Stitch a cute summer dress for a child, using the pattern with sizes ranging from infant dress pattern up to size 8. Use trim in rainbow colors to create a unique bodice with fluttery ruffled clouds. Brenda K.B. Anderson shows you how!
Download the infant dress sewing pattern.
For skirt and strap measurements for each size, from the infant dress pattern up to size 8, download the full written instructions.
Brenda shows you how to attach trim to the bodice in any combination of color and trim styles. Stitch the trim in a curve, at least ⅛” from the bodice seamline using a zigzag or straight stitch. Attach as many trims as desired, roughly ¼” apart.
Next, Brenda demonstrates how to create the straps and attach an elastic loop to the end, for a strap that’s easy to button a wiggly child into, and also comfortable to wear. Sandwich the straps between the outer bodice and lining according to the pattern markings and stitch the curved edge, beginning and ending 1 ¼” from the straight lower edge.
Brenda teaches you how to make and attach the gathered puffy clouds to the bodice front at the trim ends. Then you’ll learn how to gather the front skirt upper edge and attach it to the bodice front, and create the elastic casing on the skirt back.
Next, you’ll stitch the skirt side seams and finish the seam allowances using a felled seam finish. Finish the skirt lower edge using a ¼” double-fold hem.
Fold the bodice lining lower edge toward the wrong side and align the fold over the skirt front/bodice seamline; hand or machine stitch. Lastly, stitch the buttons to the bodice lining as noted in the instructions.
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