For today, I have prepared a pattern and instructions for simple children’s (sizes 80 – 134) and girls’ (sizes 140 – 164) dress. This pattern is simple and suitable even for absolute beginners. You can get it here:
You can sew the dress on an overlock or a regular sewing machine. If you plan to use a regular sewing machine, I recommend reading this article first:
And here are the sewing instructions.
- 1x front bodice piece (cut on fold)
- 1x back bodice piece (cut on fold)
- 2x skirt piece (cut on fold)
- 2x sleeve (cut on fold)
Drape both skirt pieces:
1 – Reduce the presser foot pressure and the lower (bobbin) thread tension.
2 – Set your machine to the longest straight stitch possible.
3 – 1st seam – sew 0.5 cm from the cutting edge along the entire width of the piece.
4 – 2nd seam – sew 0.5 cm below the first seam to create two parallel seams.
Now carefully pull the upper threads. The fabric should start to crease.
Continue until the upper edge of the skirt is the same width as the front and back bodice pieces.
Sew one part of the skirt to the front part of the bodice and the other to the back part (face side to face side).
Sew shoulder seams. Clean the neckline.
Fold the edge of the neckline approx. 0.75 cm to the reverse side and pin/baste it there.
You can learn more about basting (temporary stitching) here:
Topstitch the neckline – use an elastic stitch (three-step straight stitch, narrow zig-zag stitch, etc.) and sew around the entire circumference of the neck opening.
Pin the sleeve pieces to open armscyes (face side to face side).
Sew both sleeves to the bodice.
Turn the dress inside out and sew the sleeve and side seam in one go. Repeat on the other side.
Clean the bottom edge of the skirt and both cuffs.
Fold cleaned edges to the inside of the dress and topstitch them – as with the neckline, use an elastic stitch.
Your dress is finished!
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PS: You can get the pattern from today’s article here: