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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.