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I’ve had dreams of sewing dresses for my daughter and myself for a long time. Which is one of the main reasons why I’m finally learning how to sew. My first sewing project was making some Easy Envelope Pillowcases that were really simple. For my second sewing project, I wanted another easy project since I’m still getting used to using my sewing machine. However, I was really itching to make a dress so I made this Easy DIY Smock Dress.
If you can sew a straight line then you can make this dress. It’s that simple 🙂
How to Make an Easy DIY Smock Dress
- Measure across the chest (underneath the armpit area) of the person you are making the dress for.
- Add a few inches to the measurement so that you will have enough fabric to add straps if you wish for your smock dress. **Plus it’s always nice to buy more fabric than you need in case of any mistakes you might make when sewing your project.** I bought 3/4 of a yard of smock fabric for my 4-year old daughter and was able to make the dress and add straps.
- Wrap smock fabric around the person you are making the dress for and mark where you need to cut the material to sew the two pieces together.
- Pin smock fabric with the right-side of the material facing each other as seen below.
- Sew the two ends together with the wrong sides of the smock fabric on the outside.
- Turn the dress inside out and you are done if you don’t want straps.
If you want to add straps to your smock dress there are a few different ways that you can do it. I just wanted basic straps that didn’t tie. I followed the example found in this youtube tutorial to make straps for this dress.
Then I had my daughter to try on the dress and I used safety pins to attach the straps to the dress. So I could mark where I would sew the straps onto the dress. Once again you will sew the straps on the wrong side of the smock fabric. It’s easiest if you sew the straps onto the smooth part of the smock fabric (right above where the elastic begins).
This Easy DIY Smock Dress was another easy beginner sewing project. I’ve already started my next project, but it’s not as easy as this. Luckily, my mom has been very helpful and we are almost finished making matching father and son shirts that my son wants to wear for Father’s Day.
If you would like to make your own smock dress here is a link to some smock fabric available at JoAnn. There is always a great selection of character smock fabric available for girls.