Guest post for Project Run and Play

Check out my guest tutorial today over on Project Run and Play! It’s the start of Cycle 2, and the first week’s theme is Back to School! There are some really adorable outfits over there. Make sure to go vote for your favorite!

 I was lucky enough to participate in the last round (well, for one week only, lol), and am so excited to do this guest post for Back to School week, this round! My kiddos aren’t school age yet, but I can definitely appreciate the preppy, fall clothing I always picture when I think of school clothes!

So I went with a simple (anyone who knows me knows I love simple) sheath, with some adorable details. 
I made this dress with some lightweight denim and contrasting cotton for a punch of color. Some custom buttons and a faux placket add some interest to the front, and a little bit of gathering on the sleeve is a sweet touch. And, also…I’m kind of in love with those bow pockets!

Hope you’re all having a great weekend so far. We’ve got my parents coming over tonight to babysit so it’s date night! woohoo!

So I went with a simple (anyone who knows me knows I love simple) sheath, with some adorable details. 
I made this dress with some lightweight denim and contrasting cotton for a punch of color. Some custom buttons and a faux placket add some interest to the front, and a little bit of gathering on the sleeve is a sweet touch. And, also…I’m kind of in love with those bow pockets!

Here’s how I made it!
You’ll need:
1-2 yards of material, depending on the size you’re making. I used a lightweight denim and quilting cotton for the accents.
matching thread
buttons, or buttons to cover kit.
1/8″ elastic
sewing things…hand needle, cutting mat, etc…
First I created a simple A-line dress pattern, or you could use a store bought pattern also. I made my pattern by tracing a tee and then sketching out the shape I wanted. (you can use a similar dress or measure for the length.) Make sure to cut it on the fold, and cut the front neckline lower than the back.
Then I used my armhole on the dress pattern to sketch out a sleeve pattern like so. Then cut two pieces on the fold. The bottom of the sleeve is as wide as the top, we’ll gather it in a little bit later.
 Next I cut out two pieces of fabric-one 2.5x about 7 inches (you can always cut some off), and one piece 3×6″.
Then I sewed the first piece on one long side and one short side. I serged all sides of the next piece.
Then turn the first piece (the faux placket) right side out with a chopstick or turning tool, and press well.
Then I followed my own directions here for a button closure, on the back piece.
Then I sewed the faux placket on the front piece, making sure to center it.
Next pin and sew the shoulder seams right sides together, and finish the seams with a serger or zig zag stitch.
Then I made some bias tape with my accent fabric. I cut it narrower than I usually do-1.25″ wide.
Press the sides in 1/4″, and then in half.
Next, sew a gathering stitch along the bottom of both of the sleeves. Cut two pieces of bias tape to your child’s arm measurement, plus wiggle room and seam allowance. I cut mine at 8″ long.
Then open the bias tape, and pin and sew one side to the edge of your gathered sleeve, using the ironed crease as your guide.
Then fold the raw edge around and under, then top stitch close to the edge on the tape, catching the underside in your stitches.
Do the same for the neckline, only leave 1/2″ extra on each end, and then tuck it in when you topstitch it.
Now for the bow pockets-my favorite part of this dress!
Cut two pieces of your accent fabric-3.5×8″ (you will cut some off but it’s good to have more than not enough!)
ALso cut two pieces 2″x4″.
With all four of these pieces, fold in half lengthwise and sew, then turn them right side out, and press with an iron.
Then I sketched out a simple rounded pocket-make sure to add seam allowance to whatever size you draw! I serged all edges.
Then I sewed a gathering stitch around the sides and bottom. Pull gently (only a little gathering is needed) and gather so that the raw edge pulls under. Press with an iron.
Now for the bows.
1.Take the larger piece you sewed and pinch with your fingers, then hand sew it together.
2. Hand sew one edge of the smaller piece to the middle of the back of the bow.
3. Wrap around the front, trim extra, then tuck the raw edge under.
4. Then tack down that edge.
 1. Using the same continuous piece of thread as before, sew the bow to the top of the pocket, at the middle of the bow. Make sure it’s centered on the pocket.
2. This is what it should look like from the front!
3. Then trim the edges 1/2″ from the side of the pocket, then serge or zig zag stitch the edges.
4. Tuck underneath, and press.
Then pin to your dress, and sew on. I used two rows of stitches for a fun look!
Then pin the sides and sleeves together, sew, and serge or zig zag stitch to finish the edges.
Hem by pressing the bottom edge up 1/4″ and then another 1/2″-1″. Sew into place. I did two rows of stitching here also.
Try it on the nearest school-going cutie (or any cutie walking by, really) and enjoy the new dress! 

Comments

  1. I’m in love with the bow pockets as well!!!!! Everything you make is so amazing and inspiring! I’ve been exceedingly scared of garment sewing, but you really make it look doable. Maybe I will have the courage to try this sweet dress for my little twin gals :) Thanks for sharing all your work!

  2. The details are darling. I love the bows on the pockets especially.

  3. This is SO darling! I think I may try to recreate this for my daughter…and maybe myself. I love it!!!

  4. This is so adorable! I love the green and white polka dots with the denim. I was so bummed when you were voted off last year. Your sewing creations are amazing!

  5. Jess, this is SO cute.

  6. That is stinking cute!

  7. Love the fabric choice (as usual) and those pockets!!

  8. So cute! Those bows are adorable

  9. This is to cute ! Love it

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  10. SOOOOO cute!

  11. A cute dress for a very cute girl!

  12. Hope you had a good night out!
    This dress is absolutely gorgeous! I love it :)
    My little girl saw the picture and started shouting her name!! Think that means she wants the dress ;)
    Only 1 year old and a fashionista!
    xxx

  13. this is so friggin adorable! love it!!!!!

  14. So so so adorable!! Can you do this for the next sew along? Love it!

  15. I love, love , love this dress! So simple as so gorgeous at the same time!

  16. This is such a sweet little dress…my two granddaughters (3 & 4) would love it. Might be time to break out the sewing machine.
    Thanks for sharing it!

  17. This dress is adorable and the bows make it over-the-top CUTE!
    Jenny- Seamingly Smitten

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  19. Really cute dress- I’m making one now! Did I miss at what point you sew on the sleeves?

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