June 23, 2012

Fast and Easy Fab Mod Dress Tutorial

The Fab Mod Dress

Here it is! A new tutorial! :)

What you will need -

1 yard of fabric

2 buttons

Double fold bias tape

Scraps of coordinating fabric (for pockets)

Measurements - child's chest, length for armholes and length of dress

Step 1 - Remove cats from fabric!!!

Step 2- Fold fabric 1/4 width of chest +1/2". Fold going into a slight slant. (The dress is slightly A-line.)

Step 3 - Cut length, width and neck line

Step 4 - Cut armholes

Step 5 - Take front dress piece and  place over folded fabric. Cut back piece while using front piece as a guide.  You may want to pin it.

This is what you should have.

Step 6- Remove cat from your work area!

Step 7 - Take your scraps and find something to use as a guide to cut them in the shape you want them to be. Well, I guess you could just eye-ball it.... LOL  Cut 4.

Step 8 - Pin 2 pieces together and sew up 3 sides. Do the same to the other 2 pieces.

Turn right side out and press.

Step 9 - Turn down 1/2" from the top and press.

Step 10 - Figure out where you want to place your buttons on the pockets. Sew the buttons on.

Step 11 - Pin the pockets on the front and sew the 3 sides.

Step 12 - Place the front and the back right sides together. Pin the tops of the dress and both sides. Sew them together.  Press your seams.

Step 13 - Open your bias tape and pin it around the neckline and armholes. Sew it in place and press.

Step 14 - Turn a 1/2 over on the bottom, press and turn it in another 1/2". Press and pin.  Sew your hem and press again! (I pressed the whole thing one more time.. LOL)

Now you are DONE!!! You just made the Fab Mod Dress!! :)

I hope this was easy to follow! Let me know if you make it! I would love to see it! :)


  1. Gorgeous :) Seriously digging the pockets.... I want a grown-up sized one for mee!

  2. ROFL!! THANK YOU!! I am definitely considering one for my size.... I know they still have some of that fabric left at Hancock's!! LOL ;)

    THANKS, again!!

  3. So cute! Haha I have the same issue - removing cat from fabric! :-/

  4. Thanks!!
    They just LOVE helping..... LOL

  5. Your daughter looks very pleased! I just love the photos of the cats. :-)

  6. LOL! Thank you! She is! She wants to wear it to church in the morning. :)
    My rotten cats... Probably plotting something right now.... LOL

  7. So cute.. I love the contrasting pockets with the buttons..
    You have some really pretty fabric at Hancocks.I went a
    couple weeks ago and didn't find much [that is on sale-sale.lol]
    Dress looks cute on your daughter. Happy sewing.

  8. Thank you!!
    I have been really lucky at my local store but the clearance section is starting to get a little thin.... LOL But they are supposed to update it every month and July is right around the corner! ;)

  9. Those pockets make the dress look so much for fun! How cute!

  10. I know.. Don't you love it, since they started doing the updated clearance each month.. I love fabric stores, I could stay in there all day.. [no one wants to go shopping with me,
    coz I head to fabric.lol].
    I am in Ms. where are you?

  11. Thank you very much!!
    She wore it all day yesterday. I almost couldn't get it off of her! LOL

  12. Yep!! Every time I am out and start in that direction I get groans. LOL I can stay in a fabric store or a book store forEVER! LOL
    I am in VA.

  13. Wow this is so lovely!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  14. This is so cute! I'd love to have you link it up over at The Southern Institute! Here's the link: http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2012/06/creative-me-link-up-and-giveaway.html
    There's a giveaway too! :) Hope to see you there!


  15. What a pretty dress,who wouldn't love it!

  16. THANKS!!! :)
    She wore it to church yesterday and I almost couldn't get her to take it off! LOL Must of been nice and comfy. ;)

  17. Very cute. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

  18. Thank you SO much!!
    I hope it's still open! My spam blocker is a little overzealous sometimes.. :(

  19. SO SO cute... the model and the dress... *smiles*
    Thanks for sharing at the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY...


  20. Thank you!!!
    She LOVES modeling her new mommy made clothes! LOL

  21. Those buttons are super adorable on those yellow pockets! Thanks for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

  22. I love this! Your little model is a cutie too. I've just shared this great post on Google+

    Thanks so much for sharing this post at my Say G'day linky party! This week's linky is now live and I am very excited to invite you to a Social media linky party that I will be hosting on July 14. The details are all at the blog if you would like to join in.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

  23. Thank you SOOOO much!!! :) I would love to!

  24. Christina at I Gotta Create!June 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    So cute! The dress and the model and the kittens :). Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  25. Beautiful dress! Love the fabric and I ADORE the pockets!

    Thank you so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream to Reality! :)

  26. LOL....I love how interested your cats are in your sewing. The dress is adorable too, definitely making this one for the summer.

  27. LOL! Yes, they are, the rotten things!!! LOL

    YAY!!! THANK YOU!!! :D

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    A lovely dress tutorial!

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  32. I'm going to make one for myself. This is so simple and cute. Thank you!

  33. I can so relate to your cats on your material & work area. LOL! I loved how you included them in the instructions! Very cute! Oh...I liked the pattern as also! Thank you!


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