In the last post, I did a tutorial on making a flower dress for the fairies. In today’s post, I’m going to teach you how to make a dress using only ribbons. Although it requires a bit of a sewing, it is still pretty simple. You can use this technique to make cute ballerina dresses, too.
If you haven’t seen how to make the fairy wings, here is the link!
Anyway, for the skirt, you need a wide chiffon ribbon.
The width of the chiffon ribbon will determine the length of your skirt, so read through this tutorial first to see what width you need.
Before you start sewing the skirt, make sure you hot glue, or use some kind of fray preventive product, on the cut edge to avoid a disaster – you want to keep these ends from fraying, and it’s easier to do BEFORE you put these together 😛 When making skirts for my girl Sylvanian dolls, I cut the length of the ribbon about 20 cm long.
Next, fold the chiffon ribbon in half, but not exactly, maybe 4/5 of the way. You want to leave a slight gap, like in the picture below. Sew about 1 mm away from the folded part to make the gather for the skirt.
This is how it should look like when you are done.
In the center of the skirt, dot a small amount of hot glue, and thread through a narrow ribbon, then glue on the rest of the skirt onto the ribbon. Make sure that the gather of the skirt is evenly distributed! Also, depending on how see through your skirt is, you might want to glue on another layer inside with a ribbon that is not see through.
You can have the ribbon for the waist to come outside like a belt, or hidden inside, which makes the skirt to puff up a bit more. Your choice.
Fold in about 5 mm of the skirt edges and sew or hot glue on.
The torso is made exactly the same way as the flower dress.
Glue and hold the ends of a ribbon that’s about 1 cm wide, and adhere to the skirt. That’s it!
You can make ribbon we tied around the waist a little bit longer, so you can tie it in the back, or you can just hot glue on the Velcro on the edges of the skit. I kind of prefer the Velcro, so that I can glue the wings on easily, but this is totally up to you.