Thursday, August 12, 2010
Shirt to Play Dress
When I first started sewing with knits I searched high and love for the perfect knit dress pattern. I couldn't find it, so I started coming up with my own. I'm going to show you a simple way you can modify a shirt pattern (or you could use a ready made shirt), to make that perfect play dress.
Here I've modified a Carla C's All The Rage Raglan , but you could use any knit top pattern (think Lil Blue Boo if you are joining the sew-a-long).
Now, when making this type of playdress I like the look of it being very low waisted and the skirt ruffle starting a bit below the hip. You should measure your child before cutting your top pieces to make sure that the length of the top part is going to hit where you want. You may have to add a bit of length to your pattern piece or take a bit away.
Now sew up your top following your pattern's directions, but do not hem the bottom.
Cut a piece of fabric for the skirt portion the full width of your knit by the length you just measured.
If using a 60 inch wide knit this width should be perfect for pretty much all little girl sizes. If looking for something more precise, a width that is about double the circumfrence of the bottom of your shirt would be perfect.
Sew two rows of gathering stitches and gather to fit the bottom of your shirt. Attach skirt section (sorry no picture but check out the In The garden dress if you need more instruction on this).
Hem the bottom (1 inch hem). I like to do two rows of stitching along the bottom hems on knits.
I would love to see your play dresses! Don't forget to upload them to our Flickr Group! :)
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