Step 1: Measure your daughter's chest
Step 2: Go to fabric store and buy Shirred Fabric. Evelyn measured 22 inches and I bought 20 inches at the store. Do not forget to wash and dry your fabric before starting your project because it WILL shrink. It shrunk a whole inch in the wash!
Unsure of what Shirred Fabric is? Check the picture below... It has elastic at the top and flares at the bottom. You can also make your own Shirred Fabric in a couple different ways:
1. Buy elastic thread, then double the amount of fabric you got for the chest measurement and sew 4 seam lines 1 inch apart starting at the top of the dress (first seam is 1 inch from the top.)
2. Another way is buying very thin elastic and sewing the elastic on the fabric (stretch the elastic as much as you can) and make 4 lines 1 inch apart.
I prefer using a 50% off coupon and buying the fabric pre-made at the store for $7 :)
Step 3: Pin the edges inside out.
A tip with pinning: pin all pins the same direction and sew the fabric with the pin towards you so that you can easily pull the pin out as you go. I sewed 1/4 inch seams. Do not forget to back stitch as you start and finish!
Step 4: Iron the seam open so that you can easily do a seam finish.
Step 5: Now complete the seam with a finish of your choice. I prefer serging but another popular finish is zigzag stitch extremely close to the edges.
***Comment if you would like a Youtube video of how to sew different seam finishes***
Adilynn and Evelyn wanted to help on their dresses!
Even Daddy joined in! Such a perfect family time activity :)
Step 6 (optional): Add straps. I chose some rick rack at JoAnn on clearance for .97 cents a yard and I only needed 16 inches. Pin them on your princess to get the perfect tightness.
Daddy helped with Adilynn's straps. I love that he is such a helpful husband!
Playing while waiting on Mommy to finish the dresses...
Step 7: Sew on straps
Step 8 (optional): My rick rack freyed quite a bit so I seam finished it with the serger.
I got 4 thumbs up from the Frozen Princesses!!
Time: 15 minutes per dress
Cost: $8 per dress
Tools: Sewing Machine, Serger Machine (optional), Matching Thread, Iron, Pins and Scissors
Material: Shirred fabric from JoAnn and Rick Rack