The Rainbow Dress
With Spring right around the corner, an idea for a rainbow dress entered my mind.
And not just any rainbow dress, but a soft A-line perfect-for-play dress! One made from upcycled t-shirts!
So I ran to the local thrift store and bought these:
A rainbow of bigger sized, mostly half-off tees!
I figured out that I wanted the dress portion (not including straps) to be about 25 inches. This will give my 5 year old some growing room. So each of my five colors needed to be about 5 inches plus seam allowance. So 5 1/4 inches for the top and bottom pieces, and 5 1/2 inches for the middle three pieces. I also cut the bottom purple piece at the bottom of the shirt to take advantage of the hem! [read: lazy! :)]
I wanted an opening in the back so I cut one of my top, pink pieces in half:
I serged the just cut edge and ironed it back an inch on each side:
Next I pinned one on top of the other to keep them together until after I sewed them:
Time to sew the layers into a rainbow! I serged each color onto the next. When I got to the top two layers of the back, I just serged across the bottom to create what will be the opening!
(Careful to do any pinning away from the serger blades!!)
Time to cut out the dress! After folding my rainbow fabric in half, I used a dress that fit my daughter to cut the armholes:
And then made it A-line from there:
I used the back as a pattern for the front:
Now I had both front and back cut out. Next I cut 4 strips of 1 3/4 inches by about 18 inches out of another pale pink shirt (I could have used the same pink, but thought this might be cute!):
I ironed in the edges:
Then ironed it in half, to be like bias tape:
I then sewed this "bias tape" to the front top edge of the dress:
and to the back top edge, folding the edges over and sewing them at the opening:
Now I determined the length of strap I wanted and kept that much distance between my dress front and dress back while sewing the "bias tape" starting at one side and ending at the other:
After sewing the "bias tape" around the front armhole, I just sewed across the strap and down the other armhole:
I repeated for the other side and serged up the side seams to finish sewing the dress!
Since I have a snap press (I also make diapers!), I added some snaps to the back opening. Buttons also could have been used!
The perfect summer play dress for running:
and jumping! :)
The possibilities are endless! All pink, all purple, prints... So cute and comfy!!