What you will need (what I used for a dress for my average sized 5 month old):
- 1/2 yard of fabric for the dress
- Matching (or contrasting) thread
- 2 or 3 snaps
- Ribbon or rick-rack for embelishment if desired
2. I used a dress that I loved the fit of, as a reference and I sketched a pattern for the bodice. I placed my pattern on the material making sure to have all the pieces placed in the same direction on the fabric which will help keep any shrinking all in the same direction and will keep any pattern on the material even. I also wanted my bodice to be two layers, so I made sure to have the material folded in half before I placed the patterns.
3. I cut out 3 waist pieces, also doubled layered. One was for the front, 1 1/2" high by 10 1/2" long. Two were for the back, 1 1/2" high by 6 3/4" long. Here is a photo off all my pieces cut out (minus the front waist piece that I forgot to put in the photo). You should have 2 front bodice pieces, 2 back right bodice pieces, 2 back left bodice pieces, 2 front waist pieces, 2 back right waist pieces, 2 back left waist pieces and 2 skirt pieces.
4. Starting with the front bodice pieces sew along the curved arm hole and around the neck with the right sides together. Turn so they are right sides out and iron flat.
5. Sew the two front waist pieces to the bottom of the front bodice and press the seam open. Making sure that the 2 waist pieces are right sides out.
6. Next sew the two back right bodice pieces, wrong sides together, at the arm holes, the neck and down the side closest to the neck. Turn right side out and press flat.
7. Sew the two back right waist pieces together along one of the short sides with the wrong sides together. Flip it so the right sides are out and press the seam flat.
8. Sew that waist piece to the bottom of the two back right bodice pieces (making sure the two finished ends are on the same end) and press the seam open.
9.Do steps 6, 7 and 8 with the left side pieces. Making sure that you have a right and a left.
10. For the next step, you need the skirt pieces. You will need to gather the material along one of the long sides. If you already know how to do this, skip to the next step, if not follow along. Sew 2 lines of basting stitches about 1/4" to 1/2" apart along one of the long sides but do not back stitch at either end. Leave the threads a few inches long at either end. Take both top threads and slide the material along the threads and it will start to gather. Gather the material all along that long side. Do this with both skirt pieces
11. You want your skirt pieces to end up the same length as your front bodice piece, but if you are like me, you will end up gathering your material more than you need to. That is an easy problem to fix, just redistribute your material along the threads until you have the right length.
12. Sew the skirt to the front bodice with right sides together. The easiest way to do this is to find the center of the bodice and the center of the skirt and pin them together then find the center of each half of the skirt and bodice and pin again. This will help to keep everything even. When you sew these pieces together, make sure you are sewing below the last basting stitch so that you won't be able to see them after it's all together. Iron the seam up.
13. When you do this with the back pieces, overlap the two back bodice pieces and pin them together so that they are the same width as the front bodice piece. Then add the skirt the same way you did with the front.
14. Sew the front to the back along each side and at the top of the shoulder straps.
15. Shorten as needed and hem the skirt with about a 1/2" hem.
16. Add snaps along the back of the bodice where the 2 pieces overlap.
17. Put on a beautiful little girl and enjoy!
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