It’s time to sew some more dresses for little girls in a variety of sizes, so the first step is to trace off the patterns.
Lucky for me, I have access to a xerox machine, so I just ran off copies of the bodice pattern and ended up with a set for every size. This is a basic button-up-the-back bodice that I have changed to suit my purposes, and it can have a flared or gathered skirt. I’m using my TNT pattern:
You can add any trims, or sleeve styles to a basic bodice, but my problem is that I often sew for girls who live far away and are not available to measure. Tricky areas for me are cuff width and bicep width since a too-tight sleeve will mean the dress does not get worn. I searched through my stock of dress patterns to find some sleeves that are cute but don’t require these measurements, like an angel sleeve or flutter sleeve. Here’s a few that turned up:
This nice tulip sleeve is from Simplicity 2265.
This gathered cap sleeve is from McCall’s 5966.
Now I’m going to go look through my old issues of Sew Beautiful and some pattern drafting books for ideas. This should use up some extra fabric and trims, too.