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Ruthie's Picnic Dress

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Author Foofoo Threads
Price $7.75
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This gorgeous dress has plenty of vintage charm! The beautiful ruffled bodice was a popular style in the 40’s and 50’s… is updated here with a tuxedo style bib. The outer skirt can be made with two bow trimmed chevron edge pockets, or a ruched ruffle around the bottom. The underskirt has a ruffled border and adds plenty of fullness to this adorable dress. The waistband with two generous ties completes the look. You can also make a simplified version of this dress by omitting one of the skirts. Make a short dress that can be worn with bloomers, leggings or ruffle pants underneath, or make a single skirted dress by omitting the overskirt. Appropriate for an intermediate sewist, although a confident beginner could also make this dress, since the level of instruction is so detailed. Includes sizes 6-12 months up to size 8. Happy sewing!

by J. Watts
on January 16th, 2014

This was a gorgeous dress!


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-Sewing machine
-Size 80 or above sewing machine needles
-Measuring tape
-Thread (I prefer good quality polyester, as it is less likely to break than cotton)
-Turning tool (a bamboo skewer or chopstick work well)
-Fabric pen or pencil
-For the back bodice, 3 or 4 small to medium sized buttons (1/2” to 3/4") OR 3-4 sew in (or pound in) snaps
-For decorating the bib applique, 2 or 3 buttons, whichever size you choose (although I prefer something on the smaller side, eg 1/2” or less)
-Hand sewing needle, for sewing on the buttons
-Iron, preferably with a steam function
-Seam ripper
-Safety pin
-Printer paper and scotch tape for putting together the pattern
-8” X 8” square of double sided fusible transfer web. I use Pellon ”Wonder Under,” which is available at most fabric shops.
-Optional-two 1 inch wide strips of lightweight fusible interfacing the length of your center back bodice, for reinforcing the areas where the buttons and buttonholes will go.

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