodice, like so:
Sew those two strips together on a short end, forming one long strip. Now, depending on how full you want your skirt, cut a rectangle of fabric for your skirt. For the length, measure your dress-wearer from 2 inches below the dropped waist to wherever you want the skirt hem to fall. Add 2 inches for the seam allowance and hem. (Or use fabric like I used in the example, which is already hemmed for you!) The width is entirely up to you, but I suggest making it 1.5 to 2 times the width of your long strip for a nice gather. First, if necessary, hem the bottom of your skirt rectangle by turning it up a half inch, and then turning it up another inch and edge stitching. Then gather the top using a basting stitch and pulling the bobbin threads until the top of the rectangle is the same width as your long strip, like so:
Right sides together, sew the skirt to the strip. Finish the inside seam by serging, zig-zag stitching, or pinking.
Open up your bodice so it lays flat, and sew the long strip to the edge of the bodice. Finish the inside seam.
Now that the skirt is attached, flip the garment inside out and sew the other side, from sleeve hem to skirt hem, making sure to line up your seams as you go. Finish this seam.
I really love this dress
i really see what it reminds you…
She looks so happy in it! I need to find a little girl to sew for….
This is really cute!
totally cute! I used the same fabric in yellow for my spring top. I think I like it better on a little girl ready for a stroll on the boardwalk ;)
I Love the way you put it together– just seems so much more logical than the way I’ve been sewing dresses!
Thanks Jill! I like to do it this way too. Just keep in mind if you’re ever strapped to chair with a gun to your head by the sewing nazis that this is technically the WRONG way to sew! Don’t go telling anyone I taught you this :)
This is really nice…
Sew Much Ado says
That’s super cute! I’d like one for myself. Not quite sure if I could pull it off though :).