Allow me to introduce you my newly made pattern: the Candice over-the-knee babydoll dress, a versatile and stylish garment that exudes femininity and charm. This pattern was inspired by a design by Sezane – my favorite fashion brand!
The Candice two way babydoll dress is a dress style that features a fitted bodice and a loose, flowy skirt that falls just above the knee. It has a typical high waistline, which creates a flattering silhouette and emphasizes the waist. The Candice babydoll dress is characterized by its romantic and playful aesthetic, making it a popular choice for various occasions. What’s special about it is that you can wear it in two ways – front button or back button!
The dress is recommended to be made from lightweight and breathable fabrics such as cotton, chiffon, or rayon, ensuring comfort and ease of movement. It can come in a wide range of colors, prints, and patterns, allowing you to express your personal style.
What sets the Candice babydoll dress apart is its versatility. It can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Pair it with sandals or sneakers for a casual daytime look, or dress it up with heels or ankle boots for a more sophisticated ensemble.
The Candice babydoll dress can be accessorized in numerous ways, from adding belts to cinch the waist, layering with jackets or cardigans, or accessorizing with statement jewelry, scarves, or hats. These styling options enable you to create various looks, from bohemian and romantic to edgy and chic.
Whether you’re attending a summer picnic, a brunch date, or a casual evening gathering, the Candice babydoll dress offers a versatile and fashionable choice that combines comfort and style. It’s a wardrobe staple that allows you to showcase your individuality while embracing a feminine and playful vibe.
As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL so you may find a suitable size for yourself. If you are not sure which size suits you, take a look at the measurement table before doing anything here: SIZE GUIDE.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
You will need
- Fabric of your choice. This pattern is made for woven fabric, I recommend pure cotton, linen, rayon fabric for a comfortable summer day
- Some fusible interfacing
- Some 1 ¼ inch (3cm) wide elastic for sleeve cuffs
- Some buttons for closure
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? This garment is going to need a lot of fabric. To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern piece. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
The fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front: cut 2
- Back: cut 1 on the fold
- Front Facing: cut 2 self fabric + 2 fusible interfacing
- Back Facing: cut 1 self fabric + 1 fusible interfacing
- Skirt: cut 2 on the fold
Place the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin the pattern pieces to the fabric to secure them in place. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the fabric pieces along the outer lines of the pattern. Take your time to ensure precise and clean cuts, as this will affect the fit and overall appearance of your garment.
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge/zig zag stitch the edges of the fabric pieces to prevent fabric from unraveling.
2. Place the Front and Back bodice pieces right side facing. Pin and sew the shoulder seams.
3. Apply fusible interfacing to Front Facing and Back Facing. Place two facing pieces right side facing. Pin and sew the shoulder seams.
4. Place the joined facing piece and the joined bodice right side facing. Pin around the neckline, matching all the seams. Sew around the neckline. Trim and clip the seam allowance for smoother turning points. Staystitch the seam allowance on the facing piece. Turn the facing in, press the neckline. Place the two Front bodice pieces on top of each other so that the center line (with button markings) overlap, baste to hold the Front bodice in place.
5. Sew two parallel lines 1/4 and 1/3 inch from the top edge of the Skirt piece using longest stitch length. Pull the lower threads to gather fabric to match the lower edge of the Back and Front bodice. Place a Skirt piece and Front bodice right side facing, pin and sew the waist seam. Repeat with the Back bodice.
6. Sew the side seams of the dress. You can also add side seam pockets to the dress for more convenience. Tutorial on how to sew side seam pocket here.
7. Sew the side seam of the Sleeve. Fold the two pleats at the sleeve cap and baste to hold in place. Turn the Sleeve inside out. Sew the elastic cuff. You can find a tutorial on how to sew an elastic cuff quickly here.
8. Place the Sleeve and main garment right side facing. Match the notches, pin and sew to attach Sleeve to the main garment.
9. Hem the garment, give it a good ironing and you’re done.
And here is the download link:
To download just click on the link above and choose “Save link as”. The PDF file will be downloaded to your device.
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns