I Heart the Racerback Dress

After sewing a Washi dress and numerous pairs of boy shorts (here, here and here), I just wanted a bit of a break. Not a break from sewing (heck no!), but a break from sewing anything that takes more than an hour. Sometimes, I just need a quick cute fix, ya know?
Enter, the Racerback Dress. Crafterhours posted this FREE pattern back in May and I’ve been wanting to try it ever since. Then, last month I came across this FANTASTIC knit at The Fabric Fairy and I instantly knew these two were meant to be.

Side Note: You simply would not believe the knit selection at The Fabric Fairy. Every time I browse their website things begin to get very expensive. Not because the fabric is high-priced (it’s a good price for good, quality fabric) but because I want to buy EVERYTHING. πŸ™‚

So, I bought one yard of this print, Retro Love Rainbows. Don’t the little hearts remind you of the Carebears? And those rainbows are a bit reminiscent of Rainbow Bright. As a child of the 80s, I love this print so much I can hardly stand it!

Retro Love Rainbows from www.thefabricfairy.com

But, will you help me with something? I’m still trying to decide which direction is up on this fabric. The way it’s pictured above shows the rainbows right side up but the hearts upside down. I chose to cut the dress so the hearts were right side up because I thought it would look wrong the other way. Right?! What do you think? Let me know in the comments section.

The binding is a white rib knit and I had great success sewing with it this time. Sewing with it is a little hit or miss because it has so much stretch. I also used it on two tee shirts for Hudson last year (here,Β hereΒ andΒ here).
Ok, back to the dress.Β The Racerback Dress patternΒ comes with five sizes included: 12-18 months through size 7. That’s pretty amazing for free!Β 
It seems to run true-to-size. I should have made Abby a size 2, but since she’s so slender I went with the 12-18 month size. Big mistake! She will definitely out grown this soon. But that’s ok because I have more of this fabric. Phew!Β 

Things I appreciated about this pattern were:
  • It was FREE
  • It’s a quick sew. After cutting the fabric I only spent an hour sewing from start to finish.
  • The finished product looks amazing with Abby’s bob!
  • The racerback.

Most often I like to create my own dress patterns. But since I’ve been so busy I just wanted someone else to tell me what to do this time. Thanks,Β Crafterhours!
If you are new to sewing with knits and don’t want to spend a lot to get started, I suggest using this pattern. It’s simple to understand with great pictures and instructions and you’ll learn how to add a contrasting binding. These are skills that will come in handy any time you sew with knits!Β 
(Oh, and by the way, I used my regular sewing machine on this dress. I only finished the side seams with the serger. But you don’t need a serger to make this dress!)

OK, friends, thanks for reading! What do you think of Abby’s dress? And how about her new hair cut? Isn’t she just stinkin’ cute?!
Hope you’re all having a great day!


  1. says

    Hey! Been meaning to comment on your washi dress too……great job! Love the fabric you chose and the lace detail! I can’t wait to sew one for myself ;). And this dress turned out sooooo cute! I think you have it right……hearts up! Thx for the encouragement on the knit sewing. I have a serger but still get intimidated esp with the rib knit. Gonna have to get some of that fabric…..I’m a child of the care bear and rainbow brite 80’s too….haha! And your model is just precious……love that blonde hair!

    • says

      Thanks Leigh Anne! Totally go for it–sewing with knits isn’t bad at all. Although I have had some disasters with rib knit. Oh well, you live you learn. πŸ™‚

  2. says

    So adorable! I think you chose the right direction on the fabric. And I don’t own a serger or a walking foot or anything col, and I sew with knits all the time. It’s really not that scary! You did an awesome job!

  3. says

    omigosh so cute, and her hair – can we talk about her hair?! such an adorable little gal you have there. she’s perfect in that dress!

  4. says

    Love the pictures with the piano, Caila! And I think you have the print the correct direction. Somehow an upside down heart just doesn’t sound right. πŸ™‚

    • says

      Thanks Robin! The piano helped Abby actually stay still for pictures, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s a miracle worker, ha! So glad you like the pics. πŸ™‚

  5. says

    It’s so cute!!!! Are you praying for God to give me a girl next despite Cai praying nightly for a boy? Like, I NEED a girl to sew for… haha! This is adorable! πŸ™‚ And I think the fabric could go either way… lol I like it like you did it! πŸ™‚

    • says

      You def need a girl to sew for! You won’t believe how many nights I lay awake dreaming about WHAT I CAN MAKE HER NEXT. It’s a disease, I tell you. πŸ™‚