Princess Anna Dress Tutorial – DIY Free Pattern
Princess Anna Dress Tutorial Supplies:
- Black T-Shirt that fits your child
- 3 Yards – Yellow Gold Grosgrain Ribbon
- Green, Pink, Purple, and Yellow Fabric Puff Paints
- 1 Yard – 60″ wide Blue Linen, Nylon, satin, or similar fabric
- Matching Thread
This Princess Anna Dress is very easy to make however I am going to assume you have some sewing skills, and have sewn something before.
This tutorial is for someone who has sewn at least something simple before.
Step By Step Instructions for Princess Anna Dress
Step #1 – Cut the T-Shirt
I decided to make the back match the front so it allowed for a bigger opening, as this is more like a vest/dress than a fitted dress.
Step # 2 – Paint the Pattern
Paint the design on the front of the T-Shirt and allow to dry (according to your paint bottles) mine was 4 hours, but I allowed it to dry overnight.
It is a good idea to do this on newspaper, and stick cardboard in between your front and back of the shirt, so the paint doesn’t seep through and make it stick together.
Princess Anna Dress front – Printable PDF
Step # 3 – Add the Grosgrain Ribbon to Neck and Shoulders
Start with one sleeve. The T-shirt fabric will not frey so there is no need to cover the edge, so what I did was pinned the grosgrain ribbon to the front side, and using matching gold toned thread I used a flower stitch on my machine. If your machine is basic with no special stitches a zigzag stitch works just fine for this. Fold your edge of the ribbon over at the end, and start and stop stitching at the armpits to have a clean look. If you don’t want to fold the ribbon over you can also use frey check on the cut ends of the ribbon.
Continue and do the same on the other shoulder edge, and then do the same on the neckline, be careful to pin well, so that you get nice lines at the neck for the V.
Step # 4 – Create the skirt
Determine the length of the skirt, and cut that from your fabric. In my case the skirt is 20 inches long.
Then sew the right sides together at the salvage edge and then fold your fabric into quarters, the halfway point will be the front V, and the two sides (halfway between the V and the sewn salvage will be your sides I mark these with pins)
I make my drop 6 inches deeps so from the side marker to the V is 6 inch drop.
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Step # 5 – Fit Skirt to T-Shirt
You will make 2 Large pleats on the front (one on each side of the V)
You will make 2 large pleats on the back of the skirt (one on each side of the center back seam)
Figure out how wide your fabric is to take down to the V shape.
In my case my fabric was 16 inches, and the V on the shirt was 7 inches.
So my pleat needed to take up 9 inches of fabric, which meant I needed to fold 4.5 inches of fabric per side of my pleat so each side measured 2.25 inches (folded making 4.5 total) Doing it this way makes for big box pleat style pleats, and is easy to do, just measure, fold, and pin. Then do the same for the other side of the V. Note… you are NOT attaching the skirt to the shirt at this time, you are only fitting it to size.
To fit the back side of the skirt allow about 2 inches extra space to allow you to stretch the tshirt a bit so that is remains easy for your child to put on. You will also use the same technique to figure out the size of pleats needed on either side of the center back seam.
Once your pleats are all pinned and you are confident you have it sized correctly, sew 1/2 inch from the edge a simple straight stitch around the entire skirt, this will hold the pleats in place, and allow you to take the pins out (leaving only the side marker pins) which will help when we attach to the t-shirt.
Step # 6 – Sew Skirt, and Attach Grosgrain Ribbon
If you are confident your length is good on the skirt you can hem it now, or you can wait till you have attached it to the T-Shirt so your daughter can try it on for length.
Once you are done that we will be pinning and attaching the skirt to the T-Shirt.
Step # 7 – Attach Skirt to The T-Shirt
Using the same stitch you did at the neckline and shoulders, sew the skirt onto the dress.
Now your dress is done, and you just have to add the hem (if you did not do that already)
I pressed my box seams slightly to allow it to hang better… and my daughter anxiously tried it on!
I hope you loved this tutorial and you have a great time making your very own Princess Anna Dress!
If you have any questions or feedback I would love to hear it.
IF you are unsure of how to make this… I have found this pattern on Amazon (which was not available at the time I originally created my dresses – CLICK the image to Order (Its about $10 and makes Both Anna and Elsa!) McCall Pattern Company M7000 Misses’/Children’s/Girls’ Costumes, Size KIDS ((3-4)-(5-6)-(7-8)-(10-12)-(14))
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Princess Anna Dress Tutorial