The Wendy Dress

Wendy Dress-8

I promised details on the Wendy Dress in the Peter Pan Party post and here they are!

Because I tend to be a stickler for details I wanted Dinah’s Wendy Dress to be as accurate as possible.

Some elements it needed to have:

  • Boat neck
  • Empire Waist
  • Puff-bottom sleeves
  • Flowing skirt
  • Large blue hair bow

This dress ended up being a Frankenstein with pattern parts coming from many different sources…

I based the bodice on the Winter Rose Dress from iCandy Handmade.  I sized it for Dinah and then chopped it off to make it empire waisted.

I drafted a sleeve block for Dinah and then adapted it to make the puff-bottom sleeves.  I used the tutorials found on ikatbag.  Such a great resource!

For the skirt, I didn’t want there to be a lot of bunchy gathering at the top, but I did want the skirt to have a ton of movement at the hem.  A circle skirt was the perfect solution.  I used the MADE circle skirt tutorial to make a pattern last fall for Dinah’s Goldilocks skirt.  I pulled it out and added length to the hem.

To adapt the skirt to a dress, I simply cut a line from the hem to the waist.  I stretched the waist out to match up with the waist on the bodice, pinned and stitched them together.  After that I inserted the invisible zipper and stitched up the seam.

I didn’t want to lose any length at the hem, so I used my handy-dandy rolled hem foot.  I purchased this foot separately when I purchased my machine.  There was a learning curve to it, but I was able to figure it out and I was happy with the result.  It isn’t perfect, but since this was just for a play costume I was okay with how it turned out.

The finished product is a perfect swirly, twirly Wendy Dress!

Oh, and I made a cute over-sized hair bow for her.

She likes it. 🙂




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13 Comments on “The Wendy Dress

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      •  by  Lisa

        Great tutorial, thanks so much. I used it to make my daughter her own Wendy Dress. Unfortunately I made a few mistakes inserting the sleeves (caught the bodice in the stitching) but it will certainly do for dressing up. I made the dress as long as the fabric would allow and it hits my daughter just at the ankles. Probably took me about five hours (spread over two days)from putting together the pattern to finishing the dress and I would class myself as an intermediate sewer.

        •  by  Harmony

          Hi Lisa, I am so glad your dress turned out well! Dinah is in her second one and little Esther can now wear the original one I made…they just love them. I hope your daughter gets a lot of fun out her hers!

  2.  by  Jamie

    Okay so this sounds funny but would you be able to make a mommy sized Wendy dress? My little man’s 1st birthday is Neverland themed and I would love to dress the part! 🙂

    •  by  Harmony

      I think I should be able to! If you really are interested please message me with the date you need it, etc.

      •  by  Jamie

        I would need it for my little man’s party on March 3rd. Sorry I cant find your email, I’ll send you more info on there. I would love an estimated price quote before you make anything. 🙂

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