You may have seen a few weeks ago my post about turning an old maxi dress into a top. There was so much fabric left behind that I thought I’d see if I could turn it into a dress for Amelie, my 5 year old. I figured all I had to lose was my time. And I waste SO much time making crappy projects that don’t work, I’m used to that. One of these days I’ll write a post about all the crap I make that turns out to be so far removed from the vision in my head. That’ll be a fun read for you. But back to the dress. If you have a maxi-dress you no longer need, maybe you should shrink it too! Here’s how I did it.
You will need:
- an old non-stretch maxi dress with shirred bust
- Sewing maching, obvs.
1. Right so if you haven’t hacked the dress apart already, do so now – cut the shirred top from the skirt of the dress and set it aside. Put the shirred top on your child, inside out, and pin it along one side so that it fits snugly. Sew where pinned and trim the excess.
2. Cut 2 square panels from the remaining dress fabric measuring 65cm x 40cm. This is to fit a (teeny tiny) 5 year old, so you may want to cut your panels larger for an older child. The top part of the panels will be gathered, so the width needs to be a lot longer than your child’s waist. Place them right sides together and sew along the short sides , with a 3/8 in seam allowance (this will be the seam allowance throughout).
3. Now you need to gather the top of the fabric so that the skirt fits perfectly into the bodice of the dress. Sew two rows of stitches 1cm from the top and gather (If you don’t know how to gather, this site explains it in way more detail than I could here!).
4. Place your gathered skirt inside the bodice. The fabric should be right sides together, with the top of the skirt and bottom of the bodice lined up. Pin and sew.
5. If you want to make straps, try the dress on and measure how long the straps should be – I had mine coming into the centre of the back to keep them from falling down. Cut 2 strips of the remaining fabric and turn them into rouleux straps (follow this very simple tutorial if you don’t know how!). Pin onto the dress and sew in place once you are happy with the length.
6. Finally, pin the hem of the dress to the length you want, press and sew under twice to seal the edges.
So that’s it. We just can’t wear our outfits together because we would look like total idiots (I already look like an idiot in the photo above. Not good at posing)!