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 edges as normal. That would be the easiest route to take. A facing just adds a tad bit of polish to the neck.
Put the scrap on the fold, and trace around it for the shape.
Add two inches to the width like so.
Cut it out, and do the same to the front neck. Label the pieces so you don’t get them mixed up.
With the wrong sides together, sew the facing to the neck.
When you flip it over, you’ll have a neat and tidy finished neckline.
Once you have both facings sewn on, put right sides of the dress together. Sew just the shoulder seams. (You could also sew the shoulders, and then attach the facing to the neck in one piece. That’s probably the correct way to do it, actually.)
You can ignore this part and just finish up the dress. If you’d rather have a cuff or a sleeve binding this is how you do it. Cut two pieces of fabric on the fold the same length as your sleeve. Cut the width twice as wide as you want the finished cuff to be. Mine here are four inches by 1.5 inches.
Fold the strip in half and sew it the arm hole. Make sure to sew it to the wrong side of the dress.
This will give you a pretty little finished off sleeve.
Now just sew down the side seams like you would normally.
Finish off the hem however you wish, and pat the finished product with a hot steamy iron.
Find your nearest cute little girl to model.
For the big girl’s dress, I followed the pattern as if I were just making a top. I added two gathered rectangles to the bottom for the skirt. I just wanted to illustrate that it doesn’t have to be the same shift dress, there’s multiple ways to change it.
I’ll probably make them a few different versions to wear with leggings in the Fall. It is an “easy to wear” garment for sure, just the sort we like around here! Did you know doing a woman’s size is just about the exact same as what we just did here? We’ll be talking about that a little later on, so check back around!
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.