January 21, 2010

It's a Playdress!

15 minutes.

That's how long it took me to make this dress!


One stained t-shirt + 1/2 yard of super cute polka-dotted jersey.


Cut the top of the t-shirt off, and measure all the way around the bottom edge. Cut fabric that is twice that measurement by whatever length you choose, and gather one side of it. (sew with a long strait stitch, and pull one of the threads to gather)


When it's gathered to the same length as your shirt, pin your gathered edge to the bottom of the t-shirt, right sides facing each other.


And sew it on with a zig-zag!


If you have more stains to hide, cut a few inches of strips of extra fabric, and use what I call the "wad and roll" method to create "flowers". Pin, and sew on with your machine!


This dress reminds me of Hanna Andersson's "It's a Playdress, It's a Daydress!" dress. Super comfy and versatile!

Perfect for having tea with friends....



Fulfilling your royal duties...


Catching up on important studies...




Or just simply playing little girl games. :o)


Have a fun day!!

69 comments:

  1. Votre blog est une merveille !
    J’ai du mal à ne pas venir plusieurs fois par jour…
    Merci de partager votre extraordinaire créativité
    Bonne route, bonne vie

    Your blog is wonderful!
    I find it hard not to come several times a day ...
    Thank you for sharing your extraordinary creativity
    Good route, good life

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  2. so, so cute! (and the dress is too) :) Love to look at all your creations, and I'm a preacher's wife too, just not as crafty as you!
    Tina
    www.norahjamesdesigns.com

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  3. That is so dang cute! How do you always happen to come up with the cutest things?

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  4. Oh cute. But with 4 boys, I'm thinking bout how to make "wad and roll" soccer balls :) to put on stained boy shirts. *sigh*

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  5. She looks so charming with her tea party guests. Loves it.

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  6. thats cute. and I love the skirt from pants. I guess I better get busy keeping up with Disney, oh I also wanted to thank you for always posting pictures of your items being worn, Its always cuter on a person.

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  7. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! Thnaks - can't wait to try it. I'll send you a pic when I'm finished!

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  8. How cute! I wish I had a little girl to make this for!

    stevie
    http://thriftingthedayaway.blogspot.com/

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  9. That would take me 5 hrs and 15 minutes to make:) So cute!!! I just saw all your followers. I remember back when you had less than 50 and I commented that you would be "big." That time came a LONG time ago! congrads on all the success!

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  10. Oh i just love this!! I love girly dresses that are also comfy enough to really play in - you are so awesome! Thanks for the post!!

    Lindsay

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  11. Okay... ADORABLE. I have dubbed this my project for the night. 15 minutes, seriously!?

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  12. Ahhhh, I used a straight stitch..guess a zigzag stitch is the secret to success. I tried this right before Christmas because I had heard how easy it was, but I somehow messed it up. Guess I will try again.
    Very adorable by the way, the dress and your daughter. (-;

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  13. Holy cuteness!!! I love it and I have a little girl this would be perfect for!

    Thanks!
    Rachel

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  14. Super cute and got to love the 15min fabrication time & recycling. Wish there were more that fell into this category!

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  15. too cute! i love it and just had to post about it on my blog :) you can check it out here:
    http://frostedsquare.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-list-gets-longer.html
    thank you :)

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  16. Love the dress, it would make a perfect Valentines day dress.

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  17. I have the perfect long sleeve shirt to make this with for my daughter. Thank you!

    Is there a "wad and roll" tutorial somewhere else on your blog??? Not sure how to do that.

    And where the heck do you get all those cute pin cushions???

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  18. That is so cute!!! My daughter loves dresses too... so much in fact that this morning when it was pouring down buckets and hurricane force winds are blowing she wanted to wear a dress and tights!

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  19. Oh my! This is going in my TO DO folder for sure! Thanks for sharing such a lovely dress. I am sure it will take me more than 15 minutes but i will be worth it! ;-)

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  20. So cute! This is one of my favorite ways to make a playdress. :)

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  21. Oh, Disney, she is too cute! The dress is lovely too!

