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Spring Fling Dress

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Get ready for spring with free sewing patterns for kids. The Spring Fling Dress from Jessica Gerblick is a great way to dress for the occasion! Get ready for compliments!

Spring Fling Dress Spring Fling Dress

Materials:

  • Approximately 1 yard exterior fabric
  • Approximately 3/4 yard of lining fabric
  • ¼ yard for coordinating fabric optional
  • Buttons
  • Elastic Cord
  • Pattern

Instructions:
Cutting:

Cut (1) 2” x 30” rectangle for ‘Back ruffle trim’ (Optional coordinating fabric)
Cut (1) 2” x 30” rectangle for ‘Front Rosette (Optional coordinating fabric)

Size 2
Cut (6) 4” x 12” of Lining rectangles for ‘2nd Band’ & ‘3rd Band’, & ‘4th Band’ (Note, there is NO 1st band)
Cut (2) 6” x 25” of Exterior fabric rectangles for ‘1st Ruffle’
Cut (6) 5” x 25” of Exterior fabric rectangles for ‘2nd Ruffle’, ‘3rd Ruffle’, & ‘4th Ruffle’

Size 3
Cut (6) 4” x 12.5” of Lining rectangles for ‘2nd Band’ & ‘3rd Band’, & ‘4th Band’ (Note, there is NO 1st band)
Cut (2) 6.5” x 25” of Exterior fabric rectangles for ‘1st Ruffle’
Cut (6) 5.5” x 25” of Exterior fabric rectangles for ‘2nd Ruffle’, ‘3rd Ruffle’, & ‘4th Ruffle’

Size 4
Cut (6) 4” x 13” of Lining rectangles for ‘2nd Band’ & ‘3rd Band’, & ‘4th Band’ (Note, there is NO 1st band)
Cut (2) 7” x 25” of Exterior fabric rectangles for ‘1st Ruffle’
Cut (6) 6” x 25” of Exterior fabric rectangles for ‘2nd Ruffle’, ‘3rd Ruffle’, & ‘4th Ruffle’

Size 5
Cut (6) 4” x 13.5” of Lining rectangles for ‘2nd Band’ & ‘3rd Band’, & ‘4th Band’ (Note, there is NO 1st band)
Cut (2) 8” x 25” of Exterior fabric rectangles for ‘1st Ruffle’
Cut (6) 7” x 25” of Exterior fabric rectangles for ‘2nd Ruffle’, ‘3rd Ruffle’, & ‘4th Ruffle’

Sewing:
Note: Use ¼” seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

  1. We are going to start by sewing the skirt. Take the ‘1st Ruffle’, with right sides together, sew the width sides together, creating a tube.

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  2. Take the bottom edge of the ‘1st Ruffle’ tube, and fold under ¼” towards the wrong side of the fabric. Press. Fold again ½”, enclosing the raw edge, and Press. Sew hem closed.
     
  3. Along the top edge of the ‘1st Ruffle’ tube, sew a line of gathering stitches. Set Aside.
     
  4. As we did with the 1st ruffle, place the right sides together of the ‘2nd Band’ and sew along the width edges. Set Aside. Repeat for the ‘3rd & 4th Band’, the ‘2nd, 3rd & 4th Ruffle’’. Set Aside.
     
  5. Take the bottom edge of the ‘2nd Ruffle’ tube, and fold under ¼” towards the wrong side of the fabric. Press. Fold again ½”, enclosing the raw edge, and Press. Sew hem closed. Repeat for the ‘3rd & 4th Ruffle’
     
  6. Along the top edge of the ‘2nd, 3rd & 4th Ruffle’, sew a line of gathering stitches.
     
  7. Turn the ‘4th Ruffle’ so it is right sides out. Taking the ‘4th Ruffle’, gather the top edge stitches, until it matches the length of the ‘4th Band’. With the ‘4th Band’ still wrong side out, Slip the ‘4th Band’ around the ‘4th Ruffle’ so that the top raw edges match - matching side seams. Pin and Sew. Repeat for the ‘2nd & 3rd Ruffle’ and ‘2nd & 3rd Band’.

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  8. You should now have this (PLUS 1 MORE NOT IN PHOTO)

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  9. Fold the ‘2nd Ruffle and band’ down, so that the gathered seam is on top. Place the ‘3rd Ruffle and Band’ inside the ‘2nd Ruffle & Band’, so that the top edge of the ‘3rd Band’ is matching the Gathered seam. (Be sure to match side seams). Pin and Sew.

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  10. Repeat for the ‘3rd Ruffle and band’ - folding it down, so that the gathered seam is on top. Placing the ‘4th Ruffle & Band’ inside the ‘3rd Ruffle & Band’, so that the top edge of the ‘4th band’ is matching the Gathered seam. Pin and Sew.
     
