Easy Baby Girl Dress Sewing Pattern

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Use this easy baby girl dress sewing pattern to sew classic style dresses for your baby or toddler. This DIY tutorial comes with free templates for four sizes to make sewing easy for any beginner seamstress.

 

 

The sewing for baby saga continues and this time it is an easy baby dress. I have a few people expecting this summer and a pile of stash mounting up. So, I definitely need to sew a lot of little things.

 

 

Summer is around the corner and babies definitely need a lot of summer dresses. I love the sight of the little one wearing a cute little baby dress. It becomes even cuter if she wears matching accessories.

 

 

This is a very easy baby girl dress sewing pattern, which does not take much time or fabric to sew. You can complete it quickly to get a boutique-style baby dress! Templates are available for newborn babies to 12-month-olds.

 

 

This classic style dress pattern is great for toddlers too! Given the template and the easy instructions, now you can learn how to make the dress the easy way!

 

 

I have kept this baby girl’s dress sewing pattern simple for a quick-sew. You can add lace, ribbons or rickrack to make it prettier and more girly. The choice is yours. Make a matching diaper cover, a pair of booties and a headband to make her look like a little princess!

 

 

Free Baby Booties Sewing Pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Baby Girl Dress Sewing Pattern

 

 

Materials Required

  • Medium- weight cotton fabric for the dress- requirements specified in the table-2 below.

 

  • Sewing Notions.

 

  • Fabric Marking Pen.

 

  • Buttons or Velcro.

 

  • Enter your e-mail address in the box below to download the template.

 

 

 

All the fabrics used here are of 44/ 45 inches width.

 

The seam allowance is 3/8-inch unless otherwise specified.

 

I suggest you read the entire pattern once before starting to get a general idea.

 

All seams are to be finished by zigzag or serger.

 

The fabric should be pre-washed to prevent it from shrinking later after cutting and sewing.

 

Approximate Finished Measurements.

Table-1.

Ages Finished Chest

(inches)

Finished Length

(inches)

Newborn 18 14
3 Months 19&1/2 15&3/4
6 Months 20&1/2 17
12 Months 21&1/2 18&1/4

 

Fabric Requirements.

Table-2

Ages  Fabric for

Dress

(yards)

Newborn 1/2
3 Months 5/6
6 Months 1
12 Months 1&1/6

 

Measurements

Table-3

In the table below, “l” stands for the length and “W” stands for the width of the fabric piece to be cut.

Ages Front Skirt Piece

(inches)

Back Skirt Piece

 (inches)

(cut 2)

 

New-born 10.5L x 20W 10.5L x 11W
3 Months 10.75L x 22W 10.75L x 12W
6 Months 12L x 23W 12L x 13W
12 Months 13.25L x 24W 13.25L x 14W

Gather your supplies.

 

Cut the templates for the bodice front and bodice back from the PDF above.

 

 

Take the dress fabric and the template for the front bodice. Fold the fabric to fit the width of the template and place the template on the fold. Mark around it and cut to get the front bodice piece. Repeat the steps to get the front lining.

 

 

Let’s cut the back bodice. Here again, fold the fabric, but this time, place the template for the back bodice, along the edge of the fabric. Mark around it and cut to get two pieces for the back bodice (the back part of the dress is done in two pieces, for button opening). Repeat the steps to get the back lining pieces.

 

 

Your bodice-front, bodice –back and lining pieces will look like the picture above.

 

 

 

Cut the skirt pieces referring to the table-3 above. The buttonhole edge comes along the length of the back pieces (you may put a pin to mark it).

 

Sewing

 

Take the two back bodice pieces and place them over the front bodice piece, with the right sides together, aligning the shoulders and side seams and sew the shoulders shut.

 

 

Press the seams flat.

 

Next, take the lining pieces, fold the lower edges towards the wrong side by 3/8-inch and press to set.

 

Sew the front and back lining pieces together, just as the bodice pieces.

 

Place the bodice lining over the main bodice, with the right sides together, aligning the center back, neck and armholes. Pin and sew along the neck and center back, and also along the two armholes. *Note that you need to leave 3/8-inch along the lower edges of the bodice for skirt attachment.

 

 

 

Clip the edges and cut the corners.

 

 

Pull the right side of the back bodice out, through the shoulders. Keep pulling the back bodice on either side, till the whole bodice is turned inside- out.

 

 

Poke the edges sharp, with the help of your scissors and press taut. Topstitch along the armholes, neck and buttonhole edges, leaving 3/8-inch at the lower edges of the armholes and buttonhole edges.

 

 

Flip the lining upwards. Align the side seams of the back and front bodices together and the side seams of the front and back lining together. The right sides should touch and the folds along the lower edges of the lining intact. Pin the aligned edges (side seams) together and sew along the pinned edges.

 

 

Clip the bulk at the seam.

 

Our bodice is done. We move on to the skirt.

 

Fold the button edge of one of the back skirt pieces by 3/8-inch towards the wrong side and press. Fold again by ¾ -inch and press once more. Sew the fold down along the edge. Repeat the steps with the other back skirt piece.

 

 

Let’s join the front and back skirt pieces together.

 

 

Keep the two back pieces over the front piece, with the right sides together and the edges aligning. Sew the side seams on both sides. * Note that the folded edges come along the center.

