Toddler Cheer Dress Tutorial

It’s football season!
Make sure your little one is all set with her very own cheer dress!
Bring on the Touchdowns!
Go Cougs!!
Ready to make an official Cheer Dress for your tot? Read on…
Materials:
  • Jersey: pick a size that’s the right length for a dress and you won’t have to hem.
  • Knit in a contrast fabric: an old t-shirt works best
  • Team logo
  • Iron
1. Unpick any logos from the jersey. This takes awhile so put on a good show:)
2. If you want a v-neckline instead of a crew neck, unpick the front portion of the ribbing. Find the center and cut it apart and then sew it back together on an angle to form a v-neck. Cut a v-neck in the front of the jersey
3. Sew the ribbing back to your new v-neckline. If the jersey seems to roomy you might want to take it in at the shoulders to size down the headhole a bit.
4. Lay a tank top that fits well on top of the jersey and use it as a guide to cut out a front and back bodice. To make the v-detail sew 2 lengths of knit together at an angle and then press the raw edges under and top stitch to the jersey. I did 2 rows on the front and the back- make sure they’ll line up right when you sew the front and back together.
5. Print out a logo (simple is best) and use it as a guide to cut one out of your knit fabric. Stitch it the front bodice using a zig-zag stitch. You might find it helpful to use double sided interfacing to hold it in place- I didn’t bother, but it would make it a bit easier.
6. Turn the edges of your new armholes (if you sized them down) towards the back and top stitch in place. Sew up the side seams.
7. Decide on the length you need for the skirt and cut out the skirt piece- use the original hem of the jersey as the bottom of the skirt so you don’t have to do any hemming. Cut the skirt into 4 segments and then cut 3 segments of the same size out of your t-shirt (again use the original hem). You may want to do some measuring at this point to figure out how big you need to make all of your segments for it to be the same width as the bodice after you pleat (I just went for it and then adjusted a bit at the end).
 8. With right sides together sew the contrast segments in between each piece of jersey. Form box pleats with your jersey, so the jersey segments meet in the middle of each t-shirt segment. Stitch the 2 jersey segments together for the first couple inches by using a zig zag stitch.
 9. With right sides together sew the skirt to the bodice.
10. Go cheer on your team!!
If you’re looking for a simpler tutorial check out the Cheerleader Dress from last year:)
Wow- has my baby grown?!

12 Responses

  1. Just did a quick search online and never dreamed I would find EXACTLY what I was looking for! This cheerleader dress is so cute and comfy looking and is perfect for an almost-2-year-old. I’ll be making my daughter one soon. Well, as soon as I get enough spare time 🙂

  2. I think I shall hire you to make Halloween costumes for my children – it’s nice that they’ll have an aunt with skills since their mother will be worthless!

  3. I have been looking everywhere for a cute cheer outfit. And I haven’t found anything cheaper than 18 bucks.

    Can I ask how much you spent? And where did you go to find your jersey? DI? 🙂

    thanks, Tiff (tkeetch@gmail.com)

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