Now for the sleeves and skirt!
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and then another 1/2″. (or less, but I wanted a bit of a ruffled look on the edge, so I sewed my casing in about 1/8″ from the edge, but more on that later) Do not sew it closed yet!
Then sew a gathering stitch along the curved part of the sleeve and gather to fit the armhole. You can see I concentrated the gathers at the top of the sleeve. It’s up to you!
Sew them in and finish the seams, then unfold the ironed part of the sleeves, pin the sides of the bodice and sleeve right sides together and sew and finish them up as well.
For the sleeves, fold down the ironed part once…
..and then once more, then pin, and sew your casing.
Leave a spot open for the elastic. I also sewed a line around close to the other edge, to create the slight ruffle on the edge of the sleeve. Cut your 1/4″ elastic for the sleeves (I cut mine 8″ long), thread it through with a safety pin, and sew the ends together. Then sew the opening closed. Repeat for other sleeve.
As far as the skirt goes, I didn’t have much fabric left, so I cut it into two pieces (20 wide x 16″ long), folded the two pieces in half (no pic of this, sorry) and cut the sides into a slight (very slight) A-line shape.
If you’re making your own pattern, you can figure out how long to make the skirt by measuring your child…add inches for the hem and seam allowance….and then the width is up to you, it depends on how gathered you want it to be! My width was about twice the measurement of the bodice, if that helps.
Then I sewed the two pieces right sides together…
…gathered the top of the skirt to fit the bottom of the bodice…pinned and sewed them right sides together.
Then hemmed the bottom by folding and ironing up 1/2″, then another 2″. I like a wide hem once in awhile. I sewed two rows of stitching for extra fanciness.
Then sew your buttons on, and you’re done!