For skirt: Ivory color Sheer flowing fabric ( I chose georgette) 2-3 inch Wide Ivory Lace 1 yd - 1.5 yd 1 inch wide Ivory Lace 2 yd Ivory bias tape - preferably satin - 1yd If you want to make your own bodice as well: 1 yd knit fabric in a neutral color ( brown, khaki, gray) If you want to make it using an existing lap tee, skip the bodice making and go straight to making the skirt part.
Making the bodice:
Measurements: This is a drop waist dress, meaning the bodice will fall well below the actual waist of the child and will hit just above the crotch area. So measure your child from shoulder to the part where thighs join the torso. Lets call this length L. Measure the child's sleeve from shoulder to just above the wrist ( or whatever length you prefer). Lets call it S. For the other measurements I just used a Tee that fits her well, instead of taking all the measurements. So that's what I'm going to show you in the tutorial.
Marking and Cutting: 1.
Adding sleeve to a lap Tee ( bodice in this case) is actually easier than a regular Tee because the overlap hides any minor difference in cutting or sewing margins, but its easy to get confused. Here's how I do it.
Turn the bodice inside out, Place the sleeve from inside the bodice such that sleeve right side and dress right sides are together. Now align the side seam of the bodice with side seam of sleeve and start sewing along the armhole joining the sleeve to the BACK of neckline. Its important that you do back first because in lap Tees we want the back of neckline to show a little bit in the front.10.
Once you finish going over the back of neckline. back-stitch a bit to stabilize the seam. Then start at the side seam again, this time attaching the armhole at front of neckline to the sleeve. The front will overlap quite a bit over the back armhole, that's good! keep at it until you reach the end of front armhole, then back-stitch.
Here's the finished bodice.Making the skirt:
The skirt is quite simple:
- Measure the length you want the skirt to be from the end of bodice, Add half inch for seams. Lets call it L2.
- Measure the total width of the bodice (all around). Double it to account for gathers. lets call it W2.
- Now cut one rectangle of length L2 and width W2 from sheer fabric.
- Cut another rectangle of length L2 -2 and W2.
- Cut W2 from the wide lace that you have.
- Sew together L2 sides of the bigger rectangle ( right sides together).
- Sew together L2 - 2 sides of the smaller rectangle (right sides together).
- Sew together the raw sides of the lace ( right sides together)