Saturday, March 31, 2012

Simple Easter Dress + Tutorial

I have had plans to make my two girls Easter dresses for months, but just kept putting it off and putting it off and then when I had to go home for the funeral I thought that there was no way I was going to have time to make them. As I was walking through Joann's this week, I came upon the cutest fabric that was pre-ruffled on the bottom and smocked on the top and my plans of being able to finish dresses in time became a reality. 

I know that these dresses have been around the block a few times now, but this was my first time making them before so bare with me. 

This has to be the easiest thing to make in. the. world. And it looks like you spend to much time and effort to get the look.

The fabric comes like this. All you have to do is sew up the side to create the dress and add straps of some sort. It literally took less than a half hour to make. Umm... I think that is a record for a dress this cute! :)

So here is how I made the dress {for my skinny 3 year old}:
Keep in mind that you are going to have to take your own measurements to come with how much fabric you will need.

-half yard of the pre-ruffle/smocked fabric
-whatever you want to use to make the straps; ribbon, extra fabric, etc.

To make my dress straps, I bought an extra half yard of the regular matching fabric because I have plans to make a skirt for my baby to match this dress {pictures and tutorial to come soon}.

Step 1: Zig zag or serge the raw edges of the sides of the fabric.

Step 2: Put the fabric right sides together and sew up the side to create the dress part. {forgot to take a picture of this step, but I think ya can figure it out ;)}

Step 3: Measure how wide and long you want the straps to be. For my little gal, I cut two strips of fabric that were 3 inches side and 10 inches long. {Keep in mind that you will be folding your straps in half so double your width.} Once your fabric is cut, take one of the fabric pieces and fold it in half (hotdog wise) right sides together and sew up the side of the raw edges creating a tube. Do this for the other piece of fabric too.

Step 4: Turn the tube right side out and and iron flat so that the seam is centered (instead of on the edge) so that you won't see it once the straps are flipped over.

Step 5: Try the dress on your daughter and pin the straps onto the dress so you can see where they need to be sewn. Carefully take the dress off her while the pins are still in.

Step 6: Sew the straps in place.

That's it!


  1. Ashley,
    These are so cute and I love, love, love, your photography. I think I'm going to have to make one of these!

  2. So cute. I'd love to make one for my grand daughter but have never seen fabric like that before. In your next post, could you please give me some ideas of where to shop?
    I'm a very faithful reader but reluctant sewer even though I sewed for my daughter and made formals and my wedding dress, I'm REALLY out of practice. But, I have a grand daughter now so it's time to pull out my machine from retirement.

    1. I've seen this fabric at JoAnn's!

    2. They even have this type of fabric at Walmart, if you shop there.

  3. So cute Ash, I'm so glad you had time to finish them!

  4. What a sweet dress Ashley! I love the fabrics you chose. Every time I see one of your projects, I remember a couple months ago when you shared that you are just starting out sewing... you rock! I would never ever guess you are a new sew-er ;) Id love for you to consider linking up to my fashion party! It closes tomorrow at midnight but will opens again every Thursday.

    Have a great week friend!

  5. You seriously just made my day! I hate spending tons on an Easter dress, and this is SO easy!!! I have two little girls and this is super perfect. Thank you so much for posting this!! I can not wait to make it.

  6. Sooo cute! I was just wondering how I was going to make THREE Easter dresses when I cam upon this! Do you mind me asking how much per yard it was? You can reply to my blog or email

  7. I absolutely love this! I'd love for you to share it in our link party!

    ~Natalie @ Crafty Cousins

    P.S. We're your biggest fans! :)

  8. Thanks so much for linking up! :)

  9. I love the colors! So very lovely!

  10. I love the fabric you used, and the dress turned out super cute!

  11. So cute!!! I'm just getting into sewing and I may be able to do this!
    I'd love if you could come link up at my first ever Tutorial Tuesday at Our Thrifty Ideas

  12. Oh yay! I see this fabric in the stores and was just thinking how easy it could be to make into a dress...but I never sew so thank you for bringing my thoughts into a tutorial! Hopefully this is something I can handle! Totally getting this fabric next time I'm at the store!

    I'd love for you to link up and share:

  13. That looks awesome! I would love for you to share it (and any other creations) at my new linky party- "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @!

  14. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:


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