That's all you need to make your very own little Hanna knock off. For this little Valentine dress I used a red stretch french terry. If you were to use a jersey you would end up with results really close to the original Hanna dress with flatter chest ruffles. French terry is much thicker.
I'll also tell you how to add a ruffle to the bottom just like the original (I wanted to but ran out of fabric).
Now to get started!
Cutting out your pieces...
this tutorial as we will be doing the same thing. Ok, you need to do a few things before cutting out your body pieces to make your top into a dress.
- Measure your child from their armpit to their knee. Add about an inch and 1/2 for seam allowances (if adding bottom ruffle only add about 1/2 inch).
- Use your ruler to measure from the armpit of the pattern piece down that many inches and mark.
- Line a ruler up with the underarm seam. You can see in this photo I have laid it diagonally so that by the bottom of the shirt it flares out in an A line shape by one inch. For my Valentine dress I did the same thing but flared it out 2 inches. In this photo my ruler only goes down to the bottom of the shirt piece but remember, for this dress you need to go down all the way to your length measurement.
If your front and back pieces are the same, cut two of these. If they are different, do the same thing with your back piece.
Arm Pieces- cut exactly like your pattern, but if they are long sleeves shorten them to desired length (I cut mine 1.5 inches below the armpit seam).
Chest Ruffles- Measure the front of your top and cut 3 strips twice that length X 2.5 inches
Bottom Ruffle (if desired)- Measure the bottom of your dress and cut 2 stripes twice that length X 2.5 inches
Now, put your dress together according to your shirt directions.
this method (cute free tank top pattern too).
Hemming the Bottom...
If you want to add the ruffle to the bottom you just need to take the 2 strips you cut. Sew them right sides together to create a tube, fold in half wrong sides together lengthwise and do two rows of basting stitches just like your ruffles. Matching raw edges of ruffle to bottom raw edge of dress, and attach.
I would topstitch the seam above the ruffle once attached. If you need more instruction on this, you attach the ruffle here in just the same way as these ruffle jeans.
I'll show you how to fix up your tights another day.
Have a great Tuesday everyone! :)