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Ruthie's Picnic Dress

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Author Foofoo Threads
Price $7.75
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by Martin, Eva
on May 29th, 2015

“This is a wonderful dress to make!! I love that the instructions are clear and simple also easy to follow.”

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!


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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.

by Martin, Eva
on May 29th, 2015

This is a wonderful dress to make!! I love that the instructions are clear and simple also easy to follow.

by Dwayla
on August 22nd, 2014

This designer is perhaps the best in the business at detailed instructions and clearly labeled pattern pages. Highly recommend her patterns for first-time PDF user. Instructions so clear you can tackle a pattern a level above your normal skill level.

by Jordan, Lori
on May 24th, 2014

Gorgeous, classic dress! I loved it, and so did my daughter!

by J. Watts
on January 16th, 2014

This was a gorgeous dress!

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