This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
Cadie’s Wrap-around Dress and Top
by carolina fair designs
This wrap-around dress is the ultimate canvas for your creativity. Or the ultimate “make a dress in one night” project. The dress or top itself has only once piece of fabric to cut out. You don’t have to sew ANY seams. You can make an adorable dress or top doing only the bare minimum, or embellish to your heart’s content –it’s up to you! Either way, you will love how easy and fun it is to throw together.
These are the steps: 1. Cut out the dress 2. Trim and embellish 3. Add two fasteners (don’t worry, no buttonholes!) DONE!
Instructions are included for both the dress and top in girls’ sizes 2T-7/8 and infant sizes 9 mo – 18 mo. PLUS two bonuses are included in this eBook: “My Easy Baby Bloomers” pattern so the tiny girls can have matching bloomers (sizes 9 mo – 18 mo); see page 17. “How to make 4 yards of bias tape from a fat quarter” tutorial, so you can make one-of-a-kind tops and dresses with bias tape you made yourself; see page 22.
All pattern pieces start on page 26. The pattern and instructions contained in this eBook are for personal use only. No part may be copied or transferred electronically unless permission is given. Hand-made garments created by the purchaser may be sold. U.S. and international copyright laws apply. Any questions may be directed to: email@example.com
Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 2
Fabric and Size Chart: Yardage is for your main fabric with the amount of bias trim needed in parentheses. Sizing is based on waist measurement with finished length given. Changing the length is easy and is illustrated in Step 4 because the pattern pieces are for the top and are extended to make the dress.
Size 7/8 (waist 22-23”) 5/6 (waist 21-22”) 3/4 (waist 20-21”) 2T (waist 20”) Infant 18 mo. (waist 19 ½”) Infant 12 mo. (waist 19”) Infant 9 mo. (waist 18 ½”) Top 1.5 yds (6 yds) Finished length 21 ½” 1.25 yds (5.5 yds) Finished length 18 ½” 1 yd (5 yds) Finished length 15 ½” .75 yds (4.5 yds) Finished length 12 ½” .75 yds (4 yds) Finished length 11” .75 yds (4 yds) Finished length 10 ½” .75 yds (4 yds) Finished length 10”) Dress 2 yds (6.5 yds) Finished length 28 ½” 1.5 Yds (6 Yds) Finished length 24 ½” 1.25 yds (5.5 yds) Finished length 21 ½” 1 yd (5 yds) Finished length 18 ½” 1 yd (4.5 yds) Finished length 16” 1 yd (4.5 yds) Finished length 15 ½” 1 yd (4.5 yds) Finished length 15”
Infant baby bloomers (size 9, 12, or 18 mo) – 1/3 yard fabric and 1 ½ yards of ¼” elastic. Extra bias trim may be desired for embellishment. Note: Having the little “bias tape maker” gadget sold in the quilting section of Joann’s really helps if you’re making your own.
Embellishments: Any extra trim or lace, appliqué, ruffles, etc. of your choosing Fasteners: 4-6” of sew-on hook and loop (Velcro) tape One button Scrap of quarter inch elastic (you’ll need about an inch) Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 3
Be sure that your Adobe (or other pdf viewer) print settings do not reduce or enlarge the pages. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 4 . Print out your pattern pieces for the girls’ or infant size top. Cut around the pattern piece in the particular size you need.Step 1 – Tape the Pattern Piece Together and Cut Out the Dress 1. The girls’ sizes will print out on 8-9 pages (you will not need pages 9 and 10 if you are making a size 2T or 3/4 dress or top). I have provided a “one inch” reference square on each page so you can check. Cut on the red dotted lines and tape the pattern piece together like this: The infant sizes will print out on 5 pages. Cut on the red dotted lines and tape the pattern piece together like this: 2.
