With the peek-a-boo under ruffle, flowing shoulder bow and sequin embellishments, this dress will incite lots of oohhs-and-aahhs when the little flower girl walks down the aisle.
Cut out the four pattern pieces. Use this size chart to determine your cut list. For the shoulder bow, you can create a drawstring tie or use grosgrain ribbon.
To hem the exterior fabric, do the same as we did for the ruffle; be careful to press around the curve of the fabric. Press the bottom edge under 1/4” towards the wrong side, fold under again 1/2” towards wrong side and press. Sew around the bottom edge to secure. *Do not hem the lining.
Place the ruffle right sides together with your lining; match up the side seams so that the gathered edge is along the bottom edge of the lining. Pin around to hold in place and sew using a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish seams with either a serger or zigzag stitch along the outer seam edge.
Slip the lining with ruffle inside of the exterior dress (both are right side out), match up side seams. Pin around the upper edge to hold in place. Baste stitch around. Finish the edges with either a zigzag stitch, serger or pinking shears.
Refer to the following to determine the size of the armhole: 6 to 12 mos. = 6 inches; 18 mos. to 3T = 6-1/2 inches; 4T to 6T = 7 inches; 7 to 8 = 7-1/2 inches . Use a ruler to measure two inches from the side seam along the upper edge. Measure down from the upper edge, along the side seam, to the length specified above. Cut on an angle from the two measured points. Finish cut edges with either a zigzag stitch pinking shears or a serger. Fold armhole edge 1/4” towards the wrong side and press. Sew to secure. Repeat for other armhole.
If using a grosgrain ribbon, simply cut a piece of ribbon the same length as the tie measurement in the chart, and apply Fray Check to the ends. Clip a safety pin onto one end of the drawstring tie or the grosgrain ribbon, whichever you are using.
Use straight pins to mold the sequin trim into the shape desired on the peek-a-boo lining of the dress (where the lining shows). We made a small heart, but you can embellish with the bride and groom’s initials for example. Use a thread and needle to hand stitch directly onto the dress.