The idea for this dress came to me when I saw a (kind of trampy) tutu dress at GoodWill. I wanted to make dress up clothes for my little niece. The problem with commercially available dress up clothes for kids are that the quality is so poor. One wash and they're done for. My idea was to make machine washable play dresses for little girls. This dress is the first step on my path.
Here's the original dress.
I'm lucky that the top was an adult size 2. Because the dress is being made for a child, I can cut it down without too much trouble. A larger adult size might have required me to remake the arm holes.
First I cut the bustier from the tutu. I wanted to make sure to leave as much waist band as possible.
|Tutu Without Bustier|
|Bustier without tutu|
|Tutu with no zipper|
|I used a child's size 6 shirt for a pattern|
|Shirt Cut Down|
With the right sides together, stitch the tutu to the shirt.
This entire process took about 30 minutes.
I REALLY hope that my niece likes it!
Update: She LOVES it!
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