I wanted to share a dress that I finished a few weeks ago and note my adjustments to the original pattern.
Model: Alicenne LeBlanc of The LeBlanc Modeling Agency.
[I'm going off topic here but I have to tell this little story. I posted the above picture on Grammy's FB page one weekend to show her the completed dress. Emily saw the picture on the computer and yelled out, "Hey, Allie, you're on dot-com."]
The dress pattern is called Feliz and it can be found in the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love. The original pattern calls for a double layer dress almost like a pinafore on top of another dress. I've removed the top layer for my sundress version simply to make the dress lighter.
You are going to want to trace the pattern in the size you will be using onto paper. If you cut out the original pattern, you will not be able to use the other sizes. These patterns do not include a seam allowance so after you trace the pattern, you need to add a seam allowance. I used a ruler to measure 5/8 of an inch around the pattern tracings.
For my sundress, I only used the four pieces of the underdress. You will also need to cut the straps and the inside piece to the back of the dress (for the elastic casing.) Instead of using the ties from the pattern, I used a thick ribbon. I sometimes do this to save some sewing time.
The ruffles are not include in the pattern. I cut mine at 4.5 inches wide and added them around the bottom and up the back.
With the way that the dress fits my kids, I like the top of the back panel to not be so rounded. I've been re-cutting it to make it more flat.
Because my kids are super skinny, I've sewn the straps so that they are coming out of the top of the back panel. I also used elastic cording to keep the ribbon ties in place. (Of course the ribbon could be tied neater.)
You will need to remove the seam allowance from the top of the front panel and the two side panels. (Or you could cut pattern pieces without the seam allowance at the top.) I measure and mark with a fabric pen before cutting.
After you sew the sides of these three panels together, you will finish off the top with small bias tape. (Do this before you sew the back panel to the sides.)
^ Not a modeling face but an Allie face well known in our home.