Full skirt dress is a firm favourite with little girls for a good reason. It can be as dressy or as casual as you wish. With mums it is popular because it is not a big headache to make and can be adopted for any occasions. Made with silk and satin it is fit for a big celebration. Make it in floral print and your girl will look pretty all summer.
- Stitch the front and the back pieces at the side seams.
- Gather the skirt and attach it to the top.
- Join the shoulder seams
- Make the back stitch up to the zipper opening.
- Insert the zipper
- Face the neckline and armholes, press to the back and backstitch if desired.
- Hem the dress.
- Make a sash
- Press well.
Points on pressing
As a rule you have to press your project after every step. Though it may seam like a fair amount of unnecessary steps it is important if your would like to have a neat and precise look. Novices tend to skip this step in their impatience to finish the dress, without realizing that it makes more difficult to achieve a clean professional finish. I would like to draw your attention to one pitfall the inexperienced tend to make - pressing the seams take care not to pull raw edges, especially if they are cut on bias. It is hard to make a crisp finis when the edges are pulled out of shape. You will have to steam and shrink them into shape, which is not always possible, so, take care.
To overlock or not.
Without knowing your exact project I can give only a very broad advice - if the seam allowances will be pressed open do it beforehand, but when the edges will be pressed to one side you can overlock them together after making the seam. Remember, common sense beats any advice every time.
For added interest you can make the sash out of different fabric, coordinated colour or contrasting let your creativity decide. Another variation is to make the top in totally different fabric, might be useful if you working with leftover fabric from previous projects.
Full skirt dress with a sash pattern