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Cute Lemon Drop Dress

By: Lelanie Denso for To Sew With Love

Rev up the sewing machine, put on your crafting cap and start making adorable sewn clothes for the family.  Your little girl will love this cute lemon drop dress, brought to you by Lelanie Denso, that you can make in less than an hour!  Perfect for any season, this will be a lovely addition to any girls wardrobe.  Make her feel like a princess.

Cute Lemon Drop Dress


  • straps (4 pcs.)18" x 2"
  • chest (2 pcs.) 4" x 10"
  • back (2 pcs.) 4" x 13"
  • skirt (1 pc.) 10" x 15", (1 pc.) 10" x 20"
  • ruffles (1 pc.) 6" x 19", (1 pc.) 6" x 24"
  • elastic 9" long


  1. Get one of your strap piece, fold it as shown below with right sides of the fabric together.

    Cute Lemon Drop Dress
  2. Sew straight stitches, making one end rounded
  3. Cut some slits all around the rounded edge so you'll have a crisp rounded end when we turn it inside out later. Repeat the same steps on the remaining strap pieces.
  4. Turn your straps inside out, iron it if needed then topstitch.
  5. Get your skirt pieces. Align the short edges, wrong sides of the fabric together and sew straigh stitches leaving 1/8" seam from the edge. Do the same to the other shorter edge.  Turn it and iron the seams.
  6. Sew straight stitches 1/4" from the edge.
  7. Get your ruffle pieces. Align both short sides with right sides of the fabric together and straight stitches.
  8. Serge, sew zigzag stitches, coverstitch... whichever floats your boat!  Repeat the same steps for the other sides.
  9. Fold your ruffle piece, right side facing outwards and sew gathering stitches from the raw edge. Do the same to your skirt piece. (only one side and without folding it)
  10. Get your chest piece and sew on your straps on each end (leaving about 3" gap on the center from each strap) with basting stitches. So you'll have this.

    Cute Lemon Drop Dress
  11. Get one chest piece (with straps sewn on) and the other chest piece. Sew straight stitches on this side of your fabric, with both fabric right sides together. Do the same to your back pieces.
  12. Turn it so the right sides of your fabric are facing you now. Press the seams then topstitch.For your back piece, we'll need to create a casing. Sew straight stitches, leaving enough space so you could insert your elastic through the casing.
  13. Insert your elastic in your casing. On one end, sew straight stitches to secure your elastic band.
  14. Attach your back piece to your front piece by sewing first straight stitches then turning it then sewing another straight stitches just like what we did with the skirt piece: a french seam. Do the same to the other side.  Now we have the top of the dress done.
  15. Get your gathered ruffle piece, pin it to your skirt. Make sure you pinned well the sides and the center of the ruffles to your skirt.
  16. Attach your ruffles to your skirt by sewing straight stitches leaving 1/4" seam from the edge.
  17. Finish your raw edges with zigzag, coverstitch or overlock stitch or serge it!
  18. Pin your skirt to your chest piece.  Sew straight stitches then some zigzag stitches. Turn your dress then topstitch.  And you are done.

    Cute Lemon Drop Dress




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Why are we sewing it wrong sides together in step 5?

I'm confused as to where the elastic goes. How much more fabric would I need to add if I was to make this to fit my daughter, that is a size 8?

i wood love to try it

I would like this in size 3T, what size is this?

Id Have to say this is about a 2T based on the chest measurements...

I'd also like to know what size this is. It is absolutely precious.

What size is this pattern?

What size does this turn out to be, for what age child?


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