Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House is back with another sweet and easy tutorial for kids. The Apron Dress can be made in sizes 1-8 and is easy to customize with a tank top, long-sleeved shirt or you can even leave the apron off too! You can make a full back to school girl’s wardrobe with today’s post and with Haley’s Kipper Capri Pants and Sydney Pinafore. Learn more about Hayley in her introduction and visit Welcome to the Mouse House where you can enjoy everything from her interior design talents to a tutorial for the perfect addition to your playroom. Hayley just won So You Think You’re Crafty: Season 16; be sure to click on that link to see all of her wonderful submissions!
Hi, Sew Mama Sew readers! I am Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House and I have another fun pattern and tutorial coming your way. The apron dress is created from a store bought t-shirt and can be customized in multiple ways! Check out my blog for a free Christmas Dress tutorial that I created in a similar manner. Enjoy!


  • Store-bought t-shirt (or tank top or long-sleeved shirt)
  • Fabric according to the cutting chart below
  • Ric rac or trim for apron (optional)

Let’s get started on this super easy dress! Grab your store-bought t-shirt.

Cut the t-shirt slightly above your child’s waistline.

Cut all of your fabric pieces out according to the cutting chart. (As always, if you note something incorrect please let me know so I can fix it!)

With right sides together, sew the skirt pieces together along both short sides using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Serge or zig zag to finish edges.

Do the same thing with the border pieces.

Grab your apron piece and press the bottom and two sides over 1/2 inch and then another 1/2 inch.

Tuck one end of your ric rac under the side fold. Do the same for the other end.

Sew the three sides of the apron. Then, sew the ric rac to the bottom of your apron.

Prepare the border piece by folding in half with wrong sides together. Press.

Time to attach the border piece to the bottom of your skirt! With right sides together and raw edges matching, sew your border piece to your skirt piece.

Serge or zig zag to finish the raw edges.

Flip the border down and top stitch along the bottom of the skirt.

Now it is time to add the apron. Match up the middle of your skirt and the middle of your apron. Baste together.

Time to gather your skirt. My preferred method of gathering with my sewing machine is to crank up the tension all the way and then lengthening my stitch as far as it will go. Your method may be different than mine, so do this as desired.

Gather your skirt until it matches the width of your t-shirt. Make sure your apron remains centered.

Slip your t-shirt over the skirt with right sides together. The bottom of the t-shirt will be matched up with the top of the skirt. Pin together.

Sew together and then serge or zig zag edges to finish.

Flip right side out and you are done!

Perfect for playing and climbing.

Customize this dress by using a tank top or a long sleeved shirt. If you wish to leave off the apron, feel free!

Thanks again for having me here at Sew Mama Sew!
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