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I am so excited to share this project today. Did you know there is a new Oz movie coming out?
There is! Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a 3D animated musical feature film starring Lea Michele as Dorothy, Dan Aykroyd as Scarecrow, Jim Belushi as Lion, Kelsey Grammer as Tin Man and Martin Short as the new villian, the Jester! It comes out in theaters on May 9.
I showed my daughter the trailer below and she got super excited and can’t wait to see it.
When I told her I’d make her a dress she could wear to the theater she asked if we could go to the fabric store RIGHT NOW!
After watching the trailer and getting a closer look at Dorothy’s Dress:
I came up with this:
(my daughter requested a maxi dress, but this would be easy to make shorter)
Isn’t it sweet? Do you have a little Dorothy that would love to wear this dress?
Follow along below to make one for her!Materials Needed:
Knit shirt or tank top
2″ wide elastic
1.5 yards of fabric
First, measure your child’s waist and length of waist to top of foot. My tall and thin four year old was 20″ for waist and 25″ waist to top of foot. These measurements determine what to cut your skirt piece. You want to cut a piece that is double the width of the waist (40″ for my daughter) and 2.5″ longer (27.5″ for my daughter).
First let’s put together the waistband of the dress. Cut the 2″ wide elastic 2″ wider than your child’s waist measurement (22″ for ours). Sew the two ends of the elastic together using a .5″ seam allowance.
Sew the edges of the seam down like above.
Set the elastic aside. Try the shirt on your child and determine where it falls on their waist. Take the shirt off the child, lay it flat and then cut it straight across about a half inch below where it hits their waist.
Pin the elastic to the bottom of the shirt. I center the elastic to the back and pin and then center to the front and pin. I then pin the sides and lastly pin between the two centers and the sides. This keeps everything in place nicely. Sew the tank top to the elastic using a .25″ seam allowance using a long straight stitch, stretching the elastic as you go.
Cut out the skirt portion of your dress using the measurements you figured out earlier. Mine was 40″ wide x 27.5″ tall. Fold the dress in half (20″ wide) and sew down the side seam using a .25″ seam allowance.You now have a big tube. NOTE: I forgot to do this and regretted it big time – so don’t miss this! Use your pinking shears along the top of the dress to help prevent fraying.
Use a tight zigzag stitch along the seam to help prevent fraying.
Next we’re going to hem the skirt. I had a perfect salvage edge so I just folded the edge up 1″ and used a .25″ seam allowance all the way around. If you aren’t that lucky, fold the edge over .25″ and iron. Fold over .5″, iron again and sew with a .25″ seam allowance.
Now that the skirt is hemmed, use the longest, loosest stitch possible to create a gather along the top of the skirt. Start at the seam of the skirt, DO NOT back stitch and go along the top all the way till you hit the seam again, again don’t back stitch. No grab one of the threads and start to pull it, causing the fabric to gather. Once you’ve gathered the skirt, it’s time to sew it in place!
Pin the skirt to the bottom of the elastic just like you did the top – make sure to line up the seam of the skirt with the seam of the elastic in the back! Sew the skirt to the elastic, pulling the elastic as you go.
That’s it! You could stop here if you want… but the elastic I received from the store turned out to be a bit yellowed and it was totally obvious against the bright white shirt. I had purchased gingham material with the intent of adding a flower or some sort of embellishment, so instead I used it to make a belt to cover the elastic. It turned out absolutely adorable and really makes the dress!
To make the belt cut the length of your fabric (mine was 42″) by 7″.
Fold it in half so that it is 42″ x 3.5″. I then cut the ends with a half moon shape. Starting at one end, sew the seam using a .25″ seam allowance. Stop in the middle. Do the same to the other side but stop about 3″ from the middle so that you leave a hole for turning.
Turn the belt right side out and top stitch all the way around.
I then sewed the belt onto the dress just at the sides. I made sure the front of the belt fit snugly around the front of the dress and stitched it up each side of the dress.
I then added velcro to the belt and hand stitched on a button my daughter chose. I’m not really sure how to explain what I did, so hopefully the above pictures help illustrate that!
Voila! It’s done!Want to learn more about this fun new movie?
Kim is a Marketing Director by day and Crafter/Blogger by night. She's a mom of three beautiful children and two fur-babies, a Goldendoodle and a rescued Pibble. For even more Inspiration Made Simple, like her on Facebook and Instagram+.