Swinging Swingy Dress. Free pattern 2/3T and Tutorial

I made my daughter a swingy summer dress based on an idea I saw at miniboden but they had it in cotton and a completely different front neckline... really not the same at all but I liked how it almost looked like a circle skirt but in a dress form. Thought it would be perfect for the summertime.

Perfect for twirling in!

Featuring a ruffled gathered neckline

and a comfy elastic back that makes it for easy on and offs!

Cut out the PATTERN pieces. (thanks to Nancy for reminding me about scribd) The size fits my 2T daughter perfectly hitting just at the top of her knee, but you should easily be able to get 3T out of this by adding an inch or two to the length.  The dress slips over and on so easily thanks to the elastic back, making it easy for dressing! (if your toddler is as active as mine I'm sure you'll appreciate this ! )

and here is a pic of the ruffle pattern piece - so you get an idea. on a 11x 8.5 sheet of paper. I just winged it myself and then traced it after I cut it out for you.

(see that pin on the bottom one? I like to mark my back piece with a pin so I don't get confused)

Fold over the edge of your front piece neckline and hem it

Then sew a gathering stitch and gather it as tight as you can (or want it)

Here is a close up of the neckline all finished

Now take your back piece fold it over about an inch and sew

Cut a piece of elastic and thread it through. I cut mine 7.5 inches. 

When through stitch it to each end like seen below.

Then put your front and back pieces right sides together and stitch the side seams, I straight stitched and then zig zaged.

Next hem the bottom of the dress

and to finish off get your bias tape and put around the arm holes, I tucked the one end into the other to finish it off and keep it tidy.

and that is it! The swinging dress is complete!

and perfect for dancing in!

PS. once again I apologize for my awful pictures. again we have rain and a mere 3 degrees Celsius (which according to google is 37degrees farenheit) outside. blech.  Maybe one day I'll convince the husband that we should move somewhere that has more summer than it does winter....



Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

That's SUPER CUTE!! I love the fabric too!


Sarah said...

That looks like a super comfy dress! Will definitely have to make one for my daughter. Great job! :)

Suzanne said...


Tiffany/MyCrowdedKitchen said...

Super Cute! Visiting from Michelle's Tasty Creations & Crafty Ideas. So happy I dropped by!If you can make it, I'd love for you to swing by my place and link this up at our Fab Friday link party. http://my-crowded-kitchen.blogspot.com/2012/04/fab-friday.html Hope you have a great weekend!

Michelles Tasty Creations said...


Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. This is so adorable! Makes me wish mine were still this age.

Hope to see you again next week. Have a wonderful weekend.


Amanda Joy {Joy in the Jumble} said...

SO cute and flowy... flow like... is flowy even a word, maybe I just spelled it wrong:)

This is adorable. Thanks for linking up to Pomp Party, I just added this to the pinterest board.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Very cute! So glad you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

Alison @ mommadidit.blogspot.com said...

Absolutely adorable! And it looks so comfy. My girls would love this.

Shiloh said...

What a cute dress! Aren't twirly dresses the BEST?!

Heather said...

This is such a cute dress! And I love your fabric, I want one in my size!

Pam said...

Gorgeous little dress, with that all important twirl factor. Love the ruffle at the neck. Easy to follow tutorial, too. I'd love you to share this at our ongoing linky that's just for Girls' Dresses..

Jenilyn said...

Your dress was the most viewed link at Grits & Giggles this week! Come grab a featured button!

hannahw said...

Very cute dress! Here is my Making Monday Marvelous link: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/crafting-on-with-needle-and-thread.html

Amy said...

Very cute! Thank you for the tutorial

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

How fun and cute! And thanks for the tutorial and pattern! Oh and thanks for linking it up this week!

Abby said...

How cute! Looks like a perfect dress for a little girl!

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

Your sweet, swingy dress is a feature this week!


Give Peas A Chance said...

Squeee! how cute is that!?
I'm commenting per the weekend hop, http://tatertotsandjello.com/2012/04/weekend-wrap-up-party-100-gift-basket-from-mindy-maes-market.html#comment-175761

come visit me at http://pleasegivepeasachance.blogspot.com/

Polkadot-pretties said...

Love this project!!!!!
I currently have a Crafty linky party going on, i would love you to link this project up !!!
Claire xox

Julie said...

I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:

Jami said...

Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you'll come again this week! This month's Pretty Packages party is now up for any of your lovely wrapped gifts!

Sara said...

darling! I'm going to have to make this for my daughter. Thanks for sharing! :)

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