MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and PatternAs much as my girls love the beautiful prints on cotton dresses, they will typically gravitate to the the easy on-and-off of knit. They are independent young women on the go and just can’t be bothered with buttons and ties. Here is a dress that combines the beauty of cotton with the ease of stretch, in the form of an elastic neckline. The MuuMuu (or house-dress) has never looked so cute.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and PatternI can’t help but wonder if I could pull this off in grown-up size.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and PatternRead on for the free printable pattern and step-by-step tutorial.

For this pattern you will need 1.5 yards of cotton or linen fabric like this Clare-selected Anna Maria Horner Field Study Linen, Domestic Cat Aqua and 22″ – 1/4″ elastic.

1. Print out the pattern at 100% and piece together as shown on first page. Fits most 3-6 year olds (approximately 30-40lbs)

For Reference Only – click link in text for full-size pattern

2. Lay the fold of the dress panel on the fold of the fabric. Cut 2. One for front and one for back.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

2. Cut 2 sleeves with fold of pattern piece aligned with fold of fabric.

3. cut 3 – 2″ strips of fabric at 12″, 15″ and 18″, which will be the three tiered layers on the front.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

4. Hem one long edge of all three strips 1/4″ and 1/4″ again. Although challenging with linen, a narrow hem foot would be helpful here.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

5. Starting right above the arm holes, position your strips. The bottom of the bottom strip should hit at no more than 4.5″ down from the top of the dress because you want the strips to overlap about 1/2″ each.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

6. For the top strip, lay the strip, right-side-up under the top of the dress with top edges aligned.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

7. Sew along the top edge with 1/2″ seam.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

8. Wrap strip up and around front and press flat.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

9. Create a casing for the elastic by sewing a straight line through all layers 1/2″ from top edge of dress.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

10. Using a zig-zag stitch with a wide stitch width and tight stitch length, sew each of the bottom two strips to the dress.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

Set front aside.

11. Hem the edge of the sleeves with 1/4″ + 1/4″

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

12. Cut 2 – 5″ lengths of elastic and 2 – 5.5″ lengths of elastic. Using a pin, run one of the 5″ through the casing on the front of the dress.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

13. When the elastic is pulled through and the fabric is gathered to accommodate, sew each end, through all layers 1/8″ from edge of casing. Note: your seam will not show the front of the fabric as seen in this photo, we made an adjustment for the final tutorial.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

14. Create casings along the top of both sleeves and the back of the dress by folding 1/8″ under and then 1/2″ down. Stitch in a straight line along the very bottom edge of each casing. Ignore seam on back panel.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

15. Repeat step 13 on the remaining 3 sides with 5″ piece at the back and 5.5″ pieces at the shoulders.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

16. Where the sleeve meets the dress, start at the neck and line up the elastic edge. Start with a few front & back stitches to secure and then sew straight down arm hole. It’s OK if the end doesn’t align. Make sure the ends of the front strips get sewn into the arm seam.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

17. Fold the seam towards the front of the dress and sew down flat through the front of the dress with several back and forth stitches, creating an approximately 120% degree angle at the neckline.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

18. Repeat on other three sides.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

19. Now that the dress is folded in half and almost looks finished, let’s sew the side seams. Align the bottom corners of the sleeve as shown below and starting with a few back-stitches, sew from there, all the way down the side seam in a straight line to the bottom corner of the hem.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

20. Cut off the edge. Finish your edges with a serger or pinking shears if desired.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

21. Hem the dress as desired. We did 1/4″ and then 1.5″ on this one.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

The girls are already begging to pick out more fabrics for a Summer wardrobe of this staple dress. Try one and let us know what you think!

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and PatternMuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

 

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