Easy sleeve variations for the tunic top for girls

Create easy sleeve variations

The Christmas season is just a prime time for needing to freshen the clothing situation for the family. There’s extra events to attend, Christmas pictures to take, cards to send out, and little people’s growth spurts to contend with. I chose to tackle this problem by delving into my overflowing fabric stash for some quick dresses for the girlies. I used the tunic top for girls tutorial I posted HERE, and simply added to the length. You can use that tutorial, or a pattern you already have, and simply switch up the look of it by changing the sleeves. I left one dress sleeveless and added a gathered sleeve to the other. Here’s how I used a regular sleeve pattern to make a gathered sleeve. I laid the pattern on the fold, at a diagonal. I left about an inch and a half gap at the top, and finished off … Continue reading

Dot to Dot Sewing – Tunic Top for Girls

Tunic Top for Girls

My children grow so randomly, I’m not sure if that’s normal? My four year old has been the same size for the last two years, and then all the sudden whamo! She’s suddenly a good three inches taller and nothing fits! Um kid? Can we do this growth thing gradually and consistently next time? It would make mommy’s life so much easier trying to clothe you, seriously. For the time being, little Miss thinks new handmade clothes are super special…so I’m running with it until she gets too trendy for my sewing abilities. She helped pick out the fabrics out of my stash, and supervised the process closely. This tunic top builds off the pattern I showed you how to make for the basic girls shift dress HERE. You’ll need to reference that to make this pattern. The pattern is all the same, except we are going to add actual … Continue reading

Dot to Dot Sewing – Little Girl’s Basic Shift Dress (Part 2)

how to sew a shift dress

Welcome back to part 2 of sewing a little girl’s basic shift dress! (see part 1 HERE) I don’t actually think it’s possible for the big girl to make a semi-normal looking face whilst I try vainly for a decent picture. Ah well, at least she’s a willing and happy participant…unlike another little girl I could mention. Anyway, our last post was all about how to make the pattern for this dress, and today we’re going to put it all together. I wanted a full length dress for the miss, so I laid the pattern on the fold, and continued the lines to the desired length. I cut out both the front and the back, but I kept the scraps from cutting out the necks. This is my shortcut method for making a facing. You could certainly just put this together as normal, skipping the facings, and hem all the … Continue reading

Dot to Dot Sewing – Little Girl’s Basic Shift Dress (Part 1)

Toddler Shift Dress Tutorial

People tend to think sewing is hard. I would contend that it’s a way over thought process for most. I like to see sewing as drawing a giant dot to dot picture. Nobody has to have any special talents to draw a dot to dot picture. (That’s why I like them!) It doesn’t take any special talents to measure out a few dots, connect them and cut them out for sewing either! (I promise my little girl doesn’t always look so tragical! Something about cameras… As for the big girl, an open mouth with noise coming out is fairly accurate.) Today I’m going to show you how to make a basic little girl’s shift dress (or tunic). We are going to draw our own pattern, dot to dot style. You’ll need to know just a few measurements of your little lady before you start. You’ll need to know the her width … Continue reading