Shirred Reverse Knot Dress Tutorial (Adorable, Simple, Quick, and Versatile)

This is an adorable dress that could not be easier (or much quicker) to make. It also has the benefit of being very adjustable and versatile. This is a great summer dress, or even a fall dress to wear over a shirt and jeans. The one I have pictured is a newborn size, but it looks adorable on any little girl.


You need to cut your pieces of fabric. It is very simple, just two rectangles. 

1. Decide on the length you want than add 1″ for hem allowances.
2. Use the chest measurement to figure out how big you need the chest to be. Divide that number in half, than add 1/2″ for seam allowance.
3. Cut two rectangles by those measurements.

Than you so the body of your dress. 

1. Sew the side seams using 1/4″ seam allowance and finish/serge if desired.
2. Hem the top and bottom of your tube using 1/2″ hem allowances.

Shape the dress!

1. Shir the bodice.  I did about 10 rows 1/2″ apart. Here is a tutorial on shirring. I ended up having to make the stitch length the longest and using the tightest tension as other tutorials suggested.

Add straps.

1. Sew (or cut if using ribbon) straps long enough to go from over the shoulders to tie in the mid back with a plentiful bow. (Toddler standing on dress optional).

2. Attach the straps to the front. I edged the ribbon and  then sewed it on matching the rows of shirring.

3. Cut a small rectangle of cloth, about 1 1/2″ by the width of your straps.
4. Iron all four sides of this down by 1/4″.
5. Fold your rectangle in half and iron.
6. Top stitch to create a long thin rectangle (see photo below)
7. Sew that in the center back of the dress, attaching at the top and bottom of the strip.
8. Thread the straps like pictured below.

That’s it’s folks! Sit back and smile!


  1. Thanks for posting this! I am hoping to try it as soon as I find time to get to a store that has elastic thread. These are so cute!

  2. Thanks. Shirring it pretty awesome. You can do some really cute and simple things.

  3. I love this, and bought fabric to make it for my LO. But as I get ready to cut, I’m a bit confused. :/

    At the beginning of the tutorial, you say “You need to cut your pieces of fabric. It is very simple, just two rectangles. ”
    But then step 3 under that says “Cut two TRIANGLES by those measurements.”. Am I reading something wrong? Or did you mean rectangles where it says triangles?

    I realize you posted this some time ago, so I hope you see this and can help me out! :) Thanks!!!