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!
(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…)
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…
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.
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.
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…
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.)
oops, here is the example: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RMPxSUzcirk/TdV4ecLNUgI/AAAAAAAAAlA/49JvskBAIAk/s1600/039.JPG
She is so pretty. My eyes go to her 🙂
I just love this, Jamie. So pretty!
I love this sundress! It is even something I could whip up for my 1 year old I think. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial!
So cute!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!
This is so adorable, and the chevron print! Amazing job. Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent.
Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday – i featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button 🙂 http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2013/05/your-whims-wednesday-112-and-features.html
Awesome dress! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to make a few of these for my niece! Visiting from the Mad Skills Linky Party!
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