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The Summer Lovin’ Dress: A Sewing Tutorial



Hey guys, I’ve been pretty busy (still am) with Ramadan (alhamdulilah) so I haven’t been able to post anything for the last week or so. But, I finally got the chance to make this dress ^_^.  I made this for my niece today, even though I got this fabric a few months ago….I just didn’t know what to do with it. But, anywho, after a bit of thinking and some pattern drafting, The Summer Lovin’ Dress was made! :)

It’s very fast and super easy to stitch up, I started around like 2pm and finished around 4:30-ish.

Here is what you’ll need:

-Around 1.5/1.25 yards of fabric, depending on your little one’s size. My niece wears 4T/5T and this amount of fabric was great.

-All of your sewing stuff

**Click the pictures to make them bigger**               

I didn’t take many pictures as I was cutting/sewing this dress so I’ll be showing most of this tutorial through paper.

Lay out your fabric flat

Fold around 7″ of fabric

Fold this in half…here the 7″ flap should be facing you, (idk y it’s not showing in this picture!)

Fold the half into another half. (Again the 7″ flap should be facing you)

Cut out the bodice pieces. 5″ for the neckline. 2″ for the armhole. The waist measurement +1″ and the full length (I made mine 5″)

You should now have four bodice pieces. (This is what all that crazy folding was for)

Open up your folded fabric once, so now you can make your two straps. Mine were 6.0″ long by 3.0″ wide.

If you want to make flutter sleeves cut out 2 pieces that look like the picture. There should be a straight edge that is 8.0″ long that will be ruffled later,  and a rounded edge.

Open up your remaining fabric fully.

Fold it in half once length wise

Fold it in half width wise.

Draw out your circle skirt. For your smaller circle/waist measurement. Measure your little one’s waist subtract that by 4 and divide all this by 6.28. For the longer circle decide how long you want your dress to be. For my niece’s I used 19″

If you want to do a highlow/mullet skirt, fold your circle skirt in half. Cut of 2″ evenly on one side.

Open up your skirt so that the portion you just cut is centered. Now one side is low and the other side is high. Cut the ends a little bit so you remember the center.

Sew up the side seams of the bodice pieces and put this to the side for now.

Take your 8″ straight edge that is rounded and ruffle the 8″ side.

We are going sew the ruffle part to the strap so that the seam is hidden.

So this is your “ruffle edge going inside one of the straps. Wrong side of the strap is facing you.

Pin in place like this and sew. Then turn this inside out and press.

This is what it looks like. Here I thought that the strap looked too wide, so I found the center of the strap and ruffled it up like this:

Top stitch the flutter sleeve in place!

Now we are going to sew together the bodice pieces and the straps.
-Tuck one bodice inside the other so that the right sides are facing each other and the wrong sides are facing you.
-Pin the armholes in place.
-Next, take one of your straps and put it on the edge of the neckline. Right side facing outward, pin in place
-Sew from one armhole to half of the front neckline. Now put in the other strap, continue sewing onto the back.
-Now take one of your straps and twist it into the back neckline, sew in place like you did the others.
-Take the other strap and sew this in place too like the others.


Sorry, that might’ve been a bit confusing, but I don’t have pics of the process. Hopefully that made sense, let me know if you have any qs.

Here I saw that the neckline was a bit too wide, so I ruffled the neckline a bit and pressed and top stitched everything in place. Lastly sew your skirt to your bodice. Hem your skirt, and zig-zag your rough edges (there should only be one rough edge: the skirt portion). And you are done!

cd23 I hope you guys found this tutorial cd001useful. If you have any questions let me know, I’ll try my best to answer them.

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21 thoughts on “The Summer Lovin’ Dress: A Sewing Tutorial

  1. Too bad Ramadan keeps you from being creative. The dress turned out very nice.

    • Hey, I’m not complaining (lol) ;) but, thank you. (I’ve been practicing doing henna instead, so that’s creative… yeah?)

      • Did not take it as a complaint. I know you are happy with religion. I am happy living for God. You are very creative. What do you do with henna?
        I do not know much about henna, only one time when my daughter was a teenager, she fooled me with a henna tattoo. I just about flipped out, when I thought my beautiful daughter got a tattoo. She still LOVES to pull my leg like that. She is a lot of fun, but sometimes she goes all out like that. Be blessed!

      • Don’t worry, I didn’t take it as such. :) I do henna on my hands usually and sometimes on my feet. (usually it’s flower designs) lol your daughter sounds like fun. People usually think I have a tattoo if I have henna on, and I’m like “nooo, it’s not a tattoo” lol =] Thanks

      • Yes, I know Muslim do henna, especially on weddings and stuff. I have many Muslim friends.
        Yes, my daughter was very hard to raise, but now we are even business partners and good friends. She is awesome.

      • That’s nice to hear :) But, henna is mostly a cultural thing, so there are many ppl who are not Muslim that do henna. Your daughter seems like a great person. All the best to you and her. =]

  2. Such a lovely little dress.

  3. This is so cute! Thank you for the detailed tutorial!

  4. Really enjoyed your tutorial. I don’t know how to sew, but you made it look so easy and inspired me to give it a try. Thank you!

  5. What a cute. creative dress. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. What a cute dress, I love the ruffles on the sleeves! :)

  7. This tutorial looks so easy and straightforward. I have a 2 year old and a four year old and this dress looks perfect, I think I’ll whip up two this weekend despite it being the tailend of summer. But I live in TX so summer is long.

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