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4.27.2010

The Kinsley Dress

This post is part of a month long series called 'Pattern Makeover Month.' I took a simple pattern (The Sweet Dress by Leila and Ben) and 'made-it-over' into many different styles. For more information, go here.



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To cut this dress out, cut the sleeves as normal. Cut the bottom of the dress pieces out about 3 inches below the underarm seam line. Then you will need your tiers. For the size 5T, I cut 7 inch wide strips. If you are making a smaller size, measure from a couple inches under the armpit to the length you want the dress on your child. Divide that number by 4 (for 4 tiers) and add 3/4 inch to the number for your seam allowances.




Now, for the length of the strips, I have made enough of these that I kind of have a set number for each tier length. It works on skirts or dresses-- anything with tiers. And since a two year old isn't much narrower around than a 5 year old, I use the same length for all ages, from 12M to 5T. The top of your dress or the waistband piece of your skirt should measure around 30 inches. The next tier should be about 44 inches (width of fabric), then about 60 inches (1 width of fabric and a half of a width), then 90 inches (2 widthes of fabric) and 120 inches for the fourth tier (3 widthes of fabric). This makes it nice and easy to cut and measure.




Sew your dress and sleeve pieces together as directed, without making a casing on the sleeves. Finish the bottom edge of the sleeve and make the casing on the neckline.




To create the skirt portion, stitch each tier fabric strips together into one long strip. Make a rolled hem on the bottom tier. Then gather the top of the tier to match the third tier length. Stitch the bottom tier to the third tier and finish the seam with a serged edge or a zigzag stitch. Continue up the skirt until you finish the first tier. Now sew the skirt portion together into a circle, matching your seams as you go.




Gather the top of the skirt and match to the top of the dress. Stitch into place. Thread the elastic into your neckline casing.
A great way to use all those fabulous fabric out there!

15 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh, I love this on! So cute!!

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Natalie said...

Pretty!

Angela C. said...

Nice! I love tiered dresses and skirts!

Lacey said...

Oh so cute!!

Jessica said...

I love this kind of dress, so adorable. Thanks for all of the great ideas!

seegfam said...

way cool!

heather said...

I like the addition of the tiers, so pretty!

joanna said...

Love it, and thanks for your tip on doing tiers! I am making dresses for my daughters from tank tops, and that helps me tremendously! And, again, I don't know how you are having time to do all this!

EHC said...

How much fun are you having thinking up all the names for these dresses? :)

mary said...

Just found your blog and absolutely love it. I know I will be coming back again and again. I have 3 little girls and love all your sewing tips

ange_moore said...

This is very cute! And I have so much farbic stashed away I could make hunderds of these in my lifetime!!

Kelly O. said...

I want an adult sized one! adorable!

Ana said...

Love the patchwork!
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Lisa said...

New favorite!!!

Montrose Lewises said...

This is so romantic!