Armhole Template - please be sure to print at 100% (smallest armhole should be approximately 4" tall by 3" wide.)
1. When printing templates above, please be sure that your printer is set up at 100% or 'actual size' when printing out the template. We were finding that for some reason some printers were shrinking the template just a little bit.
2. To cut armholes, see photos above:
3. Fold the 'tube' in half lengthwise with the seam at the back. This leaves the sides of the tube ready to cut your armholes.
4. Place the template on the outer edges of the folded tube and cut out the armhole from the tube to make the dress form.
5. Many DAG groups have different sized templates, some only have one size template (approx 4" long x 3" wide), and when cutting larger dresses, simply move the template down 1/2"-1 1/2" so that the armhole will be longer/larger on the bigger sized dresses. (This is not exact, and it doesn't have to be! That's the beauty of a DAG Sundress--the ties /elastic allow for the dress to accomodate many different sized girls!)
There are many ways to make pockets! This is just one way (our favorite) since it results in cute, sturdy pockets that are easy to sew on (when pinked, pockets can simply be sewn on with a straight or decorative stitch without 'turning'. This pocket template is approximately 6" x 4" ). Consider adding 2 pockets--not only does it make the dress cuter, it gives the girls more places to hide their treasures!
If you have a way to do pockets, please email and share with us!
Placing pockets correctly is sometimes hard! The best advice it so fold the dress is half and place the pockets just below that mid-line. Watch the video below for a cool 'Elmer's glue' technique from (another) Rachel to help with pocket placement (and other decorative accents for your dress!)
Bias Tape Tutorials
Bias tape is difficult to sew onto dresses, but there are many 'short-cuts' and ways to learn how to do it well quickly!
Here are two tutorials that might help you!
It's economical to make your own bias tape, so if you or your group are thinking of making a lot of dresses, consider making your own! Your group might consider asking for behind-the-scenes volunteer(s) to make bias tape; it's contributes an enormous amount, since good bias tape is very expensive. Check out our tutorial below.
..... from PositivelySplendid.com
Dress Slit Tutorial
Dresses for older girls (size 12-14 / any dress over 32") should have a slit in the side or back seam (also known as a kick-pleat.) This gives the older girls a little bit more room to walk, jump and play. The tutorial below shows how easy it is to make the slit ...don't worry, it's really easy!!
Click here for dress slit tutorial
Links We Love
Since we are no longer using pillowcases we are having more fun with dresses! You may continue to make the standard sundresses or T-shirt for which we have posted instructions on this site.
The gallery shows some possible styles that we love and accept, with the links to the patterns below. Please continue to follow the general guidelines using good cotton fabric, etc. (Click on the pictures below the gallery for pattern information.)