For Easter I decided to make my daughter an official Easter dress. I had some amazing lace I bought along time ago laying around and knew it would be the perfect fabric for the job. Looking at my pattern stash, I couldn’t find a dress that worked for the look I was going for so I drafted my own version. I used calculations based on the ASTM measurements for the 12-18 month range. My daughter is very petite and tall so it is hard to find clothes that fit her good. I did draft the pattern based on the standard measurements, but I used my own custom length, so see below what the finished measurements will be and you can adjust from there to get the perfect fit for your little one!
I couldn’t be more excited about how this turned out, it was EXACTLY what I was going for! I want to see what you create with this pattern so tag your creations #theruffledstitchpatterns on social media!
What you will need:
-1 1/8 yard fabric OR 7/8 yard main fabric and 1/4 yard lining fabric.
-Scrap of fusible interfacing for stabilizing zipper
Finished garment measurements: Length: 18.5″ Chest: 25″
My daughters chest measures 18″. I ended up taking in a tiny bit of ease to make her finished dress 24″ instead. You will want a fair amount of ease in the chest area to fit their little arms in and out, so take that into account when making customizations.
Now onto sewing!! Use 3/8″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
If you are using a lace overlay, begin by basting the lace to the underlay fabric.
Sew front and back together at shoulder seams. Repeat for bodice lining.
Lay lining on dress right sides together. Stitch around neckline.
Press seam allowance toward lining. Under stitch if desired to help lining lace nicely once turned in.
Flip lining to the inside of the garment and press neckline well.
Finish bottoms of front and back lining by serging, zig zag stitching, or clipping with pinking shears.
Serge back sides of garment (each separate), catching lining in serging.
Pin side seams together and sew. Finish edges.
Press sleeve hem up 1/2″ and again 1/2″. This is a memory press so unfold and we will sew it later.
Fold sleeve in half right sides together and stitch along side edge.
With dress inside out place sleeve inside garment right side out. (Right side of sleeve will be touching right side of dress. Pin around edge and stitch in place. ***Tip: It is helpful to sew a basting stitch around curve of sleeve and slightly gather sleeve to fit arm hole better.***
Refold the memory hem and stitch in place. It is helpful to sew the hem from the inside of the garment.
Cut two strips of fusible interfacing that are 1″x5.5″. Fuse to the wrong side of the back edges of the dress.
Draw a rectangle on the back edges of the dress that measure 5.25″ long by 3/4″ wide.
Run a basting stitch along that line.
Pin back pieces together. Start stitching at the horizontal basting stitch and sew shut using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Clip the corer of the rectangle at a 45 degree angle taking care not to cut through the stitching.
Press zipper allowance open along the basting stitch. Press back seam allowance open.
Fold the top portion of the zipper tape down and stitch in place.
With dress right side out lay the zipper face down and upside down (zipper pull pointing toward dress hem). Place the bottom of the zipper tape on the pointy seam allowance created from the back seam so zipper stop is slightly below the basting stitch. Sew zipper tape to seam allowance.
This is what the back side will look like when sewn in place.
Flip the zipper up and pin each edge to the zipper tape. If you are a beginner, you may want to topstitch in place on this step. If you want a more professional finished look continue on.
Flip the dress inside out.
You will need to unpin as you go, but unfold the zipper seam allowance to reveal the basting stitch. Make sure to keep the zipper in place as you do this step.
Sew along the basting stitch (removing pins as you go) until you reach the horizontal stitching. Repeat for other side.
**It is helpful to feel for the zipper tape with your left hand as you go to make sure it is catching/staying even. Take your time with this step to ensure an even amount of zipper tape will show once done stitching. Feel free to start with a basting stitch to make sure it turns out how you like it before stitching to secure. Basting stitches are easier to remove than normal stitches!
Fold up the bottom hem 1/2″ and then 1″ and stitch in place.