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Need instructions on how to sew a dress? Try the girl's braided dress, a simple, chic summer dress to make for your daughter. This free long dress pattern is so easy, you won't even believe it.
- 1.5 yards of fabric
- Coordinating thread
- 3 buttons
Cut (3) 44”L x 3”W pieces of fabric
For Size 2 Cut:
Cut (2) 9L” x 44W” pieces of fabric for skirt pieces
For Size 3 Cut:
Cut (2) 13L” x 44W” pieces of fabric for skirt pieces
For Size 4 Cut:
Cut (2) 16L” x 44W” pieces of fabric for skirt pieces
For Size 5 Cut:
Cut (2) 18L” x 44W” pieces of fabric for skirt pieces
- We will start with the skirt bottom. Take the 2 skirt pieces and
match raw edges right sides together. Sew up the Length side seams on
one side fully, and on the other side - sew almost all the way to the
top, leaving 2” unsewn from top edge. See Photo:
- Press seams open.
- Turn bottom hem under ¼” towards the wrong side of the fabric
and Press. Turn under again ¼”, enclosing raw edge, and Press. Sew hem
- Sew a line of gathering stitches along the top edge of the skirt and set aside.
- Take the front bodice and back bodice and sew right sides
together at ONE side seam. Repeat for lining. Be sure to sew on the
same side seam for both fabrics! See Photo:
- Now, placing the exterior bodice and the lining bodice right
sides together, sew along side and upper edges, leaving the bottom edge
open. Turn Right side out and press. See Photo:
- Gather the stitches along the top of the skirt until they are the length of the bottom of the bodice.
- Slip gathered edge inside the bottom of the bodice and pin in place. Sew. See Photo:
- Sew buttonholes along opening in side of bodice, spaced evenly. Sew buttons on other side to match up. See Photo:
- Taking the 44” x 3” piece of fabric, start rolling on one side,
pinning as you go, until you get to the end. It helps to roll it in
cycles, little by little, pinning and unpinning. See Photo:
- When you get to the end and it is all pinned up, gently put a
thin strip of fabric glue at the end of each roll along the entire strip
until it is all rolled together.
- For a thicker, more firm roll, wrap fabric around piping and glue at the end.
- Repeat for all 3 pieces.
- Once the fabric glue is all dry, with the three pieces all lined
up, take a piece of tape and stick them together to a surface you can
work on. Start braiding, be sure to keep even while braiding, until you
reach the end. Secure the bottom with tape as well. See Photo:
- Finding the middle of your braid, attach to the top of your
front bodice and pin in place (I found it easier to push the pins
through the back). See Photo:
- Now this part you will have to sew on my hand (unless you have a
heavy duty sewing machine). Attach braid to top of dress. As you can
see, I hand sewed all along the back, whipstitching it on top, and kind
of just securing the bottom (I get lazy with hand sewing, you might want
to be more secure...lol). See Photo:
- At this point I tried the dress on my daughter to see where I
wanted the straps to fall, and where I should line the braid up in the
back. Once I had that marked we were able to continue...
- Undoing the bottom of the braids, at my marked point, I started
weaving them together. Continue this only for about an inch. Then
separate braids, and braid as normal again. See Photo:
- Now, because I wasn’t smart enough to figure out exact placement
before, I need to VERY CAREFULLY snip open 2 small areas in the
stitching of the top of the back bodice, where I want the straps to
enter. See Photo:
- Slip braids inside, pin and very carefully sew closed.
I got it HERE