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Athabasca is a lovely feminine gown featuring a full skirt with a double bottom ruffle, elasticised back bodice for a comfortable fit, and unique double shoulder straps with a center-back tie. Options include simple straight straps or angled straps for more flare in the bow. A beautiful dress in sizes 2-12Y, suitable for any occasion!
Seam allowance is 3/8"(1cm) unless stated otherwise in the pattern, and is included in all measurements.
Required Supplies: sewing machine, needle suitable for chosen fabric (universal), 1/4" elastic for back bodice casings, iron, pins/clips, scissors and/or rotary cutter, measuring tape and/or cutting mat & ruler.
Suggested Fabric: Light-medium weight wovens, such as quilting cotton, linen, poplin, seersucker, eyelet.
Pattern includes the option of straight straps or angled/flared straps.
Included in the pattern:
~ Sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12.
~ Pattern pieces for the Front Bodice and Angled Straps option. All additional pattern pieces are rectangular and are provided by cutting/measurement charts and optional printable pattern pieces.
~ Cutting chart for rectangular pieces on a separate page that can be printed and kept with pattern pieces.
~ Pattern pieces all print separate from each other for maximum ease of taping/cutting.
~ Clear and efficiently nested pattern pieces (no layered/individual size printing), color coded by size. All colors also print clearly in black ink.
~ All measurements throughout the pattern presented in both metric and imperial
~ Sizing guide including body measurements and dress length measurements to help obtain the proper fit for the child.
Download FREE printable measurement and sizing record cards HERE.
~ Specific instructions on customising & blending sizes.
~ Line drawings showing all options.
~ Clickable table of contents, for reference and ease of use on digital devices.
~ Fabric requirements for all parts.
~ Supplies and suggested fabrics list.
~ Full color photo tutorial with specific details for each step.
- Hints and tips throughout the tutorial.
~ Glossary of relevant sewing terms.
~ Summary of steps for quick reference.
~ Modeled photos showing the finished options.
The details and step-by-step instructions of this pattern total 22 pages. There is an additional printable page of the cutting charts and 5 pages for the Front Bodice and Angled Straps.. Optional pattern pieces for rectangular pieces are included as a separate PDF file, and a printing guide is included for which pages to print for all sizes/options.
Purchase also includes AO Large Format PDF for copy shop printing.
This pattern was originally released in 2015 under the name Primrose Anne. It was completely updated and re-released in 2019.
NOTE: This is a pattern, not a completed garment.
Behind the Name
The name “Athabasca” is inspired by the Athabasca River, which runs through
the province of Alberta, Canada. Athabasca comes from the Cree name, āthap-āsk-ā-w, meaning "grass or reeds here and there".
This river has a rich history, and is a
Canadian Heritage River for the role it had in the fur trade and opening up the
west. It is the longest river in the province, beginning in the Rocky Mountains
and flowing northeast. In the winter, the river freezes over and becomes a
part of what is known as the “Ice Road”… a road only available from about December to March that allows supplies to be driven in to some of the most northern communities which are only accessible by air or boat during the rest of the year.