I’m trying to raise a little 3 year old girl to be herself, to test things and do stuff - explore all sides of the world.
She have asked for a dress and when looking at stores it’s almost always pink/ princess like and that is not my daughter.
My daughter loves airplanes, excavators, robots, spacecrafts and dinosaurs.
So when I had a hard time finding anything other then girly dresses I created one out of an old top of mine.
I also bought a couple of plain dresses and made prints for them as you can see among the pictures.
I hope that you can find inspiration to make a dress that suits your child, boy or girl, austronaut or animal lover.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Long sleeved top, this is a woman size M and my daughter is a size 98/ 104
scissor or scalpel
Step 2: Cut Dress Into Shape
Pin the shoulders and sew back and front together.
Step 3: Cut Arms and Reattach
Pin them in place, start at the shoulder and pin the sides at the same time (then it's easier to get the arm hole the correct size :) ) Then just sew it, face to face, first the sides, then the arms.
Step 4: Add Wristlet
Cut the wristlet twice as long as you want it (you want it to be double) and as wide as the wrist of the child. Be sure to put the stretch in the right direction. Sew it together, face to face.
Fold it in half, so you face the right side and then put the entire thing in the sleeve (see picture).
I pin it in just two places, then I find it easier to stretch the wristlet just about the correct amount when sewing it in place.
Make the same for both arms.
Step 5: Neckline
As I only use a regular sewing machine I zig zagg the neckline. The seams would be prettier on an overlock machine.
after sewing it in place, turn it and pin to inside. I then sew at the edge if the black top fabric (see pictures)
Step 6: Pockets
Then I sew it in place with close zig zagg.
Step 7: Create Application/print
I paint the stencil on an old tank top.
Then I start to paint. When the painting is done I let it dry and then I add the outline color.
My color has to be ironed upside down for some minutes.
I then cut 5 mm outside of the excavator and sew zig zagg on my sewing machine around the edge.
When I had done this I painted the outside black to make it blend in more with the dress.
Dont forget to iron once again!
Now the print is done!
Step 8: Attach Print to Dress
I first glue the print in place and then I hand sew it so it really stays in place.
Voila! The dress is done.