Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Marguerite Ribbon Tied Dress {Tutorial}

I've been kind of MIA lately haven't I?  How 'bout I make it up to you with a new dress tutorial?? 

Am I forgiven?

I wish the picture quality was better but all I had to work with was my iPod.  So please push past the overexposed parts to see the cuteness which is this dress.  And the fabric... that's my favorite part!  So pretty!

 The dress has ribbon straps that are fed through button holes in the back and then tied into a pretty bow. 
I originally posted this tutorial over at The Ribbon Retreat.
The fabric is from the new Marguerite line by Cynthia Walker for Riley Blake.  It's so feminine and gorgeous.

A simple dress with a lot of sweetness and it's easy to make too!

Let's get started.  Here's what you'll need:

For size 5-6T I used...
-  1 1/2 yards Marguerite Red Main
-  1/2 yard white muslin
-  1/4 yard Marguerite Blue Dot
-  Bodice pattern {see below}

Step 1:  Create pattern pieces.

Trace a shirt onto paper as you see above {I guess I can't list digital drawing as one of my special skills.  I hope you can still get the gist of it. You'll of course make your lines much more straight than you see here}.  You will want to add at least 1/4 inch seam allowance.  This is your front piece.

For the back piece you will cut out a replica of the front except for this piece you will mark approx. 1 1/2 inches in on each side {This measurement may vary depending on the size of the dress.  Just go with what looks right}.  From that mark you will then draw a curved line to the top of the armpit.

You'll now have two pattern pieces.  A front bodice piece and a back bodice piece.

Step 2:  Cut out your pieces.
You will need the following to complete your dress.
- 1 front piece out of main fabric
- 1 front piece out of muslin
- 1 back piece out of main fabric
- 1 back piece out of muslin
- 1 rectangle for the skirt that is approx 2x's the size of your waist out of main fabric
- 1 rectangle the width of your main skirt by about 6 inches out of accent fabric
- 2, 1 yard pieces of ribbon

Step 3:  Sew together bodice.

Take the two front pieces and lay them right sides together.  Between the layers pin the ribbon on the inside approx 1/4 inch from the sides of the top.  Stitch where you see the blue line.

Now take the two back pieces and place them together, right sides facing, and stitch just the same as above.  *Note:  you will NOT place ribbon between the back pieces.

Trim the pieces.  Cut off excess ribbon.  Cut the corners off.  Cut slits at the curves to so the curves will lay flat.

Now, open the back and front piece and pin together, right sides facing, like in the photo above.  Sew up the sides.

Flip bodice out and iron flat.

Top stitch around the top of the bodice.

On the back piece, sew two button holes spaced evenly apart.

You are now done with the bodice.  It's easy peasy from here.  You're almost done!

Step 4:  Sew skirt.
Fold the accent fabric in half so that the long rectangle is about 3 inches wide.  Sew accent fabric to pain piece.  Sew up side seams until you get one large tube.  This is your skirt.

At the top of the skirt use a ruffle foot or setting on your machine to ruffle or gather the top of the skirt.

Step 5:  Attach the pieces.

Right sides together, pin your skirt top to the open bottom of the bodice.  Stitch together.

Top stitch the seam by the hem on the bottom of the skirt.

Step 6:  Trim up your ribbon.

Try the dress on and slip the ribbon over the shoulders and through the button holes.  Tie a bow and trim them to your desired length.  Use fray check to secure the fibers on the ends so it will not fray.

Step 7:  Enjoy watching your sweetie pie in her new beautiful dress!
If you make the dress be sure to stop by and show me a picture of your darling and her new dress!

P.S.  I thought I should mention that I didn't win the Ultimate Room Makeover.  Super bummer.  But I did want to say how much I appreciated all of your support and love.  I have the best readers and really appreciate you.  So even though I don't get an awesome room makeover I still feel blessed to have y'all, so thank you!


  1. Wow! You never cease to amaze! That dress is the sweetest. I think I might try to make one for my little Abby!

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  3. I love this dress! It is so adorable, the ribbon tied in the back is my favorite part.

  4. Just seeing this. Alicia! LOVE it...so cute on so many levels. And that little model of yours. :)

  5. Thank you so much everyone for your kind words of encouragement. I'm so glad you like the dress! :)

  6. This is daring. Thanks for the great tutorial!
    Donna @onceuponasewingmachine.com

  7. Their both adorable. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  8. I have made this dress twice now and am completely in love with it. It's such an easy pattern to follow and it fits really well. The first time I made it, it was quite literally the second thing I ever sewed. It looks ok but I had a 40 inch wide pattern and so I made the skirt only 40 inches wide (rather than cutting two pieces and making a 48 inch skirt). I regret that. It's cute but I rectified that the second time. This is the dress I made for my almost 5 year old to match my 1 year old's pillow case dress in the same fabrics for our coming trip to Disney (this will be our hollywood studios outfits).




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