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Hi Everyone! 

How are things going? If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen me asking if anyone was interested in me releasing this as a free download. Well there was so much interest, I thought I would get this up asap!

I'm going to keep this intro short + sweet. I love how easily this dress went together. I made it for my daughters halloween costume and out of some old lining fabric I had lying around. Which is why it looks a little wrinkly :) But hopefully you can see past the wrinkles and get loads of use out of this simple pattern! 

This style is super timeless and can be made a fancy or as causal as you like. 

I hope you enjoy and leave a comment how which fabric you would love to make this out of!!
Supplies
  • 1-2 yards of Fabric (Woven)
  • Thread
  • Buttons or Zipper

Dress Pattern Download

Cut out the following pieces:
  • 1 Dress Front out of main fabric
  • 1Dress Front out of lining fabric ( I used the same fabric for both)
  • 2 Dress Backs out of main fabric
  • 2 Dress Backs out of lining Fabric
  • 1 Skirt piece (recommended skirt measurements are in the download) 


The Seam Allowance for this pattern is 1/2"
Start by taking the pieces cut from your main fabric. Place the dress back pieces on the dress front piece matching side seams and shoulder seams. The CB edges should overlap by about 1".

 Sew shoulder seams together. Repeat for the lining. Press your seams open!
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Take your main bodice and lay it over your bodice lining. Match everything up! 
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Sew around the neckline and the arm holes. Trim seam allowance to 1/4" and clip curves. 
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Turn the entire bodice right side out through one of the shoulder openings. 
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Press everything, paying close attention to the curves. 
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Sewing the Side Seams:
Flip open your side seam on the dress front and back. Place them together matching the armhole seam. Sew straight across, flip to the right side and press flat. Repeat for the other side seam. 


***This part can be a little confusing to read, so I found this great video by TELAFANTE on Youtube that shows exactly what to do starting at 3:00 minutes, though I would recommend watching the whole video because it's so well done!
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After sewing the side seams. Baste and serge the bottom of the bodice and the CB seams. There are more professional ways of finishing off the CB seams, but a busy mom doesn't alway have time ;) 
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Serge around the entire skirt piece. 
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Run two lines of gathering stitches alone the top edge. Gather until your skirt piece matches your bodice piece. 
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Sew your bodice to your gather skirt piece at a 1/2" seam allowance. 
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Sew the skirt together at 1" seam allowance until about 6" below the waist seam. Fold and press the 1" seam down on both sides as pictured!
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I added some stitches to the top and bottom of my CB fold to secure and added three button holes evenly spaced. You can also add a zipper or if you are making a costume some velcro will do the trick!
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Comments

Rosemary Bolton
10/30/2017 10:33am

very cute dress. I do not have a serger, but I think I can get this machine finished.
Pretty color

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Melanie
10/30/2017 12:42pm

Hi! For sure, you can use a zig zag stitch in place of the serger!

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Sharon Melville
10/30/2017 10:46am

I can get the sample page to check proper sizing to print but cannot find the actual pattern to print.

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Melanie
10/30/2017 12:44pm

Hi! I double checked the link and it seemed to be working. You should see four pages for the pattern and the skirt has measurement recommendations since it's just a rectangle. If it's still not working for you, send me an email at thelittleststudio@gmail.com and I'll send you a copy!

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Sharon Melville
10/30/2017 9:20pm

I finally was able to print the four pages tonight, why it didn't come through earlier i have no idea. Thanks

Toni
11/17/2017 10:41am

Hi! I'd love to make this for my daughter when summer gets here in the UK - could you let me know roughly what age of child the sizes correspond to? Thanks :)

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Melanie
11/17/2017 12:46pm

Hi! The sizes corresponds with age! So size four fits my 4 year old really nice!

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