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Make a Sweet Summer Sundress in any size w/ this Ruffled Sundress Tutorial!

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Make a Sweet Summer Sundress in any size with this Ruffled Sundress Tutorial!

Make a Sweet Summer Sundress in any size with this Ruffled Sundress Tutorial!

(Looking for more free patterns? Be sure to check out my free patterns and tutorials page here.)  I’ve had this cute black and white chevron fabric sitting in my stash for awhile now.  I only had one yard, so I didn’t think I could make anything for myself.  (Actually, I could have squeezed a top out of this since the fabric was around 60 inches wide, but I probably wouldn’t wear a top with chevron stripes running side to side, it is much better suited for my daughter who would look cute no matter what…)

Make a Sweet Summer Sundress in any size with this Ruffled Sundress Tutorial!

My little Missy has been requesting a strapless dress.  I’ve tried explaining to her that a strapless dress wouldn’t stay up!  I thought this fabric would make a perfect little sundress or tunic top so I made her the next best thing to strapless and added skinny spaghetti straps.

When I first had her try it on, she resisted a bit because of the straps, but I showed her that I made the top extra tight and she could tuck the straps in when we were at home, but when out and about, she had to keep the straps on to avoid wardrobe malfunctions…

Tutorial to make this adorable sundress in any size. It's so easy, no pattern to cut out, just a few measurements and a couple of hours is all you need!

 

Tutorial to make this adorable sundress in any size. It's so easy, no pattern to cut out, just a few measurements and a couple of hours is all you need!

How cute is this outfit?  We already had these pink leggings, so I decided to to make a tunic top instead of a dress and use pink fabric for the straps and belt.

The best part of this dress (or top) is that you can make it in any size!  It’s so easy and doesn’t require a pattern!  I totally want one for myself.  My only recommendation is if you are busty, you may want to leave off the ruffle, especially if you are using a stiff cotton fabric.  I’m top-heavy.  So for me, I plan to use a slinky jersey or stretch knit.  By using fabric that lays close to the body, I could keep the ruffle, but add a few inches to its length so the bottom of the ruffle hits below my bust line, but above the belt/waistline.  (To get the perfect length on the ruffle, I would probably cut it a little long and hem it last, so I could ensure the perfect length.

Tutorial to make this adorable sundress in any size. It's so easy, no pattern to cut out, just a few measurements and a couple of hours is all you need!
Are you ready to make this sundress?  You are going to love how simple it is!  Head over to page 2 for the tutorial.

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37 Comments

  1. Love this! If I make an adult size, would I do the shirring just on the sides of the dress or all the way around the waist area? Seems like it would look funny all the way around…

    1. Definitely shirr all the way around. I have done this many times, it doesn't look funny. (this is an example of shirring under the bust, all the way around.)
      ~Jamie

  2. So cute!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  3. This is so adorable, and the chevron print! Amazing job. Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent.
    Hugs
    Kathy

  4. Awesome dress! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to make a few of these for my niece! Visiting from the Mad Skills Linky Party!

  5. This looks great – such a pretty dress.

    I would love for you to link up at the Empty Your Archive party which has children's clothes as one of it's themes this week – Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  6. I don't have a little girl but if I did I'd be making this right now. Very cute!

  7. Your daughter is so stunning! She really is so photogenic and that sundress looks gorgeous on her! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspired! Hope to see you at tonight's party 8 pm EST!

  8. Love it. Found you through Busy Monday. The top is just perfect. I always love black, white and light pink together. Your daughter is adorable too! Your newest follower, Penny Lane @ SistersRaisingSisters.com

  9. Love this! I am going to have to make one for me! I would love for you to visit my blog!
    Oneofakind-kikistok.blogspot.com
    Kiana stoker

  10. I LOOOOOVE it!… Gosh it is so cute! I really miss my sewing machine =(… I would do it without thinking! Lovely share! Would you link this up at my Link Party that goes live every Sunday? Your creations are always nice to have it there!!!

    Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

  11. The dress and your daughter are so adorable!

  12. This is so beautiful! I will be trying these as soon as I can. My girls love to wear dresses, and I've made them so many skirts (because they're easier), but they don't wear them that much, because they'd rather wear a dress any day! So I need to get moving on that! I've been admiring Girl Charlee fabrics, too, so I think this is the perfect project for it.

  13. This is gorgeous… Had been thinking of making something for my daughter for Summer!! And viola…I stumbled upon your post…I guess its the easiest for me considering my first attempt at stitching a dress!!! was jittery …but your post has given confidence to go ahead! 🙂

    You daughter is so pretty! And I loved that 'can I move my toes' question! 🙂

    sunshinendewdrops.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you, good luck on the dress. Come back and leave a comment if you have any questions on the dress!
      ~Jamie

  14. Now this is a dress I can make! I am no good with patterns and have been avoiding sewing because of it. I think that this will definitely get me back into it. My 5 year old daughter would LOVE this dress! I am hosting today at http://www.frugalfitfamily.com – swing by and share if you can!

  15. Beautiful dress and photos. I'd love to be able to sew like that some day. You've inspired to try sewing again:).
    Amanda

  16. Too funny… our girls must like the same things… I posted a tutorial on the train to crazy for a similar style dress except mine was long. 🙂 I love love love the fabric and your girl is totally adorable!!

  17. This is beautiful and what a beautiful model. Love the black and white. Love Chevron. Ok, I could go on and on. LOL
    You know you have to link up to The CSI Project starting tonight.You just have to!!!!
    The challenge is Crafting with patterns. You just might win or make the Top 10.
    This is perfect!
    http://www.thecsiproject.com

  18. So cute! I love this dress…actually might attempt it for my own strapless-envy crowd! 🙂

  19. Love what you did with our Black Chevron on White Cotton Jersey Knit!! 🙂

  20. So adorable! The whole outfit put together is just perfect! I pinned this for my little girl and who knows, maybe myself 🙂

    Heidi

    handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

  21. She looks darling in that tunic. So cute! What a nice compromise for her strapless dress!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog

  22. thank you for the great tutorial on the wonderful yet simple summer dress… I will be making some when I get home… our granddaughter will love them and I think i will make one for myself…

  23. I completely love this! I am addicted to chevron too! Thanks for the great tutorial! Pinning now!