Monday, April 11, 2011

Sweet Easter Dresses!

I shared this tutorial last week At Second Street, and am excited to share it here now!
I was determined this year to make my daughters Easter dresses. I wanted something simple, with a touch of whimsy, after all it is Easter! Today, I am going to show you how to transform any dress or skirt pattern by adding scallops. I used Simplicity Pattern 2231 ($2.44 at Walmart), but it can be easily adapted to any pattern. Let's get started!
Step 1: Make a scallop pattern
1- When making a pattern use the rule of 3's. Meaning make sure your ratio is pretty close to 3:1. For example if you wanted your scallop to be 3 inches wide, the height of the scallop should be about 1 inch. The scallop for my pattern is six inches wide, and just over two inches tall.
2-Once you determine how big you would like your scallop make a grid on your patterned paper in the dimensions you want your scallop. I made my grid six inches wide by 2 1/2 wide.
3- Raid your kitchen for a bowl that is close to this criteria, and use the bowl to make a pattern!
Step 2: Adjust Dress Pattern
1-Now that you have your scallop pattern, you will probably need to tweak your pattern a little. For instance, since I made my scallop 6 inches wide, I need the width of my skirt to be a multiple of six, so it does not stop mid-scallop. Additionally, you will need to add 1/2" for 1/4" side seam allowances. For the 3T dress I adjusted the skirt front and back to 15" tall by 24 1/2" wide. The size 6 dress skirt front and back I adjusted to 21" tall x 30 1/2" wide. I came up with these measurements by measuring the pattern, and measuring other dresses that they have. It was really an educated guess, and it worked well!
2-You will also need a lining fabric in the same dimensions as your skirt fabric front and back. I used muslin.
3-Using a pencil mark your scallops no closer then a quarter inch to the edge of your fabric. Connect your dress fabric and lining fabrics with pins.
Step 3: Sewing the Scallops
1- With your dress and lining fabrics right side together, follow the scallop pattern you made with a strait stitch.
2- Trim excess fabric and lining.
3-Make snips on your scallop especially in the peak, so your fabric does not bunch up in the peak when you turn it right side out.
4-Turn right side out, and press.
5- With right sides together, sew your front and back skirt pieces together.
6- Top stitch scallops.
Now that you are done with your scallops, continue with your pattern as follows! In the pattern I used the skirt fabric is gathered, I have a great tip for gathering fabric, you can find it here!
To finish up the dress, I made a gathered sash, and of course I had to made some homemade hair bows. I kept the accessories really simple because the main fabric is so busy. By the way, the main fabric is from Moda's Hunky Dory line.
I really love how the dresses turned out, and more importantly my girls love them too!
I was so happy it stopped snowing so we could take some pictures outside!
I just love how they turned out!  I can't wait for them to wear them on Easter!

Enjoy, Carlee

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47 comments:

  1. LOVE them! So cute! I am making my OWN easter dresses this year! hope they come out as cute as yours did! :)

    bry
    reeniejaecreations.blogspot.com

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  2. Your girls are precious! You are a way better seamstress than I. I have patterns waiting to be attempted, but I am so terrified. Looking at them is like reading a foreign language to me!

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  3. That is just adorable. Thanks for the detailed tutorial and tips. It really is those finishing touches that make all the difference.

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  4. Adorable dress! I love the scalloped edges. I just posted mine too! :)

    ~Andrea
    www.addicted2tutes.blogspot.com

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  5. Very lovely! I love the scalloped edge at the bottom!

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  6. How cute I am seriously going to have to give this a try. You are so talented!

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  7. So cute! I love the scalloped edge.

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  8. I love the scalloped hem,way tooo adorable..

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  9. So lovely! I made my little girl's easter dress too! you can see it on my blog if you like, http://dominiquescraftcouture.blogspot.com.
    I love that they are matching but with diff. colored sashes :). Great job!

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  10. OMGoodnes I love it. That came out great. www.mylifeunzipped.blogspot.com

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  11. BeAuTiMoUs! LOVE these dresses!!! If only my sewing machine wasn't in a box... And if only I knew how to sew better!

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  12. So awesome!! I sure wish I was a better seamstress! I'm going to be paying an arm and a leg for matching dresses for my girls! Thanks for sharing your talent! -Juli
    http://www.ahenandherchicks.blogspot.com/

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  13. Great way to add interest to a hem, and I love the bows!

