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Fashionable Toddler Dress

By: Amy for Little Bean Workshop

Check out this fashionable toddler dress pattern. It is one of the best patterns for toddler casual dresses. Your toddler will love it more than you loved making it!

Fashionable Toddler Dress

Materials:

  • 1 yard of fabric
  • 1/4 inch elastic (approximately 26")
  • Corresponding thread
  • Safety pin
  • Pins (optional)
  • Pattern 1
  • Pattern 2

Instructions:

  1. Cut out fabric using dress patterns 1 and 2. (Side note: If you would like 3/4 length sleeves, cut your sleeve pieces to 10" x 14"). Once cut, your pieces should look like this:
     Fashionable Toddler Dress
  2. Cut out neckline and armhole. On your dress pieces (leaving them folded in half and stacked on top of each other), cut out an armhole 6" long. Cut the neckline as deep as you would like it. You may prefer to cut the front more than the back.
     Fashionable Toddler Dress
  3. Fold the two rectangles for the sleeves on the long side, so you will have two 5" x 16" pieces. Stack them up and place them behind the dress piece with the fold on the inside, like this:
      Fashionable Toddler Dress
  4. Now cut out the armhole and neckline where they overlap the fabric.
     
  5. Piece together your dress. Unfold all of your pieces. With right sides facing each other, line up the armhole on one side of the dress with the matching cut on the sleeve piece. (You can pin this if you like, but I don't bother...I only pin things if I absolutely need to.) Like this:
     Fashionable Toddler Dress
  6. Now sew around 1/4" in around the edge of the armhole. Go back and do a zig-zag stitch at the edge of the fabric to keep the seam intact.
     
  7. Repeat this on the other side of the dress piece. It should look something like this:
     Fashionable Toddler Dress
  8. Now attach the other side of the dress piece in the same way.
     
  9. Next, the side seams need to be sewn. Line up the seams at the armpit and then sew along the arm and the side of the dress all at the same time. Again, secure your seams with a zig zag stitch.
     
  10. Lay your dress out so the top is flat. It is likely not perfectly straight. We want it to be straight, so fold your dress in half vertically and cut until you have a straight line across the top.
     Fashionable Toddler Dress
  11. Fold the top edge over 1/8" and iron, then fold over again about 3/8" giving you a nice clean edge. Iron down.
     
  12. Repeat with the sleeves and the bottom hem (although for the bottom hem, you can fold over to 1/4" on the second fold since we are not inserting any elastic here).
     
  13. Now sew one line straight across the top of your nicely prepared fold just below the very edge of the neckline. Go all the way around the edge .
     
  14. Now sew a second line around the bottom of your hem (leaving a minimum of 1/4" in between your two rows of stitches). Don't sew all the way around - be sure to leave about 1/2" gap at the end so that you can feed your elastic through there. Repeat on both sleeves. You can hem the dress now as well.
     
  15. Mark the length of your elastic. Do not cut it yet (otherwise it will be much more difficult to stitch up when you are done). Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic. Insert it through the hole at the neckline and start to feed it all the way through to the other end. Once you are satisfied with the length, then stitch it up with a few zig zags to secure it. Clip off excess.
     
  16. Sew the 1/2" hole closed.
     
  17. Repeat with both sleeves and you're done!
    Fashionable Toddler Dress
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