November 07, 2011

Tiered Ruffle Dress

I've never been the Mom who dresses her girls in matching outfits. Until recently, they didn't even really have coordinating outfits.  But I made this dress, and I loved it so much, I decided to make two.

It features a tiered skirt in a pink color that I love, especially paired with the grey and white striped top. These dresses were super inexpensive to make.  I found the pink fabric for $0.75/yard and the striped fabric was $1/yard.

It goes great with the Felt Hydrangea Headband. Okay, everything goes great with that headband. If only she'd keep it on!

Keep reading if you want to make your own.

First start with the top.  You can either use an existing shirt or make one yourself.  I made my own using shirts that fit my girls for reference.  Trim it if necessary to get the higher waist.

Cut out two rectangles for the skirt.  Mine measured about 12 inches long by 16 inches wide for a size 3T to 4T and about 10 inches long by 13 inches wide for a size 12 to 24 months.

Next, cut out three long strips for your tiers.  Mine measured the width of the fabric and 12 inches high for the 3-4T and about 8 inches high for the 12-24 month dress.

With right sides together, sew the side seams of the skirt. Turn right side out and press.

With right sides together, sew your three tier pieces at the side seams.  This will give you three big loops.  Starting with the first tier, fold it in half so that the seam is on the inside of the fold.  It's hard to see because of the texture of the fabric, but the seam is on the left in the picture below.  Sew a gathering stitch around the top of your loop, going through both layers.

Gather the tier so that it's the same width as your skirt.  Pin it to the top of the skirt and stitch in place.

Do the same with the next two tiers, gathering them and then pinning them to the skirt and stitching in place.  Make sure the bottom of one tier overlaps the top of the next tier so that the stitching is covered.

Once you have all three tiers sewn in place, sew another gathering stitch in the top of the skirt, again going through all layers.  It's easier if you actually sew two gathering stitches, one across the front and one across the back.  Gather the skirt to fit the width of the top.

Turn the skirt inside out and insert the top so that right sides are together, as shown.  Stitch the two pieces together.

Add a sash. Secure it by topstitching, aligning it with the side seams of the top and skirt of the dress.


Kerrie P. said...

Very pretty & lady like! Love this!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I'll have to try this for my girls. Thank you!

April said...

So pretty! Great job!

Ruth said...

The skirts are so sweet. Your girls are so cute!!!!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

this is SO pretty! can i have one in my size?? haha. the girls look adorable :)

I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday!

by night said...

gorgeous! no wonder you made 2!

Cindy said...

The little dresses are darling! I have a question for you, though.
I love to sew and I see great tutorials on the internet all the time that includes sewing along the edges of knits to ruffle them. I have tried this time after time without success. I have come to the conclusion that my sewing machine does not do this. I am now in the market to buy a new or another machine. Please tell me what you sew with and how you like it and if you would recommend this machine or if you think another one would be better and if so which one.
I hope I have made myself clear. I am desperate, the frustration of trying and trying to make follow all of the wonderful tutorials to no avail is getting to me.
Thanks so much, I appreciate it.
Hugs, Cindy

Erin Shakespear said...

Oh my! I love ruffles and these look so great. Love the pink and the stripes and the cute headband! So. Great.

I'm a new follower! :)

Michelle said...

I adore these dresses. So precious o your cute girls! I will be featuring them tomorrow.

Kate said...

WOW! I love this! you did an amazing job!
Kate of

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