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Date: 3/26/13 10:10 AM

I imagine this is really simplicity itself, but I'm just not sure if there's a proper "right way" to make these panels into a girl's dress. My Walmart has some lovely fabric selections that I know my younger daughter would love to wear. Is there a tutorial out there, do you know? I would want to add shoulder straps to the shirred bodice portion.

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Date: 3/26/13 11:23 AM

Seam up the cut ends and add the straps.

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Date: 3/26/13 12:49 PM

I figured I was probably over thinking it....

Thanks!

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Date: 3/26/13 1:58 PM

Just buy the amount of her chest (unstretched) + 1" for seams. Stitch twice and check that the cut elastic ends are enclosed.
Have you tried making your own? Easy, much cheaper and she can pick the fabric. Lots of Tutes online. There is a good one at
modkidboutique.com by Patty Young for sizes 2-10. Shirred straps, but you can do flat also.

Another hint is use jr. sized shirred tunic tops (in place like Kohls with coupon) and size them down for a smaller girl or make matching shorts out of a long dress.

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Date: 3/26/13 5:41 PM

Are you talking about the shirred ones with elastic in the bodice? I just did a Dora one for my daughter who insists she doesn't like it, even though she picked it out!

Since the bodice was elasticized I purchased 2" less than her chest and did a 1/2" seam. I bought some ribbon the same day and after doing the seam I put the dress on her and positioned my ribbon for straps. Took about 30 minutes, but only because I had an uncooperative 2 year old to fit.
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Date: 3/26/13 7:28 PM

Thank you gramma b! I like that tute! To be honest....it'd be my first time shirring. (It's odd I guess how long we can sew but not have done a certain something or other.) Anyway, I have some elastic thread and am planning to make this the spring (or summer) I shirr!

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Date: 3/26/13 7:30 PM

Yes, plumfan, that's the type I was wondering about. I saw some Dora fabric like that! Some of them are so cute and my daughter loved them. Thanks for the suggestions, very helpful!

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Date: 4/3/13 7:21 PM

I make straps for these by either buying 1" more than I need and using the unshirred part, or trimming about 1" off the bottom and using the belt loop attachment for my serger to make the straps. And yep, just one seam up the back is all you need!

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