Ruffled Wraparound Toddler Dress

My baby girl turned one last week, and a birthday girl needs a party dress (which has been sadly lacking in her wardrobe to date). I searched the blogosphere for the perfect party dress, and couldn’t find anything just right. A quick search on Pinterest  uncovered the Madelyn Dress from gtz photography, but it was still too complicated for my limited sewing time. So I drafted my own pattern and the Ruffled Wraparound A-line Toddler Dress was created:

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Starting with a basic bodice template for Little Miss, I drafted an A-Line dress, and then created the overlapping sections for the front. To add a touch of party, there is a ruffle along the neck line, and the armholes and neckline are finished with bias tape.

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The dress has ties for the wrap section, one on the inside to prevent the dress sagging and one on the outside, made from bias tape.

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The fabric is City Weekend Treetop in Candy Pink by Liesl Gibson for Oliver + S for Moda (wow , that’s a long name!), with the Cafe Dots in Candy Pink from the same range for the bias tape (and I made a lot of bias tape!). It’s an old collection so is getting hard to find. I love it though and have quite a few of the prints still in my stash.

I also made matching bloomers (from my own pattern) and a hairclip. Little Miss was all dressed up and ready to party!

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Perfect for eating Teddy Bear Cake!

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She looks so cute the paparazzi has started following her around:

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I love how the dress turned out and will definitely be making more for Little Miss’ summer wardrobe, so a full tutorial is coming soon. I’m also tempted to produce a proper graded pattern for those not comfortable with self-drafting. I’ll have to see if I get the time for that!

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Comments

  1. nest full of eggs says:

    super sweet dress ~ the fabrics & colors adorable !

  2. Love the dress! The ruffle was the perfect touch. The last photo with your son “taking a photo” is darling.

  3. I love how drafting was quicker than following a pattern! Go you! Fantastic job, I look forward to the tutorial.

  4. What a darling dress. She looks beautiful. x

  5. Cute, cute, cute!!

  6. This turned out very very cute! Great job!

  7. I must say, for someone saying they have limited sewing talents, you did a beautiful job on this dress. It looks adorable on your equally adorable little girl.

    Just wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog and for your nice comments.
    🙂 CAS

  8. Adorable model with an adorable dress, have added that dress to the list of things my new daughter needs!!!

  9. Blooms And Bugs says:

    Super cute dress! I’m so tempted to steal this idea.

  10. Very cute! Did you ever post a pattern to this? I would love to make it for my “niece’s” 1st birthday next month!

    • I’ve actually got my second one all cut out ready to write a tutorial, but haven’t had a chance to sew it up yet. I’ll try my best to get it all done in the next week or so…

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