  11. You will now have this (with an additional ruffle on the bottom - sorry!):

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  12. Turn the ‘1st Ruffle’ right side out. Gather the stitches on the top of the ‘1st Ruffle’ to match the size of the ‘2nd Band’. Slip the ‘1st Ruffle’, right side out, around the Bottom of the skirt, matching the gathered seam to the top of the ‘2nd Band’. Pin in place and Sew. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  13. Set Aside the bottom of the skirt, as we will now start working on the bodice.
     
  14. Taking the ‘Back Ruffle Trim’ piece, fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and pin along long edge. Sew a gathering stitch along edge. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  15. Gather stitches until ruffle fits around the outer right side of exterior fabric U Shape of the ‘U Shaped pattern’ on the back bodice. Match raw edges, pin in place and Baste stitch around edge. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
  16. With right sides together, pin the ‘U Shape Pattern’ piece into the U Shaped opening of the ‘Back Bodice’, matching raw edges. Start from the Center of the ‘U Shape Pattern’ and the center of the ‘Back Bodice’ and work your way up around the sides. *Note, it will not reach the top of the Back Bodice sleeve. Sew in place. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
    That is the Back Bodice folded in on itself in the picture.
     
  17. When it is done, you will have this. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
    Press the ruffle down.
     
  18. I like to sew an edge stitch around the inside of the U Shape to secure down the seam on the inside, which also makes sure the ruffle stays put. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  19. Placing the ‘Front Bodice’ and the ‘Back Bodice’ right sides together, sew the shoulder seams and side seams together. Press open seams. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  20. As you did before...With right sides together, pin the Lining of the ‘U Shape Pattern’ piece into the U Shaped opening of the Lining ‘Back Bodice’, matching raw edges. Start from the Center of the ‘U Shape Pattern’ and the center of the ‘Back Bodice’ and work your way up around the sides. *Note, it will not reach the top of the Back Bodice sleeve. Sew in place. Press seam, and sew an edge stitch around the inside of the U, securing the seam in place.
     
  21. Place the ‘Front Bodice’ lining and the ‘Back Bodice’ lining right sides together, sew the shoulder seams and side seams together. Press open seams.
     
  22. Fold the bodice lining under ¼” towards the wrong side and Press. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  23. Turn the exterior Bodice right side out, and slip the lining bodice (still wrong side out) around the outside of the exterior bodice, matching shoulder seams. Pin around top neck raw edge. Do Not sew yet!!!
     
  24. Very carefully, in the Back U Shape piece, cut a straight line down the center through both the lining and the exterior, stopping 1” from the bottom of the U Piece. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
    Pin around cut line.
     
  25. Cut (3) 2” pieces of elastic cord. Making a loop of the cord, see Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  26. Slip inside the cut opening on the U Shape, with the loop ends sticking out. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  27. Do the same for the other 2 elastic cord pieces, spacing evenly apart, starting approximately 1” down from the top, and 1” up from the bottom. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  28. Sew around the entire neckline edge, sewing back and forth a few times over the elastic loop ends. Turn Right Side Out. Press.
     
  29. You should have this when done (Photo of the back of the bodice):

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  30. Edge stitch around neckline.
     
  31. Taking (2) of the sleeves, place them right sides together edges matching. Sew around the outer curved edge. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  32. Turn Right Side Out and Press. Edge Stitch around outer edge.
     
  33. Sew a gathering stitch along straight edge. Gather til sleeve is around 4” long.
     
  34. Repeat for other sleeve. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  35. Fold under the Exterior sleeve towards the inside, doing the same with the lining, folding them both in towards each other. This will enclose the raw edges. Press and Pin. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  36. Taking the raw gathered edge of the sleeve, stick inside the bodice sleeve opening centering at the top. Pin in place. Sew arm hole closed.
     
  37. You should now have this, See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  38. Now is a good time to check the measurements on your child, to be sure the length will be ok. This way you can add another ruffle or 2 if needed, to get to your desired length. To add more ruffles, just follow the above steps with ruffles and bands.
     
  39. Turn your bodice Wrong Side Out, and pull up the lining to get it out of the way. Matching the side seams on the bodice and skirt (Skirt is right side out), slip the bodice over the skirt body and match the raw edges. Pin in place, Sew. See Photo:

    Spring Fling Dress
     
  40. Fold bodice up and Press seam upwards. Hand stitch the bodice lining to the seam, enclosing it.
     
  41. Add buttons, lining them up with the elastic loops.
     
  42. I added a Rosette on the front of the dress for an additional touch. To make the ruffle rosette, ruffle the ‘Front Rosette’ fabric, as we did with the ‘Back Ruffle Trim’. Then wrap the ruffle around itself, starting from the center and working your way outwards, putting in hand stitches to keep in place. Hand stitch onto front of dress to secure.

     



 

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