A while back I spotted and then purchased some super cute whale fabric at Joann. It was seriously just too cute to resist, but I wasn't really sure what I was going to make with it so I only got a yard. As soon as Violet saw it she fell in love with it and was eager for me to make her something.
And then it sat and sat in my pile of "to makes" until last weekend. We were on our way to Annapolis for the day to meet up with a friend of mine who was visiting from out of town and I just happened to have a bit of time in the morning before we headed out. I also happened to have a new tank top in Violet's size that matched the whales perfectly.
And so, I whipped up a quick little dress...
This dress was so simple to make and, aside from tedious task of ironing the hem of a circle skirt (seriously circle skirt hems are so long!) it was quick too.Simply...
Start by making your circle skirt. I used Dana's tutorial to make my pattern, which I actually already had from this dress and I added about three inches to the length.
Once my fabric was cut I sewed my two skirt pieces right sides together along the sides with 1/4" seam allowance and finished the seams with a zigzag stitch. Next, I folded the hem 1/4" toward the wrong side, pressed and folded 1/4" to the wrong side again, pressed and sewed the hem. I also sewed a zigzag stitch along the top, unfinished edge, of the skirt.
Next, I had Violet put on the tank top and pulled the unfinished skirt over the tank top to see where I wanted the placement of the skirt to be. We both liked the "empire waist" look. I carefully pinned the skirt to the shirt and, without poking her, removed the "dress". I marked where the top of the skirt was on the tank top while it was pinned then I checked to see where the marks were in relation to the bottom of the tank, 7". I measured up 7" from the bottom of the tank top all the way around and cut the bottom half of the shirt off.
Now I had one unfinished skirt and one cropped tank top.
I sewed a gathering stitch along the top of the unfinished edge of the skirt and gathered it gently to make it the same size as the shirt bottom. With the unfinished edges of the skirt and shirt aligned and the right sides facing I sewed the skirt and shirt together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
After the two pieces were sewn together I sewed around where they were joined again this time using elastic thread and a 3/8" seam allowance. The elastic thread allows for a bit of stretching at the "waist" and also brings the tank to the bodice more instead of having it simply hang.
And that's it! In likely less than an hour you've got a super cute and comfy summer sundress!
Of course, since it's a circle skirt it has full twirling potential too!
It was a beautiful day in Annapolis, we stumbled across a corvette show, got to watch a family of ducks cross a busy street and had a great visit with friends!
Plus on our to the our car we were treated to a man playing the glass harp...amazing!
Have a great day!