Tuesday, April 14, 2009
*FREE* 18-24 Month Dress Pattern! FINALLY!!!
**EDIT March 9, 2010** It seems as though I forgot to add the 1/4" seam allowance to this pattern. I am working on correcting this and replacing the pattern on here now with one that has seam allowances (and a 1" square printing guide as well). In the meantime, PLEASE ADD A 1/4" SEAM ALLOWANCE TO THIS PATTERN ON ALL SIDES *EXCEPT* THE FOLDED EDGE when cutting out your fabric FOR PROPER FIT.
I finally got around to finishing the pattern for this 18-24 month dress. You remember, the one I said I would finish and post by the end of February here. HA! That's a likely story. Well, two months later it is finally done. And here it is!
To use the patterns, right-click and "Save Target As..." and choose your desktop. Then print from there. If you have Windows Vista, like me, then you want to make sure you UN-check the option to "resize to fit page" (it will be automatically checked!).
Here are the pattern pieces:
Here are the directions:
1) Cut out a front and back pattern piece onto your chosen fabric. Then cutout a front and back piece to the dashed line (pattern piece #2) in your chosen lining fabric. Optional: Serge all the pieces.
2) Stitch a finished narrow hem onto the two lining pieces along the bottom edge.
3) Place the front lining piece to the front dress piece with right sides together and pin in place. Do the same for the back pieces. Stitch 1/4" from armpit to armpit (marked with a blue dot on the pattern). Turn pieces and press. Top stitch 1/4" from armpit to armpit. Repeat for the back pieces.
4) This would be a good time to add a ribbon or lace embellishment to the empire waistline. I stiched mine onto the front in such a way that the stitching line went through the lining hemline just to help keep it tacked down. It is much easier to add the wasitline embellishments now rather than after the side seams have been done.
5) Place the front and back pieces together with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4" seam along both sides. A double seam would not be a bad idea here either for extra stability.
6) Hem the bottom of the dress using a narrow hem.
7) Figure out the best placement for the buttons and button holes for the straps by trying the dress on the child. The buttons should go on the front of the dress (the short, squared off straps) and the button holes should go on the back straps (the long pointed ones).
That's it! Your done! This dress looks cute with a onesie underneath or even a long sleeved shirt. I even like it with a cute cardigan and a pair of leggings! Enjoy!
*Note: This pattern is labeled as 18-24 month. It fits up to a 25 lb child. However, every child is different so you may need to adjust the pattern accordingly.