Skip ahead to step 5. back hem front hem 4. Don’t be afraid to write on your fabric. For a dress. Now mark the hem length at the top. Place your ruler along the straight edge and use a pencil or fabric marker to extend the line another 5. Then use a pencil or fabric marker to mark the fold the correct number of inches from the hem edge. even the right side. so I am extending the hem 6”.3.or 7 inches . The edges will be covered by trim.6. there is no need to alter the pattern. you will need to lengthen the pattern as follows: Move the pattern piece down the fabric (still along the fold) until you will be able to extend the pattern as follows: 5 inches for the infant sizes 6 inches for sizes 2T – 5/6 7 inches for size 7/8 This dress is a size 3/4. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 5 . Fold your fabric along the grainline (the long way) and place the pattern piece (dashed line) along the fold. For a top. cut along the solid line for the correct size.
along the foldline. Take your scissors and clip the space between the neckline and the keyhole. connecting your line with the mark you made on the fabric foldline. 6. Repeat this process for the opposite hem edge.Draw a new hemline. Cut out the dress in one piece! 5. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 6 . or 7 inches away. following the other one just 5. Draw a gradual curve. Cut out the neckline and the little keyhole opening.
So you won’t need to embellish the back at all. can be added before or after the trim. extra little designs on the sides of the front panel (which will wrap around to the back) are especially cute because babies are often carried around on momma’s shoulder and people see them from the back first. Plan your embellishment. Lace or rick-rack may be added to the neckline at the same time as the trim. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 7 . Other embellishments. For infants. such as the bias-tape and rick-rack designs on the front flap of this little dress. like appliqué. while the back flaps are going to wrap around to the front and join with Velcro UNDER the front. Some things should go on before the outside trim.Step 2 – Embellish and Trim 1. Keep in mind that the front flaps are going to wrap around to the back and tie.
and get ready to sew. This helps you know where to sew. Neckline step 1) Unfold your double bias tape (either store-bought or homemade (see tutorial on p. The next step is to apply bias trim to all the raw edges. remembering to backstitch at the start and the finish. be sure to keep the fabric smooth to prevent puckering. from the wrong side. cut it off. 22) and pin it to the keyhole first. which will make everything turn smoother around the curve and avoid puckering. aligning the raw edges. apply trim the straight edges first until you get the hang of it. If you are nervous about it. your sewing machine’s feed dogs will push a tiny bit more trim than fabric. so I usually get that done first. Neckline step 2) Stitch carefully around the keyhole on the wrong side of the dress with the trim underneath.2. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 8 . because you will be sewing from the wrong side. The neckline is the trickiest. When you have pinned bias tape all the way around the keyhole. making a nice little line along that goes in the fold of the bias tape on the other side. As you sew around the curves. But by sewing it this way. Wouldn’t it be easier to sew this from the right side? Good question. Pin the right side of the trim to the right side of the top. Place your pins on the wrong side. You may. starting at the neckline.
Make sure your trim is pinned down and you can tell from the pins that you are catching the trim on the wrong side. press and pin it down. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 9 . You can “stitch in the ditch” on the outside right next to the trim Or you can topstitch on the trim. Topstitch next to the inner edge of the trim. It is the fastest. You have several choices now to attach the trim to the inside: You can hand sew it down so no stitching shows on the outside. since you don’t have to sew by hand.” I prefer the last option. so that is what I will illustrate here.Neckline step 3) Wrap the bias tape over the edge to the inside. next to the “ditch. and it leaves less room for error if you miss catching the trim on the other side and have to pick out your stitching.
pin. Press. neckline hem Neckline step 6) Wrap bias trim around edge. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 10 .Neckline step 4) Now pin trim to the larger part of the neckline in the same way that you pinned it to the keyhole. Fold the edges under above the keyhole. with one difference: Wrap 1/4” of trim around the edge and pin it in place over the keyhole trim you just stitched. and topstitch. keyhole opening Neckline step 5) Stitch around the neckline on the wrong side.
