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How to Make a Dress with Licensed Character Accents

How to Make a Dress with Licensed Character Accents

November 25, 2014 4:55 pm0 comments


I bought a couple yards of My Little Pony cotton fabric to make my daughter a dress, but when planning the dress, I didn’t want to go overboard with the ponies.  So, instead of making the whole dress out of the pony fabric, I chose some coordinating colors and threw in some pony accents.  This can easily be done with any character fabric.  Here is how to add accents to a basic dress pattern:

First, we’ll add pockets.  Outline the characters you want to use on the fabric.  Add about 1/2″ seam allowance to the edges and cut out.  Trim so that both pockets are the same size.


Fold the seam allowance under and press.


I put one pocket in the center of the bodice and two on the skirt.  Pin pockets in place and topstitch close to folded edge.


Next, I cut out sleeve ruffles.  For this size 4 dress, the top ruffle is 16″ long along the straight edge, and 3 3/4″ wide.  The bottom ruffle is 3/4″ wider and 3″ longer.


Narrow hem straight edge of sleeve ruffles, and attach to bodice, sewing top ruffle on first.



DSCF9267Finally, I added a double ruffle to the bottom edge.  My skirt front and back are each 44″ wide.  For the ruffles, I cut three 44″ long strips of fabric.  The top ruffle is 3 1/2″ wide, and the bottom ruffle is 4 1/4″ wide.


Coming soon: Complete pattern for this dress!  Check back soon!



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