Love sewing for little girls? Learn how to sew an adorable, sweet dress for a little girl using this easy to follow, step by step flutter sleeve dress tutorial.
Flutter Sleeve Dress Tutorial
Hi guys! I have a really fun and easy sewing project to share with you today, a super easy flutter sleeve dress tutorial! It’s something I’ve been afraid to start working on for ages. I’m not much of a sewist, I have loads to learn about it and not enough time, my sewing machine is very rudimentary and I also have 2 left hands. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try making pretty stuff, even if I fail. Trying is more important than succeeding but this time I was lucky as I did have some success!
The result of a 3 hours work (yes, it took me that long lol) is a sweet and cute, colorful, comfortable flutter sleeve dress for my 4 years old little girl. And the best thing (that I’m very proud of) is that I did not use a pattern, I made my own, using just a few measurements, common sense (and a lot of praying that I won’t mess it all up). I am completely in love with the flutter sleeve, it’s so cute and girly!
You are going to fall head over heels for each flutter sleeve dress that you’re gonna create! For this flutter sleeve dress tutorial I made the dress extremely simple; the instructions are meant to help any beginner sewist as myself, who don’t know how to master drafting patterns, sewing intricate sleeves or a curved underarm and even for those who don’t own a serger and their sewing machine lacks a lot of options so they’re not able to serge the fabric. I don’t own a serger and I’m supposed to use a zig-zag stitch with the overcasting foot I purchased but it gives such a nasty finish I’d rather skip it and just fold the fabric twice. I know, I’m a rebel! For future I think I’d better purchase a pair of pinking shears, I like pinked seams!
This flutter sleeve dress tutorial is for a 4 years old girl of 104 cm height, 18 kg weight. I measured her shoulders to establish how wide I want the bodice to be, then from shoulders to under chest, to establish the bodice’s height. Then I measured from shoulders to where I wanted the dress to fall, to establish the length of the skirt (subtracting the bodice). I approximated the circle’s diameter (where the head goes in) using an old dress and I left an opening in the back, closed with a button, to make sure her head fits through the circle.