In case you missed my guest blog post on U-Create, here is my pattern for The Party Dress. I've updated a few of the steps and tried to clarify some things people had questions about.
In thinking about my guest post for U-Create, there really was no question in my mind what I wanted to do. It had to be a dress! I am very excited to offer this free printable pattern! The Party Dress (size 18-month through size 5) is the perfect outfit for any special occassion - it's a birthday dress, a holiday dress, a church dress or even a modern flower girl dress. I encourage you to get creative with this pattern and make it your own.
So let's get started...........
The Party Dress
A Pattern and Tutorial
2 coordinating fabrics
-Approximately 1.5 yards of main fabric
-Approximately 1 yard of accent fabric
4 buttons - fabric covered or plastic (I used size 36)
Bodice pattern pieces (click HERE to print)
Hand sewing needle
5/8th seam allowance, unless otherwise noted.
Cut pattern pieces. Print bodice pattern pieces and cut as directed.
Click HERE to print bodice pattern pieces.
Cut 1 front bodice piece on fold and cut two back bodice pieces (not on fold). Do this for the main, exterior fabric and then again for the lining fabric.
I have included size 18 month thru girls size 5. Unfortunately the bodice back did not scan for size 18 month, so just reduce size 2T by 1/2" for the 18-24 month bodice back. If you need to go up to size 6, 7 or 8 or down to size 6-month, reduce or add .75" to the exterior of the bodice. Once you have cut your bodice pattern pieces, you will have six bodice pieces. Three for the exterior and three for the lining.
Cut main skirt pieces. Skirt measurements are based on the dress hitting at mid to lower calf. Adjust accordingly if you prefer a different length on your little one.
Skirt front (cut ONE on fold) measurements are as follows:
18-24 months: 20.5" x 12.75"
2T: 20.5" x 13.5"
3T: 20.5" x 14.25"
4T: 20.5" x 14.75"
5: 20.5" x 16.25"
These are just approximate dress lengths so make sure you measure your child to check the appropriate length for their dress.
Skirt back (cut TWO) measurements are as follows (Width x Length):
18-24 months: 21.5" x 12.75"
2T: 21.5" x 13.5"
3T: 21.5" x 14.25"
4T: 21.5" x 14.75"
5: 21.5" x 16.25"
Cut skirt band (same for all sizes):
Cut 2 on fold - 21" x 5"
Cut dress sash:
18 month and 2T measurements as follows:
Cut 2 pieces 7" x 18"
Cut 1 piece on the fold 7" x 23" (total length 7" x 46)
3T, 4T, and 5 measurements as follows:
Cut 2 pieces 10" x 23"
Cut 1 piece on the fold 10" x 23" (total length 10" x 46")
Cut fabric for button loops:
1 piece 1" x 16"
In the next few steps you will see that I used my serger. You absolutely DO NOT need a serger. You can do all of these steps on your regular sewing machine. My serger just happens to make me work a little faster and I like the finished edge. You can also finish your edges with a zig-zag stitch or use pinking shears to prevent fraying.
Stitch the side seams of the bodice. With right-sides together pin the back bodice pieces to the front attaching at the side seams. Do this for the exterior and the lining. Stitch in place.
Turn your shoulder seams, right-side together. Place lining to lining and exterior to exterior and stitch one long seam across the top. It may seem a little strange, but it works. Do this on both shoulder seams.
Fold the long sash piece in half, right-sides together, and cut both ends on a diagonal. Stitch sash closed, but leave a 3-4 inch opening in the side. Use this opening to turn the sash right-side out. Press your sash. Hand sew the opening closed.
Hand-sew your buttons in place according to your markings.
Whew!!!! And now you're done! Now go try "The Party Dress" on your little lady and see how adorable she looks!
I used Art Gallery Fabrics "Paradise" in Twilight Pond for my main fabric. The coordinating deep teal is a Dupioni silk. Another coordinating cotton fabric would be beautiful for the accent fabric as well.
I have a thing for fabric covered buttons - I L.O.V.E. them! You can find covered button kits in the notions section of your local sewing store. They are super-easy to make and add a timeless, vintage flair to garments.
And here's my little Matilda Jane wearing "The Party Dress". She loves it!!
Now it's time to party!Pin It