Criss Cross Summer Dress

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Hey!  I know it’s not summer…it feels like it around here at 70+ degrees in Southern California, but I’ve been waiting to share this pattern with you, and I can’t wait any longer!

I don’t know if you remember last Halloween when my daughter Ivy was the stinkin’ cutest Bumble Bee EVER for Halloween.  Click {here} to see her costume.  This Criss Cross Summer Dress uses a similar pattern, but instead of leaving an empty place for the stinger to poke through, the dress completely covers their cute little bums so the dress can be worn as a regular dress should be!

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While the Halloween dress was made from felt, I made this one from 2 different cotton prints.  You could make this a reversible dress, or just use a plain white muslin as the inner cotton lining.  Either way, the inner fabric will peek through in random places on occasion.

Scarlet’s has a gray and white chevron cotton on the inside, and I added two pea-green buttons on the straps to accent the fabric a little.


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Scarlet is 20 months old, and length wise, it fits her perfectly.  She normally wears a size 18 months to 2T.  Also, the arm holes are big enough that my 4 year old can wear this dress as a top with jeans or leggings underneath, so it’s pretty versatile.



CrissCross Dress3 copy Here’s a quick run-down on how I made this dress.  (totally easy project!)

-download the pattern {here} and piece it together.

-Cut the pattern out of two piece of fabric on the fold.  (one outer, and one inner fabric)

-Open the cut pieces, and with right-sides together, pin and stitch completely around the perimeter of the shape, leaving about a 5 inch hole along the bottom curve to turn the dress inside out.  (use a 1/4inch seam allowance.)

-Once the dress is stitched together, turn the dress right-side out and press.

-Top stitch all the way around the dress.

-add 2 buttons to the straps and you’re done!



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