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Border Print Molly with Ruffle

Updated: Jun 3, 2023

This playful use of a border print by Sarah Jane makes us smile. Using a contrasting fabric, we add a ruffle to the neck of the Children’s Corner Molly pattern to coordinate with the belt. Follow this tutorial as we show you how to alter the cutting layout to accommodate for border prints.


Children’s Corner Molly pattern Sarah Jane “On Parade” border fabric - 1 2/3 yard (up to size 6) Lining fabric – refer to pattern Contrasting fabric – ¼ yard *if using a different border print, you will need to layout your pieces to confirm the amount of fabric you need

Cutting Instructions

1. Measure the neck edge and multiply this number by 1.75.

2. Cut neck ruffle from the contrasting fabric 3 ¼” wide by the number calculated in step 1.

3. Refer to this new cutting layout when using this border print. The skirts will be cut along the border against the grain. Remember to cut two skirts on the fold or you can cut one long skirt so you only have one seam. Allow extra if you plan to fussy cut.

4. Cut dress lining and belt according to pattern.

5. This is a general layout and depending on your fabric you may need to adjust.


1. Using a rolled hem foot, finish three sides of the collar.

2. Sew two lines of gathering stitches across the top of the neck ruffle. Stitch the first line 3/8” from the raw edge, and stitch the second line 5/8” from the raw edge.

3. Follow steps 1 – 3 of the Molly pattern to sew the shoulders of the bodice.

4. Gather the neck ruffle to match the neck edge starting and stopping at center back.

5. Referring again to step 16 of the Molly pattern, be sure to sandwich the gathered collar between the lining and fabric.

6. Complete the dress following the instructions.

Adaptation by Cathy Jones

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