First you need to gather up your materials.
Have you ever noticed that little girls, particularly when they are young, have protruding tummies? It is for that reason I cut the lower portion of the t-shirt off so that the fabric falls loosely from above the tummy.
Cutting the tee will make the t-shirt dress look more like a dress and less like a t-shirt with a skirt sewn on the bottom of it. I know you hate to cut off a perfectly good t-shirt but it will be worth it and you will be able to use the bottom of the tee for a headband or braided bracelet. Trust me on this one.
I think I can safely say that all little girls like bright colors and playful prints.
My pleats are about 1 to 1 ½” wide and a ½” deep. Go ahead and pleat all around the top starting in the center and pleating toward the side seam. You be able to put in 3 or 4 and the 4th one might be a little skimpy but that's okay keep going.
This is sort of an aerial view of the pleats.
When you are finished pleating it will look like this.
Remember that little piece of stabilizer that we ironed in at the beginning of this tutorial? This is going to keep your knit shirt top from stretching when you sew around. Pretty awesome!
Now all that is left is the hem and you’re finished!
Edge stitch the end and the length of the tie. Sew as close to the edge as you can catching all the layers. You might want to pin it OR live dangerously like I do and match it as you sew along. Make a second tie – fold, press and sew.
At the underarm of the t-shirt side seam pin one of the ties. The ties will be toward the front which will seem wrong but it’s fine. It is hard to describe so look at the photo below and attach one of the ties.
Now fold the tie back on itself so that the ties are facing the back of the dress and tack it down with machine stitching about ½” from the side seam.
Also with regard to this t-shirt dress pattern...some mission groups prefer pillowcase dresses as they are easier to pack and take up less space. If you have questions about this contact your Ambassador. If you don't know who your ambassador is please go to www.DressAGirlAroundTheWorld.com to find a list of names.