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Orange Crush Dress Tutorial

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Here is the tutorial I promised you!! πŸ˜€ This is dress that I sewed for the Project Run & Play Season 6 Week 2 Challenge – Stripes and Polka Dots Sew Along. If you scroll down the page you will find the link up where other bloggers have added their Week 2 outfits. You should check them out! There are some seriously talented ladies there!!!


What I used –

about 1 yard of main

about 1/2 yard of contrast

That’s it! Well, other than the obvious (thread, sewing machine, etc. LOL)



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Sew the sides together creating a long rectangle. Leave the top open a few inches. (The length and width of the rectangle will depend upon the size of your child and your personal preference.)

Press your seam open.


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Fold the sides of the opening in by 1/4″ and again by 1/4″. Sew in place.




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Now you need to measure and cut the arm holes. (Make sure to cut at an angle.)



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Cut 2 long strips about 2 1/2″ wide. Fold the sides in and press. Now fold in half and press.




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Open up the strip and fold over the edges of the arm holes, pin and sew in place.



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Time to add the pleats at the neck line!

To pleat you basically fold the fabric behind itself, press and pin in place.

I marked the places where I put the pleats.




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Now put 2 rows of stitches across the top of the pleats to hold them securely.

It really is hard to see the pleats with the stripes! LOL



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Add pleats to the back and sew 2 lines of stitches across the top.




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Cut a long fabric strip (long enough to fit very loosely around your child’s neck AND tie a nice bow). The width of the fabric will depend upon how long your child’s neck is.

Fold over the edges by 1/2″ and press. Fold in half and press again.



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Open up the middle fold and pin in place over the neck line.

As you can see, I didn’t make mine long enough to tie at first. I had thought about making a button closure but when I tried it out I just didn’t like it. LOL I think the big bow adds more to the back. πŸ˜‰



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Now, the bottom pleats!! This can take a little while…. LOL I used a strip that was 6″ wide by about 80″ long (2- 40″ strips sewn together).

Fold the strip in half and press making it 3″ wide.

Now start pleating, pressing and pinning until the whole thing is pleated!



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Pin the top of the pleats to the bottom of the dress (right side) and sew into place.

When you get to the edge of the dress, leave the rest of the pleated part unattached.

Press out the remaining pleats.

Fold the end edges in by 1/4 and sew closed. Now tie the remains!



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The bow at the neckline was an afterthought but easy enough to make.

I used a 7″ x Β 5″ rectangle. Fold it over and sew 2 sides (right sides together). Turn right side out and press. Turn the raw edges in and top stitch around all 4 sides. Β Take a small strip about 2″ x 3″ and fold in the sides by 1/4″ and press. Wrap it around the center of the rectangle and sew in place.


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As always, let me know if this was easy to follow. If you have ANY questions feel free to use the Contact Me button at the top of the page and email me! πŸ˜€



Comments on: "Orange Crush Dress Tutorial" (31)

  1. Regena Fickes said:

    This is just so cute! So proud of how you take on and master new challanges! Your little is so sweet in this. Take care and God bless.

  2. Goodness, that is so adorable!!!!

  3. The dress is absolutely adorable!! I love it. The pleats on the bottom make that whole dress. Great job, Stacy!!

  4. You’re working without a pattern. Start your own pattern line, girl!. This is adorable; I love the bright colors and the pleated hemline… it works so well together.

    It’s possible that a bias binding (which you can make yourself out of your fashion fabric) would be easier to apply around curved edges of the armhole area. It’s a little more work, but so much easier to apply, because it gently gives way to the curve and creates a really smooth edge. Just a thought. πŸ™‚

    • THANK YOU!!!
      I have been thinking about a pattern line… LOL
      I did think about cutting the binding on the bias but I wasn’t sure I would have enough fabric to work with when it was all said and done.
      It went on easier than I expected it to for not being cut on the bias, though. LOL

      • You really should start a line. You have design talent, no question about it. I know what you mean about the binding, bias takes a lot of fabric. Many are the times that I’ve been short and had to piece my bias together which is a real pain.

        • Thank you SOOOO SOOOO MUCH!!!!!
          I have just started some business classes with that in mind. LOL
          Oh, I bet it was a pain!! I probably should have went with it but it actually didn’t do badly with the straight cut pieces.

  5. Christine said:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

  6. I love those bright colors! And the bow is such a nice touch!

  7. This is just too cute! I’ve featured it on this weeks All Star Block Party!

  8. Late to the party but this is SSSSOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!

  9. WOOT!!!!! Congrats in being in our Feature Friday Post! We loved it! You really posted a great tutorial and made it look so easy! This would be fun for a Valentine’s Day project! xoxo Susie @Bowdabra

  10. PS- I forgot to tell you that I invited you to our exclusive Bowdabra Feature Friday Pinterest Board. You can pin anything you want there!

  11. Super cute! I love all of the pleating and bows:)

  12. Thanks for linking up such a awesome and inspirational project! Come stop by again this week and link up another project here:!

    Have a good week!

  13. I am so making this for my lil princess today!

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