I originally shared this ruffled baby dress tutorial at iCandy Handmade for her Basic Bodice series. Since i’m knee-deep in Project Run and Play preparations (competing against iCandy!), I thought it would be a good time to share it here! Lena has worn this dress already and it is adorable!
Pretty much everything I design starts with a basic bodice, so it wasn’t hard to come up with another variation. This little dress has a panel of ruffles down the front.
*about 1 yard of fabric, depending on the size you’re making
*basic bodice pattern pieces
Make the pattern:
Lengthen the basic bodice piece to turn it into a dress.
Draw a new side seam by drawing line out from the underarm corner to give the side seam a little more flare.
Next, draw a line down the front to cut out a panel.
After drawing that panel, trace your new pieces onto separate pieces of paper and add seam allowance to both new seam edges.
For the back bodice piece, lengthen it into a dress and flare out the side seam to match the front.
Cut out all your pieces from fabric. I added sleeves as well, using a basic pattern that I lengthened just a little. I faced my neckline and added an invisible zipper. (A facing pattern tutorial and invisible zipper tutorial are available on my blog, if you need them!)
Cut out (or tear) strips of fabric for ruffles. They should be about 2 1/4″ wide and as long as possible.
Serge the bottom edge of each strip (or use a zig zag stitch). Gather the top of the strips. Lay out your panel piece.
Then pin and sew the next ruffle above the first. Make sure to overlap the raw edge of the first one.
Fold over a scrap of fabric and sew it over the top ruffle to cover the raw edge. Trim the fabric to match up with the neckline of your bodice.
Then finish the seams, press the front and topstitch along the panel seams.
Once you have the ruffled panel all ready, finish the dress like a basic dress. Face it, add sleeves, finish the hem and add a zipper. Then you’re done!