I call this the "Kitty Love" dress- I happen to NOT love kitties...but my 2 year old little girl? In L-O-V-E with any cat she comes across. I don't feel guilty not having one though since I'm allergic. And cats are mean- they abandon you! Dogs, on the other hand, are always happy to see you and make you feel good. I wonder if there is a whole segment of psychology where they know everything about you based on what pet you like? Anyways, you are here for a tutorial so I will get started, haha!
This dress was inspired by the vintage looking kitty cat fabric that I found at Joanns and knew LJ would love.
I wanted the whole dress to have a vintage feel, so I looked at a bunch of Shirley Temple photos and knew it had to be short, have puffy sleeves, and a poofy skirt. Done, done, and done!
KITTY LOVE DRESS TUTORIAL (size 2T)
You will need:
-3/4 yard of main fabric (PREWASH!)
-1/2 yard of complementary fabric (PREWASH!)
-about 10" of pre-ruffled lace
-about 20" of 1/4" elastic
-3 tiny buttons
-sewing supplies (machine, thread, etc.)
First, cut out 2 of each of the following free pattern pieces on the fold.
Back of bodice
Cut four each of Front Bodice (For the button hole side, leave pattern as-is. For the button side shorten by 1/2" on neck side)
For bodice ruffles, cut out:
1 9.5"x3" strip of main fabric
1 8.5"x3" strip of main fabric
1 5.5" piece of pre-ruffled lace
1 4.5" piece of pre-ruffled lace
For skirt, cut out one piece (or piece together to total)
14"x56" (This is a SUPER short skirt- retro style! If you want it longer, add a few inches to the 14" measurement.)
OKAY...now that you have all your pieces, let's put it together! (Use 1/4" seams throughout)
First, sew your bodice pieces together at the sides. Do this for the outside one and the lining so you have two like the photo below.
|Be sure to iron those seams flat!|
|Center the bottom of the lace right where the stitch will be.|
Okay, now get back out those bodice pieces and lay them right sides together. Sandwich the ruffle pieces in between, being sure that the longer/shorter ones are on the correct side! Also be sure that the ruffles are facing the correct side so the lace shows on the front of the bodice.
|Ruffle sandwich- zero calories, mmmm!|
|Don't cut your thread on accident!|
|Don't catch the ruffle when you sew!|
|Turn right side out and press. It's getting there!!!|
|Zig-zag the long side of the sleeve pieces. Then tack it down to make a 1/2" casing.|
|Sew a ruffle stitch along the large curve of each sleeve.|
|Cut your elastic into two 10" pieces and thread each through the sleeve casings. Then attach and trim of excess.|
|Then sew the short seam on the bottom of the sleeve. Double stitch over the elastic! Go ahead and ziz-zag over the edge to keep it from fraying.|
You can see how the gathers are at the top of the sleeve, and the rest is flat.
|"Serged" and ready for a trim! It's stitch 11 on my Singer machine.|
Now your bodice is complete!
For the skirt, go ahead and hem the bottom (I know, I know, you are supposed to do this lat, but its so easy when its nice and flat!) I used a zig-zag stitch on the edge of my fabric, and hemmed it 1/2".
Then you are DONE!!! Put your dress on your little one and let her enjoy! I put a little crinoline under it that we have so it poofs out more- feel free to do that if you have one- it looks just fine without though!
|I always get funny poses like this when I tell her to "model" for me, haha!|
Thanks for sticking through this long tute with me! I hope you enjoy! If you make one, please link to it in the comment section, I would LOVE to see it!
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