Sew a kids' jersey dress! Sewing pattern and video tutorial
Now it's time for us to launch something for the little ones! Today I'll introduce two children's dress styles, both of which can be sewn in many variations, making them suitable for all seasons.
The dresses are based on our Leo kid's shirt and are sewn from jersey.
It's ideal to use an overlocker and coverlock machine to sew these dresses however, with the right settings, it's also possible to use a standard sewing machine.
Sewing video tutorial: kids' dress
As always, I use the video to describe the full sewing process in detail. You'll learn the following things:
- how to edge the neckline and armholes with jersey strips.
- how to sew a flounce skirt
- how to sew a gathered skirt with elastic and...
- how the skirt hem can be sewn with a twin needle.
And now to the patterns...
Firstly, we can introduce Leonie, a children's dress with different sleeve and skirt variations, (sizes DE 92 - 146 | US / UK 18 mo. – 11 yrs.)
And secondly, we have Lea, a tank dress that can also be sewn with different skirt variations, (sizes DE 92 - 146 | US / UK 18 mo. – 11 yrs.)
Jersey tank dress 'Lea'
You may have already seen photos of this dress elsewhere on the blog. They were taken on a trip to south Germany, when we visited the fabric printers who printed one of our fabric collections.
Both dresses can be sewn as one piece, or with different skirt pieces : either a flounce skirt (as seen in these photos) or a gathered skirt, both of which can be either long or short.
Jersey dress 'Leonie'
As with Lea, the Leonie pattern contains all five skirt variations and the kangaroo pouch.
In addition, you can also choose which sleeve variation you'd like:
- short sleeves, with or without a cuff
- puff sleeves
- how to sew a gathered skirt with elastic and
- long sleeves, with or without cuff (perfect for autumn).
The pattern will then contain the sleeves that you selected. You can see in detail exactly how to sew the sleeves in our video tutorial for our Liv shirt.
Fabric from Alles für Selbermacher.
With the puff sleeves, I've edged them in the same manner as the armholes on the tank dress.
For this whale pattern dress I've gone for short sleeves and the short, gathered skirt. My little one is now fully kitted out with dress for every day, temperature and mood (very important!).
So, I hope you like the patterns! Now that the weather is turning it's a perfect time to dust off the sewing machine after it's summer break and get making some autumn styles!