Naptime Sewing — Girls’ Tee Dress

I know I should be doing other things. I have 12 little sequined ties to make for my daughter’s dance class, and of course there’s the baby’s quilt. But, on a recent trip to Target, THIS stopped me in my tracks. Sure, it’s a beautiful, effortless dress, but $14.99 for a skirt sewn to a ribbed tee? Surely not. So I stopped by Walmart last night, thought about it for a bit, and sat down during naptime to make this:

It looks reasonably like the original. I think I sewed the waistband on a little high, and I didn’t have enough fabric to make the ties (I only bought half a yard), but other than that, I’m happy with it. The only trick was to figure out how to put some elastic in the waistband, since the knit tee can stretch over a 5-year-old’s head and shoulders, but the woven fabric of the skirt can not. Problem solved, however (it’s in the back), and daughter number one seems to like it very much. And at a cost of about $6 and a few hours work, it’s not half bad.


What do you all think? Any suggestions on how to make this more like the original?

Oh, and as an aside, check this out:

No, not my ugly fingernails (I swear I’m getting them done tomorrow with my mom’s group!) — the pin! See those two perfect little holes in it? Those were made by my serger! I wasn’t paying attention, and my serger just sewed right through the plastic head of this pin. Now THAT is power. I’m embarassed that I lost track of the pin, but boy am I proud of my machine! Way to go, Sergio! You never cease to amaze me.

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1 Response to “Naptime Sewing — Girls’ Tee Dress”


  1. 1 Dana April 19, 2010 at 11:15 am

    ADORABLE! I love the fabric too…walmart?? I’ve actually been eying these dresses for me too, I couldn’t figure out how to stop the t from bunching with the gathers…but the straight piece makes sense!
    Thanks for sharing!


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