Summer Dress for Girls

Fun and colorful dress and is pretty easy to make!

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You will need two pieces of fabric (thanks to Walmart, 85″ for $1) , elastic, and a ribbon for straps. The amount of fabric needed will vary according to size.

The height of the fabric for the body of the dress is the length of the dress from the chest to the bottom plus one inch of seam allowance. The width is your child’s chest measurement plus half of an inch of seam allowance.

The width of the fabric (a casing strip for the chest elastic) is 2 ½”; the length equals the width of the main fabric.

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How to make a casing strip for the chest elastic. Fold the fabric 1/4″ along the longer sides and press.

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How to hem the top of the dress. Fold the fabric 1/4″ along the longer sides and press.  Fold over again another 1/4″ and press again.

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On the wrong side 1″ below your hem, pin the casing strip to the main fabric.

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Sew it on the both sides and on the middle of the casing strip.

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Attach the safety pin to the end of the elastic (we need two pieces; the length of each is the width is your child’s chest measurement plus 1”).

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Pull through the casing to the point that the end of the elastic is out about ½”; pin and sew it to secure the elastic. Continue pull the elastic through the casing to the point that the other end of the elastic is out about ½”; pin and sew it to secure the elastic. Repeat these steps with the second elastic.

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How to hem the bottom of the dress. Fold the fabric 1/4″ along the longer sides and press.  Fold over again another 1/4″ and press again.

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Fold the dress in half. Now sew along the length of the dress. Then press seam open and sew it.

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The top stitch will look like this when you turn the dress right side out.

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Sew the straps to the dress.

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Your dress is ready.

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