What you'll need
enough streatch velvet (or any streatchy fabric) I think i had a little over a yard for a 3t.
thread, a needle for streatch fabrics, scissors, all that jazz.
Fair warning this is not a picture intensive post so I'll have to explain a lot of what i did. Sorry, next time i'll take more pictures!
First for the pattern.
1. I took a shirt of my daughters and folded it in half then traced around it on butcher paper leaving the sleeves off. See the picture below. For the front I made the neck a little lower than the back.
2. I measured where the shirt ended on my daughter and where I wanted the dress to go to. Then added that amount to the bottom of the pattern. (you can ignore the lines on my pattern i use the same pattern for a lot of different dresses)
3. fold fabric and cut out the front and the back on the fold.
4. Pin front and back together.
5. Sew front to back and side and shoulders.
6. Hem bottom of dress by folding over bottom edge 1/2 inch and sewing then folding over 1/2 inch again and sewing.
7. Measure around the entire neckline.
8. Cut a strip the length of the entire neck like +1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inches
9. pin strip front of fabric down to the outside of the dress at the neck and sew all the way around folding in and overlapping the ends slightly.
10. fold the strip over and in half so it looks like the picture below, and pin it to the inside of the dress at the neckline.
11. sew along the neck.
12. repeat steps 7-12 for each arm hole.
And your done! Super quick and easy dress.
(please excuse the abundance of Tabitha's toys in the background!)
Tabitha loves it and it was super easy to make. It is a little big on her so I may make a belt to go with it but I think its nice by its self too.
This would be a really easy dress for a beginner since there are no zippers or buttons.