Here we go, for a baby drawstring dress, size 0 months to 4/6 months (depending on the baby chub) :
Draw the (half) dress pattern on an A3 sheet of paper:
- A=9.5 cm
- B=16 cm
- C=15 cm
- D=8cm (draw 1/4 circle from bottom end D to right end B)
- E=20 cm
- F=25 cm
- G=1 cm (draw a slight curve from right end E to bottom end G)
Take a piece of fabric standard width 44'' and length 1 yard, fold double lengthwise. Cut out from folded fabric (seam-allowances of 0.5 cm are included!):
- piece 1 : twice
- piece 2 : twice
- piece 3 : once
FIRST STEP : make the drawstring from piece 3.
- A : Fold (1) 1 cm inwards on the bottom side of the strip and double fold 1 cm + 0.5 cm (2) inwards on the top side
- B : press fold (1) down, press double fold (2) with the raw edge tucked under on top and secure with pins
- C : top stitch, width of your string should be about 1 cm. Tie the unfinished ends in a knot to prevent fraying.
SECOND STEP : sew side seams of pieces 1
Put both dress pieces on top of each other with the wrong sides out (or the right sides facing inwards) serge or zigzag the side seams on left and right with a seam-allowance of 0.5cm.
THIRD STEP : hem
Double fold the hem of the dress inwards (o.5 cm seam allowance. 1 cm hem allowance), secure with pins and top stitch close to the fold.
FOURTH STEP : bias edging of the arm-holes
Pin the bias-cut strips (pieces 2) to the arm-hole edges with the right side of the fabric down on the wrong side of the dress, stitch close to the armholes. Then fold the strips over with the right side of the fabric up to the right side of the dress - tucking the raw edge of the strip underneath and securing with pins. Top stitch close to the bias fold.
FIFTH STEP : sew the 'gather tube' - pull string through
Double fold both top-ends of the dress inside (towards the wrong side of the fabric) and top stitch allowing +- a gap of 2 cm between fold A and top stitch B so you can pull the string through. After finishing the 'tubes' pull the string through as shown above under 'steps'. FINISHED!
I've made several of these 'first' dresses for Lieveke, after 6 months I upsized the pattern to 12 m and so on - and from 18 months she really didn't grow any wider or chubbier so the 12 months dresses functioned as shorter summer tops.
I really hope you try it out and that you like. If you need a bit of help - happy to! I'm very very open to feedback, this is the first time I stick a (VERY BASIC) sewing pattern on the net and obviously lots can be improved.