I made this one up in Liberty. Every time I sew with Liberty I fall more in love with how beautifully it sews up. It's the most amazing fabric ! That said, if you want to go at having making one of these dresses, don't forget our golden rule of pattern alteration. Repeat after me 'Don't use your favourite/most expensive fabric the first time you alter a pattern.'
To make this dress, all you'll need is fabric, a button and embroidery thread and bias tape. I made my own but there are plenty of lovely pre made tapes to chose from, too.
Right, apologies out of the way, lets start with a tiny little bit of pattern alteration.
You need to cut both your back and front piece on the fold. Take your front piece and add a little extra down the centre front seam to allow for gathering. Don't you love terms like 'a little extra'? Just to give you an idea I added about 8cm on the fold for a size four dress. Like most things in this series it's not an exact science. The more you add to the front, the more gathery it will be.
You'll also want to add some length (This is a good hint for anything with a waist bow as they tend to pull the length of the dress up) I added about 10cm. This is what my font piece looked like when I cut it out
Done it? Good.
Now you need to cut a piece to make the facing for the back opening. Down the centre back fold, measure the length that you want your back opening to be (you need to be able to pull it over your child's head!) and add about 6cm. this is the length that your back facing needs to be.
Take a pair of scissors and (carefully!) cut down the line that you have drawn. You should be cutting between the two rows of stitches. Be careful not to cut through the row if stitches at the bottom. Carefully snip to out to the two bottom corners.
Gather between the markings you have made.
With the front and back pieces right sides together measure how far down you want to insert the the waist ties.
Finish your edges.
Finally, bind your armholes and hem your dress. Attach a button to the back and make a button loop. If you need some help with this, here is a good place to learn all about it.
Done! How easy was that?