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The Ruthie’s Picnic Dress is a Foofoo Threads pattern from 2013 that has just received a major overhaul! The tutorial and pattern pieces have been completely redone, re-tested and several new improvements have been added. New features include five additional sizes, newly drafted pattern pieces that can be printed in layers and also a new top/blouse option.
The is an adorable vintage style dress with lots of fun details to choose from! The fully lined bodice has an optional bib applique to which buttons can be added for a tuxedo style look. The adorable bodice ruffles travel from front bodice to back and can be made as single or double ruffles. The bodice closes in back with buttons…or if you prefer you may add sew-in or pound-in snaps. There are two gathered skirts, an underskirt and overskirt. The underskirt is trimmed with a ruffle and the overskirt is finished with a simple folded hem or the sewing trim of your choice. The overskirt can be embellished with chevron shaped, bow trimmed pockets or a “ruched” ruffle. A placket is created in the back skirt for ease in dressing. For a simpler project, it is also possible to omit one of the skirts. There is even a new single layered top/blouse length to choose from! To complete the look, a waistband and two generous ties form a bow in the back. This project is appropriate for an intermediate sewist. Includes girl’s sizes 3-6m to 12. Happy sewing!
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Size Range: 3-6M through girls size 12
I love love love this little dress, I made it with fabric in my extensive stash for my nearly 2 year old grand daughter, she is adorable in the dress. I made matching panties to go with it.
Going to make this pattern many more times.
This is a wonderful dress to make!! I love that the instructions are clear and simple also easy to follow.
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.
Gorgeous, classic dress! I loved it, and so did my daughter!
This was a gorgeous dress!
-Size 80 or above sewing machine needles
-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
-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.
Copyright Foofoo Threads 2013
Selling the Finished Garment: You are welcome to sell the finished garment in small quantities as long as you make it yourself….but please do not sell, share, distribute or copy this pattern in whole or in part. Using this pattern/tutorial to create another pattern/tutorial is also expressly prohibited. Copyright Foofoo Threads 2014.