Sundress is one of the universal things for toddlers and preschool children. It is practical because it can be used for different occasions, such as a walk on a summer day or an event in a kindergarten. Many stores offer a huge selection of children's sundresses, but any mother wants her girl to look unique and be the most fashionable. That is why even non-professional craftswomen get down to business and create their own models.
Basically, simple patterns are taken to make a children's summer sundress. But despite this, the products remain unique. For a sundress, a straight cut, trapezoid or sun is perfect. But the younger the girl, the more free form you need to choose. This will help not restrict any of her movements.
Some models may have a one-piece bodice and a zipper on the back or small buttons on the front. But a sundress with straps or straps is more practical.
Firstly, it can be worn on its own or paired with a T-shirt or turtleneck.
Secondly, if the sundress has adjustable straps, it will "grow" with the child and last much longer.
Thirdly, this element of the wardrobe is very convenient when taking off or putting on for both mom and the girl herself, if the straps are fastened with buttons. Sundresses can also vary in length. If we consider the short version, then it reaches the knees or a little higher. Floor-length sundresses have a special place, but they are for older girls.
Material and decorations
For the manufacture of children's sundresses, it is recommended to use only natural fabrics such as cotton or linen. Firstly, they will not cause any irritation on the skin of the child. And secondly, they do not interfere with air exchange, so they will not be hot.
Decorative elements on a sundress can be found completely different. For example, it can be flounces, folds, ruffles, frills, as well as all kinds of applications, drawings, embroidery or rhinestones.
Pattern from old things
Patterning a children's sundress will not seem difficult for experienced cutters or seamstresses. But what about a mother who has very little or no experience? In this case, you can use the things of the child. First you need to pick up a T-shirt that fits the girl well, and if you already have a sundress, but it just became small, then you can use it. In addition, you will need another large sheetpaper. Mostly use the remaining unnecessary wallpaper.
The selected item must be folded in half along the vertical axis with the front side inward. Having placed a T-shirt or sundress on paper, it should be outlined. In order to draw the neck of the front, you need to make punctures with the help of pins along the edging. After that, you can remove the item. Pin holes should be connected with a smooth line.
How to adjust the pattern
Now you need to slightly adjust the pattern. First, you need to lengthen the product. This is done depending on the preferences of the mother and the convenience of the child. Secondly, in order for the children's sundress to turn out magnificent, you need to expand it a little. Draw a horizontal line from the lowest point, and a vertical line from the armhole point. About 10 cm should be set aside from the place of their intersection. We connect the new point with the armhole. The bottom of the pattern must be rounded, otherwise the side parts of the sundress will be longer than the front and back. This pattern should be transferred to tracing paper or transparent film in order to get the back and front half of the sundress.
Also, as an option, you can find patterns of children's sundresses in fashion magazines. They are already present in them, taking into account all sizes. In addition, in such magazines there is a description of a children's sundress: how to lay out the details, how to cut and sweep, they also give recommendations on choosing a fabric.
After the patterns are ready, they need to be distributed over the fabric and pinned with pins. The fabric must be folded with the right side inward. If athe front shelf will be one-piece, then it should coincide with the fold of the fabric. First you need to outline all the patterns. When cutting, do not forget about seam allowances of about 1.5 cm. The resulting parts must be swept away, after making the first fitting. If errors are made when drawing up a pattern or cutting, they should be eliminated. For example, if a child can stand still, not move, you can try to correct all the flaws right on him with the help of pins, and then rip them apart and sweep them again according to new marks. Then you should stitch the side and shoulder seams, process the neck, armholes and bottom of the product. The finished sundress remains only to be ironed and we can assume that it is ready.
Additional details for sundress
If desired, you can add a children's sundress with separate details. For example, add a collar to the neck, while it can be of a completely different color than the base of the product itself. You can also decorate it with additional pockets. It will not only look fashionable, but it is also quite practical, especially for small children. You can also make a belt, it can be set-in, or it can just be tied on top. It can be turned into a bow if it is long enough. To add splendor, complement it with ruffles or flounces from the remaining material. There are many more options, and everyone's imagination can be limitless.
Sundress with flounces
Ruffles give the sundress more lightness and airiness. As a rule, they can be located on the shoulders or throughoutlength. In both cases, they are cut in the same way, their difference is only in quantity. In addition, the first option is suitable for a beginner needlewoman.
