Thursday, July 2, 2009

Star Spangled Dress

Last night I realized that I didn't get the girls anything to wear for the 4th of July! I knew I could go get an outfit, but I wanted something more than just something to wear once. I found this fabric at Walmart for $2.44 a yard and thought it was perfect! I am in the process of making them matching dresses to wear to the festival we are going to tomorrow night.

I made my own pattern for the dress. It is a lot like the Pillowcase Dresses I made last summer, with the exception of a more A-Line type skirt than the straight line. If you are uncomfortable making your own pattern, you could buy New Look 6578. Just use the front panel of the dress and cut straight across the neck line instead of making a scoop and straps.

I think the best, and cheapest, way to make a pattern is to buy the paper bag looking wrapping paper Dollar Tree sells. It works great!

1 yd. material
60" bias tape/ binding
12" thin elastic ( I think I used 1/4")
pattern paper/pattern

1. Fold your paper in half and make your pattern. The pattern shown is for Arya's dress; she is about a 2T. Fold your material in half and place pattern on top. Cut out. Repeat for back of dress.

2. Sew the front and back together, right sides together, from the bottom of the arms down. Fold over about an 1" on the front and the back to make a casing for the elastic. From here, I followed the directions of the Pillowcase Dress starting at #5 to the end.

I made my own Bias Tape for this, but you could buy it also. I have $2.50 invested in each dress!


Crafty Sue said...

You amaze me with your creative talent!
I am sure the girls will look sooo cute in their dresses.
You've done a great job!

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Doreen said...

You are amazing and the girls look totally adorable : )
Enjoy your festivities!
Hugs & Blessings,

Ginger said...

Ahh those dress are so cute on the girls.
You did a wonderful job on them saved booga money to on them.

HDMac said...

Adorable! :)

KBriggs said...

the dresses look totally cute on your daughters. I like the fabric you chose too.
so... i am wondering.... how far apart are your daughters from each other? i am expecting my second girl and they will be 30 months apart.
Any advice for a soon-to-be mother of TWO girls?