Pattern Instructions: Beach Party Top & Dress (sizes 12M – 6)
This little top and dress were designed with staying cool in mind. My little fiddlehead has to survive the heatof the Louisiana summer, and our only respite is a trip to the beach for Independence Day. I put together afew of these little ditties to help her enjoy the outdoors all summer, regardless of the heat!
3/4 yard(or 1 yard for size 6 dress)of lightweight, natural fibered fabric. Cotton lawns, voiles, dottedSwiss, seersucker, and lightweight linens are perfect.
Additional ¼ yard of contrasting, lightweight, natural fibered fabric for bodice lining.
1 package of single fold bias tape for gathering the back (or you can make your own as instructed below)
~ 2/3 yard of ¼” elastic, divided. Here’s an approximation of what you’ll use by size:
12m 18m 24m / 2T 3T 4T 5 62 pieces @ 8.875” 9.125” 9.5” 9.875” 10.25” 10.625” 11.125”
Your child may need slightly more or less than the table indicates
1. Cut out pattern pieces as indicated.The two ruffle pieces are for the dress version only. 2. If you would like to make your own bias tape (v. packaged single-fold bias tape), cut 2 pieces
on the bias
@ 7/8” wide, 21” long (you will have excess).
Press in ¼” on each long edge, leaving a single-fold binding strip of about 3/8” wide.
3. All seam allowances are 3/8” unless otherwise indicated
Making the Dress/Top FrontMake bodice
1. Transfer the pattern marking for the overlap point to the lower edge of the bodice pieces.2. Place each bodice piece right-sides-together with its bodice lining pair and pin.3. As indicated on the bodice pattern piece, mark the place where you are supposed to stop sewing forstrap insertion. I use two pins to mark places where I’m supposed to stop sewing, but you could alsouse a pencil, chalk, etc.4. Sew the curved edges only of the bodice pieces to the bodice lining pieces. Leave the side seams andbottom straight edge open.5. Clip curves and corners, turn right side out, and press.6. Layout the two bodice pieces right sides up and match up the pointy side of each piece with themarked overlap point on the other.7. Baste the two bodice pieces together along the bottom edges. Once they are basted together, mark the center of this one big piece with a pin.
Add top front to bodice
1. Along its top edge, mark the center of the front. This should be at the point of the fold along whichyou cut out the piece.If you’re making the dress, also mark the center along the bottom edge.2. Sew two rows of basting (longest length your machine will do) stitches along the top edge, one at ¼” and one at 1/8” from edge. Actually, the exact placement doesn’t really matter, so long as you stayinside 3/8”.3. Using the basting stitches from step 2, gather the front so that it matches the width of the bodice.4. Matching side edges and centers, pin the gathered front to the bodice, right-sides-together.5. With the gathered side down, sew the front to the bodice. Having the gathered side down will helpyour gathers to stay even and not get pulled/smashed to the side.6. Trim seam allowance to ¼”, finish, and press toward bodice.
Add ruffle to bottom of the front (dress only)
1. Along its top edge, mark the center of the front ruffle. This should be at the point of the fold alongwhich you cut out the piece.