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Child Summer Frock

Added Jul 29, 2010

by suezpetersen

Salt Lake City, ...




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Sweet summer dress for little girls. No zippers or buttons, just pull over the head.




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    Mar 24, 2018, 02.25 AMby janel5

    The pattern is still there… it’s under “Patterns for this Project” and you click on “Get it now”

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    Sep 29, 2017, 01.55 PMby MillyR

    Is the pattern no longer available? It says unable to reach the page :(

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    Aug 6, 2017, 01.05 PMby sumiktelaviv

    I don’t see any information about how much fabric is needed for the skirt or for the bodice either — I’ll try to make the 2T size.

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    Jul 22, 2017, 06.41 AMby Hydeeho

    I agree that the instructions are confusing in a few places.

    First of all, for the skirt measurement, this is what I am doing. My granddaughter’s waist measurement is 20" , double that would be 40". Since my fabric measures 36" wide, I’m going to go ahead and use that.

    For the length, I used the finished skirt measurements that I had from another pattern. I am making a 3T so the finished skirt length is 10" .

    I found the first few steps also confusing. Am I supposed to just stay stitch the neckline or…? I keep rereading the instructions and am determined to figure this out. However, I would love for the author to provide the corrections so we could better enjoy this wonderful pattern.

    (I hope I am not making a duplicate post. I tried to post earlier.)

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      May 9, 2018, 02.30 AMby gegmoore

      I stitched this dress in jersey knit, stay stitching neck and armholes.

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    Jul 15, 2017, 05.51 PMby crisdi

    HOW MUCH fabric is required for the skirt? No one knows, or no one wants to tell? Minimal information, I guess that is why this is a free pattern. Those of you who have made this dress, would you be so kind and please let the rest of us know?

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      Jul 16, 2017, 05.09 AMby crisdi

      Here are my answers to my own questions and some questions that others have asked. I am making the smallest size for my 2 year old granddaughter.
      I decided on 1/4" seam allowance since it is mentioned on two pages (8 and 10), but not on the first page where you are starting to sew.
      I measured the width of a pillow case, to get some idea of the width, almost 20" or 40" doubled. I would use a full width of fabric 44". However, I am using a Liberty of London cotton, which is only 36" wide, so I am using two widths of that. Since she is tall for her age, I will be making the skirt at least 14" with 3" extra for the hem. That way I can let it down if needed.
      One more thing that isn’t mentioned except by commenter efratn, make sure you clip the seams, but just half way, at the curved areas. Makes it much easier to turn and press.

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      Jul 22, 2017, 06.36 AMby Hydeeho

      Hi— this pattern is so cute and I’ve dithered so long in trying to make it because of so many questions!

      I am just now seeing you also posted below. For the skirt, I took the waist measurement X 2. For a 3 yo at 36" tall, I am making the skirt 10" finished length.

      How did I get that awesome answer? :) I looked at some other patterns that I have saved, and those skirt patterns are 10" finished skirt length.

      I must admit the first few steps are also kind of frustrating to me. Am I supposed to just stay stitch the neckline or…

      I would love for the author to rewrite her directions with the corrections. That would be great!

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    Jul 10, 2017, 06.13 PMby KPerkins

    I have the bodice completed but I need help with the skirt. I’m not using a pillow case like pictured in the instructions. I’m just using fabric. I’m not sure where to go from here can someone help me please. I’m making this dress for my daughter and I was hoping to finish today but that probably won’t happen now. :(

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    Jun 22, 2017, 03.32 PMby beaglt6

    Thank you so much for this simple pattern! I have made about 12 of these dresses total for my twin girls. I added ruffles, sash and hook closure for the back. I just love this dress!!

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      Jul 10, 2017, 06.06 PMby KPerkins

      Do you also use a pillow case or how do you do the skirt? I’m in the middle of making this dress and I have no idea where to go from here. I have the bodice completed and was getting ready to start on the skirt but I have no pattern.

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    Apr 27, 2017, 09.27 PMby RuthinFrance

    HI, could anyone please tell me what size to cut the skirt material please? I want to make a dress for a 2 year old. Thank you! Ruth

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    Apr 10, 2017, 02.33 AMby rosrut

    The instructions include the length for the skirt, but not the width. What should the width be? (I’m making a size 2T).

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    Feb 14, 2016, 11.46 PMby bbush

    Does anyone know if the sizes are true to RTW? I can’t find a size chart. Also, what is the seam allowance?

