pieced jersey dress three ways

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Remember how I said I’d like to make Piper Jane a whole fleet of pieced jersey dresses? And then remember how “comfy summer clothes for Piper Jane” was on the To Make As I DeStash list?

Well, check and check, friends.


Of course, I added a little flair to each dress- and thought I’d share the how-to’s with you!

Pieced Jersey Dress Variation #1- Neutral Pleats

Want to know why I wanted this dress to be all black, white and gray? So I could pair it with the fabulous, colorful accessories in Piper Jane’s drawers (I’d recommend this neutral route, by the way… this dress goes with everything!).

First I made a pieced jersey dress. Then, I added a pleated waistline (just pin pleats into a strip of jersey, pin into place on the dress and stitch in place)…

…and a pleated collar (using the same process) to this variation.

Pieced Jersey Dress Variation #2- Cheerful Prints (and a belt!)

This variation screams “summer” to me with the happy prints (and the pops of yellow, red and blue).

I followed the pieced jersey tutorial, but minus the exposed seams (just sew with right sides together instead of wrong sides together)…

…and plus a jersey belt (ps- the leggings are made from the same jersey as the red tier so they coordinate exactly).

*The bottom layer of this dress was one of my old shirts (from Forever 21) that was jersey with lace along the bottom. I just left the bottom of the shirt intact and re-used it for the bottom of the dress.

Pieced Jersey Dress Variation #3- Ruffled Rainbow

I made this dress with six skinny layers (instead of four wider layers), basically in ROY G BIV order.

Then I added jersey rosettes across the waistline. They’re sewn really close together, giving it an extra ruffle-y look.ย 

Paired with leggings (since it’s still a little chilly in the shade) and a coordinating headband, Piper Jane is the picture of cheerful Springtime!ย 

Y’all might have to intervene before I turn all of Piper’s onesies into dresses– haha!

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  1. She is so fresh sticking her tongue out at us! HA! What a cutie ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am in love with this rainbow version!!! Very, very cute!!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I wish I was crafty when my little Payton was born. She was born in summer and we livedin onsies! If I would have know how easy it is to transform them into dresses she would have looked much cuter! We'll be fixing up her wardrobe this summer. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. These are so cute! I'm going to keep an eye out when I'm Spring cleaning my closet ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have to make this!

  4. I love the inspiration that your site provides. This "jersey" theme has REALLY gotten me so excited to sew and create. We all have old T-shirts lying around to use, and the thrift store is FULL of colorful T-shirts that are dirt cheap. My kids are so happy about these dresses and I didn't spend a fortune at the fabric store. Thank you for putting so many great ideas at my fingertips. I love your site for this reason!

  5. Okay, you need to stop… the cuteness is KILLING me!! I have to try this one… thanks for the inspiration!!! LOVE it! -Erin

  6. I LOVE them! I wish my 6 year old was still that little, but I will definitely do the same with her shirts, as she doesn't wear onesies anymore! I do have one question, when you pinned the jersey strip, to create the pleats for the waistline & collar, in the first picture, did you turn the edges down or just cut them & leave them as-is? Thank you, for sharing!!

  7. You're making my list of inspiration so long ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Very cute! I love the color and the flowers.

  8. You are ridiculous cute! I mean, seriously?! I've yet to see anything in a store cuter than these three dresses… And Piper is such a precious model! My poor little Katie Belle feels left out that her mama can't even three a machine. Oh well. Maybe you should sell these on your easy shoppe?! Keep up the craftiness, girl. You are an inspiration indeed.

  9. I think they are all my favorite! LOL. I love the rosettes on the rainbow dress!!! I'm gonna have to do that on my little girls next dress!

  10. Ooh, I want to make these for my darling baby granddaughters. What a great idea! Thank you (I hopped over from Notes from a Very Red Kitchen)

  11. These are all gorgeous!! And bless your heart for skirting so many onesies and doing it beautifully! I did one last night and it took me forever, with a lot of stitch picking, and it is still far from perfect.

    In a month or so when I forget how aggravated I was last night I will be revising this post, which is already bookmarked!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy weekend!


  12. LOVING these dresses! I do not have a baby girl anymore … But I am thinking maybe I can somehow adopt that method for clothes for my 5year old … I LOVE the look!!!!

  13. Hi, I love this but can’t seem to locate the tutorial, when i click on it is seems to shoot to the Jersey Dress 3 ways, but not the actual tutorial. Am i missing something. Thx.

  14. I sent you pictures a long while back of the onesie dress I made from your tute during my pregnancy. Well she is now 2 weeks old, and is wearing one of them! The other one I made never fit her – I used a NB size onesie, and well she was born at 9 lbs so we went straight into the 3m size onesie dress LOL

    Here she is in her pieced jersey dress! The skirting was from old xsmall tank tops that I realized I wouldn’t be fitting back into for a while ๐Ÿ˜‰


    1. Lauren, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! She is ADORABLE! And your little onesie dress looks great- I hate it that she didn’t get to wear the teeny tiny one (great baby shower gift for someone, right?).
      Again, congratulations!

    1. I love it Christina! I especially love the neutrals (I made a similar one for my daughter and put her in it all the time!). ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sending the link over! ๐Ÿ™‚

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