First you need to decide on the size. Shuttlecocks are mainly made with an elastic band, so it should be noted that the strip of fabric must be cut wider than there is a girth of the shoulders. The length depends on personal choice or on the age of the child. Having cut a strip of the desired size from the fabric, it must be sewn into a ring. Then bend the lower part twice and lay a machine line, iron. Sew the resulting element to the upper parts of the front and back of the sundress.
The next step involves folding the top of the strip twice and sewing it through. The main thing here is not to forget to leave a small hole for threading the elastic. Sew up the hole with hand stitches.
For the manufacture of a children's sundress with frills along the entire length, a base of a straight or slightly flared shape is taken. The quantitative composition will depend only on the growth of the child and their own preferences. For example, for a younger girl, three shuttlecocks can be offered, and closer to school - five or seven. When the base of the sundress is ready, you can start sewing frills on the base. They need to be distributed along the entire length so that the lower part of one is on the upper part of the next. To give volume, it is necessary that their width be greater than that of the base. Thus, the shuttlecocks will turn into a fold and will look very beautiful. You can start sewing frills both from the neckline and from the hem of the skirt.
Knitted sundress for the summer always looks very unusual, but at the same time attractive. To make a children's sundress with a hook, you need to choose a light yarn. Suitable here: cotton, cotton and viscose (50:50), viscose, acrylic. It is important to note that a product made of 100% cotton can be harsh. The best option would be if the yarn consists of cotton, but with the addition of either acrylic or viscose.
Beginner needlewomen can use the simplest knitting, for example, using ordinary air loops, single crochet or single crochet. Even with the help of these few elements, you can knit a very beautiful outfit. For those who are just starting to knit a children's sundress, there is an opportunity to make it one-piece.
This method is quite simple and does not require much effort. But there is also a minus, it consists in the fact that the product will have only one pattern and color. To make the simplest model of a sundress, you need to knit two rectangles of the right size, then sew these halves together. To do this, you can use the pattern that was described above, or simply take measurements from the child: chest and waist. But when knitting, it is necessary to increase the width of the product so that the sundress is free.
There are also options for knitting parts separately. For example, first separately make the back and front shelves, then the skirt panels and, as an addition, a sleeve or collar. After all the details are connected, they need to be connected using a sewing machine or sewn manually using thethe same thread from which they knitted. Sundresses associated with openwork elements will look very nice. A large selection of patterns and patterns can be easily found in a needlework magazine.
Knitted sundress spokes
Knitted children's dress with knitting needles will help any mother take care of her baby and dress her warmer, while not creating discomfort for the child himself. Before you start knitting, you need to consider a few features. Firstly, if you take a knitting pattern from magazines, the description does not always meet the requirements. For example, for the model that is indicated there, it is necessary to use wool yarn. But what sane mother would knit a sundress for the summer from woolen fabric? Secondly, you need to consider that the selected yarn and pattern are compatible. There are times when, with the wrong choice of yarn, the pattern merges or is not visible at all. Basically, for knitting children's sundresses, medium-thick yarn containing natural fibers is used. The best option would be the composition: wool - 50% and cotton (linen, acrylic) - 50%.
Basically, children's sundresses are knitted from the bottom up, of course, if it is not with a raglan yoke. In this case, they begin to knit from the neck. For the manufacture of a sundress, circular knitting needles are most often used, but you can get by with ordinary ones. In the first case, you get a one-piece sundress, and in the second - it will contain several parts that will need to be connected together. To knit a flared sundress, you need to take into account the increase, the fitted silhouette does not require this. When allthe elements of the children's sundress will be connected, it is necessary to crochet the edges of the product. The first row should include only single crochets, and the following rows can be done in any knit. This is done so that things do not stretch when worn.
Patterns on a knitted sundress
In order for a children's sundress to look unusual and differ from others, you can use different kinds of knitting. For example, use openwork, which will not only give lightness, but also save you on hot days. Apply harnesses "pigtail", shaped or cord-like reliefs. You can also use braids of various widths. For needlewomen who know how to knit professionally, you can use jacquard weaves.
For small children, you can use the most simplified drawings, like flowers or butterflies. Jacquard weaves can be used for decorative elements, such as pockets, or used as a base. For example, you can knit the front or back completely with the pattern. All schemes can be found in specialized magazines and books, or you can make a drawing yourself, but the main thing here is not to make a mistake with the number of loops.
Children's sundress can be made from different materials and with the help of tools and devices that differ from each other. In any case, this element of the wardrobe is always held in high esteem, because. it has a practical benefit and brings aesthetic pleasure. And depending onvariety of decorative elements and your own imagination, it can be used not only for weekdays, but also for solemn ones. A sundress is one of those things that both mother and child will be happy with.