The pattern is Simplicity New Look 6903
The first step I took was to make the applique pocket and attach it to the front of the dress. To make it I cut it out twice in the main fabric and once in interfacing. Iron on the interfacing to one piece then right sides together sew the pocket all around the seam allowance leaving a gap to turn it right sides out. Clip the corners and trim and snip the curves, turn right sides out and trim in whatever way you like.
I chose this brightly coloured jumbo ricrac.
Stitch the pocket to the dress front where marked, making sure that you finish off the ends securely.
I am sewing the garment with French Seams which are not only robust but are comfortable next to a child's skin. I am also lining the dress.
To sew a french seam place the front and back WRONG sides together, sew a narrow seam. Trim, press open. Turn the garment inside out and sew another narrow seam on the wrong side of the garment. In this way all raw edges are neatly enclosed.
And this is what the finished seam looks like on the inside of the garment.
Next we need to deal with the neckline. So pin and tack the front and back together at the top. Iron on some lightweight interfacing to one front yoke and one back yoke.
Run two rows of gathering stitches between the notches and gather up so that they fit between the dots on the yokes.
Gather up evenly and stitch the yokes to the fronts and backs between the dots.
Pin the yoke linings to the front and the backs and stitch leaving the lower enge open. Trim the curves, turn right sides out, press, turning under the seam allowance on the linings and slip stitch the linings in place.
For strength top stich close to the edges on the front and back yokes.
Mark the position of the buttonholes.
We are going to be using the Brother Innov-is 10A from jaycotts.co.uk in this post and I want to show you how easy buttonholes are to sew on this machine. This is a great machine at a very reasonable price. It is ideal for people new to sewing but it is also a machine that you can grow into as it offers such a lot of functions. See it here on Jaycotts.co.uk web site
Brother Innov-is 10A from jaycotts.co.uk
You will need your buttonhole foot and have your manual open at page 56. The instructions are very concise and clear as they explain exactly how the buttonhole foot is operated.
Then stitch them on exactly the same setting and cut them open. Use sharp pointed scissors please, or you risk your buttonhole continuing too far if you try to use a seam ripper.
Turn up a very narrow double hem on the underskirt top stitch and press.
The Brother Innov-is 10A has an overedge foot so this is a good try to test it out.
Select the stitch you want by referring to your manual and attach the overedge foot to your machine.
Position the toe of the foot at the edge of your fabric as shown in the manual and overedge the seam you have just sewn. Press it and then press and top stitch the seam towards the dress for extra strength.