DIY Sailing into Autumn Dress

For those of you long time readers, this post is a repost- but I wanted to share this dress again, as it is one of my favorites!

New Main

Emily pulled this dress out the other day to wear it.  It still fits! Yay!  The original pics a few years ago were TERRIBLE so I thought we would have an impromptu photo shoot to show off the dress a little better than the first time.


Perfect for the beginning of fall, too!

The dress is made out of cotton, navy and white stripes on top, mustard kona cotton on the bottom.  I used a basic bodice pattern, and added the nautical waist detail and bow for interest.


I kind of wish I had one in my size! 🙂

Redo 3


So ready for the world’s longest tutorial?
It walks you through the whole process – starting from a basic bodice pattern,
all the way to the end.
Bodice Pattern
About 3/4 yard bodice fabric
1 1/2 yards skirt fabric
invisible zipper
covered buttons
I started with this pattern for the bodice:
It was a bit high waisted so it was perfect to add a waistband to.  I chopped off the sleeve to a tiny cap.  You can use any similar pattern.  If it is longer waisted- just cut some off.
Then I cut two rectangles for the skirt: The width of the fabric x 18″ long. One piece, I cut in half vertically for the center back seam.  (If your child is much shorter or taller, just measure an existing skirt to get the right length)
Then I cut a strip for the waistband: 26″ long x 4″ wide. (I got this by measuring the bottom of the bodice pattern, minus the side seam allowances.)
 Then, I traced the sleeve from the pattern, and just cut it off into a tiny cap sleeve.
Above: Sleeve was hemmed

Trim edges of waistband to line up with center back edges.
Stitch up the back center seam under the zipper.
Make covered buttons and sew them on wherever you like.
Hem the skirt to your desired length.
Happy Sewing!