Welcome to the first tutorial of a week full of beautiful ribbon projects. It’s Ribbon Week, sponsored by The Ribbon Retreat.
This ribbon dress is inspired by a dress that I brought home from Mexico for Scarlet. She loved it so much that when Jacinda and Clare came to visit LA, we spent an afternoon in the studio whipping up these beauties, and eating macarons, and drinking champagne (just the mommies, of course – like we would share our macarons).
Download and cut out our pattern. This fits about a 4T, if your child is a different size, use the pattern and one of your kids t-shirts as a guide to create your own pattern.
If you like the look of our dress, pick up some Chocolate Chip, Light Coral, Hot Pink, and Wild Orchid ribbon in Grosgrain or Satin from The Ribbon Retreat. I think my next combo will be Tropical Lilac, Lavender and Millennium Silver. We used a sparkly ribbon on ours but it didn’t wash very well. Stick to satin if you want some shimmer.You will need about 15 – 20 yards.
Repeat with your other set of one front and two back pieces.
Sew together, starting with one side of the back opening, up, around the neckline, and down the other side. Do not sew the armholes or the bottom of the bodice.
Now along the bottom edge of the bodice, fold each side in 1/2″ and iron in place. (optional: iron a strip of heat and bond tape inside the bottom bodice hem and then activate it with your iron after the dress is complete to add security to the ribbons)
Open it up so the bottom edge lies flat. Sew a basting stitch along the top of your skirt (a straight stitch set to the widest width your machine will allow, usually a five), and gather it so it is the same length as your bodice. Slip it inside the bodice just to cover your line of basting stitches.
Sew in place with a straight or decorative stitch. This will close the bodice, encasing the skirt and the ribbon.
Now you’ll need to sew buttons and buttonholes up the back of your dress. See our video How to Sew A Buttonhole if you need a primer.