Monday, August 8, 2011

Upcycled Rainbow Dress

This was posted on Someday Crafts during her maternity leave...but I wanted to make sure I post it here too! This has to be hands down my daughters FAVORITE dress this summer! It barely makes it out of dryer before she is wearing it again!

My little girl loves rainbows right now. She usually refuses to wear anything I make her, but was begging for a rainbow dress, so I happily obliged!

This was such a FUN and EASY dress to make, and my Dolly loves it!

a tank that fits the child well
several old shirts/tanks for the dress

*Use a zig zag or stretch stitch around waist to avoid broken threads

I started with a pile of my old shirts and tanks and laid them out in order to get a feel for how it would look. This isn't your traditional primary color rainbow, but a bit of warmer tones!
  • I started by cutting the pink tank top 1" below the arm hole.
  •  I cut the next layer (orange) 2 1/2" and made sure the length (sewn together) matched the tank
  • Pin right sides together and stitch
Yellow, green, and blue were all cut at 4" and a width of 2x her waist. Some of my tanks weren't wide enough to do the width in two cuts, so there are multiple seams in each row!
  • Stitch these together
  • The Bottom Purple ruffle was cut at 5" tall and the width was 2 1/2 times her waist
  • Fold over for a clean seam on the bottom and sew the three edges together (two purples and the blue)
  • Sew a gathering stitch along the top yellow layer and pin to the orange band.
  • Sew together and you are finished!

These lengths worked perfectly for a 4T dress that hit my daughter just below the knee

Now go out and enjoy your day!

** Check out the fabulous blogs I'm linking up with, I've listed them here:


  1. Fabulous: I'm not surprised that she loves it!

  2. Such a cute, cute dress! I only wish I could sew. Love it! :)

  3. I love the color combo! Great dress! I hope you link up to Make It Wear It at!

  4. My little girl thinks this is just "soooo awesome"! I would love it if you linked this up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now:
    See you soon!

  5. This is amazing! Thanks for the comment at Aley Creations. Will be checking in on your other projects. Cute stuff!

  6. I love this and I can see why she does too. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to make this.