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Sweet Child’s Dress Tutorial (…pattern pieces included!)

Today’s contributor is Terra from Mama Says Sew. All posts written by Terra for Make It and Love It can be found HERE

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Hi everyone, it’s Terra from Mama Says Sew!  I’m excited to share this cute and sweet child’s dress pattern with you today!

A couple of years ago, I wanted to get into pattern designing, and designed and released a couple of patterns. But I decided that it wasn’t for me, so I stopped listing them. I get requests to relist this pattern, but rather than sell it, I decided to share it for free with you Make It and Love It readers.

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There are a couple of different options in the tutorial. It includes both dress and tunic lengths and different hem and sleeve finishes. The one in the picture below has piping and a narrow ruffle on the sleeve. The pattern is available in size 18 month to size 8!

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One thing I like about this pattern is the different combinations you can play around with to create your own unique look.

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Something I’ve thought about trying is a lace overlay for the yoke.

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I made my own piping for the dress below. I don’t have a piping foot, but I got around that by using a zipper foot. Here’s a tutorial for making your own piping. This version also has the sleeves and hem finished with the same bias tape I used to make my piping.

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Can you believe that fall and ‘back to school’ is almost here? It seems like summer just started! But this tutorial is great for all year round!

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Here are the links to download the pattern and tutorial.

They are in two separate files. Also, just so you know: while this pattern was tested by several other sewists, I don’t have any formal training in pattern drafting. I recommend you sew up a muslin and make any necessary adjustments before sewing one with your good fabric!

—> Child’s Dress Tutorial

—> Child’s Dress Pattern Pieces


Hope you enjoy!


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Looking for more sweet little girl dress inspiration? Check out some of these other fun tutorials:

Color Block Dress with Front Flower (5 & 10 Designs)

Double Layer SQUARE Circle Dress (added onto a T-shirt)

Shirred Summer Dress, with Tie-Back Bow

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  1. Sheila Robson says:

    Thank you for the pattern – took me a while to figure out how to print it, but it worked in the end. However, I don’t quite understand how it works. I think that you have to make some other pattern pieces for yourself, or at least cut out the material according to your measurements for additional pieces – I think I’ve got that. But then you cut out (the bottom of) the armholes from those pieces (the sleeve cutouts) – the back and front being the same, right? But I don’t really understand why the age 18 month cut out is so much longer than the age 8 years cut out. Does the armhole go deeper into the skirt part for the younger versions? Do I just need to try it and see? I didn’t want to waste material by cutting out and making a mistake.
    It does look a loveyl design though – thank you for your generosity in sharing it – especially as you’ve gone to the trouble of putting the measurements in cms as well as inches.

    1. Terra says:

      The reason the 18 month armhole piece goes lower into the skirt is because there is less of it in the yoke. That’s just the way I did it, although I don’t think it is technically correct. I’m not a professional pattern drafter, so I recommend that you try this with inexpensive fabric first and make sure it works for you before cutting into your good fabric! Best of luck!

  2. Ayla says:

    Son unos vestiditos muy dulces :D

  3. Erin says:

    Thanks Terra! This is adorable xx

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