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Tutorial- Toddler sundress with pockets & a giant rose:)
Its Sasha's 3rd birthday this sunday:) My doll is growing up:) I wanted to make something for her & had the common sense to click pics this time:)
So here's how you can make this pretty summery sundress for your lil one & with a little imagination & calculating skills for yourself too;)

Hey I did not notice the mango there in the pic.That's from my mango tree:)
She is standing under it............sorry,back to the tutorial;)

Posted by priti from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States • Published See priti 's 14 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Cut 2 rectangles of following dimensions.Measure your child from collar bone to wherever you want the hem to be .Add 1.5" to it & that will be the length.Take any dress which fits your child well & measure its width at the hem .Add 1" to it & that will be your width.For me I cut 2 rectangles 20" long & 16" wide.

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    Step 2

    Now fold them lengthwise right sides together & mark 6" vertically & 2" horizontally at the corners .
    Join the 2 lines to form a rectangle & make a J shape for the armholes like this.Repeat this for both sides.

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    Step 3

    This is what the pieces will look like

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    Step 4

    Now fold the top edge 1/2" inside & sew it for both pieces.

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    Step 5

    Now comes the magical bias tape:)
    Its so much easier to use a bias tape on the armholes..........besides it looks much more neater & professional.Now pin the bias tape like this on the wrong side of the fabric on the armhole.Do this for all 4 armholes.

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    Step 6

    Sew along the curve neatly.

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    Step 7

    Now sew it & you will get pretty professionally finished armholes.

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    Step 8

    Fold down the top edge another 1/2" towards the back & sew creating a tunnel for the elastic to go in later.Repeat for both sides.Now cut 1 strip in a coordinating fabric the length of the top edge of the front & 2" wide.Serge 1 end lengthwise & the two ends width wise.I do not have a serger so I just sew them.Pin this strip on the top edge of the front like this & sew it with a 1/4" seam allowance.

  • How to sew a baby dress. Toddler Sundress With Pockets & A Giant Rose:) - Step 9
    Step 9

    Flip down this strip & top stitch it.The 1/4" seam allowance results in this little fabric showing on top which looks really elegant.

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    Step 10

    Now we will finish the hem.Take the bias tape & pin it along the wrong side of the hem like this for both the sides & sew it.

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    Step 11

    Now flip over the bias tape to the right side so that a few cms of the dress fabric along with the bias tape is visible on the right side.Sew it.Repeat for the back piece too.

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    Step 12

    Make a rosette using the co-ordinating fabric from my tutorial on How to make rosettes using leftover fabric & zip tape.
    Now to make the pocket.Cut a rectangle 10.5" by 12".Mark a line in the center ie 6" from the top.You have now divided the rectangle into 2 halves 10.5" by 6".Now mark the center of one of the halves like this & tack down the rosette .

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    Step 13

    Fold the rectangle into half at the 6" line you had drawn right sides together so that the rosette is between the 2 layers

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    Step 14

    Sew the two sides & turn the pocket inside out.Fold over the unstitched edge 1/2" inside,pin & top stitch it neatly.

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    Step 15

    So now you have a pocket with a rosette in its center.Pin this pocket on the dress in the center.

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    Step 16

    Sew the three sides of the pocket .Don't forget to backstitch the edges..Now to make the divider.Just flip the rosette to one side with your finger & draw as close to the center as you can.Sew on that line backstitching both the edges. Your pockets are done!!!!!!!

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    Step 17

    Now measure your child from armpit to armpit,lets say it is x" , cut 2 pieces of 1/4" elastic the length of (x-1)".For my daughter her armpit to armpit was 7" so I cut 6" long elastic strips.
    Put a safety pin on one edge & thread it through the tunnel you created earlier.

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    Step 18

    When the other edge of the elastic reaches the entry point,sew the gap shut along with the elastic.Run a few stitches so the elastic will not go back inside .

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    Step 19

    Now take the safety pin out from the other side ,stretch the elastic all along & run a stitch lengthwise.At the other end too sew the gap shut along with the elastic.Repeat this for both the sides.

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    Step 20

    Put front & back together right sides facing ,match the hems & armholes & pin them together.Now sew both the sides backstitching at the edges.

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    Step 21

    Now the last step of putting the straps.Cut 2 pieces of the bias tape 3" long.Fold them over at the center & sew the edges shut.Now simply pin them at the top & sew them neatly & securely.(I made them out of the red fabric & realized later that I could have simply used the bias tape:)))

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    Step 22

    & Tadaaaaaaaaaaaa..................

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    Step 23

    Don't forget to link back if you use this tutorial;)

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KellBellBlue
KellBellBlue · Sonoma, California, US · 15 projects
so cute love that rose.
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Jen W.
Jen W. · Ottawa, Ontario, CA · 6 projects
OMG wish my kid was young enough for this! too cute!
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