The perfect start to summer begins with easy breezy summer dresses and I couldn’t be more obsessed with Mood Fabrics’ Kiri Dress. This free sewing pattern is at the top of my list for achieving style and comfort. Flowing and full of volume, this shirt dress pays homage to the popular 90’s baby doll trend and is popping up everywhere. Take a look at how I added a little extra flair with ruffles and a half-button placket. Cotton shirting, linen, or cotton voile are a few fabric options that would work nicely!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
- Added ¾” to center front bodice pattern and cut 1 of fabric on the fold.
- Shortened the sleeve to 10” and drafted a pattern for a 1” cuff.
- Lengthened the center back bodice by 3 ½” and blended to the side seam creating a shirttail hem. ½” was then added to the hem.
- Self-drafted a mandarin collar.
- Added a half-button placket.
- Added two layers of ruffles to the front.
Creating the Ruffles:
Each ruffle was drafted from the front bodice. The top ruffle begins 10” down from CF neck and measures 11” in width. The bottom ruffle begins where the top ruffle ends and measures 10.5” in width. Make sure to keep the shape of the side seam when drafting your pattern. The bottom ruffle should also follow the original hemline.
An additional 6.5” was added to the length of the top ruffle pattern at CF and an additional 7.5” was added to the length of the bottom ruffle. Cut 1 of each ruffle on the fold, and use a double-basting stitch to gather the top edge. Pin each in place across the CF and sew.
See layout below:
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