And now for the Junebug dress tutorial/sew along. (without much fanfare apparently)
1-2 yards of fabric, depending on child's size. I barely scraped by with one yard for my 2T size
6 buttons-for the pattern I provide no larger than 5/8"
thread, sewing and pattern making stuff (ie sewing machine and paper)
You can download the free 2T/3T pattern here. I say @2T/slash/3T because Sadie's kind of in the middle of the two sizes....the finished dimensions of this pattern are 21" around the waist, 8" around for the sleeves (though you can definitely use more elastic to get a wider opening), and 18" from collarbone to hem.
Ok, if you're not using the pattern, let's get going and make your own! First you'll need to trace a tee that fits your child-see more about that here.
This will be the back piece of your bodice-so trace the back neckline. Add seam allowances-I allow for 1/4" in my pattern. Measure down how far you'd like the bodice to go on your child. and draw a line across.
Next, cut out your back piece, and trace it again. Then draw a half-square neckline-dropping off before it hits the fold line. (left side of pattern in pic)
Then cut out that pattern, trace the back piece again, and draw your bodice flap pattern. It should flare out a little bit on the bottom (ie not go straight down), and curve up a little bit where it meets the bodice front piece. Add seam allowances on the top and side of this piece. (again, about 1/4")
Then I drew a sleeve shape like this one for my gathered sleeve. These are really easy to draw and forgiving too. Make sure to square it off, ie, make sure lines are straight.
There. Now label your patterns as shown, and cut out your fabric from the pattern pieces.
Tomorrow: bodice and buttonholes!