Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Little Girl's Dress And Gathered Skirt

girl's dress with a bow
gathered girl's skirt
I made these little projects especially for my 7 year old niece.
The dress based on Burdastyle Girl's Dress 08/2012 size 8, but I omitted front side panel and the pockets. I changed the pleated band in the front dress with a simple bow and reduced the length of the dress. I also drew the neckline and armhole facings.

Materials :
1 1/5 yards of printed chiffon from my stash, invisible zipper and same color of thread.

How I worked on the dress:
I read the sewing instructions before I copy the pattern. Traced all the pattern pieces and cut all the fabric pieces. I serge all the edges using an overlocked sewing machine, then I sew front and back dress right sides together.
Sew invisible zipper in the middle back side.
Sew the front and back facing right sides together, press and iron it. Then sew the facing around neckline right sides together, turn it inside the dress. Press, top stitched and iron it. I also did the same way on the armhole facings.
For the hemline, I just sew it using an overlocked sewing machine - rolled hemmed style.

Here are more pictures of the little dress,
girl's dress front with a bow
wrong side of the dress with facing on it

back dress with invisible zipper
Now, I will show you the skirt details. I posted the skirt in progress on  my facebook page this morning and I managed to finish it by the end of the day. This is a very easy project, it's made from three rectangular shapes, 2x front side and 1x back side.
1 yard of light weight printed rayon fabric in yellow color, 5 yellow buttons, fusible interfacing for waist band and front skirt plackets and thread.
Self-drafted pattern. I mentioned above that the skirt made from three rectangular shapes.
Skirt front - 35 cm width x 37 cm long (2 pieces)
Skirt back - 70 cm width x 37 cm long (1 piece)
Front placket - 3 cm width x 37 cm long on fold (2 pieces)
Waistband - 58 cm width x 3 cm long on fold (1 piece)
I added 1.5 cm seam allowances to all edges and 3 cm for hem allowance
How I worked on the skirt:
I cut all the pieces according to the measurement, iron the fusible interfacing on to the waistband and plackets.
Serge all the edges using an overlocked sewing machine, sew the placket on the front skirt right and left side.
Sew the front and back skirt right sides together and gather the skirt.
Sew the waistband, press and iron it.
Then sew the buttons and buttons holes, the last part is sew the hemline 3 cm ( I used blind hem stitching)
Here are the pictures of the skirt,
girl's skirt front
girl's skirt back

the buttons are so cute:)

I included these little projects on Style The Stash Sew A Long and still have one or maybe two more kid's project that I will make from the stashes. Also, I am still working little by little to finish my polka dot dress.
Happy sewing to you all!


  1. These are both adorable.. Thank you for the skirt tutorial..

    1. You are welcome and thank you for the compliment:)

  2. Your niece will love these clothes - they are so lovely - I agree with the above comment - cute:)

  3. Hana these are soooo cut, you have done a wonderful drop drafting the skirt yourself. The little dress is just lovely.