When it rains…..

I told you I was waiting to share Hannie’s Halloween costume and I finally got the tutorial done for you today.  Last year for Halloween she went as Audrey Hepburn, and this year she decided a long time ago that she wanted “to be someone old again.”  Which to her, meant different.  She was adamant that she wanted to have a costume that no one else had.
So, she and I brainstormed and this is what we came up with….
We took our inspiration from this image.  A 60’s mod dress with a pin-tucked bodice, straight sleeves and a full skirt.
And here is the pattern for you.  The best part about the dress is that it is also the perfect Holiday dress shape.  I couldn’t help myself and made another one in purple taffeta for some upcoming Holiday events–I will show you our little purple number on Wednesday.
Do you want some more good news?
 I am including the pattern pieces I drafted for this dress.  The pattern pieces below that I drafted are the equivalent to a pattern size 5, with a 24 inch chest.  In ready-to-wear-sizing I would put the sizing at about a girls size 7/8 (children are growing like weeds around here!).
(Click on them to go to the pattern pieces)
 (If you need a pintuck tutorial, Delia has a great one, go HERE.)

You are going to need to make a circle skirt that is the length of the bottom of your bodice.  If you are using the pattern pieces above, the radius for the top of your circle skirt is going to be 3.8 inches (I just cut a little further than the 3.75 inch line on my tape measure and it worked perfectly.)
Here is a great tutorial for how to make a circle skirt if you need one.
(I will show you how to do this on Wednesday so your lining looks perfect on the inside–without hand-stitching–so stay tuned for that tutorial.)
See you Wednesday!

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  1. says

    I love that your daughter is into “old” costumes! I would have been the same when I was little if we celebrated Halloween over here, but the only time I can remember getting to dress up on Halloween was for my friend’s birthday party (her birthday is the 27th of October) and I went as Agent 99 out of Get Smart 🙂

  2. says

    This post made our day!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT….this dress fits our Halloween ‘rule of thumb’: MUST BE WEARABLE AFTER THE BIG NIGHT! Thanks for generously sharing the tutorial and pattern pieces.

  3. says

    beautiful! I love it! Can I be obnoxious and ask, when you say rtw 7/8 what store do you mean? Because an Old Navy and a Childrens Place, or GAP vs Carters, is pretty much a full size apart. Nicole wears a GAP 6 and a Carters 6x and I need to know if I can just make this for her and have it fit her now. Not even a want. Just a neeeeeeed.

  4. says

    the perfect dress…for really anything! thank you!
    Can you tell me what the pattern peices measure (top to bottom/ side to side)?
    when I printed them out, they looked very small and I want to be sure I’ve got it correct before I cut fabric. Thank you again!!

  5. says

    This is the dress pattern I’ve been looking for. Classic lines and simple.
    Thank you! Can you send me the measurements for the pattern peices (top to bottom/ side to side). As I printed them out, they looked really small and I just want to make sure I’m correct before I cut fabric.
    Thanks again!

  6. says

    I am also having trouble with the scale. The bottom of the bodice pieces is around 5.25″ when printed to the “true size” from Adobe. If the bodice is supposed to be 24″, it should be somewhere around 6.5″ – 7” wide at the bottom right? I can improvise on the bodice but the sleeves (oh the sleeves) are my undoing.

  7. Alexis says

    This is so beautiful. I am trying to make this for my 17 year old daughter. The pattern download come out very small. Is there a way to scale this up as I am kinda new to sewing? Thank you so much for this pattern.


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