I am so excited to share with you a dress that has been a long time in the making! And finally finally I drafted the pattern, made the dress, and am sharing it with you.
This fun knit fabric is from Girl Charlee’s Modern Air collection. Because it is a busy print, it is kind of hard to see the seamlines which I love so much. I have so many more of these dresses in mind! Here is a line drawing so you can see the design a little easier:
Emily doesn’t really wear dresses to school anymore but she loved this one so much she wore it the next day after I made it for her. She got quite a few compliments on it too… 🙂
She was so excited about the pom pom trim.
You could chop off the length and make a cute boho top too… that’s also on my list to make!
All in all, one of my more successful dresses I have made in a while… at least according to this 9-year old. She’s quite happy with it.
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The pattern is a girls size 6-7, but because of the loose style, you could probably stretch the sizing down to a 5 or up to an 8.
***Please note: If you downloaded the pattern before Monday, 5/25/15 there was a small error in the pattern. I put the fold marking for the skirt on the wrong side of the skirt. I have uploaded the revised pattern.***
*Knit Fabric: 1 1/2 yards
*Optional: Pom Pom Trim
- Cut out your pattern pieces
- The dimensions for the neck band are on the pattern. Please note- You might need to decrease or increase the length depending on your knit. The knit I used was of average stretch. If your knit is not very stretchy at all, you might want to add an inch. If your knit is super stretchy, you might want to remove an inch or so.
- With right sides together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch the front bodice and the back bodice together at the shoulder seams. You can use a stretch stitch or serger.
- At the top of the front and back skirt pieces, sew two rows of gathering/basting stitches. (The largest stitch length on your machine.) Make sure you leave the ends of the threads long for pulling.
- Before pulling the threads to gather, mark the centers with a marking pencil or a pin.
- Pull threads to gather.
- Mark (not shown) the center of your bodice pieces. Lay one side of your bodice on top of your gathered skirt portion (RST) as shown. Match centers and side edges and evenly space the gathers. Pin into place. With gathered side facing up, stitch skirt portion to bodice. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance for this seam. Repeat with the other skirt/bodice pieces.
- Pull out basting threads. Trim and finish your seam with either a zig zag stitch, overlock stitch or serger.
- Hem your sleeve. Just fold over 1/2″ to the wrong side of the fabric, press and stitch with a stretch stitch.
- Mark the center of your sleeve pieces. (There is a slight angled point) With RST, match that center to your shoulder seam and pin. Pin all the way down past the gathered seam. Repeat with other side. The hem will be toward the neckline. With a 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch all the way down that seam, stopping 1/2″ from the end of the sleeve. Backstitch to secure your seam.
- Clip the sleeve from the outside corner to about 1/8″ from the end of your seam.
- Lift up the sleeve piece and clip your skirt piece from the inside corner to 1/8″ from the end of the seam.
- Pivot sleeve around so the two small sides match. Pin edges. Stitch from end of seam where you clipped to the edge. Trim/finish seam.
- With RST, line up the side seams from the bottom of the sleeves to the hem. Pin and stitch, trimming and finishing seam.
- With RST, stitch the short ends of your neckband together. Fold in half horizontally and press.
- Mark your neckline as well as the band into quarters.
- With marks matching, place your neckband over your bodice. The raw edges of the neckband will match up to the raw edges of the neck. Pin into place. Your neck will be larger than the band. Stitch, 1/4″ away from the edge, using a serger or stretch stitch, stretching the band as you sew.
- Optional: Topstitch around the neckband. I used this fun stretch stitch for a decorative look. Press neckband well, using steam.
- Hem the bottom of your dress with a stretch stitch or double needle.