When Dawn from Designed by Dawn Nicole reached out to me with her upcycled Ruffled Beachy Dress, I was thrilled. There was something so easy, yet fun about it, it just made me itch for the Summer. Doesn’t it make you dream about getting to the beach? Feeling the sand between your toes, the water hitting your knees as you wade in, the sun warming your back…ahhhh, I am definitely in another place right now as I write this. HA!
Back to the post…
I simply needed to feature this dress, it is such a quick and easy sew, that I know it will have you all dreaming about Summer in no time!
But let me first introduce you to Dawn and her blog aptly named Designed by Dawn Nicole. This Stay at Home Momma of 2 (with another one due any day now!!!) is seriously talented. Not only is she learning her way around the sewing machine and sharing with us in the process…
Let’s just say it all together…’3 Ingredient Beer Bread’. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm
Now I know we all have an old shirred dress laying around, because really…are they flattering on anyone besides kids? Let’s see how we can make them a bagillion times cuter.
Welcome Dawn, thank you so much for being here!
Hi all! I’m Dawn and I blog over at Designed by Dawn Nicole. I’m so excited to be guest posting here at Me Sew Crazy. Jessica is unbelievably talented and her blog is among the first I started to follow when I got into sewing. Today, I’m sharing a fun Ruffled Beachy Dress up-cycled from some of my old shirred summer dresses.
- Shirred Dresses in Women’s Sizes
- Fabric for the ruffle/straps (this is a great project to use up some scraps)
- All your sewing goodies
- Two measurements from your model (1) her chest circumference measurement taken right under the armpit and (2) her length measurement from chest to knee
Here are what these dresses looked like before. I used a seam ripper to carefully take out the inside labels and remove the front strap, which I was able to re-purpose into straps but I’ll also show you how to make your own as in the peach and polka dot version pictured above.
Pin your straps on. I pin 1.5″ in from each side for the front straps and the back straps I pin just inside where the front straps are. Having the straps slightly closer together in the back helps keep the straps from slipping off the shoulders when your little one is wearing it. Sew them on as desired. I sew over each strap a few times since these get pulled on a lot.
And you’re all done!
First, cut 4 pieces of fabric 15″x2″. (I make the cotton ones a bit longer since they don’t stretch like knits do). These example pics are from another dress I made just to show you in detail how to make your own.
Fold each short each of the strap piece over 1/4″ and iron. Then fold strip in half lengthwise and iron. Open and fold each side toward the middle and iron again (see pics for a better explanation). Then fold in half and iron again. Sew with a 1/8″ seam. Repeat until all four straps are complete.
I love it Dawn, and will definitely be whipping a few up before those warmer months hit. Good luck on having your new baby, what a blessing. I am always amazed and in awe by the miracle that is birth.
Thank you again so much for being here!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…