Hi!  It’s Jen from The Smitten Chicken!  Are you ready for school to start?  I am always a bit sad to see summer go, but as a mom to 6 kids…I am ready for a schedule again!!!  Are you team summer or team back to school?

Back to School Dress

Back to school means back-to-school sewing!!!  Do you remember when I posted this back to school dress?  Well, little miss started kindergarten this year (I’m not crying).  And she needed a new dress!

I have always been a fan of the Violet Field Threads dresses.  They create the most beautiful little girl dresses.  I had to try one out this time.  I used the Piper Dress pattern.

Do you want to make one too?  Gather up your supplies:

HeatnBond Lightweight Interfacing

Piper Dress Pattern

Oliso Iron

Fabric (the cute school print is from Hobby Lobby)


Sewing Machine

The only place that requires interfacing on the pattern is the collar.  And you have to assemble the collar first!  So cut out the collar size that you need.  I did a size 6.

Tip:  once the collar interfacing is cut out, trim the interfacing 1/4″ all the way around.  This will reduce the bulk in your seams.TooltipText

Once your collar pieces are cut out and then trimmed, press the interfacing onto the WRONG side of your fabric.  I can’t live without my Oliso iron.  It gets super hot and the best part is it’s pink!

Sew the collar pieces together as directed by the pattern.  Then baste the collar to the dress.  I love this interfacing!  It adds just the right amount of structure without adding too much bulk or making it too stiff.  If you haven’t tried out HeatnBond Lightweight Interfacing, give it a try!

I changed up the pattern a bit by taking out the bow and adding a ruffle.  I wrote up a quick tutorial for BERNINA on how to make a frustration-free ruffle!

We had a great first day of kindergarten!  The dress was a big hit!

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Chirp Out!


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