I’m glad to hear some of you liked the Margaret dress!
Here’s the pattern. Sorry it’s just a bunch of measurements. I don’t have a way to digitize patterns yet and probably won’t for awhile. But to make you feel better, I used these measurements to cut out the pieces too. I didn’t have a paper pattern to use for myself.
You’ll need 2 yards of 60 inch wide KNIT fabric. The fabric should have lots of stretch. All seam allowances are 1/4″.
It’s pretty straight forward. Two skirt pieces, two non-cowl bodice pieces and one cowl bodice piece. Make sure the cowl piece is cut on the bias!
The pin the two bodice pieces together at the neckline and sew with a stretch stitch. Then understitch the neckline.
Next, lay the bodice down with right sides out. Then you’re going to fold the cowl piece right sides together around the bodice piece matching the shoulder seams. The picture explains it better because you can see what’s going on. Pin all four layers together.
My bodice piece was a little bit longer than my cowl piece so I just stretched it to fit.
Starting at the neckline, sew all four pieces together at the shoulder seam. Do the same on the other side.
When you turn it right side out, it should look like this.
Turn it right sides in; pin and sew the side seams together.
My cowl piece was about an inch longer than my bodice piece. This is because the cowl piece was cut on the bias and stretches as you handle it. You can stretch your bodice piece to fit the cowl piece if you’d like or cut it off like I did.
With right sides together, sew the skirt to the bodice matching the side seams.
To finish the sleeves, I just rounded my edge a little and left it unfinished. I tried a couple different hems but it made it so the fabric didn’t drape well. You can finish the sleeves how you like.
The finished sleeve look
That’s it! It’s a pretty dress that comes together really quickly! Please ask me if you have any questions!
The finished circumference from just under the arm to the hem is 36″ plus the stretch in the fabric. I used the same width as this shirt so it does fit a non-pregnant body. I’m planning on belting my dress at my natural waist after the baby comes.
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!