|First sew the front bodice piece to two back pieces at the shoulder seam. You should make two of these with all out bodice pieces.
|Then if you are using piping sew that all along the neckline and the edge of the back pieces. Sew it to the right side of the top with the flap of the piping toward the outside edge.
|Then sandwich the other bodice piece on top so right sides are together. (do this with or without piping) sew along the back slit and neckline. Clip the curve and then turn right side out.
|Top stitch along the neckline. Then turn the side edges in and sew together.
|Then again if you are using piping sew it along the bottom of the front bodice piece. Fold over the edges so it has a finished edge.
|Then on the back skirt piece make a 2 inch slit down the middle. (along the top edge which should have the notches in it)
|Then sew piping along the slit. (if you are not using piping you can skip this and finish the slit as I show you with the arm openings below)
|Then turn the piping flaps to the back side and top stitch in place.
|Sew the front and back skirt pieces together at the side seams. The notches should match up creating to U shaped dips on both sides of the top. I also serge or zig zag stitch the seams since if they are left unfinished they tend to unravel.
|Then cut out a small rectangle of fabric that will overlap the arm opening and sew along the opening. (right sides together)
|Then turn the rectangle over to the back, and fold under all the edges
|Then sew along the turned under edges and you have a finished edge for the arm opening. (this is how you can finish the slit in the back if you skip the piping)
|Then matching the middle of the front bodice with the middle of the front skirt piece make small pleats out towards the edge until the ends meet. Sew in place.
|Then I serge or zig zag stitch that edge and then top stitch it so it lays flat against the bodice. Then do the same for the back. (sorry I don’t have a picture of that but it should make sense)
|Then Hem the bottom if you are using piping as I did then sew the piping around the bottom turn it over and top stitch. If you are not using piping just roll the hem under and sew in place.
|Then I sew a small elastic loop on the inside of the back flap
|And lastly a button on the other side. Then done.
|It seemed like a lot of steps but, it really is easy and once you get going you will be cranking them out in no time, it takes me about an hour to make the dress and matching booties. I will share the shoes tomorrow, with a downloadable pattern which I hope will work ok 🙂
Here are just some examples I pulled of this dress I have made over the course of my daughter’s life. But I would love to see what you come up with so add a link or send me a picture at [email protected].
|A dress when Abbey was 4 months old
|She wore as a tunic when she was 16 months
|I added a ribbon at the chest and made the dress out of layers of tulle and chiffon for what we called the cotton candy dress.
|I made an elastic casing at the bottom hem added elastic and made a bubble top.