Essential Set Dress and Peplum | Child Size 12M-14 | Beginner Level Sewing Pattern


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Sometimes patterns with a lot of options can be overwhelming. That's why Rain City breaks down the options into bite size mini tutorials. Once you understand how each option is sewn you're able to mix and match the options in so many ways you may never need another pattern.

The Essential Set includes all options needed for a basic dress or peplum (see variations below)!

In the Essential Set you get a set of three skirts in dress length and a set of three in peplum length. The three different skirts are full circle, 1/4 circle and rectangle. You essentially get every skirt option to accommodate for how much or how little fabric you have. All that in one pattern is why I named it The Essential Set ūüėė I hope it becomes your go-to, too ūüėä

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a digital product, not a finished garment, and cannot be returned/refunded.  This is a beginner level PDF sewing pattern for knit fabrics.

What you get:

A zipped file containing all the files for this pattern (a zipped file is simply a collection of files, think about it like this: 1 folder containing 5 files.)

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Instruction File

  • Vivid, clear and high quality picture tutorial depicting each step.
  • Easy to understand language and definitions.
  • Video tutorials for sewing and pattern page assembly.

A0 paper size pattern pieces

  • Pattern pieces that you print at a store.
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Trimless (no cut) Letter and A4 size pattern pieces

  • Pattern pieces that you print at home.
  • Pages do not need to be trimmed to assemble.
  • Layers Feature¬†
  • US Letter and A4 paper compatible

Trim Letter and A4 size pattern pieces

  • Pattern pieces that you print at home.
  • Page require trimming to assemble.
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  • US Letter and A4 paper compatible

Optimized Projector File

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  • 1" grid layer for calibration.¬†
  • 4 cm¬†grid layer for calibration.
  • Big and bold¬†readable text.
  • Large margins for easy scrolling.

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    Skill Level:

    Confident Beginner - Able to sew a stretch and straight stitch with a sewing machine.

    Variations & Sizes:


    Full Circle Skirt - Peplum Length

    1/4 Circle Skirt  - Peplum Length

    Gathered Rectangle Skirt  - Peplum Length

    Full Circle Skirt - Dress Length

    1/4 Circle Skirt  - Dress Length

    Gathered Rectangle Skirt  - Dress Length


    Short Sleeves

    1/2 Sleeve

    Long Sleeve with a Cuff

    Long Sleeve without a Cuff



    12M, 18M, 2T, 3T, 4, 5, 6, 6X, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14 (see size chart for more details)

    Sew Time: 

    1-2 hours for all varietions  

    Tools & Materials:

    Required Tools & Materials:

    Adobe Reader for Desktop + Printer + Paper + Tape

    Tape Measure 

    Sewing Machine (or Serger/Overlock Machine) + Stretch Needles + Thread

    Pins or Clips

    Scissors or Rotary Wheel with Cutting Mat



    Recommended Fabric:

    Bodice, Sleeves, Full Circle Skirt, 1/4 Circle Skirt, Rectangle Skirt*: Knit Fabric** with 4 way stretch (35% minimum stretch across grain), Cotton or Polyester and Spandex - 1-1/2 to 3 yards non-directional fabric

    Neckband 1 (recommended): Cotton/Spandex, Rib Knit (50% minimum stretch across grain) - 1/2 yard

    Neckband 2: Cotton/Spandex, Jersey Knit (50% minimum stretch across grain) - 1/2 yard

    *Rectangle Skirt: Woven or Knit Fabric can be used. Stretch fabric is not required because this skirt is gathered.

    **When using a slinky, very stretchy knit you may need to adjust the length because the weight of the fabric will pull the garment making it longer. See Appendix D if you need help adjusting the length. 

    Optional Tools & Materials:

    Coverstitch Machine

    Terms of Use:

    Files are locked. You are not purchasing editable files. 

    File sharing of the PDF pattern, including the instruction and pattern pieces, is prohibited. However, it's totally fine to sell what you've made using this pattern. Just remember no file sharing. 

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