I may be a ‘creative-type’, but nobody ever accused me of being a skilled sewist. Sewer? Seamstress? yes seamstress.
Here’s a screenshot of me texting Nick while trying to thread my bobbin.
Yet somehow, miraculously, this post I wrote last year demonstrating how to make a wrap blouse (or dress) has been wildly popular.
At least a couple times a week, I get an email from someone asking for the PDF pattern… which of course doesn’t exist. I was just proud of myself for sewing these unsupervised, and YOU WANT A PATTERN?!
Ok that’s legit, because they’re super cute. And easy. And I can see how it would be difficult to just whip one out without having something to trace.
Literally? This is what I’ve been sending people:
So after a little nudge from a reader (hi Rachel!), I had the idea to just tape pieces of printer paper together, trace half the dress (since it’s symmetrical), and then scan them into my computer and share as a PDF! Here it is all laid out on my dining room floor.
It includes size 2t all the way up to 5/6. You’re welcome!
So all you have to do is print out the pages (Dress Pattern PDF, and Blouse Pattern PDF), tape them together in the correct order (pages are numbered), and cut out the appropriate size. Hopefully these PDF’s work! This is my first time doing this!
Then you lay out your fabric, folded in half, inside-out.
I recently made the twins dresses, but when I went to start blogging about it, I realized that I missed photographing some steps… so I whipped out another one JUST THIS MORNING. This time for baby Cypress! That’s how fast and easy these are to make! I used the blouse pattern and cut about an inch inside of the size 2t option so it would be more like 9-12 months.
Using a fabric pen, I traced the pattern onto the fabric, and cut out with fabric scissors. I did this for the liner fabric too. Actually, my liner fabric is just as cute, so this one could totally be reversible! I love having that as an option!
Then I laid the two separate fabric pieces facing toward each other, and pinned them together.
NOTE: if you want to add some eyelet lace or ric rac around the border, put it between the layers facing IN before pinning in the above step. I’m not adding it for this example, but at the end of this post, you’ll see pics of this cuteness on my little models!
Here’s the dress all pinned up and ready for sewing!
Just sew around the perimeter of the dress/blouse, using a half inch seam allowance. Be sure to leave about a 4” opening along one of the outside edges.
Then reach your hand in there and pull the inside of the dress right-side-out, and then stitch up the opening by hand.
Next, I ironed the whole thing, and the girls helped me pick out two matching buttons. Nick sewed the button holes for me because I was feeling intimidated. You probably already know how, but if you need an excellent video tutorial, click here!
I’m thinking about digging up a pattern online somewhere for a ruffle-y diaper cover using the coordinating liner fabric. Wouldn’t that be so cute?!
And here are a few pics of the twins wearing their dresses I made a few weeks ago!
The fabric is from feed sacks I found at an antique store. I hand-sewed ribbons on the side to tie together and keep the back flap from ‘opening up’ when they bend over or play rough. I still usually make them wear leggings with these just to ensure modesty. Heh!
You can see that I started the lace at the peak of the ‘shoulder strap’, and continued it down the front/bottom of the dress and up to the other strap.
I love the simplicity of the pattern, and how light and breezy they are for these hot summer days. And I don’t care if the girls play in them, because they’re so easy… I can always whip up more!
And for fun, here’s a few pics of the twinzies wearing the first ones I ever made. I can’t believe how much the girls have grown in just one year.
If you have a little girl in your life… I hope you give it a go! Even if your sewing skills aren’t the best! Believe me- if I can do it, SO CAN YOU!
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