How to Stitch a Designer Long Frock for Your Child: Pattern-Cutting

Updated on August 7, 2014

How to Stitch a Long Frock: An Introduction

In this Hub, I'll explain how I stitched a long frock for my daughter Anna. This frock has many flairs, and is also very easy to make.

I often create new patterns of frocks for Anna. I'll start by researching on the Internet, start with a pattern in mind, but then will often end up with something completely different. This one turned out beautifully -- impressing friends and family members. I'll now share with you below in this article.

Anna in her Long Frock

Anna in her long frock.
Anna in her long frock.

Materials Needed

Anna, who was three at that time, didn't require much for her long frock. I bought:

  • Pink net material with a white print -- 3.5 meters
  • Pink satin material for the lining -- 1.5 meters
  • Dark pink lace to decorate the frock and also to create the headband -- 1 meter

There was not a piece of material wasted, once the frock was completed.


More Shots of Anna in Her Long Frock

Anna in her long frock
Anna in her long frock
Anna in her long frock (back portion)
Anna in her long frock (back portion)

Cutting the Pattern

For a hopefully better idea of how the pattern should be cut, please see the image sketches below. Please note however that these are not technical or professional explanations, just my personal ones.

For measuring, it is better to first use an already correctly fitted frock of your child.

  1. Place it along the net material, which should be folded into four as we do it for Churidars. Note: Be sure that you take a portion towards the end of the whole net material, so that there will be no waste.
  2. Now, cut the top portion and split the front and back ends. Cut the back portion along the middle so that it will be open on the back of the frock.
  3. Then, take just enough cloth for tying the frock and make an equal portion of the rest of the material to stitch the bottom portion.
  4. For the top, do take same measurement of lining material and leave the rest for the bottom. Also, make sure you cut enough cloth for tying the top to the neck.

Sketches of How Your Patterns are Cut and Stitched

Cutting the top portion
Cutting the top portion
Front portion after cutting
Front portion after cutting
Back portion after cutting and cut along the line to cut it right
Back portion after cutting and cut along the line to cut it right
Rest of the portion for the bottom
Rest of the portion for the bottom
Final Outcome (stitching together)
Final Outcome (stitching together)
Making the top to tie the frock towards the neck
Making the top to tie the frock towards the neck
How to prepare the tie at the neck portion
How to prepare the tie at the neck portion

Stitching the Frock

  • Top: Join the lining with the front net material, with the good side of the net cloth inside. Then, revert the same. Likewise, do this for back portion also.
  • Bottom: Now, stitch the bottom portion along with the lining to the top portion -- this is for both the front and back side. Stitch the cloth to tie the frock separately and join to the top, front portion and then stitch together the front and back portion.
  • Neck: Then, stitch the cloth to tie the frock to the neck. Note: To create a special look, stitch the lace towards the neck and also to the waist of the frock. With rest of the lace, a head band also can be created.

Hope this Hub was informative -- do contact me if you have any further doubts or comments.

Check Out My Other Hub: How I Made a Princess Costume for My Daughter

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        Roshni raghuvanshi 7 days ago

        Please translate to cutting & stitching information in hindi

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        mohsin azmati 7 months ago

        Superb

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        manisha basu 8 months ago

        Very nice thanks for drress

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        saroj 9 months ago

        Very nice drress

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        Aditi Naik 14 months ago

        It's beautiful frock and easy to stitch. Mam in the back side pic of frock, it shows that there is another tie belts at wast. Is it so?

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        DEEPA JOHN 17 months ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        no I haven't put anything other than satin for line... if we use cotton lining under the satin, kids will be more comfortable if the atmosphere is hotter...

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        Madhuri 19 months ago

        Is there any other lining material back of the satin cloth

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        Alekhya 22 months ago

        So pretty frock....easy to learn...thanq......

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        Harpreet samra 2 years ago

        Very nice dress & the sewing pattern is so easy

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        nithyashrinath 2 years ago

        Great job friend. Anna is cute in both.

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        shenaz poonawala 2 years ago

        learning to stich

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        salma 2 years ago

        Nice frock yaaa

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        Bhuvana 2 years ago

        Can you upload simple frock pattern for girls of age 11

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        hasna faisal 2 years ago

        Nice frock and very good explanation.

        Expecting more from u......

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        shivani Rahul singh 2 years ago

        Wow nice frock....!!!!

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        thanvi 2 years ago

        Very nice dress

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        puja 2 years ago

        Very nice anna nd ur description too..can u suggest wats da bottom length for a three months baby

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        Preet 2 years ago

        Nice dress

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        Neetu 2 years ago

        Very cutye baby n nice frock.....

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        sheeja 2 years ago

        Its very useful my daughter same this age

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        uzma 2 years ago

        good way to elaborate

        i will make it for my daughter.

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        aarju 3 years ago

        Hello mam

        I like ur pinky frocks.

        I am fashion student.

        I like it

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        Afsiya S 3 years ago

        Anna is super cute

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        fathima 3 years ago

        Very easy when you describe

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        jeniffer 3 years ago

        I want thz video.

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        era 3 years ago

        Very nice

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        Gayathri 3 years ago

        Anna is beautiful, the sewing pattern is also easy

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        Prasanna 3 years ago

        Excellent

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        Naga laksmi 3 years ago

        Very nice dress I like you

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        ik 3 years ago

        i see u

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        noori 3 years ago

        Good morning mam I like ur style.. & pattern but I don't understand back half ..

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        rasela Jalaludeen 3 years ago

        Thank you. Ilike anna's frock and I will stich this frock

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        DEEPA JOHN 5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        Thanks My Cook Book :)

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        Dil Vil 5 years ago from India

        Anna is looking so cute in the pinky frock. Pink always looks great on small kids, the pics are good. Your hub is great deepa. It is Useful and informative with good pics. Great work!

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