Flashback Tutorial – Baby Betsy Ross

Baby Betsy Ross DIY 4th of July Dress Tutorial by Melly Sews
Today I’m going to share a flashback baby dress tutorial from last year. This was my niece Baby Girl’s 4th of July dress, and it is too adorable to remain hidden from those of you who might have missed it last year.
Look at how little she was!
Cute Fourth of July Baby Dress Tutorial - Melly Sews

I started with a thrifted men’s t-shirt, a package of bias tape, a scrap of white muslin, and scraps of red and white t-shirts that I had left over from another project.

After removing the collar and pocket from the men’s shirt (to save for later; I’m crazy like that), I cut it off  below the arms.

I saved the big part for the skirt, and used the top of the shirt and the sleeves to cut out my bodice pieces.

I sewed the bodice together at the shoulders and side seams.

Then added bias tape to finish the raw edges.

Next I made an a-line skirt out of a scrap of muslin, with the top width the same as the bottom of my bodice. I finished the bottom edge of the skirt with my serger.

I cut a bunch of 2 inch wide strips with my rotary cutter out of the red and white t-shirt scraps.

Then I sewed the strips together and ruffled them. Starting at the bottom of the muslin, I layered rows of red and white ruffles and sewed them on.

I got my overskirt piece and gathered the top edge to the same width as my underskirt and bodice.

Once I had that finished, I cut 6 strips of bias tape and sewed them closed. I marked two spots on the front of the overskirt and one spot in the center back and pinned one strip to each side of those marks, so I had one string inside and one outside the skirt at each mark.

Then I pinned the two skirts to the bodice, and sewed one seam joining everything.

And when turned right side out it looks like this.

DIY Fourth of July Baby Dress Tutorial - Melly Sews

Adjust the ties to bustle the overskirt to your taste, then take pictures on an adorable baby.

Adorable Fourth of July Baby Dress Tutorial - Melly Sews
4th of July Baby Dress Tutorial - Melly Sews
Fourth of July Baby Dress Tutorial - Melly Sews

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  1. Laurie says

    So cute!!! What a fabulous idea.
    Question…..I am in LOVE with the lace butterfly mobile you made a while back…and would LOVE to know where you bought the free standing lace butterflies. I have someone in mind who would go crazy over this. Thanks :)


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