Scallops: Part 2

Remember the little sneak peak I gave you the other day? Well, the project is done. Actually, it was done when I posted the sneak peak, but I couldn’t show you the entire thing since it was a gift for my niece and my sister in law reads my blog. Didn’t want any surprises to be ruined!

My little niece turned three on Halloween, so I whipped up this little dress for her, based off of this adorable dress from Zara

I initially made the dress with only one layer of scallops, since I only had a little bit of this fabric, but then Leanne had the genius idea to line the entire dress and then add the second layer of scallops to the hemline of the lining. It looked a little rough around the edges since I added the lining after the fact, but I think that having two layers of scallops made a big difference in the look of the dress. So it was worth it.

I used a plastic cup and a sharpie to mark out the scalloped edge, then cut along the lines and zigzagged the raw edges. If I were to go back and do it again, I would line the entire thing and do a straight stitch along the scalloped edge (with right sides together), then turn it right side out, press out the scallops and do another straight seam along the scalloped edge to keep the scallops in place. Oh well…next time…

For the rosette, I just used a old piece of fabric, sewed in the rose shape, and then hot glued a piece of felt to the back. I pinned it to the dress so it is removable and any flower can be pinned to the dress.

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, and I hear that my niece loved it. So here’s to another successful gift. 

And now that all the family birthdays are done for the year, it’s time to get started on Christmas gifts!



  1. I love the colours you chose for it!
    It looks fantastic. I really need to start working on my sewing haha!
    Kerri at HollyMuffin

  2. Camille says:

    Dresses like this make me want to have a girl. Bad.

  3. Are you taking requests for Christmas gifts?? 🙂 I'll get you my list. LOL oh, and sydney's, too. heehee

  4. Brit says:

    LOVE the scallops!! It makes the dress so dainty and feminine… and yet, we have boys. Our day will come – and those girls will be very well dressed.

  5. Landen says:

    It is probably just as well that you didn't line the scalloped edge. They are a pain to line…

    Also, we just got a darling tiered skirt in that is scalloped, so you are right, they are popping up everywhere!

  6. Grace Marie says:

    oh toooo cute! blowing Crew Cuts out of the water for certain!

    More like Anthro-baby!

    that was smart to use a cup for the scallops…I was wondering how you got them to be so uniform.

  7. m+b says:

    I LOVE your blog! I found you through Deborah & I am loving all of your refashions. I just got into it myself & love to see your ideas!

  8. Packrat says:

    The dress is darling. I'm with Landen – lined scallops are a pain.

  9. kaila sue says:

    Dude, you never cease to amaze! It's adorable!

  10. SueMurph says:

    Absolutely love the scallop detail and can see it on some refashions already!!! I too found you via your awesome polo refashion on pinterest. Yeah!

  11. Sally says:

    I love this…so cute!!

  12. Alicia White says:

    think you could do a "how to" on this dress? I'm new to the sewing world and I'd love to know how you sewed the top 🙂

  13. Hi Alicia — thanks for your nice comment! I may do a tutorial on this type of dress in the future, but right now I am totally slammed with other projects. But if you want to make a dress like this, I would suggest using a real pattern from the fabric store (Walmart has very cheap patterns, and Joann's has 40% off coupons you can use). Find a dress that has a similar top, and then just add the scalloped hem. Good luck!

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