Fine and Dandelion Dress Pattern

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Both the pattern and tutorial I mentioned here, are done! Click here to download the pattern. It’s both the original 6-9 month and 12-18 month patterns. My first version fit until about ten months but that was on a pretty big baby ;) so you may get a longer use out of it.

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These are my rough draft pieces before I scanned them in and cleaned them up so just pretend that back piece says cut 4. After you’ve cut your back fabric pieces you can fold the pattern piece along the line to get the front pattern piece. You wont actually use the little armhole cutout yet so just set it aside for now. The pieces already include a 3/8″ seam allowance.

F&Dshoulders

I used the same fabric for my outer and lining fabric so it may be hard to distinguish but pin and sew the shoulders together working on both the main and lining pieces separately.

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Then with right sides facing sew along the neckline and back opening.

F&DsleevesHem

Working on the frill pieces, hem along the straight edge then sew two rows of gathering stitches along the curved sides.

F&Dgathering

Gather both sleeves to roughly five inches. When I have my fabric at the necessary length I like to tie the threads together to keep the fabric from unraveling, then work on spacing out the gathers evenly.

F&DpinSleeves

Pin the sleeves into the arm holes and sew down both sides. If you are using a different fabric for your lining face the sleeves so that the right sides are facing your main fabric. Clip your corners and curves and turn the bodice right side out.

F&DpinSkirt

The skirt piece that I used is 39.5″ wide by 13″ long. I turned the edges under 1/4″ two times on both sides and hemmed it before attaching it to the bodice. Overlap your ends to match the back opening and the sides are where you will you the armhole template.

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Line the template up on both sides and cut it out on the fold.

F&DarmHem

I just rolled the edges down to form a very small hem and sewed it down slowly but you could use bias tape if you have something small enough.

F&DskirtLine

Match up the arm edges on the skirt to the bodice, right sides together, and make four small pleats (two on either side) until the skirt is the same length as the bodice. Do the same thing on the back but also match up the skirt ends with the bodice opening.

F&DfinishEdges

Finish the raw edges.

F&DsewBack

Sew up the bottom nine inches of the skirt and hem the bottom. Add a buttonhole or snap to the top and you’re done!

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And once more for the pattern link!

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Fine and Dandelion

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I first drafted this pattern six or seven months ago, and it lasted until she was about ten months old. But when I was looking for the Ham*a pattern the other day I came across this pattern as well and thought I would enlarge it.

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I meant to make a shirt but when I went to check the length I liked it as a dress too much to change it.

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The fabric was originally some that I used to make a crib skirt but we don’t use it anymore and I’ve been trying really hard to sew from my stash to whittle it down a little. I obviously haven’t learned my lesson with linen though as this dress was wrinkled almost immediately after putting it on. It’s a love, hate relationship.

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I love mother of pearl buttons.

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One of the only pictures I could find of the original. It had cute little snaps on the back shaped like bunnies. I’m working on digitizing this/editing pictures for a tutorial to share. Hopefully it will be done before the end of the week!

 

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Japanese Pattern by Ham*a

I love Japanese children’s patterns. They always seem so floaty and comfortable. I can’t actually read Japanese but this post has the pattern and instructions link that I downloaded the pattern from.

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The sizing is obviously Japanese sizes but this chart is what I used to reference for converting to American sizes. Also the pattern doesn’t have seem allowances but the instructions give a diagram for adding them. The elastic at the shoulders was the only place that really tripped me up but I’ve actually made this once before so I had the benefit of trial and error. 

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My first time making the shirt (my first time using a Japanese pattern ever).

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The first top was a size 80 and at 8 months old it fit perfectly. This new one is a 100 and obviously too big! I sewed up the arm opening more after trying it on her and it fits much better but still has plenty of room to grow, and I can unpick those stitches if necessary. I knew it would be too big but I don’t know if I can bear watching her grow out of it because I love the fabric so much!

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Look at the little lampposts!

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Simple Sewing

I’ve been feeling uninspired lately so I thought a simple project would perk up my sewing mood.

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I used up the little bit of scraps left over from my Mathilde Blouse to make a really simple skirt. Just a rectangle sewn together and an elastic waistband.

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The top picture has pleats along the bottom and I promise it’s the same skirt! When I put it on her it seemed a little long and I thought the pleats would be cute to match my top. Not that we’ll wear them at the same time.

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Intricate sewing is fun and I enjoy challenging myself but sometimes you just need to feel like you know what you’re doing.

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Mathilde Blouse 2.0

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I really wanted to try this pattern out as it was intended to be sewn. I did reduce the fullness in the bottom of the sleeves by about four inches and lengthened it overall by an inch and a half.

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It was getting late when I took these pictures, and I had already worn the top all day but hopefully you can still see all the details.

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Like these pleats! They aren’t super noticeable from far away because of the print but these little details really make the shirt seem professional.

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These cuffs were so much easier to work with than I thought they were going to be. I guess that’s what happens when you’re used to working on tiny children’s clothes.

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Mathilde Blouse by Tilly and the Buttons

It’s finally done! I really wanted to take my time with this and make something I would actually wear. Unfortunately I’m not 100% sure I can pull this shirt off but that’s entirely related to my fabric choice and has nothing to do with the actual pattern. The pattern I loved! I’m definitely going to use it again with a different type of fabric and want to make it with the full sleeves next. And the pleats!

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The Mathilde pattern was really easy to work with but what really sealed the deal were the series of instructions on the website. When you download the pattern it comes with a short list of instructions that do assume at least a basic understanding of garment construction. But the website has a ton of tutorials that lead you through each step with really helpful explanations and photographs.

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There’s some weird static cling going on on the left side there.

The one area that I got stuck on were the back openings. I’ve never sewn them to be turned inside out before so I had a hard time visualizing it. I’m really glad I stuck with it though because it was kind of like magic and now I’m obsessed and want to do all my openings this way.

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French Seams! Another obsession of mine.

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I’ve got to be honest, a friend did tell me that I looked like I was in half a Blanche nightgown and while I don’t disagree with her I think that it’s mostly due to how shiny this fabric is and the fact that I gathered instead of pleating it. When I first put it on I thought it would look really cute with a pair of coordinating bloomers (maybe these?). It’s growing on me though.

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I do really like it belted but my husband makes fun of me when I try to belt things. He doesn’t believe me that it’s a real “thing”.

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