I love the 4th of July. Nothing says summertime like July 4th.
I have always wanted to have a little girl to dress up in a cute little patriotic outfit for the 4th of July. I still don’t have a little girl, so I have given up on that and decided to make a 4th of July dress anyway and give it away so that someone else can dress up their cute little girl in a red, white and blue dress.
This idea originally came from a candy corn dress (which I have also made and loved). I’ve just tweaked it a little to make it patriotic and I have included a pattern because I don’t have a little girl dress to make mine from like she did.
Here’s my 4th of July baby girl dress:
I think she likes it!
One really great part of this dress is that it takes very little fabric! I made this using scraps from other projects, so it really cost me nothing!
***The directions I am giving you are for an 3-6 month size dress. You can make this for any size just using a dress that you have as your pattern or by adjusting my pattern a little bit. For more information on how to do that, go here.
What You Need (for a 3-6 month size dress):
1/4 yard white fabric
1/3 yard of center fabric
1/4 yard of ruffle fabric
1 yard ribbon for embellishment
1 inch piece of white cording or ribbon
Pattern pieces for bodice
Start out by printing and cutting out the pattern pieces for the bodice.
You then need to cut out 4 bodice pieces from your white fabric.
Cut your middle fabric (in my case it’s the blue with stars) 9″ by 28.” (Or, if you are making a size other than 3 months, make it 3 times the width of your bodice and as long as you want your dress to be in the end minus a few inches for the ruffle and hems.)
Cut your ruffle fabric (the cute red polkadot on mine) 90″ long by about 3-4″ wide. To get 90″ you will need to do 2 45 inch pieces of the fabric sewn together in the middle.
Turn each bodice piece right side out.
Now turn your bodice right side out. Top stitch around the arm holes and neck hole.
Here’s the part that scared me a little the first few times I made one of these. But trust me, it works and it’s ok. You can do it.
Cut a rectangular piece of fabric about 3 inches wide and about 1 inch shorter than the length of your bodice. Hem the top short side of it and pin it with right sides touching on the back of your bodice:
Now, brace yourself and then cut through the center of the rectangle piece of fabric and the BACK of your bodice down to about 1 inch above the bottom of your scrap of fabric.
Now your bodice is done!
Gently pull the top thread and slide the fabric down it to form a gather. The keyword here is gently. You don’t want to break that thread or you will have to start over.
Sew the edges together to form a ring.
You are now going to sew it to the dress.
Now run your gathering stitch along the raw edge of your ruffle fabric and gather it the same way that you did before. This one will be a little harder because it is so much longer. Again, make it double the width of the bottom of your middle fabric and then sew it into a ring:
Attach this to the center fabric the same way that you did before.
Turn it all right side out. You can top stitch along the white bodice now to keep it all laying smooth, or, you can add a little ribbon embellishment like I did. You can also hand stitch a cute little bow in place:
And you’re done! Wasn’t that fun and isn’t it adorable?!?
If any of this doesn’t make sense, or if you want to make a size other than for an infant, there are fantastic instructions here.
(By the way, want to see where the scraps for this project came from? Mostly leftovers from this:
4th of July Apron