fun in the sun(dress) Simple Raglan

Today’s guest is Kalleen from the blog At Second Street.  Kalleen is such a well-rounded crafter! 
She makes amazing cakes:
Fisherman’s Cake

home decor,
and sews from scratch too!
Striped Maxi Dress
We are super happy Kalleen is here to share her creation with you!  After you read this post, go check out many more just like it At Second Street!

Hi, I’m Kalleen from At Second Street and I am so excited to be part of this series. I adore Autie and Jen and all the fabulous things they are always making. I’m never disappointed when I come to visit. I hope you’ll like this raglan sundress. I made my own pattern and it’s simple enough you could do it too. 

Originally, I was only going to make one dress for my middle daughter. 
Then while I was making it, my oldest daughter begged to have one too. 
And since I love to put my girls in matching clothes and it was so simple to make, I made two. 
The younger one has a pleated sleeve. 
And the older has a flat sleeve. 
I have one more daughter and a lot more fabric, so I’m sure I’ll be doing another one soon. 
To make your own pattern you’ll need an existing pattern for a sleeveless bodice. I’m using one I made for my daughters Easter dress, but you could use one from a store bought pattern.  
I traced the pattern onto freezer paper. Wrapping paper works well too. 

Next I drew a line with my ruler from the armpit to the middle of the neckline. Then because I wanted a wider neck I lowered one side. It still has a curve it’s just a lot more gradual. This was the final pattern I used for my front.

***At this point you will want to cut out your front and use it as a guide to draw your other pieces.***
I’m going to continue to draw on top of the same pattern but you’ll want to trace the front bodice several times and cut new pattern pieces.

Add an inch to the fold of the front piece to get your back. Don’t cut this piece on a fold.

For the sleeves, I measured 3 inches down from the neckline at several spots and left a dot. Then I connected the dots to get a 3 inch curved band.

When it is cut it will look like this. If you cut it to the length of the front piece it will work for the flat sleeve. If you make it the length of the back piece it will work for a pleated sleeve.

You will have 3 pieces when you are done. A front, a back and a sleeve (flat or pleated).

cut :
1 front on the fold
2 backs
4 sleeves on fold

To put the bodice together:

Sew the front to the back pieces together at the sides and finish your edges. Then finish the edges of the arm holes, but not the neckline.

Sew the sleeves right-sides together on the outside seam. Turn right side out and press. Finish the edges on the ends. If you have a pleated sleeve, add pleat and baste the inside seam.

Next I folded over the arm holes and 1/4 in and ironed. Then I pinned my sleeves into place lining up the neckline.

Then I top stitched down from the neckline around the armholes and back up to the neckline. Your stitch should hold down your fold and secure your sleeve in place.

Next I added biased tape around the neckline.

All that is left to do is attach a gathered bottom, sew up the back and add buttons.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for reading!