Since I imagine I'll be quite busy with a new-ish baby (not to mention the Sadester), around Sadie's 2nd birthday in August, among other things...I'm trying to get any pre-party planning/tasks out of the way now, while I still have tons of free time. (hah hah)
Included in that list was a birthday dress for the birthday girl. I decided on a ice cream shoppe theme, since she LOVES ice cream (mi meem), and it's in August...what better thing to serve when it's hot than ice cream? So I found this remnant piece of fabric at Joann's the other day for $3 (sah weet), and whipped up another ruffle dress, and took pictures for ya'll!
I just love planning a good party. It's been awhile, but I love it. The colors are strawberry, pistachio, and chocolate, and I'm having a blast working out the little details.
Oh, man...yum! I want some pistachio ice cream. pronto.
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fabric: yardage depending on the size of your child, I made this one with just over 3/4 of a yard for my almost two year old. (she still fits in size 12-18 months though)
3/4 inch elastic
1/4 inch elastic
basic sewing things
You'll need three rectangles of fabric. soo easy! Cut your main piece selvage to selvage (finished edge of fabric), the length you'd like the dress to be from chest down...and add about 3 1/2 inches to that measurement. Mine was 20 1/2 inches.
I cut my sleeve pieces 7" x 16", you can always make them less wide or long, however you like it!
Sew your skirt panel together along the selvages, right sides together. No finishing the edges! yay!
Iron it open, or to one side, whatever your preference.
Hem one edge of your skit panel by ironing 1/4 in, then another 1/4, and stitching that down.
Then on the top of your skirt panel, iron over 1/4 inch, and then another 3 inches. (of course, you can make your ruffles shorter if you like!)
Sew along the bottom edge of your casing, leaving about an inch open for your elastic. Then, sew another line around, leaving room for the elastic...I'm just measuring in the picture. I eyeball it, but you could use disappearing ink to mark every so often to make it straight. I guess I'm just a rebel. Or lazy.
Cut your elastic (child's chest measurement), and using a safety pin, thread it through the casing. I usually pin the other end to the fabric so I don't accidentally pull it through. Not that I've ever done that! (multiple times)
After you pull your elastic through the casing, make sure it hasn't twisted anywhere, and overlap the ends about 3/4 inch on either end and sew together with a zig zag stich.
this is what you should have now. It makes a cute skirt, no?
Now, fold your sleeve pieces right sides together and stitch along the edge with about 1/4 inch seam.
turn right sides out, and press with the seam like so...this is to hide it as much as possible.
Now for your casing on the sleeve. Sew along the edge of one side, a little more than 1/4 inch. I used my presser foot to guide me.
Then sew another line right next to it, leaving enough space for your 1/4 inch elastic. (again, I used my presser foot.)
Decide how much ruffle you would like and cut the strip down if you desire. Also I trimmed the edges with my pinking shears, but you could finish the edges later with a zig zag stitch or serger.
Also, measure or figure out how long your elastic for the sleeves needs to be, trying it on your child helps...or just wing it like I did. (results may vary) ;)
Using a safety pin, thread your elastic through one end of your casing, and sew the end of your elastic into the casing like so, then repeat on the other end. Ditto for the other sleeve!
So here are your sleeves and skirt. (and some random bias tape...disregard, please)
Now you'll attach your sleeves, pinning and sewing then down along your stitch for the skirt, as closely as possible to hide the stitch. You may have to mess around with placement, but it's not (too) hard or annoying to get your seam ripper out and fix it.
Then you're done! Add a cute bow if you'd like, flower, etc!