Size 6 months - Size 8
Dolly sizes: 15-18"
No question about it, simple is sweet! The most adorable and wearable styles are amazingly easy to construct. This eBook contains patterns and instructions for easy-breezy tops and dresses in sizes 6 months through 8 years. Bodice options include jumper and halter styles that can be made in both empire and natural waist lengths. Strap choices include scrunched elasticized straps, ruffled elasticized straps, and long and short ties. These strap options are all cute, quick, and fastener-free! The skirt has lots of options, as well. You can finish with a simple hem, or add a full ruffle or a contrasting cuff. You can even fold the skirt piece into a double-thickness ruffle for a fast, perky finish. Detailed instructions and size charts are provided so you can make the skirt in the perfect length to get just the top or dress style you are after. And, as always, tiny patterns are included to make matching tops and dresses for dollies.
Instructional Pages: 55
Photos and Diagrams: over 100
NOTE: The "Embellished Patchwork Twirl" "Easy Fit Pants", Crocheted Sailor Hat, and Nautical embroidery designs shown in a few of the photos can be purchased separately. See the section above entitled, "You might also like..."
*Note: These are downloadable instructions for making a dress/top. This Ebook includes pattern pieces for the top of the jumper and for the doll clothes. Since it is a download, you will receive this by email and it will also be located in the "My Library" section of your user account immediately after purchase.
*Note: These are downloadable instructions and pattern for making an item. Since it is a download, a window will open to download and when you are signed into your user account at the time of purchase, it will also be located in the "My Library" section of your user account immediately after purchase.
DAVALOZ, IRMA - May 22nd, 2013
Made for my granddaughter's birthday party outfit. Everyone loved it!
Rose Wilmott - May 18th, 2013
I love this pattern, as I love all Carla C patterns. I was a beginner when I purchased this but I was able to sew it up easily. It is one of my main go to patterns, heaps of variety and the ability to add flourishes to it. Highly Recommend you add this tour list of must have patterns.
Smith, Denise - March 14th, 2013
Awesome pattern. Just love it. So easy too.
Butler, Angie - March 12th, 2013
I love the versatility of this dress!! It makes the perfect little sundress!!
Gaudette, Elizabeth - March 12th, 2013
Love this! Easy to sew and customize.
Smith, Linda - March 7th, 2013
Great pattern for a basic bodice/sleeve pattern with obviously an endless way to create.
Oliveira, Juliana - February 8th, 2013
I have made several versions of this dress in many styles. Really is a cute, versatile pattern that I will continue to make until my daughter outgrows it!
Pelphrey, Michelle - February 7th, 2013
Carla C. never easy with great results.
Deb - January 30th, 2013
Another great pattern to go to for that perfect dress/top. Very easy directions & plenty of pictures to follow. As the pics show there are plenty of options for very diferent looks. You can keep it simple, or with a little imagination be as creative as you want.
Morgan, Lisa - January 5th, 2013
Have had such fun with this pattern. Have made so many variations. And I am sure there will be many more to follow.
Levene, Diane - December 25th, 2012
Excellent pattern. Perfect as it is for a beginning seamstress. But it also makes a great base for a more advanced seamstress to add her own interpretation. I love it!
Jordan, Jennifer - October 31st, 2012
Easy to follow, and turns out adorable EVERY TIME!!!! No surprise - it's by CarlaC!
Sue - October 30th, 2012
There's so many variations to this pattern it is fantasti8c, just love it
Wolf, Lisa - October 29th, 2012
Such a great pattern for beginners. Love CarlaC patterns.
Sipe, Kelli - October 23rd, 2012
What an awesome go to pattern! The variations are endless. This pattern is worth so much more than the price. You can make so many wonderful combinations of dresses / tops. I just adore all of Carla's patterns!
Santana, Kara - September 3rd, 2012
the possibilities are endless with this pattern! It's an all year, any occasion pattern! The sizing is great to make for gifts without having to pre-measure! It hasn't let me down!
Irion, Verna - August 25th, 2012
Have used this pattern many times for my 3 girls! GREAT for any sewing level
MLB - August 3rd, 2012
Just great all-around dresses! So versitile and not hard at all to sew.
Lori, Speck - July 25th, 2012
These turn out so cute and you can do so much with this pattern! My niece loves the one I made for her and it was just an experiment with bargain bin remnants!
Wendy - July 25th, 2012
Very very detailed pattern with many different variations to make. Excellent pattern.
West, Mickie - July 20th, 2012
Great pattern! My granddaughter's loved the matching doll patterns.
Costa, Vanessa - July 18th, 2012
So cute and so many different options!!
Broach, Kathleen - July 17th, 2012
Have used this pattern so many times. Instructions are great!!!!
Freckles - July 13th, 2012
Carla's directions allowed even a beginner like me to end up with very professional daughter got a lot of compliments on this dress. Love that there are so many options as well!
Glenn, Tiffany - June 28th, 2012
love the different options this pattern comes its like making a new dress each time love the pattern designer always very pleased with her designs and over the top helpful tips!!!
