seashore sundress sewing pattern
It's a perfect day for a trip to the shore. This easy sundress sewing pattern features button straps, princess seams, and two almost-invisible little pockets at the dropped waist which are perfect for stashing tiny treasures.
Girl's sundress pattern. This easy sundress pattern features straps that button, princess seams, and two tiny treasure pockets at the dropped waist which are perfect for stashing a favorite pebble or seashell.
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After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: buttonholes and front hip pocket.
Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics like quilting cotton, chambray, voile, lawn, shirting, poplin, broadcloth, silk dupioni, and linen.
Sundress: Coordinating thread, lightweight fusible interfacing, two 5/8" or 3/4" buttons or snaps.
Bloomers (sizes 6M-4 only): Coordinating thread, 1 yard of 1/4" elastic, 1 yard of 1/2" elastic.
Fabric Guide (fabric width: 44"-45")
SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4 View A 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards View B 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard
SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12 View A 2 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/2 yards 2 1/2 yards 2 1/2 yards View B n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4 Chest 19" 19 3/4" 20 1/2" 21 1/2" 22 1/2" 23 1/2" Length* 13 3/4" 15" 16" 17" 18 1/4" 19 1/4"
SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12 Chest 24 1/2" 25 1/2" 26 3/4" 27 3/4" 29 1/4" 30 1/4" Length* 21" 22 1/2" 24" 25 1/4" 27" 28 1/4"
* Measured from center front
English System Size Chest
6-12M 19 19 ½ 19 ½ 27-29 17-22 12-18M 19 ¾ 20 ½ 20 ½ 29-31 22-27 18-24M 20 ½ 21 21 31-33 27-30 2T 21 21 22 33-36 30-33 3T 21 ½ 21 23 36-39 33-36 4 22 ½ 21 ½ 24 39-42 36-39 5 23 ½ 22 25 ½ 42-45 39-44 6 24 ½ 22 ½ 26 ½ 45-49 45-55 7 25 ½ 23 27 ½ 49-52 56-64 8 26 ½ 23 ½ 28 ½ 52-54 65-72 10 28 24 30 54-56 73-77 12 29 25 31 ½ 56-58 78-82 Metric System Size Chest
6-12M 48 50 50 69-74 8-10 12-18M 50 52 51 74-79 10-12 18-24M 52 53 56 79-84 12-14 2T 53 53 56 84-91 14-15 3T 55 53 58 91-99 15-16 4 57 55 61 99-107 16-18 5 60 56 65 107-114 18-20 6 62 57 67 114-124 20-25 7 65 58 70 124-132 25-29 8 67 60 72 132-137 29-33 10 71 61 76 137-142 33-35 12 74 64 80 142-147 35-37
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Average rating: 5 reviews)(based on
Lulu's seashore sundress, 9/1/2014
Reviewer: Jan Tavaglione (92504, Ca)
I've made this dress several times and I'm always happy with how it turns out. This time I made it out of whit dot chambray fabrics lining the whole dress in white cotton adding white cotton lace edging to the top and underskirt.
Great dress!, 8/1/2013
Reviewer: Sasha (Austin, Texas, USA)
I have now made four of these. I actually overlooked this pattern at first. I received it from a site as an I'm sorry for an previous order mix up. I'm soooo glad that I did. This sun dress looks great on older girls as well as younger ones!
Stunning in Silk, 7/8/2013
Reviewer: Nicole (Tintinara, SA, Australia)
I originally purchased this pattern for my younger daughters but one of my older girls begged for a version for her First Communion dress. http://fiveandcounting-motherof5.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/silky-seashore-success.html It turned out so well and was super quick to sew. I did add length but found I didn't need it. I explain that here. http://fiveandcounting-motherof5.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/she-sells-seahorses-by-seashore.html Its a simply gorgeous little dress that sews up perfectly.
Perfect sundress., 7/4/2013
Reviewer: Alison Cummins (Montréal, Québec, Canada)
It's simple and unfussy, pretty and sophisticated. It can be adapted to show off several different uses of fabric. Also: pockets! Essential in a child's clothes. The closings aren't bulky, the ruffle isn't too full, the straps will never fall off the shoulder, there's nothing to get in the way of an active child, it's shaped just enough not to be baggy without being snug. To get the nice subtle shaping in the trunk requires six vertical seams, which is twelve seam allowances. If the seam allowance is off by even 1/16 of an inch, that's a error of 3/4 of an inch on a finished circumference of 20" - enough to make a difference. It's worth being careful to get the seam allowances exactly right. On Oliver & S patterns the edge of the pattern piece is the outside of the ink line. That means don't cut along the centre of the line or to the inside. You cut away all the white and none of the black. There are different ways to handle this, but I'll explain how I did it. First I traced over the lines for each of the different sizes with different colours of highlighter pens. I'm making these for a child who will progress through all the sizes so I'm not singling out just one. Then I taped the paper patterns down to poster board and traced along theoutside edges of the pattern lines with a spiky wheel. I removed the paper patterns from the poster board and carefully cut out the posterboard pattern pieces through the lines I had marked with the spiky wheel. This meant I could reuse the Oliver + S paper pattern for the next size up. I placed the poster board pattern pieces on a single thickness of fabric, weighed them down and traced around them as closely as I could with ordinary ballpoint pen. Because each pattern piece was placed individually I could place flowers, butterflies or stripes exactly where I wanted to get perfect matching. I carefully cut out the fabric pieces on the inside of the ballpoint pen lines, cutting off every bit of pen mark. Finally, before starting to sew, I measured an exact half-inch out from the needle and marked it the edge with tape so that I would be sure the seam allowance was exact. I serged the edges after sewing the seams together, not before, to preserve the accuracy of the cut edge. I was a little worried that all the vertical seams would be irritating, but judging from the amount of wear that she's getting out of the dresses this doesn't seem to be an issue. I've made it up in a range of quilting cotton weights and cotton sateen and they all work well. Since it's a sundress, might as well go for the lighter weights. I found a very light 100% cotton for the facing and pocket lining and would recommend that anyone making this pattern look carefully for a soft, light fabric for these elements. Besides making a more comfortable garment, it makes it easier to neatly gather the several layers of pocket that form part of the ruffle. I conclude with pictures! Size 18 mo being modeled by Isha, age 12 months http://www.flickr.com/photos/98912457@N00/7403194294/ Size 2T being modeled by Isha, age 23 months http://www.flickr.com/photos/98912457@N00/7397876520/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/98912457@N00/7397876596/ Size 18 months (flat, front and back) http://www.flickr.com/photos/98912457@N00/7397875852/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/98912457@N00/7397875888/
Sweet dress, 7/3/2013
Reviewer: Masha (Georgia)
I sewed one of these dresses for my nearly-4-year-old daughter this spring. I had been a little intimidated of the pattern, despite its one-scissor rating, because of all the details in the dress - the button straps, the princess seams, the gathering and the hidden pockets. Turned out, I shouldn't have been. This really is an easy sew. Once I'd cut out my pieces, it took me under four hours of careful, unrushed sewing. At the end I had a dress so professional-looking that everyone assumed I had bought it. I sewed a size 4, but realized halfway through that it would be too wide for my very skinny girl. So I reduced the chest circumference by 2", by sewing wider seams on the sides. This corresponds roughly to the size 2, which is what would fit her if she weren't sp darn tall. The 4 was perfect for length. A very pleasant sew, and adorable dress!