Making A Spring Dress From Organic Cotton Fabric

Winter is nearly over (happiness) and I’ve started to make new clothes for my children. For spring clothes I usually make something from knit jerseys, often taking old dresses apart to make new t-shirts or mixing up new and older fabrics.

This dress I made for my teenage daughter from organic cotton jersey.

making spring dress organic cotton jersey fabric

The dress is a little challenging to make because of the 3 panels front and back, you have to attach them to the right places but other than that it comes together easily. I really like its shape and swing.

If you don’t have a sewing machine you could even stitch it by hand, I often do that, because I like the hand stitched look. This dress is machine sewn though, I just have too many projects going on at the same time…

Only the little applique is hand stitched.

making spring dress organic cotton jersey fabric

The dress pattern is from the book Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: Custom Fit + Style by Natalie Chanin.

It’ s one of my favourite dressmaking books (and Natalie Chanin one of my favourite fashion designers) with lots of patterns for t-shirts, tank tops, dresses and skirts. The pattern for the dress above is without sleeves, I just added the sleeves from the long-sleeved t-shirt.

All of the patterns from the book are designed for jersey fabrics. It comes with a CD that combines patterns from Natalie’s three previous books plus three new ones.

You can print them out and tape them together or have them printed out at a professional printer which I did. Her other books do have paper patterns if you prefer them.

I bought the organic cotton jersey at Organic Textile Company, a small family run business in the Uk. The fabric is wonderfully soft and chemical free.

Here is a long-sleeved t-shirt I made for my son using the reverse applique technique, also an interesting way to transform plain jerseys into something special.

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