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  22. Did you not do anything to the bottom? I guess you didn't have to because it's jersey....?
    It's so stinkin' cute!!! I love the side-shot of her reading Goldilicious!

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  23. So cute! I totally just made a dress from a very similar pattern two days ago. Although the pattern I followed was with cotton instead of jersey. It still turned out cute, but i think i will have to make another trying the jersey.

    Thanks!

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  24. So sweet and pretty for Valentine's Day! I LOVE all the beautiful dresses you make!

    Come share at my Thursday's Treasures party!

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  25. This is the CUTEST SWEETEST MOST PERFECT dress EVER! I can't wait to try and make my own for my daughter! THANK YOU!!!!

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  26. I just stumbled upon your blog today! I am so excited! I have a pair of pants that I have been saving for something! And i love the little girl knee highs and bubble dresses. I need to get busy! You are very creative. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  27. This dress is amazing--I love the flowers. Would you mind sharing where you found the great jersey (I can usually only find solids)? Thanks again!

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  28. Thank you for another GREAT tutorial Disney!

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  29. SO adorable...i have made some of these shirt dresses for my girl....To cute! i love the pink jersey...
    thanks for sharing
    Amanda

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  30. this is a great dress. thanks for sharring

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  31. So so cute! Beautiful little dress.

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  32. That's adorable! I've seen a similiar tutorial but it was with a bow and used cotton so it was a little more complicated - this jersey is great and easy to use. I also love the flowers you added!

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  33. I second the request for your jersey source. I can't seem to find good jersey anywhere, let alone jersey with a print! *swoon*
    I can't wait to make this for my 3 month old girl! I may just sew it on the Onesie without cutting it off...just a thought!
    I'm a PK myself. Lots of us who are related to the pastors on this blog. Love it!

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  34. I'm 28 and I'm totally going to make one of these for myself! (Perhaps with a little more sophisticated color palette so I don't look 15). Love it! I could make these with boys tanks in the summer and live in them!

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  35. I love my three boys, but seeing the pictures of your little girl really makes me wish I had one too!

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  36. I saw this post and thought you would make a super cute bag for Paige! Here is the link http://ourscoop.blogspot.com/2009/01/valentine-chair-backers.html

    Love the dress :)

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  37. I made it! here are pics of it. thanks so much for the great tutorial.
    http://frostedsquare.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-dress.html

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  38. I love how good you are at saving damaged clothing. Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

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  39. SO cute! And just the inspiration I need right now...my 5 year old daughter refuses to wear anything that's not a dress, including pjs! It's dresses and nightgowns exclusively.

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  40. Perfect! Love the polka dots....but who wouldn't ???

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  41. Hi Disney :).
    Just found your blog through craftzine.com.

    Gosh - your creativity is boundless! Thanks for sharing... I just went through your entireeeee blog in awe! :)

    Your family is *adorable* and you are so blessed with such a cute toddler who will allow you to dress her up so much!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Definitely will be back.

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  42. I just found your blog on somedaycrafts blog and I LOVE all of the projects you have done...you are brillant! I know that I will learn a lot from you because I want to start sewing more!
    Thanks for sharing your talents!

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  43. Now that is darling! We have so many stained shirts at our house. I'll be trying this one for sure.

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  44. Oh, Disney, you did it again! Your little girl is absolutely adorable in her new dress!!

    Rachel was sitting on my lap while I was reading your blog, and she noticed the Goldelicious book (she has a copy too), gasped and said, "Just like me! huh?", and she was so excited about it.
    Ah... little girls- ruffles, pink, dresses... Precious.

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  45. I was wondering if you had a "wad and roll" tutorial ... yeah, some of us need a visual on how to wad and roll!! Thanks!

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  46. So adorable! That's it, it's official, you're the most creative person I know.

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  47. oh my goodness! how cute! I'm off to dig up old stained shirts and cute fabric. Such an inspiration!