Gulotta, Cathy - June 25th, 2012
Precise patterns. Very versatile. Can make many different styles of tops and dresses with this great pattern. Very easy to make. I have been sewing for years but even the beginning seamstress could make this in little time.
Carlile, Lela - June 23rd, 2012
Very detailed instructions. Great for beginners
Thortnon, Mary - June 18th, 2012
Super easy to put together. Great pattern
Heyl, Jamie - June 10th, 2012
Yet another favorite pattern of mine, I love all of the options. I've made a high-waisted seersucker one for my daughter that I had embroidered and made bloomers for underneath as well as the long, drop waist halter. My daughter loves them both, they are her favorite to wear. The options are endless with this pattern!
litteken, amber - May 22nd, 2012
This pattern is so very wonderful. I have never been dissappointed with her tutorials.
Emily C. - May 16th, 2012
My favorite pattern on YCMT. It is so easy and versitile. My favorite is using it to make a cute swingy top to wear with ruflfe jeans.
Adkinson, Mindy - May 15th, 2012
Carla's patterns are truly the most detailed and offer more options than any out there. You will use this over and over. It goes together so quickly and with her extremely detailed instructions, you just can't go wrong! Love all of the MANY looks you can get with this one pattern!
monistere, ashley - May 7th, 2012
Thanks Carla for your great patterns and instructions. I have several of your patterns and they come out great every time and teach me sew much!
Womack, Christy - May 2nd, 2012
This is such a cute dress/top. I made several different variations. My little girl loves this. The pattern is super easy to follow. Love it. Now I just need to find it in bigger girl sizes. :)
Giddings, Robin - April 23rd, 2012
HAIRE, THERESA - April 18th, 2012
Another awesome pattern by Carla C!!!! a definete must have pattern and super easy to make and so many variations available! if you don't have this pattern you most definetly should get it!!! you won't be sorry!
Mann, Camie - March 30th, 2012
Beautiful and timeless! Amazingly good instructions and so many possibilities. You won't be disappointed!
Shannon Burns - March 18th, 2012
Great product! Very easy to follow
Bella - March 14th, 2012
Great pattern fun to make!!Thanks..
Ramos, Marsha - February 12th, 2012
The Simply Sweet is my "go to" pattern, I love how versatile it is! Thank you for another amazingly beautiful pattern, CarlaC!
Southern Babies - February 8th, 2012
The cutest and most versatile pattern ever. Love it. It's one of my all time favs. Carla C is amazing and creates awesome patterns. A must have in your pattern stash.
Sanders, Jabneel - January 23rd, 2012
Kristy'sCraftyCloset - January 21st, 2012
This is really a 10 star pattern. It is amazing. There are so many details crammed in, BUT yet so simple. And so many options you can make TONS of different dress with one pattern.
Johnson, Samantha - January 20th, 2012
Love the options available for this top/dress. Perfectly written.
vargas, kristina - January 17th, 2012
All of carla's patterns are awesome. They are so easy to follow, yet make it look like you have been sewing your whole life. I love the different strap options. You can make each dress look differnt in the end while starting out with the same pattern. Love it!!!
Winters, Shannon - January 17th, 2012
Fantastic pattern! Easy to follow instructions and fabulous results!
TJordan - January 17th, 2012
The absolutely BEST pattern EVER! I have used this pattern countless times and have ALWAYS had perfect results! This is a go to pattern that I use all the time!
smith, paula - January 13th, 2012
Excellent pattern! So many options.
Washburn, Nicole - January 12th, 2012
This was one of the first patterns I bought and used for my then 1-yr-old daughter. She is now five and I think I've made nearly every variation of this pattern (and there are lots!). It is super cute as a long top with bloomers for a little one and gorgeous as a dress for bigger girls. Last year I made the halter version for my daughter's Easter dress and got so many compliments. :) My favorite variation is the ruffled 'angel wing' type sleeves, empire bodice and ruffles along the hem of the dress. It is my go-to pattern and I love it! Love the fit, love the detailed instruction, love the computer-generated pattern pieces, love the dolly version. Love it all!
Theresa AKA Grammie - January 12th, 2012
Love this pattern....have made any number of combinations its one of my granddaughter's favorite patterns....
Gilbert, Karen - January 11th, 2012
Wonderful pattern! The dress turned out great!
Melissa B. - January 7th, 2012
One of the easiest patterns ever! I love all of the options. I absolutely love it! Carla always produces the best patterns.
Hill, Jessica - January 5th, 2012
I use this pattern all the time!! Its very easy to follow and has so many variations.
Laura Pearce - August 1st, 2001
I love this Ebook! It is very versatile and easy to follow. My daughter looks so cute in everything I've made from this pattern. Add the Easy Fit Pants pattern and you've got a boutique outfit to die for :)
Tara Mitchell - August 1st, 2001
Oh my GOSH! This was so much easier than I thought it would ever be! It only took me three hours TOTAL to finish this dresss, and it technically my first one. Thank you, Carla, for such a super-easy to follow, great for beginners, fantastic pattern. You rule.
