The Agnes cut out dress is a gorgeous dress in knit fabrics for kids. The three basic variants are sleeveless, dropped shoulders and long sleeves.
You’ve got a few cool options with the skirt, and they all fit all variants. You can make the easy skirt, or a 2-tier skirt with a wide flounce. A third option is to make large topstitched pockets on the easy skirt.
The skirt has a waistband with elastic, which isn’t tight over the belly, it mainly holds the dress in.
The modern cut out at the sides of the bodice is a really neat detail, and easy to make. If you’d rather sew the Agnes dress without cut outs, I tell you all about this small modification.
I use a binding to finish the neckline and sleeveless variants, and the instructions show you both how to make the binding visible, and non-visible.
And I also recommend you to sew the skirt as "just" a skirt, it looks gorgeous.
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This PDF-pattern includes three pattern formats:
A4/letter sizefor home printing, 19 pages. Layered.
A0 sizefor copy shop printing, 1 sheet. Layered.
The Sewing instructions are also included as a PDF-file, 30 pages.
Printed in color on high-quality paper that is durable and can be used many, many times over. The sewing instructions are also color-printed, a booklet in A4-size, 28 pages. The pattern sheet and instructions booklet are packaged in a beautiful envelope you can save and store your pattern in.
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YOU WILL NEED:
Knit fabric (light to medium weight) with at least 30% stretch, for example cotton jersey, viscose jersey, tencel jersey etc. You can use woven fabrics (without stretch) for the skirt and waistband since they have generous width over waist and hips.
* Estimated for an Agnes with a 2-tier skirt, and that all pattern pieces are sewn in the same fabric. The fabric requirements above is an estimation for 150 cm (60”) wide fabrics, not preshrunk. I recommend you to add 20 cm (8”) extra if you’re purchasing new fabric for this project. You should also account for shrinkage, and add extra if you want to pattern match.
Fabric for the binding: If you’re not using a binder attachment, use light-weight fabric. Stay away from thick fabrics such as ribbing and french terry. If you’ve got a binder attachment you can use ribbing or interlock.
Elastic, 2,5 cm wide, for the skirt’s waistband. Cut the elastic’s length based on the child’s waist measurements, even though you may be sewing another size. Remember that stretch and softness varies between different elastic bands, you may want to make the elastic band 1 cm shorter, or longer. But I do recommend to aim for the same length as the child’s waist measurement.
Elastic, 5-6 mm wide, for the bodice’s cut outs and for the long sleeves. See length in chart above.
Optional: a small piece of fusible interfacing, for the pockets’ upper hem, for more stability. Use interfacing that is lighter than the fabric.
USEFUL TO HAVE:
Aqua glue marker, elastic threader (or safety pin), tape measure, fabric scissors, pins/clips, iron, sewing machine with coordinating thread. Don’t forget a suitable needle in the sewing machine. For knit fabrics a stretch needle is usually recommended.
Choose a size based primarily on the child’s height. If the child is between sizes, choose the larger one.
There are so far no pattern hacks for Agnes on the blog, but check out other pattern hacks:
With the included Sewing Instructions you receive help from start to finish. It’s a solid and detailed description of each step in the making of this garment. It includes clear pictures, explanatory text and tips that will give the garment a professional look.
If you are new to some of the sewing techniques this is an excellent opportunity for you to develop your sewing skills. Consider our patterns your sewing school.
The tutorial also includes a size chart and a fabric requirements chart. Measurements are provided in both the metric and imperial system.