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  48. I am just amazed at your sense of creativity! Wow!!! I can't wait to try some of these ideas on my two yr old daughter!

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  49. I think this could work for me too! i have a boy and he just won't wear a play dress. But I will!

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  50. Love it! I have to make one. Where did you get that great fabric?

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  51. Love! Was thinking of just such a dress. My 4 year old has multiple hand me down solid t's and she likes when the have "pretty designs" on them. A dress...even better. Passing on an easy idea...I've been taking many of her "too small" summer dresses and creating "just right" skirts out of them.

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  52. Thanks for this tutorial! It's definitely on my to do list!

    See my post about it here:
    http://danilykewoah.blogspot.com/2010/01/24-january-2010.html

    :)

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  53. cute!
    just cute!
    i WILL do this...love it.
    (makes me want another girlie too!)

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  54. I love your blog!!!!! I'm waiting for my daughter to come home and as soon as she does in the fall I am making many of your projects. I'm saving them for then. Keep them coming.

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  55. Super cute and easy!!! think i will use the tuto for the shirts that are not quite beautiful anymore...

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  56. Thank you for your tutorial. Yesterday evening I've made a dress inspired by yours. You can see it on my web (www.siencja.blogspot.com). It isn't finish yet, but I'm working on it. ;) I just started to sew so I do it very slowly.
    Best greetings from Poland,

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  57. wow - lovely tutorial and your little girl is adorable.
    thanks xx

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  58. Took me longer than 15 mins but here you go!
    http://hereswhatididtoday.blogspot.com/2010/02/miss-c-t-shirt-dress.html

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  59. So cute.. I've made many variations of these. Great tut!!

    Lots of tutorials:
    http://callmecraftymomma.blogspot.com/

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  60. Hi! I'm getting ready to make this and think I'm missing a step... after gathering the top do you need to sew the side edges of the knit fabric together to create a "tube" (one continuous circle of fabric)? Maybe this is a "duh, yes you do" thing, but I wanted to be sure since I'm a newbie to sewing.
    As always, thanks for the wonderful tutorials!

    OH, and I found a JACKPOT of a site for knit jersey fabrics. I saw that several people commented and asked where you could buy some. I was wondering the same thing a couple weeks ago and someone told me about this online store that has incredible prices and top quality knits. Check out my post if you (or anyone else out there) wants super cute and inexpensive knits!
    http://tocraftortocook.blogspot.com/2010/02/knit-fabrics.html

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  61. Thanks for the reply to my questions Disney! I'll be giving the dress a try today and will post about it when done (if it turns out cute of course) ;o)
    This early spring we're having in the Northwest is doing nasty things to my allergies, but at least it's beautiful out, right?!

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  62. Made the dress and posted about it on my blog. Didn't turn out as cute or chic as your version, but it works! Thanks again!

    http://tocraftortocook.blogspot.com/2010/02/knit-fabrics-and-play-dress.html

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  63. I ADORE this little dress!!! I made one the same day you posted this tutorial. I finally got around to posting it on my blog. I linked it http://nancyscouture.blogspot.com/2010/02/play-dress.html

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  64. Hi Disney, I came to your blog from a post at Craftster. I love this dress, and it inspired me to make one for my little girl, too. You can see it at
    http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/a-playdress-for-miss-g

    Thanks for taking the time to post this tutorial, I'll certainly make more!

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  65. I love this! Thanks! I'm teaching a little girl to sew and am looking for cute easy projects! This is soooo cute!
    Even for a larger girl, we are planning on using a spagatti strap tee and making the waist slightly lower.
    Vicki

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  66. The dress is just wonderful! And Her Royal Highness looks tres magnifique. The photo of Her Highness squinting to see her royal subjects is priceless. What an honor to be the Official Dressmaker for the Princess. Your work is outstanding, and I wish you many, many years of joyful creating! Thank you for sharing these photos from the Palace!

    I myself served in a similar capacity until my Princess grew up and married her Prince. We are now anxiously awaiting the arrival of grand-princesses and grand-princes for future joyful employment.

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