An A-line dress has narrow shoulders and flares gradually from under the arms to the hem, which gives it a vaguely triangular shaped. It is a straightforward dress to sew requiring little shaping. It is also a good garment for little girls because it is an appealing style without being too frilly. By making the dress yourself you can choose from a wide variety of pretty fabrics to suit your liking. Since they require such little fabric, children's clothes are relatively inexpensive to make.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Large paper
- Sewing machine
Measure the girl from her armpit to her knee. Draw a line on the paper with a pencil the length of the measurement. Label it "centre."
Measure the girl around the chest. Draw a line outward from top of the "centre" line to the 1/2 the length you measured. Label it "neckline."
Draw a line on the paper from the bottom of the "centre" line to 1/2 the chest measurement you did in Step 2 plus 2 inches. Label it "hem."
Draw a diagonal line connecting the "neckline" line to the "hem" line. Label it "side."
Measure the girl's back from her armpit to the bottom of her shoulder blade while her arm is down. Measure on the paper from the corner of the "neckline" down the "side" line to the distance you just measured and mark with the pencil.
Measure the front of girl's chest from armpit to armpit while her arms are down. Measure on the paper from the "centre" line along the "neckline" to 1/2 of the measurement you just made. Mark the spot with a pencil.
Draw a diagonal line connecting the two marks you made in Step 5 and Step 6. Make a mark from the centre of the line you just drew to 1 inch in toward the "centre" line. Draw a curved line connecting all three points to make the armhole. Erase the diagonal line.
Cut along the lines and label the pattern piece "front."
Lay the "front" pattern piece on another piece of paper and trace around it with the pencil. Remove the "front" pattern piece. Label "centre", "side", and "hem" lines the same as the "front" piece.
Cut along the lines and label pattern piece "back."
Fold the fabric in half. Place the "front" and the "back" pattern piece on top, lining up the "centre" lines with the fold. Pin in place. Trace around the pattern pieces with the pencil.
Cut out the front and the back of the dress. Cut out two 1 1/4-inch strips 7-inches long for shoulder straps.
Fold the neckline of the dress down a 1/2 inch, the wrong sides facing each other. Sew the fold down 1/4 inch from the edge. Fold the top of back of the dress down a 1/2 inch, the wrong sides facing each other. Sew the fold down 1/4 inch from the edge.
Pin the front of the dress to the back of the dress along the side seams, right sides facing each other. Sew the front and the back of dress together at side seams, with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
Fold the shoulder straps in half lengthwise, right sides facing each other. Sew along the length of the straps 1/4 inch from the open end. Turn the straps right side out.
Sew the ends of the straps to the inside of the top corners of the front of the dress. Sew the other ends of the straps to the inside of the same top corners of the back of the dress.
Fold the hem of the dress up 1 inch, with wrong sides facing each other. Sew hem in place.
Tips and warnings
- For added variations lace or a ruffle can be added to the hem.
- You can sew bows onto the shoulder straps or the centre front of the dress.
- Using different fabrics, such as a knit versus a woven cotton, will change the look of the dress.
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