If you’re making the Emma dress for an 18-24 mo size, here is the link to download my free pattern! If you’re making another size, read on for pattern making instructions!
*note* Sorry I did mistakenly label the back bodice and front narrow piece wrongly…I’m fixing it right now, but if you already printed it, they are switched. Sorry about that! That’s what I get for making a pattern late at night, I guess.
**it’s fixed! I’m so sorry about any confusion!
Click below for the rest!
So first off, fold a tee that fits your kiddo in half, and trace around it, adding seam allowances. Cut it off where you’d like the bodice to end on the bottom. That is your back piece. Then I traced it to create a full front bodice. You could also lay the tee shirt out not folded, but this way it’s more even. Draw the front neckline as well.
Then I made a line where I wanted the asymmetrical button flap to be. (if you don’t like the off center front-by all means, make it centered! It’s as simple as moving the line to the middle. Everything else will work)
Then cut out that pattern, and cut 2 of the back piece on the fold, then 2 each of the two front patterns.
To make the collar pattern, lay out the pattern pieces, joined at the shoulder, and trace around the neckline.
Make sure to note which side is which (narrow vs wide)
Then sketch out your Peter Pan collar pattern, like so. Doesn’t have to be perfect, but try to make the width as even as possible. I also started the collar about 1/2″ in from the front edge.
Add seam allowance around the outside, then cut out the pattern. (btw I labeled the collar wrong in this pic, lol. it’s backwards)
Then I used the armhole on the bodice to trace a sleeve pattern. (the top is the fold of course)
Even out the top a little, this sleeve will have a few pleats. Or gathers, if you prefer.
Next: Cut out your pieces.
Sleeves: 2 on the fold (plus one long strip of fabric 2″ wide to be the bands on the bottom of the sleeve.)
Collar: cut out two collar pieces, on the bias. This means, if your fabric is laid out like mine below, with the selvage to the side, angle your collar pattern so that it’s slanted. This will help your collar lay nicely!
Front bodice-wide and narrow: cut 2 of both pieces, I usually fold my fabric so that there is two layers (right sides together), lay my pattern on top, then pin (or weigh down with fabric weights) and cut it out like that. That way you have pieces that mirror each other, for the lining and outside of the bodice.
Back bodice: cut 2 on fold.
For the skirt, I simply cut a length selvage to selvage-my length for an 18 mo size is 10.5″. Keep in mind I added a band around the bottom, which added 1.5″. You can use a dress in their closet to find a good length, or measure to see what length you want!
Tomorrow we’ll start the collar and bodice! Let me know if you have any questions!