Today I’m excited to be participating in the Thirty Days Of Sundresses series hosted by my friend Melissa from Melly Sews! This is the third year that I’ve participated, and today I’m sharing a super easy to sew little sundress dyed to look like a watermelon.
This will be my last post for a bit, since I’m taking a hiatus from my blog, probably for the month of June… I’d like to spend less time on the internet and concentrate on really being present for my day to day life. I’ve been blogging five years now, and while I still really enjoy sewing and sharing tutorials and the things I’m working on, I’m not sure if I’m getting the same satisfaction from it that I used to. So I’m taking a small break to see how it feels.
This dress can be sewn from less than a yard of plain white 56 inch cotton. It’s simply machine hemmed on the top and bottom, and it has French seams on the sides. I used a wide zig zag stitch to encase 1/8 inch wide elastic into a few lines at the top to create the shirred chest. I prefer this method to the other shirring method of using elastic thread that’s loaded into the bobbin. I find that technique to be not so reliable, and I’ve broken the elastic thread while gathering it in the past.
If you don’t want to dive into any dying, this dress can be made in less than an hour. I’m providing measurements for girls sizes 3 to 8 in my tutorial.
Materials needed for sewing an elastic shirred sundress.
1 to 1 1/4 yard white cotton
1 yard bias trim for straps.
About 5 yards of 1/8 inch elastic. I buy mine by the roll here.
Materials for the watermelon dyed part of dress
pink and green clothes dye
Cut out two pieces of white cotton in these dimensions for sizes 3 to 8
size 3/4 27 inches wide by 23 inches tall
size 5/6 28 inches wide by 25 inches tall
size 7/8 29 inches wide by 27 inches tall
2. Fold over top and bottom 1/4 inch ans iron. Fold over 1/2 inch and iron again. Machine stitch around the two hems.3.Use a fabric marker or washable marker to draw 6 lines about 1/2 inch apart at the top of the dress.4.Use the wide zig zag stitch to encase the elastic into the stitch, taking care not to get the elastic caught in the needle.5. To get the best fit on the child, I’d recommend trying the dress on and then pulling the elastic through the casings until it feels comfortable. My dress form has the same measurements as my little girl , so that makes things easy for me. No squirming! Once I get a good fit, I tie it into a knot. Then I sew the elastic up and down down and backstitch it into place along the side seam to make sure it won’t come out..Dying the dress is fun!
I made two bowls of dye and dipped each side into it, leaving a little bit of white in the middle for the rind.Then I used my black Sharpie to draw a few layers of seeds.For the halter straps, I cut two pieces of black bias tape and sewed them shut. Then is stitched them to the front of the dress.A fun little summer dress done!
Now go skedaddle and make sure to stop by Melly Sews to sign up for her amazing giveaway! If you are at all interested in creating your own patterns she has some perfect prizes in store for you!