I am a big fan up upcycled shirt dresses. I’ve shared my own adult version as well as one for the kids. But today I’m sharing a remix for a rainbow princess version. What I love about these dresses is that they are SO fast and easy and this little tweak is just a couple more steps and just a few more minutes. So worth it.
I made this Rainbow Princess dress for L’s birthday. It was actually a surprise party. Funny enough she wanted a surprise party. Now just think for a second how reridiculoust is to give throw a 6 year old a surprise party. In a family where we love talking and planning birthday parties for months. Ha, it was a bit comical but in the end she was totally surprised and had a blast. It was so fun.
I think this dress would be a great costume base, I can see a Chiquita Banana version or just throw a crown on top and use the right colors fabric and it could be so many different sorts of princesses. In fact you could use my Snow White Sleeve tutorial a navy tank top and yellow for the skirt and have a super easy snow white!
What You Need
- Tank Top
- Fabric for sleeves (about 5X10 inches for each color)
- 1 Yard Top Skirt Fabric (My skirt length is 22 inches so 1 yard works if your need it longer than your fabric folded in half get 2 yards)
- 1 Yard Bottom (same as above)
What to Do
- Measure how long you want the bodice to be and then add 1 inch for sewing and cut your tank top to that length.
- Cut your self some sleeve pieces. Mine are 10 inches long and then I curve one side. I wanted two layers of sleeves so I have the width on the two layer more shallow than the bottom ones.
- Finish the straight edge of the sleeve pieces. I did this by doing a rolled hem on my serger but you can just do a narrow hem.
- Gather the sleeves along the curved edge. I like to layer the two sleeve pieces and then gather them up as if they are one piece.
- Next using a stitch that can give a a little, like a 3-step zig zag sew the sleeves onto the tank top.
- To make the skirt measure how long you want it and trim the fabric to that length. Mine is 22 inches so I just cut along the fold for how the fabric came on the bolt. So for each skirt layer I have two 1 yard by 22 inch pieces.
- Sew the short ends together.
- For the top skirt cut the bottom edge off in an angle. Lay it over the bottom piece and see if you want to cut any more.
- Hem the skirt. I used a serger to do a rolled edge but you can use any hem you prefer.
- Now layer the two skirt pieces on top of each other and finish the edges with either an overlock stitch or zig zag.
- Treat both layers as one and gather the skirt. This is my favorite gathering technique.
- With right sides together pin the skirt to the bodice and sew to attach.
- Turn right side out and you’re good to go!
I really love how this turned out. I think it’s one of my favorite dresses that I have made for L and it’s just a bonus that it’s also one of the easiest!
I kinda want to make myself one :)
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