Nicole Scott- http://www.colescornerandcreations.blogspot.com/ - August 1st, 2001
Okay... it took me a long time to purchase this pattern. I was worried about the fit, due to the fact that it has no zipper, buttons, shirring, velcro, etc. and it's made from woven fabrics. But it works! It still boggles my mind that it fits, but it does. The pattern and especially the addition of Carla's amazing tutorials for transforming the dress into Disney Princess Dresses on her blog have made this a new favorite for me. If you're worried about the fit of this pattern- Don't be.
lisa shelby - August 1st, 2001
I've sewn primitive dolls for a few of years (no rules, easy peazy) , and have always wanted to (sew clothes), but was afraid because of the patterns one would by in store were so confusing, I have had no formal training , I taught myself via YouTube and other sites to make dolls, I Jumped into this with two feet and bought 3 of Carla's patterns, I spent 8 hours , yes, 8 hours non stop making the halter dress yesterday ( it was so much fun couldn't stop made mistakes cause I didn't pay attention, A.D.D SEAMSTRESS)LOL, I feel I've learned more from one of Carla's pattern, than I ever have from any other source in my 4 years of sewing!!!!!, clear and precise, highly recommendable , very very professional well made clothing I impressed myself!!!! thanks Carla , keepem comin"
Glassgirl of GlassGirlsRule - August 1st, 2001
This is the easiest pattern to follow with TONS of options! I just made my daughters Easter Dress and let her pick the different options she wanted! Made this dress in a few hours! I highly recommended this pattern!
Yvonne Klepper aka Proud Navy Wife - August 1st, 2001
This is the EASIEST shirt pattern for a beginner to follow!! I had so much fun making these tops for my lil girl & Im going to be making lots more in the differant styles offered!!! I'm so excited about making these for my daughter for pre-schooler!!!
Holly Neal - August 1st, 2001
This is by FAR the best e-book I've purchased on YCMT. Carla's books are very detailed and easy to follow. Her pictures and drawings are clear and concise. The multiple sizes in this book make it WELL worth the money. I can't wait to make more of these darling dresses. Thanks for sharing your talents with us Carla!
Kristy - August 1st, 2001
This is one of the BEST patterns. In fact ALL Carla's pattern are wonderful. THe Instructions in this pattern are detailed well written, pictures are clear and the many options you can have in the end make this well worth the money. LOVE the CarlaC patterns, keep 'em coming.
Jennifer - August 1st, 2001
This pattern is awesome! It is very detailed and easy to follow. I love all of Carla's pattern but this one and the easy fit pants are my favorite. I highly recommend this pattern to any sewer, from beginner to advanced.
Elisa - August 1st, 2001
I LOVE this pattern. The best yet. The instructions are perfect and the sizing is great! The information is very clear with a lot of great photos to use a guide. This has become my favorite pattern for all of those spring and summer dresses.
Lisa Franklin - August 1st, 2001
I have made sooo many dresses and tops for my daughter from this little pattern!!! And they are all so different noone notices that I'm using one pattern over and over! That's because you can change the straps, the top, the skirt - you can make a top or a dress and all in different lengths. You can make it to wear alone or over a longleeve top for winter, or pair it with decorated jeans or ruffle pants for a cute outfit. Soooo versatile! And I love that even as she gets bigger, I can still use this pattern because it comes in so many sizes! Easy enough for any beginner to put together or for a more advanced sewer to really doll it up!
paula smith - August 1st, 2001
I purchased this e-book yesterday and made the cutest top last night. CarlaC's directions were great. I couldn't believe how detailed her instructions are and how many options there are for tops and dresses from one pattern. This is my first CarlaC book, but I plan to buy more in the future.
sandra cahill - August 1st, 2001
This is one of the best and easy to follow patterns I have purchased, and it doesnt take long to get a cute dress for any occasion
Melisa - August 1st, 2001
Wow! This is the best pattern ever! It has so many style options and is really simple. I am amazed at how detailed the instructions are. I am truly impressed and recommend this pattern to absolutely anyone.
Azura from Malaysia - August 1st, 2001
The BEST pattern I've ever purchased and made! The instructions and photos are clear and so easy to follow! I was afraid at first thinking that this would only be suitable for advance sewer, but boy was I wrong! So, so easy and pretty I can't wait to sew more. Thank you Carla!
shelagh nygren - August 1st, 2001
I love Carla's patterns. She gives you so many options that its hard to decide which way I want to make the dress, so I am now on my third dress for my Grand-daughter Sofie,changing it up everytime. She loves her dresses. Carla's r instructions are the BEST! Easy to read, easy to do. Thank you!!!
Allison in CO - August 1st, 2001
As always, her patterns are GREAT......FABULOUS, everyone loves them!!!
Tina Brown - August 1st, 2001
Was afraid of this pattern for along tome. Can't believe how easy it truly was. LOVE IT. Have made 2 now and they are soooo cute. Thanks for another great pattern Carla
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