It stays put while your little girl is on the go!
2 fat quarter
Thin elastic (I used 1/8")
Step 1: Cut each fat quarter into two strips 8 1/2" x 16" so you end with four rectangles.
You're now going to sew your strips together along the long ends alternating fabrics (I used a 1/4" seam throughout this project). I did a topstitch on the top 1/16" from the seam. You don't have to do this, but it gives your piece a more finished look.
Sew the short edges together (right sides together) to form a ring. Then fold up one of the edges 1/4" and then 1/4" again and sew in place to make a hem.
Take your ring that you just made and fit it around the top edge of the dress body. Make sure that your raw edges are lined up and pin in place. Sew the two edges together with a small zigzag or serge it.
Cut your elastic, I did mine about 20" and then feed it through the casing with a safety pin. Adjust your elastic to be the length you want it and then tie or sew your elastic together. Sew the casing closed.
Here's how your dress should look at this point.
Turn them right side out and then cut them in half so you have four shorter strips. I was going to use these, but I felt like they were too wide, so
I folded the strips in half and sewed the edges so that they are thin yet sturdy strips.
Your seam you just sewed will not show up because it will be hidden by the ruffle.
You're done with the top half of your dress! I took some inspiration from Make it Love it for the top half of this dress.
You're all done!