You should now sew on top of the bias trim. Stitch in the fold next to the edge. I usually just place one pin to help me start off with the bias tape in the right place. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 11 .Outside Trim step 1) Front bottom portion of dress/top: Apply bias trim to the front edges shown in this diagram first. This will enable you to create ties when you add the rest of the trim. with the dress underneath. Start * * End This time don’t worry about pinning it all the way around before you begin.
cut off the extra bias tape. (4) Backstitch and start stitching again at the very edge.This is how to make a nice mitered corner… (1) Stitch to within ½” of the corner. (2) Fold the unstitched bias trim to the over to the right. making another fold on top of the fabric edge. Remove from sewing machine. Outside Trim step 2) Press. pin. (3) Fold it back over to the left. If necessary. trim the seam allowance 1/8” so that the tape wraps around nicely. making a nice diagonal fold. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 12 . Backstitch. When you come to the opposite (starred) corner. going in the new direction. and topstitch the trim down.
When you come to the end (opposite starred corner). as shown in the diagram to the far right. measure out enough for the other tie and cut off the remaining bias tape. but do not cut. Pin trim to dress. and pinning it closed again. folding in the edges. Prepare the ties by opening up the trim. and leaving off the extra trim that you measured for the tie. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 13 . Outside Trim step 4) Turn the trim to the other side and pin.Outside Trim step 3) Remaining trim: Measure enough bias trim to form one of the ties. according to taste. Start * * End Sew the trim to the dress/top in the same way as Outside Trim step 1. starting at one of the front corners. This will be about 10-12 inches for the infant sizes and 12-18 inches for the girls’ sizes.
and down the other tie.Start sewing by stitching one tie end. and stitching up the tie to the dress. pivoting. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 14 . around the back.
4. wrong side up to imagine how the back sides will close. Imagine this Look at your hook and loop (Velcro) tape and notice there is a scratchy strip and a soft and fuzzy strip. if you need to. Pin and sew the scratchy piece to the RIGHT side of one of the flaps. 2.Step 3. at the top near the trim. so that the fuzzy side will face the child’s tummy and the longest part of the strip sticks out. – Fasteners 1. Lay the little dress or top on your table. Pin the end of the soft and fuzzy piece to the WRONG side of the other flap. Sew around all the edges so it is nice and strong. Sew a nice little square to firmly attach it. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 15 . Then cut a piece from the soft and fuzzy strip that is about twice as long as the other scratchy soft and fuzzy 3. Pin them together in front of you. Cut a piece from the scratchy strip that is about 2-4 inches long (depending on how much “room to grow” you want to add).
Pin and sew it to the inside of the dress at the top of the keyhole.5. Cut a small piece of ¼” elastic and form a loop that will stretch to fit over the button. sew on your button! Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 16 . 6. Last of all.
Cut around your desired size. Place the pattern piece on your folded fabric and cut out. 3.Bonus Pattern – My Easy Baby Bloomers 1. Cut on the red dotted lines and tape your pattern pieces together like this: 2. Print out your Baby Bloomer pattern pieces from the end of this book. Use the one inch square to check that your print settings didn’t enlarge or reduce the size. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 17 .
Stitch. then finish the seams using a zig-zag stitch. Pin the two pieces right sides together along the curved front and back seams. 6. using a ½” seam allowance. Now open up the bloomers so they look like a little pair of shorts.4. Trim your seams to ¼”. Pin the crotch seam together. 5. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 18 .
turn again ½” and press. I stand at my ironing board and press all three at once.7. You may do it like I do. or repeat the process for each opening separately. Here is the process: First press the fabric ¼” to the inside. leaving an opening for elastic. and finish seam. Next you will make 3 elastic casings. Since it is the casings are the same on all three openings. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 19 . Stitch. then I stitch all three. Second. 8. trim.
here are some generous guidelines. If not. cut 2 pieces of elastic for the leg openings and one for the waist. Sew the two elastic ends together securely. that would be perfect. leaving a 1” opening for elastic. Once your casings are made. Push the elastic through the casings using a safety pin on one end. stitch close to the inside fold. If you have the baby nearby to measure the right lengths. 9.Third. Elastic Measurements Leg Waist 9 mo 10” 19” 12 mo 11” 20” 18 mo 12” 21” 10. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 20 . 11.
I like to add a little tag to the back because homemade shorts can be confusing. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 21 . If you are confused now. This little tag was made with some leftover rick-rack. the back is the side with the deeper center curve. Pull the elastic inside and stitch the casing opening closed. After all three elastic pieces are inserted and the casings are closed you’re done… However.12.