    Visiting from Rook No 17

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  14. I love, love, love the scallops! I'll have to try this on one of my daughter's dresses. Probably tonight. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog! :)

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  15. Very nice! I cannot wait until I can sew this well.

    I am visiting from Wandering Wednesday blog hop. Glad to meet you. I love your blog design. Very clean and simple. Beautiful.

    I hope you have a blessed week!
    Long Wait For Isabella

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  16. So cute! I'm not sure I can actually sew from a pattern, but it still gives me ideas :)! Stopping by from someday crafts

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  17. I just came over from Someday Crafts. Thanks for sharing this project! One of my favorite things about Easter is Easter dresses. I'm a grown woman now, but I still insist on a new dress for Easter!

    Kriste, Making Life a Bliss

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  18. THanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts - I featured you today - you were the most viewed link - congrats! - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  19. So pretty! The scallop really does make the dress look ten times cuter

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  20. I Love them!!!!!
    ~Terry
    www.mossandclover.blogspot.com

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  21. Hi there! :) Awesome blog! Those dresses are AMAZING!!

    I am your newest follower from the blog hop - would love a follow back!

    Alex
    http://thekidisrich.blogspot.com/
    EDUCATING KIDS AND TEENS IN BUSINESS, MONEY MANAGEMENT, AND EARNING MONEY

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  22. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I came over to visit and LOVE this dress! They are darling, I may just have to give this a try. I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing what other creative ideas you share!

    http://gigglesgalorenmore.blogspot.com/

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  23. Thanks for all of the sweet comments! I appreciate each and everyone! It is so fun to see everyones Easter Dresses on their blog... it is one of my favorite parts about Easter too!!

    Carlee

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  24. Beautiful dresses! Love the colors and the sashes!

    Kerri

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  25. This brings back memories of when I used to make matching dresses for my daughters. Beautiful work! I would be thrilled if you stopped by my Commercial Break Thursday at http://www.suzyssitcom.com and link this project!

    suzy

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  26. So super cute.. Absolutely love your posts.. Found you on idea sharing wed. I'm Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/ hope you can stop by sometime ;)) TY *officially following ya*

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  27. Fabulous job! They look absolutely adorable! :) Thanks for linking this up as well. I'll be featuring this tomorrow.

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  28. Gorgeous dresses and you're girls are really adorable!!!

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  29. Very cute! You did a great job.

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  30. What a fabulous tutorial and sweet scallops!! I'd love for you to link up to Wow Me Wednesday!!

    http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/04/wow-me-wednesday-5.html

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  31. Your Easter dresses are adorable!!! Thanks for linking up at Sweet Peas & Bumblebees. I love to see what everyone has been up to!!

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  32. They are simply adorable, both the dresses and the little girls!! My Mom made Easter dresses for me, but I only had hairy-legged boys. So when my granddaughter came along, I made fancy Easter dresses for her. Until the year I found her outside playing football with her brothers, wearing the newest one. Just not her style :-)

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  33. Carlee, those are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial on scallops, too - I'll have to give them a try! Whoop whoop!!

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  34. So cute~ Makes me want to have sew for my daughter once again . . . well, she's 31 and that's not gonna happen. But, I just wanted to say you added exponential cuteness to that pattern~!

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  35. The scallops completely change the look of the dress! So cute!

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  36. these are just adorable ; you made the plain dress look fancy boutique style !!!

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  37. Cute, and the girls are cute in them, too!

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  38. So, so sweet! Love the scalloped hem and the pretty floral fabric! You did such a good job!

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  39. beautiful dress for beautiful girls! Love the scallops. I'm posting about it tomorrow! Thanks for linking up to my party!!

    http://itssewforyou.blogspot.com

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  40. Carlee, your daughters' Easter dresses are exquisite! I love the fabric and the way you modified the pattern with the sweet scalloped edges. Wish I could sew like that!!

    Thank you so much for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me...".

    Best,
    Jenn

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  41. I'm featuring this tomorrow at womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com

    :) Jill

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  42. Carlee these dresses are beautiful. You have adone a fabulous job and I love the fabric! I have featured these today. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful holiday! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  43. Beautiful dresses. Glad I found your site. I'm now following you. I'm looking forward to looking around.

    Paige
    www.ribbonsandricrac.blogspot.com

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  44. I saw these on second street and loved what you did with that pattern! I love scalloped edges and yours look beautiful!

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  45. I love the scallops. I am making this dress right now.

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  46. LOVE the scallops!! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter- good luck:)

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