From the Crowshop
(Sunny, bright fabrics)
Bodice 4" x 8"
Silk Ribbon for bow
white glue or Fray Check for side seams (may not need)
needle and thread
iron and ironing mat
Magic Sizing (better than starch!)
hemostat (optional, but really, really handy for turning!)
Here for the Printable Bodice Pattern for the Sundress.
TIP: Set your sewing machine for
as small a stitch as you can manage.
This will help keep the bodice
from ripping out when you turn it.
Cut out the pattern piece from the paper, and then
trace it onto the wrong side of your
fabric. Do NOT cut out yet.
Make sure to double your fabric, right sides together.
You want a back and front!
Sew up the back, around the neck, and down the other side of the back.
Sew both armholes. Do NOT sew down the sides, just the circular
Now cut out your bodice, leaving a small hem.
Carefully turn right-side out. I have found the best way to do
this is to use my
hemostat, and reach up from the front through the tube caused by sewing
and the neck, and grasp the back edge. Gently tug and pull it through.
Once you have it successfully turned right side out, carefully push the
corners and so
forth out, and then spray lightly with Magic Sizing. Gently press.
TIP: Never ever 'iron'
something so small in a back and forth motion.
Always lift and press down, lift
and press down.
This helps avoid stretching and
distorting the fabric.
Fold the bodice over at the shoulder seams and sew the side seams.
Now, there is a way to sew these so the side seams don't show.
If you 'open' the back and front of the side seams and pin at the
you can sew around very carefully. Then, fold back to
original and press.
This is something I occasionally do with sleeveless dresses.
It's also ok to just sew the sides together, treat the seams with dabs
of white glue or Fray Block, and then trim when dry.
Now--this is the trick to a high waist. Trim off all but 3/8" of
Proceed to Step Four.
For a low waist, simply leave the bodice as is, and proceed to Step
Set the bodice aside for now. Set your sewing machine to the
largest stitch possible.
Sew along the top row of the skirt piece.
Make a double row as shown above, and make sure to leave threads
the end to make drawing it together easier.
Return your machine to the smaller stitch you are sewing with.
Gather the skirt. Pin to the center of the bodice (right sides
facing), then the ends,
and then pin securely across, with as many pins as you need. The
more the better.
Make sure as you pin that you have placed your gathers evenly.
When ready, sew the bodice to the skirt. Do this with the gather
down and the
bodice under the needle, to help prevent slipping.
TIP: Sew as slowly as
possible, checking to make sure you haven't caught the skirt
up into the needle as you sew.
You can use a long thin dowel or knitting needle
to help keep the gathers in place.
Try the sundress on your Hitty, and decide the length of the skirt.
Trim off for a shorter skirt, and then hem.
Sew up the back seam from the bottom, up to 'about' 1/4"
from the waist.
Sew on your snap. You may want to add another snap at the waist.
Your call on that!
Make a tiny bow, and sew it to the top of the neck at the front.
There! All done--and cute as a button. I encourage everyone
to embellish this
dress in any way their Hitty prefer! Lace? Decorative
buttons? Have fun with this basic sundress!