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Sleeveless Molly

When we considered dressing up Molly for a sleeveless dress, we look no further than our handkerchief linen. Adding a touch of clooney lace down the center further softens the look. Try a sleeveless Molly in a lawn for a perfect summer dress. We walk you through how to update the pattern and instructions to make a sleeveless dress.

Supplies

Children’s Corner Molly pattern
Clooney Lace 2” wide – 18mo-6 (1/2 yd) 7-14 (5/8 yd)
Tracing paper

Cutting Instructions

1. To adjust the armhole on the front and back bodice for a sleeveless dress, refer to the chart below to raise the armhole and bring in the shoulder seam. Draw a dot making the shoulder seam shorter and raising the armhole.

Molly sleeveless - chart

2. Using a French curve, if you have one, draw the curve connecting these dots. If you do not have a French curve, you can simply follow the shape of the pattern armhole to connect the dots.

Molly sleeveless - diagram

Construction

View A - Zipper Closure

1. After stitching around the neckline in step 4, sew each armhole with right sides together. Clip seam allowances. Continue to “understitching the neckline.” Turn right side out by pulling each side of the back bodice through the shoulder seams and press.

2. Continue the instructions skipping sleeve construction steps.

 

View B – Button closure

1. After stitching around the neckline in step 16, sew each armhole with right sides together. Clip seam allowances. Turn right side out by pulling each side of the back bodice through the shoulder seams and press. You will still be able to stitch the remainder of the center back seam with right sides together as instructed. 

2. Continue the instructions skipping sleeve construction steps.

Adaptation by
Susan Whitman

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