This dress is definitely a mash up of a few tutorials-my Rachel wrap shirt tutorial , the Ric Rac dress tutorial, plus the skirt from the Shabby Apple knock off dress.
So I've combined them all (mostly) into one big happy family. (not that they're mostly happy, just most of it's here in this post...I will refer you to another tute one or twice.)
As you can see, it's very spinnable!
Ok. I give up. it's not a word.
See below for the tutorial!
1-2 yards of fabric (I used probably close to 2 for Sadie's 3T size-it was from a sheet so I'm not sure on the exact yardage)
small piece of 1/4" elastic
First off- you'll need to make a quick wrap shirt pattern, using the Rachel wrap tutorial. Only make it shorter than the tute suggests. Unless you want a drop waist wrap dress...which in my opinion, would probably look weird.
Then cut out your bodice pieces-for this dress I lined it, so cut two of the back on the fold, and 4 of the front.
Then lay down the front pieces on top of the back pieces, right sides together like so. Sew together at the shoulder seams, then press the seams open.
Next lay out your bodice pieces like so, right sides together, pinning around the inside (neckline and wrap.
I also cut a little bit off the front wrap pieces so that they curved better.
Then sew around where you pinned. Clip any curves you may need to, turn right side out, and press.
Next I made a pattern (see here for instructions) for a slightly gathered sleeve and cut 2 out on the fold. I also made them just above elbow length. Honestly, I never measure lengths for my sleeves, I just wing it.
Then I cut two pieces the length of the bottom of the sleeve x 2".
Press the long edges in 1/4", then in half creating some bias tape. (not actually cut on the bias, but I don't know what else to call it!)
Then sandwich the raw edge of the bottom of the sleeve in the bias tape, pin, and sew along the edge.
Next I cut two LOONG strips of fabric (again..I winged it. just make sure it's loong and you can trim it down if needed...also you can piece it together, no biggie)
I cut them loong x 1.5", then sewed (serged actually to make it quicker) the long sides right sides together. Left the ends open, then turned it right side out with a safety pin and carefully pressed it. I then sewed a long gathering stitch down the middle of the tube and gathered it to fit around the neckline.
Well, not quite all the way around. I tucked the end under like so and started the ruffles like so, so that it didn't get bulky where the top part wraps around.
Then pin and arrange until you're satisfied, and then sew down, along the middle again. I usually remove my gathering stitch with a seam ripper, it looks much cleaner.
Then I gathered the top of my sleeves and fit them into the armholes, pinned, and sewed, then finish those seams with a serger or zig zag stitch.
Fast forward a few hours (now onto the bad lighting portion of this tutorial)...and you'll have this! I haven't sewn the sides shut yet because we need to put a piece of elastic in the side.
First figure out which side will be wrapping over the other. You want to place the elastic on the other side from where the tie will be.
Then pin the side and under sleeve together like so, and then cut a 3" or so piece of elastic, and pin in as well, about an inch above the bottom.
Sew the sides, and finish the seams.
Next I made a circle skirt using Dana's tutorial. Hem the bottom and pin and sew the top to the bottom of the bodice, gathering if needed. Mine just fit perfectly-so make sure and see if it fits before you gather. Then sew them together and finish the seams.
Next sew a button on the inside wrap near where the elastic is. tada!
Next I sewed a similarly sized tube (just like the ruffle, only 2" wide) and pinned it just above the waist, then sewed the top and bottom down. I stopped sewing just before I hit the ruffles on the top wrap, and at the side.
Tada! A cute ruffled wrap dress.