How to Make a Reversible a Line Dress for a Toddler - MakeSureHow
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Your little toddler wants a new dress but you don't have all that much money to spend. She's been asking for what seems like months. You're savvy, you're frugal and you can make a dress. In fact, you can make two. You can make a reversible, A-line dress for your munchkin that will double as two dresses -- for the price of one. She can wear it alone or with a shirt underneath. And, by the way, this dress saves room in the closet, too. You can make this for your little darling by sewing two separate dress patterns together in a specific order. The two sides of the A-line may be made with the same color of fabric or with two separate colors.

Steps

  1. 1
    Pre-wash and then dry the cotton fabric. Cut loose threads from the edge of the dried fabric.
  2. 2
    Place the each piece of fabric on a flat work surface. Unfold the fabric so the colored side, also known as the right side, of the fabric is facing up.
  3. 3
    Match the selvage edges and fold together. The selvage edge is the manufactured smooth edges of the fabric. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hand.
  4. 4
    Locate the front and back sections of the A-line dress pattern. You will also have two facing pieces, one for the neck and one for the arms, that are not used when making a reversible dress. Cut the dress pattern along the solid lines. Different pattern makers use a different number of pieces to create an A-line dress pattern, so look at each pattern to determine whether two or three pattern pieces are used.
  5. 5
    Look at each cut-out pattern piece and locate the arrows that say "Place on Fold" or "Fold Line." Position the pattern pieces along the fold line making sure to place the marked side parallel with the fold. Pin in place with straight pins every two to three inches.
  6. 6
    Cut the pattern pieces from the fabric. Repeat the process one more time to create the pattern pieces required for the second dress.
  7. 7
    Remove the pattern pieces from the fabric. Locate the top edge, shoulder edge, of the front and back piece of the first A-line dress.
  8. 8
    Place the back section on a flat work surface so the front side of the fabric is facing up. Turn the front section of the dress pattern over so the front side of the fabric is facing down. Match the shoulder edges and pin in place.
  9. 9
    Sew a straight seam across the shoulder area 5/8-inch from the edge. Repeat the process on the second shoulder.
  10. 10
    Place the dress on a flat work surface. Match the two right sides of the dress together and pin in place. Match the two left sides together and pin in place. Sew a 5/8-inch seam along each edge. Press the seams open.
  11. 11
    Sew the second set of pattern pieces together to create the reversible portion of the toddler's A-line dress. Press the seams open.
  12. 12
    Flip one dress section so the front side of the fabric is facing out.
  13. 13
    Slide the dress section with the front side of the fabric facing out on the inside of the dress section that has the back side, also known as the wrong side, of the fabric facing out.
  14. 14
    Match the neck and arm hole sections of the dress. Pin the neckline together every one to two inches. Pin the armholes together every two to three inches. Sew a 5/8-inch seam along the neckline. The pins in the armholes are there only to prevent the fabric from sliding during the sewing process.
  15. 15
    Cut the fabric in the neckline seam so it is approximately 3/8-inch deep. Make perpendicular clips every 1/2- to 3/4-inch around the entire neck. Stop the clips approximately 1/16-inch from the seam.
  16. 16
    Remove the pins from the armholes. Turn the dress pieces so the front side of the fabric is showing on both sides of the dress.
  17. 17
    Match the edges of each armhole. Fold the cut edge down 5/8-inch and place each cut edge between the two pieces of fabric. Pin the folded edges together. Repeat the process on the opposite arm hole.
  18. 18
    Press the fold line on the arms and the neckline to create a smooth, crisp edge.
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    Line the edge of the pressure foot up with the folded down edge of the first armhole area. Sew a 1/4-inch straight seam around the armhole. Repeat the process on the remaining armhole and on the neckline.
  20. 20
    Fold the cut edge of the hem up 5/8-inch and place the cut edge between the two pieces of fabric. Pin the two layers of fabric together. Repeat the process around the dress.
  21. 21
    Iron the folded edge to create a smooth, crisp hem.
  22. 22
    Sew a 1/4-inch straight seam around the hem area to hold in place. Voila! You're done. Your little daughter now has an adorable, reversible A-line dress.

Tips

  • Sew embellishments such as rickrack, beads or lace around the armholes, hem and neckline.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 yards cotton fabric
  • Washing machine
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer
  • Toddler's A-line dress pattern
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Tread
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Preparing and Cutting Fabric

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Categories: Education and Communications

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