 

Next, we need to gather the skirt. Turn the upper thread tension of your machine to zero and stitch length to the longest to get a basting stitch.

 

 

Sew a basting stitch along the upper edge of the skirt and gather it. Adjust the gathering to make it uniform and to fit the lower edge of the bodice.

 

Let’s attach the skirt to the bodice.

 

 

Flip the lining upward. Align the ruffled edge of the skirt along the lower edge of the bodice, with the right sides together and pin all along. The side seams of the bodice and skirt should come in line while pinning. *Note: take care to keep the lining away while pinning.

 

Turn the machine settings back to normal.

 

 

Sew the skirt to the bodice, removing the pins as you go.

 

 

Turn the waist seam up, towards the bodice and place the folded edge of the lining over the seam. Turn over to the right side and topstitch along the seam line of the skirt and bodice carefully to sew the lining shut, covering the waist seam. You may optionally hand-sew the folded edge of the lining to the waist seam.

 

 

Your dress will look like this on the wrong side.

 

We need to hem the lower edge of the dress.

 

 

Fold the lower edge of the dress by 1/2-inch towards the wrong side and press.

 

 

Sew down the hem along the edge of the fold.

 

Let’s attach the Velcro or the buttons.

 

 

*For higher ages, you can sew the back opening shut by a few inches, starting from the hem. However, I prefer to keep the back open completely for easy on and off.

 

 

Starting from the top edge, make markings at 2-inches gap from each other, on the right side of one of the back pieces and sew the Velcro or the buttons. Make markings with a 2-inch gap on the wrong side of the other back piece also and sew the complimentary Velcro or the buttonhole.

 

 

Cut off the hanging threads and our dress is done!

 

So, now you can make a classic style dress with my easy baby girl dress sewing pattern even if you are a beginner!

 

 

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. Alms
    April 25, 2020 / 5:30 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful prayers, I will sew IT for my grandoughter. IT is well explain and very easy to see. Thank again. Blessings⁹

  2. Sophie
    April 29, 2020 / 9:29 am

    Really nice pattern. Thank you for sharing.
    I have one question. Is the seam allowance included in the pdf pattern?

    • Sophie
      April 29, 2020 / 9:30 am

      Or do I have to add it?

    • Surayya
      April 29, 2020 / 9:34 am

      I am glad you liked my pattern. The seam allowance is included in the pattern, you don’t have to add it.

  3. Linda
    May 28, 2020 / 1:04 am

    I like the little sun dress with the booties hoe can I get a pattern to both the dress and bootie

  4. Sheila Garvin
    June 9, 2020 / 3:03 am

    Do you have this sweet little dress in a size 6 by any chance? I love this dress and would love to make it for my granddaughter. I’m not that great of a seamstress and I think I could make this. Thank you very much.

    • Surayya
      Author
      June 9, 2020 / 4:09 am

      Glad you liked my pattern. I am so sorry, I don’t have the pattern in size 6, but I do have a plan to release it in higher ages soon 🙂

  5. lisa mickey
    June 10, 2020 / 11:44 am

    Lovely ! thanks for sharing !
    Fabric needs to be washed 1st , unless you want a smaller finished size then you sewed 🙂
    also , the fabric needs to be folded right sides together & lined up with the straight of the grain before cutting..

    • Surayya
      Author
      June 10, 2020 / 1:49 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions. I have added the directions for pre-washing the fabric in the post.

  6. Tracey Page
    June 28, 2020 / 12:17 pm

    Thank you for your pattern , i will make it this afternoon here in cold and rain Lancashire in England.

    • Chimgee
      July 7, 2020 / 8:39 am

      Dear Tracey,

      I like also this pattern, If you wish i will share picture of dress, how i made it. Thank you.

      • Surayya
        Author
        July 7, 2020 / 8:53 am

        I am glad you liked my pattern. And of course, I would love to see the pictures!

  7. Michelle Williamson
    July 18, 2020 / 4:45 pm

    Hi! I love this little dress. However, I’m new to sewing trying to figure this out and I’m stumped!! I have the bodice and lining sewn together but I’m not understanding about the side seams. I sure it’s much easier than I’m trying to make it! Your help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

  8. Michelle Williamson
    July 18, 2020 / 4:48 pm

    Hi! I’m new to sewing and I’m having difficulty sewing the side seams of the bodice and lining. I’m sure I’m making it harder than it is! Thanks for your help!

    • Surayya
      Author
      July 18, 2020 / 6:52 pm

      If you are done sewing the bodice and lining together, just flip the lining upward and line up the side seams of the bodice and lining. Sew the side seams of both in a straight line and flip the lining back. Please refer to the pictures given in the blog post to understand the instructions clearly.

  9. July 19, 2020 / 4:31 pm

    Could I add pleats instead of gathering the dress. Do you think that would be possible?

    • Surayya
      Author
      July 20, 2020 / 1:53 am

      Of course, you can add pleats. Just make sure to adjust the pleats on the skirt to match the lower edge of the bodice.

  10. Dawn Gilbert
    September 5, 2020 / 12:23 pm

    How do I download the baby-girl free pattern? It said to insert name in box below, but could only find this box….. is this right? Thanks

    • Surayya
      Author
      September 5, 2020 / 3:51 pm

      Please enter your e-mail id in the box provided under the “materials needed” section to download the pattern pieces.

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