Monday, May 2, 2011

Carolins Dress Sew Along; Day 1

Good morning and welcome to the first day of The Carolina Dress sew along!! I am very excited to be hosting my first sew along ! Let me know if you have any questions along the way. :)
Today we are cutting out our dress pieces! If you haven't printed out your bodice pieces you can find them here. If the link won't print for you let me know and I can email them to you.
**For top bodice**
*Cut 2 pieces of the front bodice
*Cut 2 pieces of the back bodice
*Cut 2 pieces of interfacing slightly smaller than the back bodice piece.
*Cut (2) 4"x width of fabric (from one salvage end to the other salvage end) for top ties

Elastic for back bodice cut 2 pieces of 1/2" elastic for each size
*size (1) 9 1/4"
*(2) 9 1/2"
*(3) 10"
*(4) 10 1/2"
*(5) 11"
*(6) 11 1/2"

** For skirt**
*size 1 cut (2) 15"x width of fabric
*size 2 cut (2) 16"x width of fabric
*size 3 cut (2) 17"x width of fabric
*size 4 cut (2) 18"x width of  fabric
*size 5 cut (2) 19"x width of fabric
*size 6 cut (2) 21"x width of fabric

If you want a longer or shorter skirt you can add to or shorten these measurements here.

If you will be using rick rack the skirt takes whole one package and you will need part of another package of rick rack for the top bodice.
Now we are done with day one! Tomorrow we will be sewing together the bodice and top ties.



  1. That dress is so pretty, and your little girl is adorable! If I had a little girl, I'd be doing this sew-along with you . . . but I don't think my husband would like it very much if I made a dress for our son ;-)

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  2. This dress is so pretty! I don't have a little girl, but, I do have a friend who's little girl is now 3 1/2 months old. I can't wait to do things like this for her.
    I'm following you from the Sugar Bee Crafts linking party. Please follow me at:

  3. I love the idea of a sew along. My daughter is two and I love making her things. I will be following along.


  4. I have bookmarked your post and I am going to make these cute dresses for my youngest daughter (9mos) when she's a bit older. Thank you for the tutorial, you are a rocking star!

  5. Oooh! I want to sew along! I'm your newest follower. Would it be ok though if I use a circle skirt for the bottom? I have one cut out that for my daughter, but don't have a bodice lined up and I love yours...let me know and I'll catch up! :)


  6. Andrea, I not sure if a circle skirt would work. I havn't tried it though. The skirt that goes onto this dress is extra full. It might work though. All I can say is you can try it on there before you sew it on. I find out the coolest things by playing around with differents cuts of fabric when I am sewing things. Let me know if you try and how it works! :)

  7. I'm a little confused with the 2nd and 3rd pattern pieces now that i've gotten them to print. They don't seem like they are drawn to scale, since they don't match up. They are both for the back bodice/lining but i don't understand what to do with them! I'm making the size 6, so i THINK i only need to use one of these pattern that correct? Help please, so i don't get behind! Thanks!

  8. Oh how precious, the dress and the little angel in it! So cute!
    Following you now from

  9. Thank you so so much for that wonderfull pattern. I@m paning to make it for my girs first birthday.

  10. What are the size equivalents? (i.e.: what does the size one compare to? 12 month?)


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