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Beach Party Top & Dress Pattern
http://fiddlehead.blogspot.comHappy Sewing!
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
Matching thread
Prep Work 
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.
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2. Attach the front ruffle to the bottom edge of the front, following steps 2-5 above. 3. Trim seam allowance to ¼”, finish, and press up toward front.
Making the Dress/Top Back  Add elastic to the back 
Note: You can skip the steps below by using elastic thread in the bobbin of your machine and sewing a fewrows between the top and the drawn line. Just remember to hem the top edge by ¼” first! I like to do thebelow because using a pretty, contrasting bias tape adds a nice detail and results in a cleaner, more finishedlook.1. On the WRONG side of the back, draw a line the following distance down from the top edge:12m 18m 24m / 2T 3T 4 5 61 9/16” 1 ¾” 2” 2 1/8” 2 5/16” 2 ½” 2 ¾” This will mark the bottom of the lower casing for the elastic. Also, if you are making the dress, mark thecenter of the lower edge. This should be at the point of the fold along which you cut out the piece.2. Place and pin one 21” piece of bias tape (packaged or made as directed above)
 with the top edge of the back. Note that this is NOT the side you just marked.3. Sew ¼” from the edge, which should be in the fold line of the bias tape.4. Turn tape to the back of the back piece, wrong-sides-together, press, and then sew very close (1/8” orless) to the lower edge. This creates a casing for your elastic.5. Take your second piece of bias tape and lay it out with its right side against the wrong side of theback. Line up the upper fold with the line you drew in step 1, and pin in place.6. Sew in the “ditch” of the fold of the bias tape. Then fold bias tape up and over this seam, and press inplace.7. Sew very close (1/8” or less) to the upper edge of this bias tape. This creates the second casing foryour elastic.8. Cut two pieces of ¼” wide elastic to insert into these casings per the table in the Supplies section. Youcan double check the length by measuring your child from side seam to side seam and cutting exactlythis much, unstretched, as a start point.9. Insert a safety pin into the end of each piece of elastic and thread through the casings. Pin the edgesof the elastic to the edges of the back, and then tack down with your sewing machine.
 Add ruffle to bottom of the back (dress only)
4. Along its top edge, mark the center of the back ruffle. This should be at the point of the fold alongwhich you cut out the piece.5. Attach the back ruffle to the bottom edge of the back, following the same procedure you did for thefront ruffle, including finishing and pressing the seam allowance up.
 Assembling the top or dress
1. Place back and front right-sides-together, carefully lining up top edges. Any differences in total lengthcan be adjusted in the hem. Sew side seams, trim seam allowances to ¼”, finish, and press seamallowances toward back of garment. Don’t skip the pressing!2. From right side of garment, topstitch side seams 1/8” away from seam line. This will force theseseams to lay flat under your toddler’s arms, making the garment more comfortable.3. Turn up hem ¼” to wrong side of garment, press, turn up another ¼”, press again, and stitch.
Make and add the straps
1. Fold straps in half lengthwise, wrong-sides-together, and press. This marks the center of the strap.2. Open up fold and then fold each long edge to center and press.3. Re-fold the entire strap in half lengthwise along that original fold line. Press again.4. Stitch straps closed very near the long, folded edges.5. Insert about ½” of each strap into the openings you left in the front bodice. Pin in place.6. Topstitch each front bodice piece separately along curved edges, catching straps in place as you sew.

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