Cut your square into two triangles. Pin. 4. Stitch with a ¼” seam allowance. Cut 4” off of the longer edge so that you start with an 18” square. right sides together and matching up two of the shorter edges.Bonus Tutorial – How To Make 4 Yards of Bias Tape From a Fat Quarter 1. draw lines 2” apart until you reach the top. Lay one triangle on top of the other. Open it up and you have a trapezoid. Press seam open. 3. Wash and dry your fat quarter. Starting at the bottom. You will have to trim about ½” off the top to make 6 equal strips. 2. if necessary. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 22 . Iron.
but offset them by one strip. The fabric won’t lay flat on your table. One little triangle corner will hang off each end. Fold the trapezoid. right sides facing.5. but it will stitch up fine. Here’s the trick – don’t match the strips up exactly. putting the short ends together. Sew with a ¼” seam allowance. 6. Press seam open. Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 23 . Match up the lines.
Cut along the lines you drew. There are two methods: Old School (lots of ironing and burned fingers) and Gadget Girl style (ta daaaa!). I used it for embellishing the dress in the pictures. There you go! Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 24 . Open it up and fold the edges to the middle. and magic… One long bias strip! 8. This is now single fold bias tape. and press. Old School method: Fold the bias strip along the loooong middle. Then go back to the beginning.7. The trim used on the edges of the dress/top is double fold bias tape. You may want to save some for that. so take your single fold tape. fold it in half again. Press. Press it a bit at a time until you get to the end. Press the bias strip into single or double fold bias tape.
Use a pin if you need to to push it all the way through. You just made over 4 yards of 1” single fold or ½” double fold bias tape! (And I’m sure yours is way cuter than plain old store-bought bias tape. Use the old school method above (fold it in half) to make double fold bias tape for your dress or top. This is how: Open up the pieces of bias tape and pin them right sides together. Iron the bias tape as it comes out the other end. You should offset the edges by ¼” so that when you sew a ¼” seam you stitch from here to here. forming a 90 degree angle.Gadget Girl style: Insert one end of your bias strip into the fat end of your handy-dandy little bias tape maker. and you’re set! Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 25 . LAST THING… sooner or later you will need to attach two bias strips. clip the stray corners. The bias tape maker only makes single fold bias tape. Press the seam open. Stitch.
Pattern Pieces Girls’ sizes 2T – 7/8 Infant sizes 9 mo – 18 mo Baby Bloomers print pages 27-35 print pages 36-40 print pages 41-43 Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress and Top © 2009 Caroline Critchfield 26 .
Size 7/8 size 5/6 one inch size 3/4 page 1 Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs .
one inch page 2 Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs size 5/6 Size 7/8 size 3/4 size 2 fold line (all sizes) .
one inch Size 7/8 size 2 size 5/6 size 3/4 size 2 page 3 Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs .
one inch page 4 Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs (cut one on fold) sizes 5/6 and 7/8 size 3/4 size 2 fold line (all sizes) .
one inch page 5 Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs size 2 .
page 6 Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs one inch 8 fold line (all sizes) .
one inch size 2 size 3/4 size 3/4 size 5/6 Size 7/8 page 7 Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs size 5/6 C .
one inch page 8 Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs size 3/4 fold line (all sizes) size 2 .
one inch size 18 mo size 12 mo size 9 mo Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs page 1 (infant sizes) .
Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs page 2 (infant sizes) size 12 mo size 18 mo size 9 mo fold line (all sizes) one inch .
Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs page 3 (infant sizes) one inch .
Size 18 mo one inch Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top= carolina fair designs page 4 (infant sizes) size 9 mo size 12 mo .
Cadie's One Piece Dress/Top carolina fair designs size 12 mo page 5 (infant sizes) fold line (all sizes) size 9 mo Size 18 mo one inch .
one inch back seam page 1 .
easy baby bloomers by carolina fair designs grainline (cut two) page 2 one inch .
18 mo 12 mo 9 mo one inch front seam page 3 .
More from carolina fair designs is available at : www.com .carolinafairdesigns.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
We've moved you to where you read on your other device.
Get the full title to continue reading from where you left off, or restart the preview.