Purple has taken over pink these last few months as THE favorite. An idea bobbing around in my head turned into this...
Now let me show you how to do it yourself...
1 1/4 (1 3/8, 1 1/2) yards of each outer dress layer & liner fabric. Use cotton voile. Anna Maria Little Folks is ideal. Voile is best both for the weight and the width of the fabric.
Remnants to coordinate with two fabrics main dress fabrics for building the sash/tie.
Piece of paper at least 17 x 24 (20 x 25.5, 23 x 29)
Chalk or water soluble erasable fabric pen
Scissors, both for paper and fabric
Directions for a size 2/3 ( 4/5 and 6/7 in quotes):
All seam allowances 1/4 inch.
Make pattern piece from your rectangular paper according to the following diagram using your yardstick. You are turning your rectangle paper into a hexagon (6 sides).
Cut dress pieces on the bias using this hexagon shape as follows. Fold both pieces of fabric in half as needed to fit hexagon, most likely folding with selvage edges together will work best. You will have four fabrics pieces, all the same hexagon - two from each fabric.
Using the outer dress fabric right sides facing, beginning 6 (7.5, 9) inches from neck stitch down the sides of the dress. Repeat for liner.
This is your chance to try the dress on and make changes to fit. With liner, and wrong sides still together slip on your little one. Decide to take sides in or shorten arm pit/yoke. Make any changes to both the liner and the outer layer. Also mark on the liner your hem length. Notice how much, if any, gathering you will want at the neck/top where sash attaches.
For reversible dress: leave outer dress wrong side out. Turn liner right side out.
For two layer dress (not reversible): leave both layers wrong side out.
Lay liner inside of outer dress layer and pin along arm pit/yoke and top/neck.
Stitch along arm pit/yoke and neck/top.
Iron open seams.
Turn dress right side out.
Iron open seams along yoke again. Very neatly top stitch along arm pit/yoke as close to edge as you like, about 1/4 inch - on both sides of the dress.
Gather the top of the dress, as you noticed during your fitting using your preferred method of gathering.
Make the Sash, which is a patchwork double fold bias tape.
Using various pieces of remnants and pieces left over from both layers of the dress create a sash that is at least 5 1/2 x 53 (56. 59) inches, by haphazardly sewing together pieces at various and interesting angles. Iron and trim seams in between each new piece as you build the sash. Once you have a piece that is at least 5 1/2 x 53 (56, 59), cut it to this exact size rectangle. Then cut short ends at a 45 degree angle. Along both sides of the sash fold fabric over 1/2 inch and iron down. Then fold sash in half long ways and iron again. Pin down along the long open sides of sash. To finish off corners fold the point in between the two sides of the bias tape, as in picture below.
Beginning 1( 1 1/2, 2) inches from center of sash, pin the sash to the top neck of dress. Make sure you insert the top of the dress inside the bias tape/sash and pin down. Repeat for back.
Top stitch along long and short sides of this folded bias tape while simultaneously attaching sash to dress neck.
Hem in you preferred method. I actually prefer a very neat zigzag hem for the dress. It keeps it light and from getting too serious. For reversible dress hem both layers the same length. For the layered (not reversible) dress hem the top layer 2 1/2-3 1/2 inches short than the liner.