Fabricworm.com offers a wonderful selection of fabric that are great for children’s wear. As soon as we saw their Flight collection we knew we had to make something in it! This fabric is Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics and you can purchase it in voile, canvas and knit. Did we mention that is it organic? No fabric is better to dress your little one in than.
The colors that were offered in the Flight collection were a perfect match to our Sweatshirt Tunic Dress. For our project we used their knit version of the print in three of the four colors. The paneling in the dress was great for bringing these fabrics together in one design. We decided to sew up our little dress in a combination of their dusk, mineral, and paprika colors. Any garment from our Saturday Morning kids pattern collection would work great in these fabrics. The fabric had a great stretch to it and would make any child jump for joy while wearing it (and be comfortable as can be).
See below how we put our own spin on this quirky and cute dress…
Before you start cutting and sewing, you’ll need to do some drafting prep work! The front top and sleeve pieces have panels that need to be separated, so all we did is place a piece of tracing paper over the pattern and trace off the center panel on the front and the lower half of the sleeve. Then you have to add your seam allowance depending on the type of stitch you are sewing with. Since this is a knit fabric design we added 1/4" because all seams will be serged together. Not to worry though if you do not have a serger… add 1/2" – 5/8" and sew with a stretch stitch or zig zag on your single needle regular sewing machine.
When cutting the fabric up make sure you lay pieces right side up with the right side of the fabric up as well. Cutting Asymmetrical designs this way avoids confusion and re-cuts!
You’ll also have to draft the neck, hem, and sleeve bands for this garment. We made a size 110 so we cut the pieces in the bolded measurements below…
Neck band: 13 3/4 – 14 1/4 – 14 1/2 – 15 – 15 1/2 ins long, 1 1/4 ins wide,
Hem band: 25 3/4 – 25 3/4 – 27 3/4 – 27 3/4 – 27 3/4 ins long, 3 1/4 ins wide,
2 sleeve bands: 6 3/8 ins long, 3 1/4 ins wide.
Then with small clips into the piece we marked the notches along the side seams (for the pockets), and the armhole (for the ruffle placement).
The first seams we sewed were the front section seams.
Then we place the pocket pieces right sides together between the side seam notches on the front. With our sewing machine on the stretch stitch we stitched it in place.
Now it was time for the fun part… those adorable ruffled sleeves. First you need to sew the shoulder seams together and run a basting stitch across the ruffle piece’s straight edge. Gather the ruffle to match the armhole edge between notches. to make it easier first pin the shoulder notch on the ruffle piece to the shoulder seam on the dress and gather from each side. Once the ruffle is gathered into place take it back under the sewing machine and baste the gather in place, it makes it so much easier to sew in the sleeve.
Before we sewed in the sleeves, we stitch the sleeve section seams together. Then from one underarm to the other pin the sleeve in right sides together with the top matching the shoulder notches. Sew the sleeves in place and make sure you catch the ruffle basting seamlines so they won’t be visible from the right side. Sew the sleeve in place.
Stitch the pocket pieces to the back top (as you did for the front) before you pin the side seams. Flip all four of the pocket pieces away from the top and pin up the side seams (starting from the sleeve hem). It is important to match up underarm points, top and bottom of pockets and hem edges. Stitch the side seams together and around pocket pouch edges. Flip the garment right side out and push the pocket pouches into the dress to finish the inseam pockets.
Once the side seams are sewn the body of the dress is done, and it is now time to assemble all the finishing bands. Fold all the bands right sides together lengthwise and stitch edges together. Then fold them wrong sides together and stretch into the opening edges of the dress. Each band is about 30% smaller that the edge it is being sewed to, so you’ll have to stretch the band as you sew.
Here it is! This little dress is for any little girl who wants to showcase her style early. This fabric truly elevated the design, and we love how all the colors came together with the unison of the same print.
Purchase the fabrics we used here. The stretch in this particular knit was perfect for the dress design, and was a pleasure to sew with.
This post was sponsored by Fabricworm.com.
Happy Organic Sewing!