Children, Patterns

Free pattern – Veronica Dress for 1-7 years old with V opening to the back

I’ve been asked to add something simple suitable for woven fabrics.

This dress has no buttons or zips, all thanks to V opening at the back. Great for beginners. It will be perfect to wear over a long or short sleeve top as it has a fair amount of ease.

Mine is lined but you could finish it with bias tape instead.

Thank you Shauna for the name! 🙂

Print on A4. There’s only two pages! After printing the pattern, make sure the test box is 5 x 5 cm.
You can try printing on different paper format but always select printing to 100%. Let me know if you have any issues!

If you’re not sure which size to choose, check the measurements chart https://midnightsewer.com/measurements-charts/

Recommended fabric: woven fabrics, corduroy, brushed cotton etc, stable knits

No seam allowances are added!

Cutting:
Front on the fold 2x (1x for main fabric and 1x for the lining)
Back 4x (2x for main fabric and 2x for lining)
Skirt 1x

Note: for skirt dimensions please see the table below ( in cm). It’s a gathered rectangle. Of course, you can change the width and height . It ‘s the minimum 1.5x chest from the pattern. If you have a bigger piece of fabric I’d cut it wider approx 2x chest dimensions from the pattern but this is entirely up to you 🙂

12-18 months (86)18-24 months (92)3 years (98)4 years (104)5 years (110)6 years (116)7 years (122)
Width73767982858891
Height34374043464952


Instructions:
1. Print the pattern add seam allowances & cut the main fabric and lining following the grainline

2. Place main fabric right sides together and stitch shoulder seams and press, repeat for the lining.

3. Put right sides together of the main fabric and lining and stitch neckline, v neck back and armholes. Turn it inside out and press with iron.


4. Stitch corners of the back opening together. Use only short stitch to keep them together.


5. Stitch sides together. Open the sides and with right faces together stitch the sides. I really hope you will understand it from the picture! It’s good to understitch at least the neckline at this stage but if you prefer to topstitch it do that instead. Don’t worry if you can’t go all the way, just stitch as much as you can!


6. Gather skirt and stitch it to the top. Use overcasting or zigzag stitch or serge seam allowances and topstitch from the outside, very close to the seam so it stays flat against the skin.

7. Enjoy your new dress. Nope, wrong! You need to hem it! 🙂 and then: enjoy your new dress!

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