girls clothes tutorials and inspiration

April 27th, 2010

This week (and maybe into next week) I’ll post tutorials for boys and girls clothes that I’ve found around the internets and some inspiring photos of handmade clothes as well. If you have a tutorial or image you particularly love, please link to it in your comment, but try to stay on topic (girl’s tutorials in the girls clothes post, etc) so we can use these posts as a reference while we are frantically sewing late at night.

inspiring handmade clothes


1. Ice cream dress, View A, 2. flower girl dress, 3. i made my first children’s top, 4. more scraps, 5. broek voor Nuncita, 6. apron skirt no.7, 7. Lemon Floral Milkmaid Skirt, 8. Oriental Blossom Sun Dress, 9. shirt from frock pattern

fantastic tutorials for girls

1. seaside stripes 2. lazy days skirt 3. peek-a-boo skirt 4. little girl leggings 5. peasant top 6. repurposed skirt and leggings 7. twirly skirt 8. girls dress from men’s shirt 9. ruffle sleeve top

Also, there are a lot of very lovely free patterns from fabric designer nani iro. I can’t link directly to them and the site is in Japanese, but click here and have a look around. I know these are all super summery, so here is one wintery project for those down under.  And don’t worry, boys are next.

16 Responses to girls clothes tutorials and inspiration

  1. Linda says:

    Tutorial for a sweet little Dresden Plate skirt on Crafterhours.
    http://crafterhours.blogspot.com/2010/04/dresden-plate-skirt-tutorial.html

  2. Heather says:

    Meg, this is so great. Thanks for providing these links! I must make the little girl’s dress from men’s shirt. The pockets are darling.

  3. heather says:

    who can resist little clothes, they are the best. I have recently ordered “girly style wardrobe” because of the dress I saw on your blog, thanks for the great inspiration.

  4. Destri says:

    Just when I thought my to-make list couldn’t get any longer…
    Thanks so much for the mention!

  5. Anne Marie says:

    Love, love, love. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I am having a sewing weekend in a fortnight and this is just spot on perfect. Thanks!

  6. britt says:

    the girls are cute but i am looking forward to the boys’!

  7. Tiffany says:

    love all those links. i’ve actually have a few of them book marked myself! here’s one to add to the list… a retro ruffle dress made from a pillowcase. a photo step-by-step tutorial here http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2010/04/retro-ruffle-dress-from-a-pillowcase/

  8. Love all the links and inspiration! Thank you! Here’s another — a dress from a t-shirt: http://artfulparent.typepad.com/artfulparent/2009/05/from-t-shirt-to-dress.html. I’m about to make another for my daughter. They are easy and cute!

  9. Sissy says:

    We love the Lazy Days skirt… it sews up beautifully using babywale corduroy for winter, too.

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  13. Melissa says:

    I sewed my girls’ Easter dresses this year for the first time. Next year, I’ll start earlier!! Here’s a link to some pictures: http://maxandellie.blogspot.com/2010/04/works-in-progress-and-easter-dresses.html

  14. I made the ruffle sleeve top and used a vintage pillowcase….

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26347029@N00/4598636620/

    So cute!

  15. Stacy says:

    What a great round up of tutorials! I just found your blog and love the ascetic you have here. I’m a bit late and a bit behind to do the sewing week, but thought I would share tutorials I have done. This is the tutorial page for my blog:

    http://thelandofka.com/?page_id=4481

    There’s a shirred back sundress, a twirly skort, a twirly skirt, a tankini and an Asian inspired dress (that one has a size 5T pattern with it). Hope it helps those that are looking for free alternatives. :)