Hey y'all - today you get a two-fer, yay! I've got a SUPER simple dress tutorial to share with you, and it comes with a free girls dress pattern.
Want to make your own? You'll need
- About 3/4 yard of fabric and 2 1/2 yds of 1/2" wide double fold bias tape. Those are approximate numbers because I used scraps to make mine. Want to make your own bias tape? See this tutorial.
- The pattern...
The pattern is in size 3T. If you need to make the pattern bigger or smaller, check out this post. To get it, click your preferred option below to get the free pattern only as a newsletter subscriber, or to buy the digital pattern + printable instructions for $2.
Please note that all my free patterns are licensed for personal use only (no selling items made from this unless you purchase it) and by downloading you are agreeing to this license.
PLEASE NOTE - before you start cutting your fabric you're going to need to extend the pattern pieces. To do that, lay a ruler alongside the line of the pattern piece and continue the lines at the same angles down to your desired length. See the diagram below.
Sew bias tape along the front and back necklines. Don't know how to sew bias tape on? See this tutorial.
Place the front and the back right sides together and sew down the side seams. Finish these seams. Don't know how to finish seams? See this post.
Cut 2 pieces of bias tape 33" long. Find the center of one piece and match it to the side seam, then pin the tape. Stitch as you did for the neck bias tape.
When sewing your bias tape over the seam (the second pass of stitching) sew all the way down to the ends of the straps to close all raw edges inside. At the very end of the straps you'll want to fold the short end in about 1/4" and stitch across. Or if you're lazy you can just tie the strap in a knot at the very end.
Hem the bottom edge of the dress by turning 1/2" to the wrong side twice and stitching.
Tie bows in the straps, and it's ready for your little miss to wear!