When I saw this Riley Blake fabric at The Ribbon Retreat I absolutely fell in love and knew I needed to make something out of it. I stared at it for a couple of seconds and then it hit me-baby girl dress with lots of layers and ruffles. Because, you know, with 4 little boys I have tons of need for baby girl dresses.
This dress is similar to the 4th of July dress and Candy Corn dresses that I have done, but adds in a few more layers and slightly different straps. I love, love, love how it turned out! I think it’s my favorite baby dress yet.
I know you want to make one of your own!
And…there’s matching shoes! Click here for that pattern
What You Need:
3 coordinating fabrics (amount will depend on size of dress you are making-if you are making a baby/toddler size you can probably get away with about 1/2 yard of each. If you are going bigger than that, get more like 1 yard of each.)
Small amount of lining fabric (in coordinating color)
Tiered Ruffled Baby Girls Dress Tutorial:
First of all, print off the pattern pieces (above). If you need a different size I recommend finding a dress that fits your child currently and use it as a template to create this dress. Simply create a pattern just like the ones I have given you, but size it up to fit your child. I will be adding pattern sizes down the road.
With those pattern pieces, fold your main fabric in half, place the pattern piece on the fold and cut. You will have one piece of the front and one of the back. You then need to do the same with the lining fabric so that you end up with 4 total pieces of cut fabric to create the top of your dress.
Now, grab the front piece of your dress and the front piece of the lining. Put right sides together and sew all the way around except across the bottom. Do the same with the back pieces. Turn right side out and iron them nice and flat.
With those 2 pieces that you just created, again, put right sides together and sew together on the sides. Turn the whole thing right side out.
The only other thing you need to do to complete your top is to sew your buttons in. Hand stitch the button in place on each strap and create a button hold on the dress bodice for the button to go through. And you’re done with the top! By the way, turns out I need some serious practice at sewing button holes.
To make the body you need to cut 3 long strips of fabric-one of each of your 3 fabrics.
You need to know how long you want your dress to be and then make your strips accordingly.
For the toddler size dress my strips are about 4 inches wide. For the infant do more like 3 inches wide.
To determine the length, first measure your bodice width. (The toddler one is 10.5.”) Then use the following chart to figure out length:
Chart for the layered ruffles:
***When I say width here, please measure your bodice piece width and then double it. So that the width I am referring to is the width of the front and the back piece together.
Layer 1: 1.5 x the width of your bodice
Layer 2: 2 x the width of your bodice
Layer 3: 3 x the width of your bodice
Take your first strip, fold it in half and sew the ends together:
Gently pull one of the threads to create a gather in your fabric.
Pull and gather until it is the width of your bodice.
Insert the bodice of the dress into the gathered ruffle that you just created so that right sides are touching. Stitch all the way around the dress to sew the ruffle to the bodice top.
Now do the same with layers two and three, stitching them into place on the layer above them.
On the bottom layer sew a hem:
Turn everything right side out: