Today we welcome Cassandra from CLmac to the wonderful world of blog sitting!
Cassandra lives near me here in Hampton Roads, and works for the US Coast Guard – how cool is that?! I have a real heart for those who serve in our military, as I have friends who I watch struggle to raise families as their spouses are sent off for months, even years, at a time. Left to raise, sometimes even birth, children all while their spouses are on active duty. I watch as they come and go, continuously getting stationed in other cities, moving their entire families whenever their orders take them somewhere else. These men and women are superheros in my opinion, and my hat goes off to them.
Besides being a Superhero in the Coast Guard, Cassandra sews on the side, which just might officially make her my idol…
Making adorable outfits such as these for her daughter, I knew I wanted to put the spotlight on her after she sent me her idea for a dress! Her first tutorial ever, and I have the honor of showcasing it here…yeah!
So without further ado, I present our Superhero Blog Sitter for the day…Cassandra of CLmac!
*Simple A-line skirt or dress. (For a finished 3T I used a girls size 16 but you could probably get away with using a 14 it would just be shorter) Tips: Try to find a skirt with just an elastic waist, no zippers or lining. More basic the better.
*About 1/4 yd knit for the strap covers and band portion. (You could probably get away with less)
*Usual sewing tools: Scissors, thread, pins, sewing machine/serger, rotary cutter/mat/ruler, and measurements of your cutie pa-tootie (Bust; length from bust to ankles; over the shoulder for straps)
1) Skirt: Figure out how long you want the dress to be starting from her bust. (Mine is 22″ from bust to the top of her feet where I want it to fall) Fold the skirt/dress in half lengthwise and cut at the waist area. So now you just have an A-line tube.
2) Keep it folded, side seams matching, we’re going to trim the width now. Take the bust measurement (I used 19″) and divide by 4. Measure from the fold towards the seam that number (Just under 5″) Place the corner of your ruler and follow the angle of the skirt. Cut all the way down the side. Keep those two pieces, they’re your straps for later.
3) Iron, pin right sides together and sew/serge your two new skirt pieces. The skirt part is done 🙂
4) Straps: take your two triangle pieces you just cut and on the two long sides…
Either: a) serge, fold over once and sew or b) fold over 1/4″, iron, fold over another 1/4″ and sew. Done 🙂
5) Band Piece: Cut one rectangle piece. Length is bust measurement + seam allowance. Double the height you want the tube piece + 1/4″ seam allowance. My measurements were 19″ bust and I wanted it 3″ tall so I cut 19.5″ x 6.5″ (I used 1/4″ seam allowance on both sides and the bottom.) *Make sure when you cut it stretches width wise!
Match short sides,/right sides together and sew/serge. Fold the top down, wrong sides together and set aside.
Okay, so now you have three main pieces, the skirt, straps and the band… time to make them a dress 🙂
Lay out your skirt right sides out. Mark where you want the front center to be. Pin your straps (the wider portion) right sides together to the skirt front. I overlapped the centers a little bit but you can position them however you like. Then you’re going to pin the band to the skirt, right/raw sides together and matching up the side seams. Sew/serge.
6) Strap Covers: Cut two pieces of knit 4″x6″. Fold over the short sides, sew. Fold short sides together and sew.
7) Buttons & Buttonholes: At the end of the straps, about 1 1/2″ up, sew your buttonholes.
Lastly: Sew your buttons right under the bodice/skirt seam about where the shoulder blades land.
Now go run off and have fun making a mini maxi!
Thank you again Jessica for having me!
Thank you again so much for being here Cassandra, and for showing us how to make this adorable dress! Be sure to check out CLmac for more on Cassandra and her sewing goodness :).
Til next time…Happy Sewing!