{Guest Post} 4th of July Baby Girl Dress & Giveaway – Crazy Little Projects

**Giveaway Now Closed! Congratulations to #1Marianne**

Today I am so excited to welcome Amber from Crazy Little Projects to share with us an amazing tutorial and she has graciously offered to do a GIVEAWAY of the beautiful dress! Ok, enough of me…

I have always wanted to have a little girl to dress up in a cute little patriotic outfit for the 4th of July. I still don’t have a little girl, so I have given up on that and decided to make a 4th of July dress anyway and give it away so that someone else can dress up their cute little girl in a red, white and blue dress.

This idea originally came from a candy corn dress (which I have also made and loved). I’ve just tweaked it a little to make it patriotic and I have included a pattern because I don’t have a little girl dress to make mine from like she did.

Here’s my 4th of July baby girl dress:

4th of July Baby Dress tutorial

Patriotic dress pattern

Red white and blue baby dress

One really great part of this dress is that it takes very little fabric! I made this using scraps from other projects, so it really cost me nothing!

***The directions I am giving you are for an infant size dress. You can make this for any size just using a dress that you have as your pattern. For more information on how to do that, go here.

What You Need (for a 3 month size dress):
1/4 yard white fabric
1/3 yard of center fabric
1/4 yard of ruffle fabric
1 yard ribbon for embellishment
1 inch piece of white cording or ribbon
Pattern pieces for bodice 


Start out by printing and cutting out the pattern pieces for the bodice.

You then need to cut out 4 bodice pieces from your white fabric.

Cut your middle fabric (in my case it’s the blue with stars)  9″ by 28.” (Or, if you are making a size other than 3 months, make it 3 times the width of your bodice and as long as you want your dress to be in the end minus a few inches for the ruffle and hems.)

Cut your ruffle fabric (red polkadot on mine) 90″ long by about 3-4″ wide. To get 90″ you will need to do 2 45 inch pieces of the fabric sewn together in the middle.

Sew 2 of your bodice pieces together around the edges but NOT across the bottom. Do this twice so you now have two bodice pieces that are each 2 layers of fabric.

Turn each bodice piece right side out.

Sew the 2 bodice pieces together at the shoulders and the sides. 

Now turn your bodice right side out. Top stitch around the arm holes and neck hole.

Here’s the part that scared me a little the first few times I made one of these. But trust me, it works and it’s ok. You can do it.

Cut a rectangular piece of fabric about 3 inches wide and about 1 inch shorter than the length of your bodice. Hem the top short side of it and pin it with right sides touching on the back of your bodice:

Now, brace yourself and then cut through the center of the rectangle piece of fabric and the BACK of your bodice down to about 1 inch above the bottom of your scrap of fabric.

Stick a short (about 1 inch) piece of ribbon or elastic or cording in a loop under the rectangle of fabric near the top.

Sew down the slit that you cut in the rectangle, through your loop, and up the other side:

Fold the pieces of your rectangle to the inside and top stitch along the slit. Hand stitch a button in place to catch the loop.

Now your bodice is done!

Moving on now to your center fabric, you need to run a baste stitch all along the top leaving long threads at either end:

Gently pull the top thread and slide the fabric down it to form a gather. The keyword here is gently. You don’t want to break that thread or you will have to start over.

Gather it until it is twice the width of your bodice:

Sew the edges together to form a ring.

You are now going to sew it to the dress.

Turn the gathered section wrong side out and the bodice right side out. Line your pieces up like shown:

Slide the bodice into the gathered middle section and pin it in place. Sew all around. I usually go around twice to keep it nice and secure:

When you turn it right side out, it should now look like this:


You need to hem the bottom of your ruffle fabric.

Now run your gathering stitch along the raw edge of your ruffle fabric and gather it the same way that you did before. This one will be a little harder because it is so much longer. Again, make it double the width of the bottom of your middle fabric and then sew it into a ring:


Attach this to the center fabric the same way that you did before.

Turn it all right side out. You can top stitch along the white bodice now to keep it all laying smooth, or, you can add a little ribbon embellishment like I did. You can also hand stitch a cute little bow in place:


And you’re done!

If any of this doesn’t make sense, or if you want to make a size other than for an infant, there are fantastic instructions here.

So, you want this dress? It can be yours (because heaven knows I don’t need it for any of my 4 boys).

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  1. This is adorable!

  2. So fun to see you guest posting, Amber! The blogging world is lucky to have you!

  3. Such a cute dress. Better get my machine cranking these out for my girls for the fourth!

  4. so cute

  5. thanks- I really needed that tut for the closure! I just couldn’t remember how to do it… Thanks! Pinned this tutorial, fyi.

  6. Oh my gosh! This is the most adorable little dress. I love it and can just imagine how super cute my Granddaughter would look in this dress. thank you for the tutorial

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