DIY Nautical Dress Tutorial

You’re in for a real treat! Kalleen from At Second Street is here!
 DIY Sailor Top & Skirt Tutorial
 
I’ve been a little obsessed with all things nautical lately, so I made this little number to help my oldest sail through her school year.  I hope you’ll love this DIY nautical dress tutorial.
 

DIY Nautical Dress Tutorial

I’ll be showing you how I refashioned a men’s shirt into this adorable neck tie top.   
I also have a tutorial for the gabardine flat front skirt. It can be recreated in any size with a variety of fabrics. 

Let’s start with the shirt. 

DIY nautical shirt tutorial 

Supplies:

  • a men’s shirt with no front pockets and wide enough to cut smaller shirt and strips for neck tie. 
  • a shirt to use as a pattern, pick one without a separate sleeve. 
  • bias tape
  • matching thread
Step 1: cut out shirt
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I turned my shirt inside out centered it over the buttons. Because the final shirt won’t stretch like the t-shirt I added a couple inches to the sides as I cut it out.
Step 2: cut neck line
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After cutting, I separated my front piece from the back, folded it in half and cut a lower neck line. 

Step 3: sew shoulders 

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Pin front and back right sides together at the shoulders. Sew and finish edges. 
Step 4: pin and sew biased tape around arm holes
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Because my fabric had some good stretch to it I was able to make my own biased tape with scraps of the shirt. If you use a traditional cotton shirt you will want to buy or make matching biased tape with another piece of fabric. 
Step 5: sew up the sides
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Pin, sew and finish the edges. 
Step 6: make neck tie
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Going back to my shirt, I cut 4 strips of fabric 1-3/4″ wide. I cut them as long as the shirt would allow.  I sewed ends of the strips together to make two really long strips. Then I sewed the two long strips right sides together all the way around leaving a small gap, which I used to turn the tube right side out. Once turned, I ironed and topstitch the tie. 
Step 7: finish and fold under neck edges. 
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I serged my neck edges and ironed them under. If you don’t have a serger you may want to do a double fold. 
Step 8: pin a sew on tie. 
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Lining up the center of the tie and the center of the back, I pinned the tie around the neck.  Leave an opening in the front about 2″ from the edge, so you’ll have room to tie a knot. Stitch around the neck, overlapping the top stitch on tie.  
Step 9: top stitch opening in front. 
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Secure the folded neckline in the front by topstitching as close to the tie as possible. 
Step 10: Hem bottom and you are done.

Easy Flat Front Skirt IMG_1222 

Supplies:

- 1-2 yards fabric depending on size
- 1″ elastic band
- matching thread
- four buttons
Step 1: cut skirt pieces
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The length and width of these pieces will depend on the size of your child. I will tell you how I did it based on the size of my child who has a 24″ waist.

 
Here is what I cut for a 24″ waist:
2 – 4″x 12″ strips (12″ is half of 24″)
2 – 4″ x 15″ strips ( 12″+3″ for room to stretch)
2- 13″ x 24″ (13″ was how long I wanted the main skirt and 24″ will give me a good gather)
1- 10″ piece of elastic (12″-2″)

Step 2: sew 4″X 12″ and 4″ x 15″ strips together  IMG_1161  Match up the same sized strips and sew right sides together across the top. After sewing a seam across the  4″X 15″ strips, you’ll sew the elastic band onto one of the stripes just below the seam.

It will look like this.
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Sew it to only one of the pieces do not sew through both or you won’t be able to turn it right side out.
Step 3: Press seams open. 
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These will be the front and back of your skirts waist band. The elastic piece will go in the back.
Step 4: sew front and back panels together
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With panels still open pin front to back right sides together and sew up the sides. You will have a tube when you are done. Step 5: Topstitch waistband 
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Fold the waistband in half right sides out and topstitch the top and then over the waistband securing it in place. Step 6: Sew skirt sides and gather.
 
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grab your larger skirt pieces and sew the ends right sides together. Gather the top to the size of your waist band. Step 7: attach the skirt to the waistband. 
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pin and sew skirt to waistband matching up sides.
Step 8: finishing details
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Topstitch gather to waistband and add buttons. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I left anything out. 
 

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Comments

  1. says

    This is so cute! Wishing I had a girl! Thanks for sharing! I’d like to feature this on my blog tomorrow. You can stop by and grab a button if you’d like.
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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