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Flowy Flutter Dress

Hello! It’s Sumo from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, back again to share another tutorial with you! I’ve been visiting so much here; it is so fun! In case you missed some of my recent posts, check out my Pretty Panels Peasant Dress and my Really Ruched Bubble Dress.
Both of those dresses were for each of my older two girls, so naturally, I needed to make a dress for my baby. She doesn’t want to be left out, right? So she gets this darling Flowy Flutter Dress.
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Isn’t it sweet? I pretty much love it, and you will, too.
Here’s what you need to make a Flowy Flutter Dress of your own:
– fabric (I used prints from the Pagoda Lullaby line by Tina Givens for Free Spirit)
– button
– tank for bodice measuring (or bodice pattern that you already have; get a free bodice pattern from The Cottage Mama here.)
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
You’re going to need to start off taking some measurements. I’ll share the ones I used for my 18 month old.
You’ll need to measure from neck/chest to empire waist (or wherever you want the skirt to start), length from top of skirt to bottom hem, across chest, and chest all the way around.
From Harper’s measurements, I started off by cutting the bodice pieces to 6” x 11”. She is about 10” across her chest, so I wanted to give her room to breathe and account for seams, which gave me the 11” width. I wanted the bodice to be between 5-5.5” long, so I made the bodice pieces 6” long. I needed four; two for the lining, and two for the main fabric.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
If you are using a shirt to make the arm holes, go ahead and lay it out on the bodice piece.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Trace about .5” away from the edge of the shirt for the arm holes and the neckline. You can leave the bodice folded in half so that it is even. This will give you room to create the seams. Do this for one main bodice piece and one bodice lining.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Now the back and front necklines are going to be different. The back will be higher. So now you need to repeat this process for the front bodice piece and lining, but using the front neckline to trace.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Here is what your pieces should look like. You will have two of each piece, though only one of each is shown here.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Set the bodice pieces aside, and get the flutter sleeve material.
For size 18 months, I cut the flutter sleeve pieces to 3” x 10”. I made them about the width I wanted them to be at the middle of the flutter (on the shoulder) to double the length; this will give me room to ruffle the flutter sleeve.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Fold the sleeve pieces in half, long ways, and draw a curved edge, with the peak – widest part – of the curve being on the fold.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Cut.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Iron the curved edge over 1/4” and then another 1/4”.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
and sew in place.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Now take the bodice pieces, and lay them, right sides together – match the front and back bodice pieces together, and the front and back lining pieces together.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Sew along the shoulder seams. Press the seams open.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Lay one of the pieces right side up. Run a gathering stitch along the straight edges of the flutter sleeves. Pin in place along the arm holes, making sure that the widest part of the flutter sleeve is where the front and back pieces meet.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Lay the other piece on top, right side facing in. Be sure that the front and back pieces line up.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Sew along the arm holes. Snip the curve, being careful not to clip the seam.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Cut directly up the middle of the back piece and lining to the neckline. Sew from one bottom edge, up all around the neckline, and back down to the other bottom edge. Clip the corners and along the curved edge of the neckline.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Turn right side out and press.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Now it’s time to get working on the skirt.
I wanted to do a top layer, as well as a bottom ruffle layer to give the dress a more full look. For Harper, I cut the top layer to 12” x 44” (cut one) and the bottom skirt to 11” x 44” (cut one). For the ruffle to attach to the bottom skirt, I cut the piece to 5” x 44” (cut two).
Start by hemming up the top skirt.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Attach the two ruffle strips, and hem that piece up as well.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Run a gathering stitch along the raw edge of the ruffle.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Take the bottom skirt, and pin the raw edge of the ruffle to the raw edge of the skirt. Gather the ruffle evenly.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Sew together.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Take the bodice, and overlap the back pieces slightly – no more than an inch. Baste the two sides together.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Take the skirt pieces, and place the top skirt over the bottom skirt with both right sides facing up.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Match the side seams and sew together. Finish the edge.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Run a gathering stitch along the raw edge of the skirt. Insert the bodice in to the skirt, right sides facing together, raw edges lined up. Pin the back seam to the middle of the back bodice, and pin the front of the skirt in the middle to the middle of the front bodice.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Gather the skirt to the bodice and pin in place.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Sew the skirt and bodice together, turn right side out and top stitch.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Turn the dress over to the back bodice. Use your seam ripper to make a small hole in the top of one side of the back bodice.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Insert a small piece of elastic into the hole, creating a loop. Pin in place.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Sew back and forth over the elastic a few times to secure it.
Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Flowy Flutter Dress
Hand stitch a button on the other side of the back bodice.
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And you’re done! Look at that beautiful dress!
Flowy Flutter Dress - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Put it on your one year old and attempt to get some pictures.
Flowy Flutter Dress - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Not easy with a little one who is constantly on the go!
Flowy Flutter Dress - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I think she likes it, though, don’t you?
Flowy Flutter Dress - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I know I do, and I hope you do, too!
Thank you so much for letting me visit again today! Be sure to follow along with Sumo’s Sweet Stuff!

Thank you Sum0 for once again sharing your incredible talent for creating beautiful things…AND thank you Harper for being the cutest little model! 🙂

Want to see more of Summer’s amazing talent? Look at these fun, fun projects…

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Do you have all the supplies to make these adorable projects? If not, you are in luck! The Ribbon Retreat is a one stop shop and has everything you will need to create your own Sumo inspired creations! Check us out here for all your ribbon, fabric, and more!

Happy Creating & Happy Sewing!
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2 Comments

  1. iRMA
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    OH, BEATIFUL AND EASY TO DO. I DID FOR MY LITTLE PRINCESS

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

      Hi Irma! Yay! Great job and thank you so much for your comment! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

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