The Flip Flop Dress features a lined bodice that can button front OR button back, with either a rounded or a square neckline, and a full gathered dirndl skirt. The bodice hits about an inch above the natural waist, and the skirt falls just below the knee. There is an optional lined cap sleeve, and an optional Peter Pan collar, meaning you can make dozens of variations of the dress from the core pattern alone!
View A includes all the options in the basic pattern: a Peter Pan collar, lined cap sleeves, and the lined bodice with full skirt. Good grief, it’s adorable–a truly classic look that’s also updated and really versatile. This a “big girl” dress that’s suitable for a huge range of occasions, and allows your little girl to grow without growing up too fast. Because you can “flip flop” the pattern to make it with the button closure either at the front or the back, you can really vary the final look a great deal with just a simple change in cutting technique.
View B is even simpler to sew than View A, and can totally be stitched up in under two hours. Once you get the hang of it, honestly, you can churn out a whole week’s worth of these like a magical assembly line. This view includes a square neckline, a sleeveless bodice, and the same full, twirly skirt. “Flip flopping” the pattern again allows you to move the buttons between front and back as you choose.
You can make a sleeveless version with Peter Pan collar, or a cap sleeved version with a square neckline–each element can be selected as you plan your garment–and each dress really looks unique. Make a dozen in different fabrics and never worry that she looks like she’s wearing the same thing every day–even though you have the peace of mind that the dress will fit like a dream every time!
Skill level: beginner to advanced
For more details and additional pattern options–including another collar version and optional sleeve–see the Whipstitch blog by clicking the links above!