Pint-Sized Flapper

This dress looks SO MUCH BETTER than I ever thought possible. My younger daughter picked the fabric at Spandex House. It’s a nylon-lycra with strings of sequins hanging off the fabric. My daughter likes her fabrics to be as over-the-top as possible, and this definitely qualifies.

I bought 1 yd of fabric, and tried to use every square inch. I drafted a simple tank dress, then added godets to the skirt. I cut out the tank dress part, then took all the fabric that was left and cut out as many godets as I could from it. There are 2 in the front, 2 on the side seams, and 4 in the back.

Initially, I tried to sew the fabric as-is on my serger, resulting in a broken needle and serious strain on my serger knife from sewing over sequins. I then cut all the sequins out of the seam line, which was a huge pain but made sewing easier.

I lined the bodice with some tan knit fabric that I had lying about.

My daughter loves the dress, but it kind of weighs a ton. I hope she does not get fatigued wearing it.

more spinning

more spinning

Front view

Front view



front godet.  It's hard to see anything in this fabric, but there is a seam there.

front godet. It’s hard to see anything in this fabric, but there is a seam there.

back godets

back godets



  1. Mrsmole
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 4:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing dress! And all that from one yard of fabric…Wow!

    • Posted April 15, 2013 at 8:52 am | Permalink | Reply

      LOL She’s a teeny, tiny, 7-year-old, which is why I could get away with just one yard.

  2. Posted April 15, 2013 at 7:22 am | Permalink | Reply

    This dress in made for twirling! Your daughter is sure delighted with it!

  3. Posted April 15, 2013 at 8:20 am | Permalink | Reply

    Now this is a dress! Love every bit of over-the-topness about it! Wonderful!

  4. Posted April 15, 2013 at 8:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love that you let your girls express themselves in their clothing. It’s a dress that every little girl would love.

  5. ellecsews
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh my, that fabric certainly qualifies as being over the top. Perfect for a twirling little girl.

  6. Posted April 16, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    LOVE that dress. What fun. I think it’d be perfect for a twirling big girl too.

  7. Posted April 20, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing! The perfect dress for a 7 year old!

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