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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

KCWC Day 3/PR&P Holiday Week Tutorial

KCWC Day 3 and PR&P Holiday Wear!!!

(Fabric: Michael Miller 100 Calorie Snack Pack - Applique: Gingerbread Alpha from Planet Applique)

So I thought I would try to kill two birds with one stone this week and finish a Holiday wear look!  I LOVE how this dress turned out!!!  She is so stinkin' adorable!!!

Here's the tutorial of how I created the look!

I took measurements of a bodice pattern and drew up my own (I didn't want the neckline that was on the pattern so the neckline was the only thing I really changed.)

I traced the peter pan collar from a Simplicity pattern and ironed interfacing to one side

The pattern I modified had short sleeves so I added length to make it long sleeved.

You'll also need a long rectangle to make the skirt - double the width of the waist and cut about 10" if you're making the skirt to a 18mo-2T size.

Here's what your bodice pieces will look like:

Sew the peter pan collar and turn right side out.  Baste to the front of the bodice.

Sew the back to the front at the shoulders. (Do the same for the lining pieces)

Gather the sleeves and sew right sides together to the bodice.

Add the lining bodice to the front bodice right sides together and sew the arm seam only so that you're encasing the sleeve.  That way you won't have a raw edge on the inside of the dress at the arm hole.

Here are pics of what the finished seam looks like at the arm

NOW, this is tricky.  You are going to sew the neck and back together but it's going to look really funky like this:

Don't worry, it will all turn out in the end!!!  Make sure to pin it in place though.  Sew up the side seam, curve of the neck and down the other side seam.  Leave the bottom open.

Turn it out and press really well!!!!

I didn't take pictures of the rest of the steps but it's easy to put together after this.

Sew the sleeves closed by putting them right sides together.  You can finish with a serger or zig zag stitch.  Hem the sleeve.
Sew the side seam of your long rectangle for the skirt.  Gather and pin to the bottom of the bodice.  Finish the seam with a serger or zig zag stitch and top stitch the bottom of the bodice.  Hem the bottom of the skirt.

Add buttons to the back and you're done!!!

Sweet baby girl!!!!


  1. So cute! Love that print, chic holiday is tough to find! Happy I stumbled upon you via the Train to Crazy, I'm in the Nashville area as well (Bellevue)!

  2. This dress is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

  3. So cute, but did I miss the pattern?

    1. I used existing patterns on hand - you can use any sort of bodice pattern that you like to re-create the look! There's a free bodice pattern at the blog "Climbing the Willow" :)



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