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.
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.
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.
Then with right sides facing sew along the neckline and back opening.
Working on the frill pieces, hem along the straight edge then sew two rows of gathering stitches along the curved sides.
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.
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.
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.
Line the template up on both sides and cut it out on the fold.
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.
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.
Finish the raw edges.
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!
And once more for the pattern link!