So, let's get started:
(Keep in mind, this is for about a size 7 tunic top (or a 4T dress... other sizes for the lengths are at the end of the instructions. You will have to adjust your fabric lengths to whatever size you want to make.)
Cut your main print to a length of 19" x width of fabric (44")
Cut the hem fabric (the blue on blue print) to a length of 10" (creates a 5" border at the bottom) x width of fabric
Fold the hem fabric in half, wrong sides together (44" edge matching up with the other 44"edge) and iron. Open up the main print and pin the hem fabric at the bottom (44" edge), to create the border. You will be pinning through 3 layers (the folded hem and the main fabric).
I serged along the bottom (or you can straight stitch and zig zag the seam). Fold the hem fabric down and press.
Topstitch the seam. There, you've created the hem! Wasn't that easy?!
Ok, now fold the top in half (we're going to create the seam down the middle back) and pin.
Serge this together (or straight stitch and zig zag the edges).
I also straight stitched about a 1/8" away from the serging down the back, just to give it a little more stability.
Press your seam. Here it is laid out on the cutting board with the front side facing down and the seam running down the center of the back.
Now, we are going to cut the arm holes. For this size of dress, I cut in about 1.25" and down a little more than 5". You can see what sort of shape you should cut out from the picture. Just give it a try, I don't think you need a pattern to cut from. (For smaller size dress, adjust the cutout to be in about 1" and down 4". It doesn't have to be exact. It's a loose fitting dress/top so don't worry too much!) Just make both sides the same and you're good to go.
Now, use the shape that you cut out from one side to cut out the other arm hole. Then, serge or zig zag the top edge of the dress.
On this dress, I used single fold bias tape to cover the raw edges. I like to iron it closed first and have the bottom stick out a little more than the top of the binding. That way, when I sew it onto the garment, I'm sure to catch the bottom side of the bias tape.
Repeat to cover the other arm hole.
We're almost done! Let's create the casing for the ribbon ties. Fold down a 1/4" and press with your iron.
Fold down another 1" to 1 1/4" (depending upon the width of your ribbon). Press, pin and stitch across; backstitching at each end.
Repeat for the other side of the dress.
I threaded (2) 46" pieces of ribbon through the casings to make the ties on the shoulders. Total length is about 22".
6 mo. ~ 14"
12 mo. ~ 16"
18 mo. ~ 17"
2T ~ 18"
3T ~ 20"
4T ~ 22"
5T ~ 24"
6 ~ 26"
Tomorrow, I'll have another variation on the tunic top for an older girl. My daughter is 10 and I made her a couple of tops with a few changes!
Please let me know if you have any questions, or if something isn't clear in the directions!