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This stunning and sophisticated dress is sure to make any little girl feel special! The gorgeous gathered bodice fits the girl’s chest beautifully thanks to the elastic casings in the back (can be shirred instead if you prefer). And the elastic in the straps gives them a gorgeous ruffled look while still being comfortable to wear. The two ruffle trimmed skirts give this dress extra fullness, and the drawstring “ruching”on the overskirt allows the underskirt to “peek” through. The generous sash that ties in back completes the fairytale look. You can also make an easier sundress version by omitting the overskirt. Plus, as an added bonus, you can also make a simplified version of the bodice by using the lining pattern piece for both layers of the bodice, and skip gathering the bodice. And finally, there is an addendum at the end of this tutorial for how to make an adorable top. So many possibilities! This version of the tutorial is the abridged version, meant for intermediate seamstresses that don’t need a lot of pictures for guidance. Please see the full version of the tutorial is further details are needed. Pattern pieces and instructions to make sizes 6-12 months through 8 are included. Happy stitching!
-Fabric (see fabric requirements)
-Thread (I prefer good quality polyester for it’s strength)
-Narrow turning tool; a bamboo skewer or chopstick works well.
-Seam ripper, just in case.
-Iron and ironing surface
-Ruler or yardstick
-Optional: ruffle foot sewing machine attachment, rotary cutter and mat
- About ½ to ¾ yard ¼” elastic
-1 to 2 yards of ½” elastic for the back bodice (or good quality elastic thread such as Gutermanns or Stretchrite if you would prefer to shir the back bodice)
-Optional: 2 to 6 yards of store bought bias tape for making the drawstrings. This tutorial teaches you how to make your own, but to save time you can purchase some instead. Another thought is to use some pretty ribbon, but you will need to treat the ends with some Fray Check.
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You are welcome to sell the finished garment but please do not sell, copy, share or distribute the pattern.