Use tutorial (and size 5 pattern, if you wish) for Winter Rose Dress bodice here. With the Petal dress, I put the sleeves in before I sewed the side seams, and didn’t need to gather the top of the sleeves. A little puff would be cute too, depending on what you want.
1. Cut/Tear a rectangle of fabric: Width: double your child’s waist
Length: as long as you want it plus about 3.”
2. Cut out the petal shapes. They are uploaded here (Scribd) or here (GoogleDocs). This is for the size 5 dress. I made them a little bigger than I used above, because when I was making it, I wished they were a bit bigger. I think these could be used for size 3-6. If larger/smaller, I would add/remove 1/2″ all the way around per size
Next we sewed two ribbon stripes all the way down the sash. We used 5/8″ ribbon. I also tacked down the sash onto the bodice to hold one side in place. You could do belt loops too.
Using a 1/4″ seam allowance,
*You have cut out 20 of each size, and after you sew pairs together, you will have 10 completed petals of each size.
**Don’t forget to press the petals after you turn them right side out.
*Make sure the skirt and bodice are right sides together!
**You could do your stitch lines and even stitch the petals on before you sew your skirt onto the bodice…it might be easier and more accurate. I just didn’t think of it at the time.
Because my petals were a bit smaller than I would have liked (the ones I uploaded are larger) I ended up having to do a lot of hand stitching the petals together.
Sorry this tutorial isn’t one of my best… feel free to email me/leave a comment if you have any questions. I will make sure to answer them in the comments.