A few months back I bought a babydoll dress that I loved and wore all the time, that is, until I accidentally shrunk it in the dryer. Now it’s literally a dress for a baby doll. Instead of going out to buy a new one, I figured I should just learn how to make one with a pattern I can use forever. This dress is pretty easy to make, and is nice and stretchy so you can easily throw it on and head out. I plan to make so many more for this summer.
Learn how to make the DIY Easy Babydoll Summer Dress after the jump…
DIY Easy Babydoll Summer Dress
Materials & Helpful Tips:
– 1 3/4 yards of knit or rayon knit blend fabric
– DIY Easy Babydoll Dress Pattern (Size Small), a 1/2″ seam allowance is included in the pattern.
– How to Sew Knit Fabrics
– Your Basic Sewing Kit
– How to Gather Fabric
Start by washing and drying your fabric. Next, cut out the pattern and your bodice pieces.
Cut two 20.5″ x 34.5″ rectangles for the skirt.
Sew the shoulders together with right sides facing. You can finish your seams with a serger, though it’s not needed since this fabric will not unravel.
Lay the bodice out flat, and sew the sleeves in place with right sides facing.
Sew the bottom of the sleeves together, and then sew down the sides of the bodice.
I used pinking shears to reduce the bulk of the seams as I went, though it’s not necessary.
Flip right-side-out and hem the edges of the sleeves and the neckline.
I hemmed by simply folding down the edges a 1/4″, pin, and sew.
Completing and Attaching the Skirt:
Hem the bottom (long edge) of the skirt pieces up 1″.
Sew the two skirt pieces together along the edges of the shorter sides.
Baste stitch the top of the skirt and gather.
Pin and sew the skirt to the bodice.
You can find detailed instructions on how to attach the skirt by checking out Jaime’s Beginner Jersey Baby Dress Tutorial.