My friend Andrea recently showed me how to make a onesie dress and they are surprisingly very simple and easy to make. Just so you are aware, I never attempt sewing projects because my sewing skills are seriously…lacking. I took a sewing class in junior high (I think we made a pillow case) and that was about it. So if you are a beginning sewer, you should be able to handle this one. Once you have learned how to make a onesie dress, hopefully you will have the confidence to try some other fun projects! If you are a seasoned sewer, please don't judge this tutorial. I like to take shortcuts and just get the job done 🙂
How to Make A Onesie Dress Tutorial:
After you have picked out your material, you'll want to cut your main piece out. I basically cut it 3 times the width of my onesie, and then decided from there what I wanted the length to be (length for your onesie dress will vary depending on personal preference and age of baby). You will then want turn the fabric inside-out and sew a seam to make it into a tube.
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After that you will want to make a hem where the bottom of the onesie dress will be. You will then create a gathered waist. This is easier than it sounds. Make your stitch length longer on your machine (I changed mine from 2.5 to 4.5). Make sure you have a long tail of thread when you start your stitch, and DON'T back-stitch! When you have made a stitch along the entire top, leave a long tail of thread (and again, don't back-stitch). You will then pull on the thread until it gathers to match the circumference of the width on your onesie
You will then make a mark on the onesie where you want the skirt to go (I skipped this step, but would have saved time if I didn't), then sew your “skirt” onto your onesie. Some people choose to cut the end of their onesie completely off (if the onesie is too small), but I like to keep it as a onesie underneath. I forgot to take a picture of this last step, but here is one from Erin @ Sutton Grace Blog:
Visit her blog if my instructions seem confusing (don't worry, I'm not offended)! She also had the great idea to use elastic thread on hers, which I did not even know existed.
Here is the dress my friend made (my inspiration for this project):
And here is mine:
The flowers aren't glued onto the headband yet, so they looked a little crooked, and I plan on getting a wider ribbon for the waist, but for my first sewing project in a long time I'm pretty proud of it!
Here are some that Erin made:
There you have it! Now you know how to make a onesie dress!
What other projects do you like to create for your little girls? I need some ideas now that I'm going to have two of them running around!
Here are some video tutorials on how to make the fabric flower that I added to the dress and headband: