Piper Jane has about a hundred dresses hanging in her closet (seriously!). And yet, when I am picking out clothes for her, I usually defer to the dresses or outfits that are soft and comfy. Which means she wears her pieced jersey dress about once a week- haha!
On my “If there were more hours in a day” dream to-make list, I’d sit down and make the girl about five more of these. Maybe before summer?
If you’d like to make an uber-comfy, oh so adorable pieced jersey dress (bonus- it matches the pieced jersey pants!) for your little one, you’ll need:
-a onesie that fits your little one (I used one with a stained bottom half, but perfectly presentable neckline and sleeves)
-three or four old t-shirts (or long, thin rectangles of jersey)
-sewing machine and sewing supplies
1. Begin by cutting four ‘tiers’ for the skirt portion of the dress. Since I was making a dress for a 6 month old, my tiers are each about 4″ tall. If you’re making a bigger dress, adjust the height of each tier accordingly. I used strips of t-shirts for the tiers of the skirt. All of the t-shirts were slightly different sizes, so after I pieced them together, I trimmed them all down to match the smallest t-shirt’s width (I was using men’s t-shirts and would estimate my rectangle was about 36″ wide, though it has plenty of gather. You could definitely use women’s t-shirts with a smaller width and be fine!). Piece the rectangles together with the seams exposed (which means as you sew, you’ll be sewing on the front side of the t-shirts (with the insides facing in).
2. Once you’ve pieced all of your tiers into one rectangle of jersey, sew along a vertical edge to make a tube, ensuring that the various colors/seams line up.
3. Sew a basting stitch along the top edge of the tube. Gather the jersey together until the circumference just about matches the circumference of your onesie.
4. Turn the tube inside out and upside down and slide the onesie down into the tube. Pin in place. Sew the two pieces together. Hold upright and the skirt will fall down, making the cutest little pieced jersey dress.
5. Hang in your little one’s closet and then count how many times you put her in it in the span of a month. Once a week? More than that? It’s fabulous, right?
ps- There are tons of variations of these dresses on the internet (and many other tutorials as well!). This is definitely not my original idea, just my version of a supercute trend!