As kids get older, their taste in clothing and style grows with them, becoming more individualized and unique along the way. They go from wearing whatever you pick out every morning, to wanting to wear their favorite character, pink tutus, or nothing but green all day errrrrry day – lol. But one thing tends to remain true, comfort is ALWAYS in style. If it is not comfortable, my kids are not wearing it. That’s why I came up with a quick and easy knit dress pattern to kick off their back to school handmade wardrobe.
Hi there! Jess from The Sewing Rabbit, and today I am going to show you how to make this fun and comfortable babydoll dolman kids’ dress.
Customized to each kid’s personal style based on the fabric chosen, this easy dress is all about comfort. The comfort in this dress comes from a loose fit around the bodice, a nice comfortable waist to make the long hours of sitting behind a desk relaxing, and a comfort band dolman sleeve to make arm flexibility in the gym easy. The best part? You can totally layer this dress to wear long into the fall / winter season.
Skill level: Advanced Beginner (familiar with sewing knits)
Time Needed: 2 – 3 hours
● Download the babydoll dolman dress pattern HERE
● 2 yards midweight knit fabric (ponte, jersey, slub knit, etc.)
● Fat quarter of contrasting woven fabric for the pocket
● Universal Ball Point sewing needle
● Coordinating thread
● Rotary cutter / fabric scissors
● Measuring tape
● Knit stay tape (optional)
● Sewing machine
Cut out pattern pieces as indicated. Tape pattern together, and cut out size needed. Cut out pattern from fabric as indicated.
1. Fold the side and bottom edges of the pocket pattern piece ½” towards the wrong side and press.
2. Finish the top raw edge of the pocket with a serger, zigzag stitch or pinking shears if desired. Fold top edge 2 ¼” towards the right side of the pocket and press.
3. Fold the top edge of the pocket back up and over, towards the back (wrong side), leaving a 1” band along the top edge. Press. Sew a rectangle around the upper band to secure in place.
4. Place pocket on top of bodice front as indicated on pattern markings, pin around the side and bottom edges. Sew in place, using a ⅛” seam allowance to secure.
5. Place bodice front and back right sides together, matching up shoulder seams. Pin and sew.
6. Measure around the circumference of your neckline and subtract 1”. Cut a 1 ¾” W strip of knit fabric along the bias, this measurement long. Fold bias strip in half, wrong sides together, matching up the long outer edge and press.
7. Unfold bias tape and place 2 short ends of bias tape wrong sides together, pin and sew using a ¼” seam allowance. Match the bias neckline seam with the center of the back bodice, and pin bias strip to the neckline, stretching the bias strip to match the neckline width. Sew around using a serger, zigzag stitch, or stretch stitch as you sew.
8. Fold outer edge of bias tape towards the inside of the neckline, and pin in place, making sure to cover up the seam as you pin. Sew around using a long straight stitch or double needle to secure in place.
9. Fold sleeve cuff in half, matching up the outer edges (the edge opposite the fold line). Pin and sew. Fold sleeve in half, enclosing the raw seam, and press.
10. Sew a gathering stitch along the top ¼” edge of each skirt panel. Gently pull bobbin threads to gather the skirt, making sure the gathers are evenly spaced. Continue until the skirt is the same width as your bodice.
11. Pin the gathered edge of the skirt to the bottom of the bodice, right sides together. Sew using a ¾” seam allowance. Repeat for both front and back skirt panel.
12. Fold dress in half, right sides together, matching up the side seams. Pin and sew.
13. Slip sleeve cuff over the dolman sleeve of the dress, matching up the cuff seam with the side seam of your dress, as well as all raw edges. Pin in place and sew around, using a serger, zigzag stitch, or stretch stitch. Press seam up and edge stitch seam in place to secure, using a long straight stitch or double needle when sewing.
14. Hem the bottom of the dress, using knit stay tape if desired. Iron the dress for a nice, professional, clean finish.
And you are done!
Different ways you can style this dress to last through fall / winter:
Pair it with a denim jacket or vest…
Pair it with a ¾ sleeve crop top or sweater…