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      May 9, 2018, 02.36 AMby gegmoore

      Size 2/3T worked out well for a petite three-year-old. However, I could have easily taken 1/2" from front and back of bodice at the fold line without itbeing too fitted.

      I used 1/4" seam allowance for all seams.

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    May 29, 2015, 11.25 AMby Glyn Edge

    I can’t seem to print the pattern pieces, it comes up as one page with just a bodice piece on. Anyone know what I’m doing wrong? Have got the step-by-step instructions ok. Thanks x

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      Jun 6, 2015, 03.51 AMby Nancy Walton

      That’s all there is to the pattern — you measure out the skirt separately. :)

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    Mar 11, 2015, 03.37 PMby dancinmomma

    I didn’t know what the seam allowance was either. I used a 1/4 in. for the 4T size. I think I will use a 1/2 in. next time. It pulls on fine, but the neck and armholes are slightly too big. She’ll have to wear a T-shirt under. I hope that by doing a 1/2 in. it’ll still be easily pulled over and have a better fit. If I size down to a 3T I’m afraid it will be too small.


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    Jun 2, 2014, 04.54 AMby teachged

    Does the pattern include seam allowances or must the be added to the drawing?

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    Jul 1, 2013, 12.00 PMby Jeanette Lundström

    What type of fabric have you used? Would a woven cotton work or does it have to be stretchy since there is no zipper? Thanks!

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      May 9, 2018, 02.33 AMby gegmoore

      I used a jersey knit that turned out beautifully.

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    Aug 6, 2011, 01.02 AMby MyScrapbookStudio

    This looks so cute. Bummer that my daughter is a 7/8 now :( Thank you for sharing though! :)

    ~ Caren Smith of www.MyScrapbookStudio.net

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    Jun 15, 2011, 03.56 PMby laurakealey

    I’ve made 4 full size dresses, I’m about to make a practice one for a rag doll I’ve made so that I can make another matching one to go with the dress I made for my friends little girl- I altered it to have a front and a back and cut it out larger to try and embroider on it, forgot so had to make another one, now she has one to grow into, so the dress for the doll will last too! I added sequins to the necklin and around the bottom. I absolutly love the pattern and if you make it longer in fancier material it can be a bridesmaid dress too. Have worked out how to add a net layer on it. Thank you for posting it :)

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      Sep 16, 2013, 08.56 PMby laurakealey

      Dolls dress still going strong, dress completely grown out of, even as a top. :-)

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    Jan 10, 2011, 06.02 AMby efratn

    Thank you! I followed your tutorial and created a dress for my little one last night – your instructions are clear and the dress is beautiful! I love the bodice lining, and the fact that no seams are exposed so it is soft against the body. I would just add a small step of clipping the curves after stitching the neckline and the armholes. Thank you!!

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    Aug 6, 2010, 03.30 PMby reumswicht

    I have the same problem like tmcquire and I would love to make this wonderful dress for my niece. If there’s a way to get the instructions please help me. Thank you very much!!!

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      Sep 25, 2010, 02.44 AMby nessys

      Hey Darl – refer to my reply to tmcquire below – click the “Instruction” tab above the photo – hope it works for you! I hope I can sew this for my friend’s little girl! It is so sweet! All the best xx

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    Aug 4, 2010, 11.06 PMby tmcguire

    Hi! The link for the instructions to the tutorial is giving me an error message. Is there any way you can send me the directions or point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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      Sep 25, 2010, 02.43 AMby nessys

      Hey Darl – I just worked this out – what you need to do is NOT click the “Get all Instructions (PDF)” thing under neath the photo – you need to click the “Instructions” tab ABOVE the photo! Hope this works for you Honey and the dress is a hit! I’m going to have a crack at it myself!

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    Aug 2, 2010, 02.19 AMby suezpetersen

    thanks everyone!

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    Jul 30, 2010, 02.13 PMby feetyjammies

    Very cute and so many possibilities.

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    Jul 29, 2010, 08.02 PMby nehmah

    Congratulations on the best tutorial/instruction download I have seen in a very long time. Your steps are easy-to-read; you press the seams (bless you to pieces!); your final garment looks so professional. She looks quite pleased with her new summer frock. Cordially, Nehmah

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    Jul 29, 2010, 07.22 PMby tmcguire

    Love this dress. Your little one’s adorable! A perfect model.

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