You can make a dress for a toddler or little girl without a pattern with a pair of bandannas, or you can use a matching pair of larger fabric rectangles to make the same dress for an older child. The dress can be worn as a lightweight summer dress for a day at the beach, or it can be worn with a warm long-sleeved shirt and a pair of leggings during the winter.
Things You'll Need
- Bandannas or lightweight fabric of your choice
- Sewing needle
- 1-inch-wide ribbon
Measure the distance from just underneath the child's arms to just above her knees and add an extra inch. Measure the circumference of the widest part of her hips and add 40 percent to this measurement. Draw a rectangle on your choice of fabric according to these dimensions and cut it out. Make a second rectangle from the same fabric. For a toddler or small child, forgo the fabric and use two bandannas instead.
Pile one piece on top of the other with the wrong sides facing outward. When using fabric instead of bandannas, fold 1/2 inch onto the wrong side of the fabric at the bottom of the rectangle and sew the hemline in place.
Sew the left and right side seams together. Leave 6 inches unstitched at the top of each side for armholes. If you are making the dress for an older child, leave 8 inches.
Fold 1 1/2 inches along the fabric at the neckline on both the front and back of the dress. Sew 1/4 inch away from the edge of the rough fabric. This will create a tube in which to insert ribbons.
Cut two pieces of ribbon that are each 40 inches in length. You can make the ribbons 48 inches long for older children.
Attach one end of a ribbon to a bodkin and slide it through the tube at the neckline at the front of the dress. Do the same with the other ribbon and slide it through the neckline tube at the back of the dress.
Try the dress on the child and tie the right ribbon ends over the right shoulder and the left ribbon ends over the left shoulder to make the straps of the dress.
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