Little girls love to spin and twirl around – so why not have a gorgeous dress with circle skirt and 10/10 twirl effect. The Sailor Dress by Ellie and Mac is perfect for just this. So, when Ellie and Mac came out with the Sailor Dress – I knew that I needed it. And now I can’t stop sewing them up! In fact I think I have sewn up about 6 of them!! The Sailor Dress fits sizes 12 months through 12 years. It has a fitted bodice with gathered circle skirt. I love the structure of this design pattern because there aren’t any seams rubbing against the skin for the bodice. Did I mention that it takes under 1 hour from cut to hem?!
The Sailor Dress can be sewn from knit fabric – the bodice is lined and gathered at the bottom giving it a gorgeous clean appearance. You can easily use cotton lycra, rayon spandex, french terry spandex, spun rayon spandex, double brushed poly, or any knit fabric that is lightweight with good recovery and stretch. I used a (foil stars on gray) cotton spandex blend for the main fabric including sleeves, lining, and skirt; for the center panel I used a (pastel rainbow) double brushed poly.
Note that the dress’s skirt length has been extended slightly longer from my photos (all of which were completed during testing). There are no modifications needed and the pattern uses clear photographs with step-by-step instructions plus an added video for additional clarification. The sizing of this dress (along with all of the other girl’s Ellie and Mac patterns) correlates to Ready To Wear clothing; So if you child wears a size 5T in store bought, then you would sew-up a 5T in this! The best part is, you can grade to a longer or shorter length if needed. All of the pieces of the pattern are there for you in layers; so no need to stress about printing out a million and one pages and using up a gallon of ink.
Finding the perfect dress for Summer and Fall is tricky because you want something that will last more then just 1 or 2 months. You can easily pair this with Chloe leggings or a cardigan. With little girl’s they tend to be super picky about what they wear and how it fits and have favorite colors – so being able to customize a dress so that it fits their body is something that I absolutely love. I noticed that with a tall and skinny child that larger size clothing doesn’t fit right, even though the length seems to be ideal.
But…Don’t forget about the peplum short skirt for a top version which is included in the pattern….I used double brushed poly in light sage from Knitpop and flamingos in 100% cotton (Doodles Brand) from Joann Fabrics.
And for a special treat – I omitted the sleeves and did the burrito roll to the armcycles (leaving the sleeves off) then aligned the side seems to hide all of the bodice seams. This is the sleeveless version which is awesome for those over 100 degree heat days!
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Gray Fabric with Stars; Flamingo Fabric from Joann Fabrics
Rainbow Fabric Double Brushed Poly and Light Sage Double Brushed Poly from Knitpop
Unicorn Fabric from So Sew English
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