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Tie Shoulder Jacqueline

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

This soft and flowy dress is the classic summer sundress. A redesign of the Children's Corner Jacqueline, this version ties at one shoulder instead of buttons at the back. Fullness is also added to the front and back of the dress. Perfect for warm summer days.

Fabric Requirements

Size 3-4: 1 3/8 yards Size 5-6: 1 1/2 yards Size 7-8: 2 yards Size 10-12: 1 3/8 yards

Cutting Instructions

1. Trace the dress front and add fullness to the front by moving the "place on fold line" over 5" for size 3-4; 6" for size 5-6; 7" for 7-8; and 8 1/2" for 10-12. Trace the “A-line” side seam.

2. Trace the dress back and add the same amount of fullness, starting from the center back.

3. The back will be cut on the fold as well. The back yoke will be cut placing the center back on the fold of the fabric. No changes are made to the front yoke. There are dots on the lower edge of the front and back yoke. Be sure to transfer these dots to the fabric.

4. Trim 1/8” from the neckline based on the following chart.

5. Measure the shoulder seam from one of the yoke pattern pieces. Draw a pattern piece for the shoulder tie. The width will be the measurement of the shoulder and the length is 16" for sizes 3-6; 18” for sizes 7-12. Angle the end. You will need to cut 4 of these out of the dress fabric.


1. With the right sides together, stitch the shoulder seam for the right shoulder, repeat with the lining.

2. Stitch piping or other trim to the right side of the yoke using 1/4” seam allowance.

3. With the right sides together, stitch the ties to the open shoulder seam of the yoke. Repeat with the yoke lining. Notice the angled ends of the ties in the illustration.

4. With the right sides together, stitch the yoke to the yoke lining. Do not stitch between the dots on the front yoke and back yoke. Be sure to back stitch at each dot. Trim and clip the seam allowance. Do not trim at the unstitched area. Clip at each dot. Turn right side out and press.

5. With the right sides together, stitch the dress skirts together at the side seams. Finish the seams with a serger or zig zag. If you are lining this dress, repeat with the lining. Place the lining inside the dress skirt with wrong sides together and treat as one fabric.

6. Cut two bias bands 1" wide and the length of each armhole. Press the bands in half lengthwise. Stitch the bands to the right side of the armholes using a 1/4" seam allowance. Trim the seam. Then press the bias to the inside of the dress and stitch the bias in place.

7. Gather the front and backs to fit between the dots on the dress yokes. Leave the lining loose. Stitch the dress skirts to the yokes. Turn the lining under 1/4" and whipstitch in place.

8. Press the hem of the dress up 1/4" and then press up 1" and top stitch the hem in place. If you are lining this dress, trim 1/4” off of the lining. Then press this edge 1/4”, then press up 1” and top stitch in place.

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