What you'll need...
1/2 yard of main dress fabric
1/4 yard coordinating fabric
bias tape, if desired (you can just hem the dress)
1 inch elastic- 8" long
snaps or buttons
First...determine your size...
Measure around the child, under the armpits and from under the arm to where you want the dress to hit- I chose knee-length.
For a 3t, my measurements were 22" around and 18" long.
For a 2t, my measurements were 19" around and 14" long
Here are my cuts for a 3T dress...
(2) 2.5"x25" strips
5" of 1" elastic
Step 1: the bottom of the dress
If you are adding bias tape to the bottom of the dress, sew and attach now along the long end of the main fabric. If not, fold over one end twice, press and hem.
Fold the top band in and top stitch along the bottom of the band leaving (2) one inch gaps 8 inches apart in the back- be sure to center it.
Step 4: Finishing touches