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Project

Girl's Shirt Dress

With this sweet adaptation of the classic button-down, a little girl can channel the guy she adores -- Dad. The dress, which fits most children ages 4 to 8, has a drawstring neckline and sleeves.

Materials

  • Clear tape
  • Men's medium or large button-down shirt
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Iron 2 yards of 1-inch single-fold bias tape 1/4 yard fabric (for ties)
  • Loop turner 1 yard of 1/8-inch elastic
  • Pattern Pieces Template

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Cut shirt using print pattern pieces; tape together, and cut out. Lay shirt flat, and trace pattern with disappearing-ink pen, following the higher neckline. Cut out; you will have a front and back piece. Trim the front neckline as shown on pattern. Trim the dress length if desired.

  2. Step 2

    Sew dress pieces together: pin front and back pieces together, right sides facing, and sew along shoulders, under arms, and down sides, with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Notch under the arms. Press seams open with iron. Finish seams with pinking shears or a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying. If you shortened the length, finish the edge with a double hem: Fold the unfinished edge over 1/4 inch. Press, then fold over 1/4 inch, and press again; pin, and edge-stitch.

  3. Step 3

    Finish neckline. Turn dress right side out: fold a 16-inch length of bias tape over neckline; pin, turning under 1/2 inch at each end. Stitch tape 1/8 inch from the edge. To make a tie, cut a 22-inch piece of bias tape. Fold in half, right sides facing, so long edges meet, and stitch with a 1/8-inch seam allowance; use the loop turner to turn it right side out. Cut a slit in bias tape to the left of the button placket; attach a safety pin to the tie, and thread all the way through neckline, starting at the slit you just made.

  4. Step 4

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    Finish sleeves: fold an 11-inch length of bias tape around each sleeve opening, turning under 1/2 inch at each end, and pin. Stitch 1/8 inch from the edge, leaving an opening where the tape meets at the base of the sleeve opening. To cinch the sleeves, attach a safety pin to an 11-inch length of elastic and thread through the tape; cinch slightly. Trim elastic so the ends overlap 1/2 inch, and stitch. Hand-sew opening shut.

Reviews (6)

  • Tracy F 31 Jan, 2014

    What's the purpose of the notches cut into the sleeves? It's never addressed in your directions.

  • bpattinson4 16 Aug, 2013

    I would love to be able to download the pattern too but when I try to download the same thing happens...I just end up on another page and no pdf file comes

  • bpattinson4 16 Aug, 2013

    I love this little dress but also cannot access the pdf file for the pattern from the link.

  • kirstensteiger 9 Jul, 2013

    H1lp! How do I access the pattern pdf? Has it been taken down? Both links only take me to the Marth Stewart Homepage.

  • jewelkeller 11 Jun, 2013

    I love this pattern. I made this dress for my two year old and it fits great, I just needed to raise the hem a few inches.
    I was confused at first that the template would have me cut through the breast pocket and the arm seams but that is indeed what is supposed to happen.
    I also used double-fold 1/2 inch wide bias tape instead of single fold 1 inch and it worked fine. I will be making several more of these!

  • TheFoodMa 3 Jun, 2013

    I'm not much of a seamstress, but this pattern was quite easy. However, it was too tight under my 4.5 year old's arms. I would make it again, but allow for much more room in the armpit/chest region. It's easier to take it in than let it out.