Marguerite Ribbon Tied Dress

This dress is unique and beautiful! Use button holes and loop ribbon through and tie in a bow. Adorable!

The Marguerite Ribbon Tied Dress is beautiful and unique! A beautiful dress with cute ribbon straps that thread through button holes in the back and tie into the cutest bow. The tutorial is easy to follow and fun to sew!

Hi again! Recently I’ve shown you tutorials for a women’s Wrap Skirt and boys Batman pajama pants so I thought it was only fair that I show you how to make your sweet little girl something too.

Super easy dress without a pattern and adorable ribbon to tie in the back.

This dress features all the best that The Ribbon Retreat has to offer, gorgeous designer fabric and of course ribbon! The fabric is from the new line Marguerite by Cynthia Walker for Riley Blake.  It’s feminine and gorgeous.

Front and Back pictures of the marguerite dress.

The dress has ribbon straps that pull through button holes to tie in the back.  A simple dress with a lot of sweetness.

Sweet dress that is easy to make and unique in style.

With the fabric scraps I also made a fabric flower clip for Maggie’s hair which can also be attached to the dress to add a little something more.

~ Marguerite Ribbon Tied Dress Tutorial ~

Let’s get started.  Here’s what you’ll need:



For size 5-6T I used:

– 1 1/2 yards Marguerite Red Main
– 1/2 yard white muslin
– 1/4 yard Marguerite Blue Dot
– 2 yards natural/ivory twill ribbon
So Fine! thread
Fray check
– Bodice pattern {see below}

To see more fabric options, check out The Ribbon Retreat’s beautiful selection. You can grab your ribbon while you’re there too!

Step 1: Create pattern pieces.

Use clothing to trace and make your own pattern.

Trace a shirt onto paper as you see above {I guess I can’t list digital drawing as one of my special skills. I hope you can still get the gist of it. You’ll of course make your lines much more straight than you see here}. You will want to add at least 1/4 inch seam allowance. This is your front piece.

Cut out your pattern.

For the back piece you will cut out a replica of the front except for this piece you will mark aprox. 1 1/2 inches in on each side {This measurement may vary depending on the size of the dress.  Just go with what looks right}.  From that mark you will then draw a curved line to the top of the armpit.

Do the same for the back piece, but take 1 1/2" on the top sides in and move the curve of the arm pit.

You’ll now have two pattern pieces.  A front bodice piece and a back bodice piece.

Step 2: Cut out your pieces.

You will need the following to complete your dress.

– 1 front piece out of main fabric
– 1 front piece out of muslin
– 1 back piece out of main fabric
– 1 back piece out of muslin
– 1 rectangle for the skirt that is aprox 2x’s the size of your waist out of main fabric
– 1 rectangle the width of your main skirt by about 6 inches out of accent fabric
– 2, 1 yard pieces of ribbon

Step 3: Sew together bodice.

Take two front pieces and put them right sides together. Put ribbon inside.

Take the two front pieces and lay them right sides together.  Between the layers pin the ribbon on the inside aprox 1/4 inch from the sides of the top.  Stitch where you see the blue line.

Now take the two back pieces and place them together, right sides facing, and stitch just the same as above. *Note:  you will NOT place ribbon between the back pieces.

Trim, cut corners, and clip the round edges.

Trim the pieces.  Cut off excess ribbon.  Cut the corners off.  Cut slits at the curves to so the curves will lay flat.

Open up the pieces and put the sides right sides together and sew up the sides.

Now, open the back and front piece and pin together, right sides facing, like in the photo above.  Sew up the sides.

Flip the bodice out and iron flat.

Flip bodice out and iron flat.

Top stitch around the bodice.

Top stitch around the top of the bodice.

Add buttonholes to the back of the bodice.

On the back piece, sew two button holes spaced evenly apart.

You are now done with the bodice.  It’s easy peasy from here.  You’re almost done!

Step 4: Sew skirt.

Fold your accent fabric in half and add to the edge of your main fabric.

Fold the accent fabric in half so that the long rectangle is about 3 inches wide.  Sew accent fabric to main piece.  Sew up side seams until you get one large tube.  This is your skirt.

Ruffle or gather the top of your skirt.

At the top of the skirt use a ruffle foot or setting on your machine to ruffle or gather the top of the skirt.

Step 5: Attach the pieces.

Pin your skirt top to your bodice bottom and sew.

Right sides together, pin your skirt top to the open bottom of the bodice. Stitch together.

Top stitch the seam by the botton of the skirt.

Top stitch the seam by the hem on the bottom of the skirt.

Step 6: Trim up your ribbon.

Try the dress on and put the ribbon through, tie in a bow. Cut the excess off and seal it with fray check.

Try the dress on and slip the ribbon over the shoulders and through the button holes.  Tie a bow and trim them to your desired length.  Use fray check to secure the fibers on the ends so it will not fray.

Step 7: Enjoy watching your sweetie pie in her new beautiful dress!

Sweet dress that is easy to make and unique in style.

If you make the dress be sure to stop by The Creative Vault and show me a picture of your darling and her new dress!

Every girl needs a dress like this Marguerite Ribbon Tied Dress! And I need a girl so I can make one for her! I love the fabric and the button holes in the back. It is so sweet and pretty easy to make for your own little one.

Follow Alicia on The Creative Vault to see what she is up to. She has the funnest tutorials, and not just for sewing! I love her Shaun the Sheep cupcakes, play car mat storage bag (craft for boys!) and her adorable bubble ruffle tutu tutorial. Check them out!

As always, if you’re a craft blogger or bow maker who’d like to submit a tutorial of your own, visit our Project Submission Page to see all the details. We make it worth your while! We love our contributors!

Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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  1. Posted August 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Very Cute!! Love the added flower. 🙂

  2. Kathy
    Posted August 31, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    OK…I will definitely be making 3 of these for my adorable granddaughters.

  3. Aubrey
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    What type of ribbon do you recommend and if you don’t have a ruffler foot can you just gather it by hand?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

      Hi Aubrey! You can use any type of ribbon for this dress, although the ribbon used in the tutorial is quite soft if you are looking for that feeling. Here is the link to the ribbon used in the tutorial, it is Twill Ribbon. Also, you can definitely gather by hand and you do not need to have a ruffler foot. It just makes it a little easier. Have fun with this dress! 🙂 – Shirley

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