Hellooo! and welcome to the Charlotte dress sew along, part 1!
Today we’ll be making the pattern for the dress. If you have the 6-12 month pattern already, skip to the bottom, if not, follow along!
See more after the jump!
Pattern making is really very easy, I just trace around clothing that fits my kids. So, you’ll need a shirt that fits your child-a tee shirt works well. Also something to use for your pattern-I’ve been using Freezer paper lately which I love, but regular printer taped together works, or wrapping paper, butcher paper, anything really!
Fold your shirt in half like so, then trace around the neckline, shoulder, and front. You’ll want to leave room for a seam allowance. I usually sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance, so adjust accordingly for your preferences.
Then trace the sleeve shape, and down the side of the shirt.
This is what it will look like!
Then even up the sides, and figure out where you want the bodice to end, then draw a line across. (with a ruler)
You can also make the neckline slope a bit lower for the front piece, for this dress I did not since it’s for a baby. For an older child, I would.
Next: label the side as your fold, and add about 3/8″-1/2″ to the bodice piece, to leave room for the zipper.
This is probably confusing…just check out how wide your zipper sides are and use that measurement.
Did that help? It doesn’t make a huge difference.
Now for the sleeves, trace around like so…
And the curve….then continue the swoop down like the picture shows. This will allow for some gathering later!
Now, cut out your pattern pieces.
Then, cut out your bodice and sleeves from the fabric!
Cut 4 of the back (with extension), 2 of main, 2 of lining.
Cut 2 of the front (without extension, just fold it back) on the fold. 1 of main fabric, 1 of lining.
Then cut two sleeves on the fold. (which will be the top-not labeled in pic, sorry!)
All done for today! Tomorrow we’ll work on the bodice!