This easy girls dress sewing tutorial includes written and video instructions. It has all the measurements for making this, for any size from 2T to a girls 10.
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This dress is simple to make, even for beginners. It looks cute in the original length and also a little shorter with leggings, as your daughter grows. I have one I made for my daughter when she was 5 that she still wear now at age seven.
I’ve included precise cutting instructions for size 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 7 and 8/10.
Its even fun to make this dress coordinating for sisters. When my girls were little I would pick out three or four fabrics and then mix them up to make the girls dresses coordinating but not an exact match. One girl would have the pink fabric in the straps and the other in the bodice, or with the patterns mixed up in some other way.
They don’t really appreciate matching so much anymore.
My love of sewing dates way back to when I was a kid making little pin cushions for my grandma, with scrap fabric. In high school I wore skirts made from old blue jeans, with the names of my favorite bands stitched in the waist band. I remember designing outfits in my head, when I was supposed to be paying attention to history lectures.
In college, I was hooked on Project Runway. (Confession. I still love that show.)
Point is. Sewing and designing has interested me for a long time.
But nothing could prepare me for the intense sewing obsession that comes with having a baby girl.
The only thing that can fuel the sewing fire more than having one baby girl is having 2. in a row. in less than 2 years.
My sewing obsession
It started with some basic Oliver + S patterns that my mom helped me work through. Up until this point, I had only ever sewed little items that I just made up. No patterns or anything official.
Once I understood basic dress construction…Make a top, make a skirt, add some straps and make sure there is some kind of way to get into it ie. buttons, elastic, stretchy fabric, etc. All I wanted was to just lock myself in my sewing room and do some serious making.
I wanted more. I wanted ruffles, and patterns and COLOR. So much color.
Most of all, I just wanted the freedom to play around with fabric and make something with my own creativity.
There are so many possibilities! For a while I was making so many dresses, that I actually opened an Etsy shop to sell off some of them. Little girls only need so many dresses in their closets.
It was a fun place to really play around with different fabrics and designs. I added ruffles, pleats, fabric rosettes, eyelet, buttons and shirring. A couple of the dresses were made from old curtain fabric. I didn’t really know what I was doing but I was having an absolute blast.
To me sewing is just so much fun when you break all the rules and just make stuff. I used dresses the girls already had to figure out what length and width they should be. Other than that, I just let my imagination run wild.
Over the years my skills have improved with a lot of trial and error, and the end results are a little more polished.
The point of all this walking down memory lane, to when my almost 10 year old was 2 (insert crying emoji), is to just encourage you that sewing is FUN. There are no rules to follow, and no need to stick to rigid patterns. Add that extra ruffle. Pair stripes and polka dots. Use unconventional fabrics, like table cloths and sheets. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
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