Materials for a 18-24m:
- Bodice Pattern and fabric for the main and lining (print the pattern in 18-24m here)
- Fabric for the skirt – 44″ wide by 15″ long
- 15 strands of 1/2″ grosgrain ribbon that are 14.5″ long
- Sewing machine and notions (pins, thread, optional fabric glue)
Prepare the shoulder strap ribbons
Place front lining right sides together with front main. Pin in place and stitch the top and curve as shown in the picture below. Clip the corners and the curve and turn right side out. *DO NOT SEW THE SIDES OR BOTTOM! (We will need to attach the back bodice in a later step.)*
Repeat steps 1-4 with the back bodice. Again, make sure you leave the sides and the bottom open. Turn right side out and press all seams.
Now we will attach the front bodice to the back bodice at the sides. Place bodice pieces right sides together.
Open up the right side of the front and back bodice so your lining and main fabric are right sides together as shown.
Pin and sew 1/2″ seam allowance down the sides. Trim seam to 1/4″.
Turn the bodice right sides out and turn the lining in by folding down the side. Topstitch all around the top opening of the bodice. This will give it a professional look and help secure the ribbon inside.
Now let’s work on the skirt! A helpful hint! If you can cut your skirt from one piece of fabric – (My measurements for the 2T are 44″x19″ so it made it easy to cut across the width of the fabric) – I find that ironing a crease in the middle will help line up the skirt to the bottom so all the gathers are even.
Place skirt piece(s) right sides together. Sew and finish the edges with a serger, zig zag stitch or pinking shears to prevent frayed edges. (Or, sew the skirt with a french seam.)
Sew two gathering rows across the top of the skirt – 1 at 1/4″ and one at 1/2″. Gather the skirt to match the opening of the bottom of the bodice.
Pin the skirt to the bottom of the bodice with right sides together. Match the seam of the skirt to the side seam of the bodice. If you ironed a crease you can match up that crease with the other bodice side seam.
Sew with a 3/4″ seam allowance and then finish the seam with a serger or zig zag stitch. Turn bodice up and press the skirt seam up to the bodice. I chose not to topstitch the skirt to the bodice because of the placement of the ribbon on the bodice.
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