View Full Version : Easy play dress - added to downloads

12-30-2008, 05:22 PM
I know this has been explained many times in MG, but I don't remember a tutorial for it. I took pics this time.

Items needed:
-your favorite girl's t-shirt pattern
-knit fabric for bodice
-woven or knit fabric for skirt
-foe or binding for neckline

Step 1:
Adjust your favorite t-shirt pattern. Mine is Otto 4/04 #36. If you don't have this issue, please buy it today! It is so worth it!

A: Draw a line from the underarm seam to the center of your shirt. I drew it slightly sloping down, but you can go straight across if you like. This is the dotted line.

B: Draw a solid cutting/folding line as far away from the dotted line as you like. I just did a 1" line this time, but I do 2-3" for bigger sizes.


Step 2:
Cut out front, back, and sleeves. This can be done with long sleeves, short sleeves, or no sleeves (you would need foe for the armholes).


Step 3:
Sew up shoulders, and attach sleeves. Pretend that you are sewing up a regular t-shirt for now.


Step 4:
Finish sleeve hems any way you like. I just folded under and used a zig-zag stitch. You could also coverstitch, use a rolled hem, use trim, or use foe. The choice is yours! Be creative!

Step 5:
Pin each arm and underarm together. Sew last seam in shirt.

Step 6:
Decide how long you want to make your skirt. I made mine 16 inches for a 2T/86.

Cut a long rectangle the width of your fabric (if woven) or about double the width of your waist by your desired length.

If you are making a much larger dress, you may need 2 lengths of fabric for the skirt.


Step 7:
Finish your hem any way you like. See step 4. I turned mine under 1/4" and again at 1".


Step 8: Please remember this step! I always forget it!
Mark your four equal parts (front, sides, and back). Your back seam is not finished at this point. I kept in mind that I would use 1/2" seam to take care of the selvage I did not cut off.


Step 9:
Sew 2 gathering lines about 1/4" apart along top edge of fabric. (Pay no attention to the presser foot. The stitches are on the far right.) Gather up skirt.

Step 10:
Match up midpoints of skirt and shirt and pin fabric right sides together. Sew back seam shut.

Step 11:
Sew bodice to skirt.

Step 12:
Finish neckline with foe, binding, or ribbing. I chose foe.

You are finished!

12-30-2008, 05:35 PM
great tut

12-30-2008, 06:09 PM
Thanks, I have been wanting to do something this and was hesitating just branching out on my own. I'm not quite ready to just wing it!


12-30-2008, 07:05 PM
Great tut, Mel! I have some of that same cord in my stash waiting for me to use it.

12-31-2008, 01:47 AM
Now it makes sense to me! Thanks so much for explaining.

12-31-2008, 09:03 AM
Very nice tut!


12-31-2008, 09:12 AM
Great tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to type it out and take pics.

12-31-2008, 09:25 AM
great tut, i will definately try it out soon

01-02-2009, 06:12 PM
thanks I have been wanting to try this.

01-03-2009, 07:14 PM
Great tute!! that does look easy!

01-04-2009, 12:46 AM
Thanks, I am going to make a few of these. They look like they sew up pretty fast.

01-11-2009, 07:47 PM
Thanks.. I think I am going to do this for my dd. I am going to use the shirts that are too short for her instead!!

01-16-2009, 04:38 PM
super cute!

01-20-2009, 12:37 PM
Really cute! Thank you!

01-22-2009, 05:08 PM
this is great.
and can you tell me about the way you traced your pattern?
is the front and back on the same one?

01-22-2009, 05:15 PM
Great tutorial! I do mine slightly differently, I only sew one underarm/sleeve seam, then I gather my skirt material with my ruffler or gathering foot and sew it on to the bodice. Then I sew the remaining underarm/sleeve/side seam last because I don't like to attach the skirt in the round (just like I don't like to attach sleeves in the round). I guess I'm just lazy this way. Of course, my method has backfired at least once where I gathered the skirt up to tightly and it didn't fit.

01-24-2009, 11:04 PM
yey thank you!!!

01-26-2009, 08:22 PM
really cute! i like it!

01-29-2009, 02:19 PM
Really cute. Thanks for the great detail/photos:)

01-29-2009, 03:44 PM
this is great.
and can you tell me about the way you traced your pattern?
is the front and back on the same one?

Most t-shirt patterns are the same for the front and the back with the exception of the neckline. I just trace both necklines on one piece.

03-12-2009, 12:26 AM
fabulous! I need to make Anna some summer dresses, and you make it look easy!

03-17-2009, 02:29 AM
Great tute. I have been making theses for dd but must say it is nice to see I am doing it the right way. I love your idea of slightly curving the bodice. Must say I have been too lazy to gathre so have been using elastic instead.

03-20-2009, 07:45 PM
I love these style dresses.
I also love that they generally last at least two years- as the second year they can be worn with leggins is they're too short ;)

03-29-2009, 06:15 PM
Thanks, great tutorial, I have to make dd one!

03-30-2009, 02:59 AM
wow thankyou!

04-20-2009, 02:18 AM
thank you

05-03-2009, 11:11 AM
that's awesome, thanks!

11-28-2009, 11:34 AM
Thank you so much for your tutorial! So simple and cute dress :)

12-23-2009, 03:06 PM
Great tut! Thanks!

01-02-2010, 12:15 PM
Thanks for the great tut! Hope to try it out soon.

01-02-2010, 10:18 PM
Great tutorial! Thank you for taking the time to teach us and inspire us!

01-12-2010, 08:46 AM
This is exactly what I've been looking for!Thank you so much! :)

01-18-2010, 08:34 AM
That is a great tutorial.