Sew an adorable paneled sun dress for your little girls! This post shows you how you can easily increase the number of the panels using a free pattern. This dress is easy to sew and great to use up fabric scraps and remnants. I’m using some pretty Jennifer Paganelli fabric! See this free sun dress pattern today!
Free Sun Dress Pattern
It’s summer time and little girls look most adorable in cute dresses! Agreed? Today I want to showcase another paneled sun dress look which is made using 4 panels instead of the 3 mentioned panels in the original paneled sun dress pattern post.
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Materials & supplies needed:
- 3 coordinating fabric pieces (or more to your liking) I used Jennifer Paganelli fabric!
- sun dress pattern (here is the full tutorial with template download)
- sewing machine (I use this one)
- cutting board
- rotary cutter
- safety pin
- straight pins
- iron (I love my Rowenta)
As with all stripwork or paneled designs, determine how wide you want your panels to be. Best is between 2 – 6 inches depending on size. I chose 4 panels this time because that was all I had left of this amazing Jennifer Paganelli fabric from the Eliza collection, available here. I actually didn’t waste more than tiny scraps! Yay!
I cut each of my 4 panels to 4.5″ wide, compared to the original tutorial that instructs to cut 3x panels at 5.5″. Ultimately, once sewn together it yielded about the exact dress width of 15″. That was for a size 24 months. You can always increase the width, cut wider panels or more panels in order to make a bigger dress. This style dress is very easy to upsize. As for the armhole template, simply extend them on top to make them taller.
This little girls dress is done and ready to be worn! Are you going to sew your little girls a paneled sun dress?