It’s been a while since I have sewn something truly feminine for one of my girls. I have been on the practical side of the sewing fence when it comes to them, as they are more into rough and tumble play, or comfort. But when my daughter picked up viola lessons recently, I got just a little bit happy inside. Between this and piano, I needed to beef up her dress up clothes. Woot woot!
With some gorgeous cream and hot pink polka dot fabric that I purchased from the Cloth House while visiting London, an idea was born.
Make this Look: Ruffle bottom shirt || 5&10 designs pattern alteration.
MAKE THIS LOOK:
PATTERN ALTERATIONS DIY:
- Print out bodice pattern pieces front and back and sleeve. Add 1 – 2″ in length to the bottom Front pattern piece (1″ for smaller sizes, 2″ for larger).
- For back pattern piece, add the same length to the side seam, then (for a sloped back like mine) curve an additional 2 – 4″ down towards the back center. Add 1″ to back center for button placket.
- Sleeve pattern remains as is. You can use short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, or long sleeve.
- Determine the final length you want your shirt to be, from neckline to bottom of shirt. (if your child is not in front of you to measure, use one of their shirts for a guideline). Subtract the difference from your new Front bodice pattern length, and your desired shirt length. Cut (2) ruffle pattern pieces that number + 1″ in length x skirt panel width in Look 1 of Volume 1 pattern.
- Sew up bodice as instructed in the sleeve attachment of Volume 1. Overlap the bottom of your button placket 1″ and baste stitch the hem in place to secure.
- Sew 2 ruffle pattern pieces right sides together at side seam. Finish seams.
- Turn bottom edge under 1/4″ towards wrong side and press. Turn under again 1/4″, press, and sew to hem.
- Baste stitch 1/4″ along the top ruffle edge and gather bobbin thread until the ruffle is evenly gathered and the same width as your bodice. Pin the top of the ruffle to the bottom of bodice, right sides together. Sew around using 1/2″ seam allowance. Finish seam with serger or zigzag stitch, and press seam up.
- Add buttons and buttonholes to your placket as desired.
And you are finished!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…