pieced jersey dress three ways

Remember how I said I’d like to make Piper Jane a whole fleet of pieced jersey dresses? And then remember how “comfy summer clothes for Piper Jane” was on the To Make As I DeStash list?

Well, check and check, friends.


Of course, I added a little flair to each dress- and thought I’d share the how-to’s with you!

Pieced Jersey Dress Variation #1- Neutral Pleats

Want to know why I wanted this dress to be all black, white and gray? So I could pair it with the fabulous, colorful accessories in Piper Jane’s drawers (I’d recommend this neutral route, by the way… this dress goes with everything!).

First I made a pieced jersey dress. Then, I added a pleated waistline (just pin pleats into a strip of jersey, pin into place on the dress and stitch in place)…

…and a pleated collar (using the same process) to this variation.

Pieced Jersey Dress Variation #2- Cheerful Prints (and a belt!)

This variation screams “summer” to me with the happy prints (and the pops of yellow, red and blue).

I followed the pieced jersey tutorial, but minus the exposed seams (just sew with right sides together instead of wrong sides together)…

…and plus a jersey belt (ps- the leggings are made from the same jersey as the red tier so they coordinate exactly).

*The bottom layer of this dress was one of my old shirts (from Forever 21) that was jersey with lace along the bottom. I just left the bottom of the shirt intact and re-used it for the bottom of the dress.

Pieced Jersey Dress Variation #3- Ruffled Rainbow

I made this dress with six skinny layers (instead of four wider layers), basically in ROY G BIV order.

Then I added jersey rosettes across the waistline. They’re sewn really close together, giving it an extra ruffle-y look. 

Paired with leggings (since it’s still a little chilly in the shade) and a coordinating headband, Piper Jane is the picture of cheerful Springtime! 

Y’all might have to intervene before I turn all of Piper’s onesies into dresses– haha!


  1. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy says

    She is so fresh sticking her tongue out at us! HA! What a cutie :)

    I am in love with this rainbow version!!! Very, very cute!!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Kris says

    These are so cute! I'm going to keep an eye out when I'm Spring cleaning my closet 😉 I have to make this!

  3. Stefanie says

    I love the inspiration that your site provides. This "jersey" theme has REALLY gotten me so excited to sew and create. We all have old T-shirts lying around to use, and the thrift store is FULL of colorful T-shirts that are dirt cheap. My kids are so happy about these dresses and I didn't spend a fortune at the fabric store. Thank you for putting so many great ideas at my fingertips. I love your site for this reason!

  4. hungiegungie says

    Okay, you need to stop… the cuteness is KILLING me!! I have to try this one… thanks for the inspiration!!! LOVE it! -Erin

  5. Pickled Pink says

    I LOVE them! I wish my 6 year old was still that little, but I will definitely do the same with her shirts, as she doesn't wear onesies anymore! I do have one question, when you pinned the jersey strip, to create the pleats for the waistline & collar, in the first picture, did you turn the edges down or just cut them & leave them as-is? Thank you, for sharing!!

  6. Emily says

    You are ridiculous cute! I mean, seriously?! I've yet to see anything in a store cuter than these three dresses… And Piper is such a precious model! My poor little Katie Belle feels left out that her mama can't even three a machine. Oh well. Maybe you should sell these on your easy shoppe?! Keep up the craftiness, girl. You are an inspiration indeed.

  7. Nancy's Couture says

    I think they are all my favorite! LOL. I love the rosettes on the rainbow dress!!! I'm gonna have to do that on my little girls next dress!

  8. Kathy Haynie says

    Ooh, I want to make these for my darling baby granddaughters. What a great idea! Thank you (I hopped over from Notes from a Very Red Kitchen)

  9. Erin A says

    These are all gorgeous!! And bless your heart for skirting so many onesies and doing it beautifully! I did one last night and it took me forever, with a lot of stitch picking, and it is still far from perfect.

    In a month or so when I forget how aggravated I was last night I will be revising this post, which is already bookmarked!! :)

    Happy weekend!


  10. Ms Muffin says

    LOVING these dresses! I do not have a baby girl anymore … But I am thinking maybe I can somehow adopt that method for clothes for my 5year old … I LOVE the look!!!!

  11. Renee J says

    Hi, I love this but can’t seem to locate the tutorial, when i click on it is seems to shoot to the Jersey Dress 3 ways, but not the actual tutorial. Am i missing something. Thx.

  12. Lauren Kowalick says

    I sent you pictures a long while back of the onesie dress I made from your tute during my pregnancy. Well she is now 2 weeks old, and is wearing one of them! The other one I made never fit her – I used a NB size onesie, and well she was born at 9 lbs so we went straight into the 3m size onesie dress LOL

    Here she is in her pieced jersey dress! The skirting was from old xsmall tank tops that I realized I wouldn’t be fitting back into for a while 😉


    • Kirstin says

      Lauren, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! She is ADORABLE! And your little onesie dress looks great- I hate it that she didn’t get to wear the teeny tiny one (great baby shower gift for someone, right?).
      Again, congratulations!

    • Kirstin says

      I love it Christina! I especially love the neutrals (I made a similar one for my daughter and put her in it all the time!). :) Thanks for sending the link over! :)

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