Sundresses are the perfect wardrobe staple for young girls during the warmer months. Made with light and flowy fabrics, sundresses can provide comfort and breathability in the heat while still being stylish.
This easy girl’s sundress sewing pattern is perfect for sewing mamas looking for easy and free pattern to sew for their little girl’s. The pattern comes with free downloadable templates and instructions to make the dress from sizes 2 to 6 years.
This dress can be made by mixing and matching different colors and prints, making it easy to fit any girl’s personality. Whether it’s a backyard barbecue, a day at the beach, or a picnic in the park, this DIY sundress pattern is the perfect choice for any summer occasion.
***Skip to the end of the page for the video tutorial.
Medium-weight cotton fabric for the dress bodice- requirements specified in the table-3 below.
Medium-weight cotton fabric for the skirt tiers- requirement specified in the table-3 below.
Fabric Marking Pen.
Kam snaps or if you know how to sew buttonholes, you may use normal buttons too.
Pattern template. * Enter your e-mail address and click the subscribe button in the blue 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.
Approximate Finished Measurements.
*The length of the dress is measured from the top center of the bodice to the hemline
* The dress is supposed to hit just below the knee.
In the table below, “L” stands for the length, and “W” stands for the width of the fabric piece to be cut.
Gather your supplies ( I used the same fabric for the bodice, skirt, and strap).
Cut the pattern template from the pdf. Fold the fabric and keep the template on the fold. Mark and cut to get the front bodice piece. Repeat the steps to get one more of the same piece for the front lining.
Next, cut the template for the back bodice from the pdf, fold the fabric and keep the template on the fold. Mark and cut to get the back bodice piece. Repeat the steps to get one more of the same piece for the lining.
Cut the skirt and strap pieces, referring to the table-4 above.
You will get your bodice and strap pieces like this.
Let’s finish the back strap.
1) Take one of the fabric pieces required for the strap. Fold the two long edges and one short edge towards the wrong side by 3/8-inch and press. 2) Fold it again in half lengthwise, with the wrong sides together, and press. 3) Sew the strap shut along the folded edges.
Repeat with the other fabric strip to get the next strap ready.
Take the front bodice piece and keep the two straps along the upper edge, leaving ½- an inch from the armhole as shown above, and pin. Sew the straps to join.
Keep the front lining over it with the right sides together and aligning the edges. Pin along the top edge and armholes.
Sew along the pinned edges, leaving a 3/8 inch seam(picture for illustration purposes).
Clip the corners and trim the edges.
Turn over to the right side, push out the corners with the help of a wooden dowel and press.
Our front bodice is done, we do the back bodice.
Take the two back bodice pieces and layer them, with the right sides together. aligning the edges. Sew along the top edge, leaving a 3/8-inch seam.
Turn over to the right side and press.
Next, we sew the front and back bodices together.
Flip the front lining upwards to open the side seams as shown above.
Next, flip the back lining upwards to open the back side seam. With the right sides together, align the side seams of the front and back bodices and pin (note that the back bodice is wider than the front bodice).
Sew the side seams shut on both sides.
Flip the lining back to bring the right side out. Next, sew a straight line ½ – inch from the top edge of the back bodice, leaving ½- inch from the seam on both sides ( as marked in the picture above). This would form a casing for the back elastic.
Take the required length of the elastic, referring to the table-3 above, and insert it through the casing using a safety pin. Sew back and forth a few times along the ends of the casing to attach the elastic.
Your bodice back will now look like this.
We move on to the skirt part.
Take the skirt pieces, referring to table-4 above, and join them along the side seams. You will get a closed fabric tube.
We need to gather the skirt.
Turn the upper thread tension of your machine to zero and the stitch length to the longest to get a basting stitch.
Make a basting stitch 3/8 inch away from the top edge of the skirt. Leave a long tail of thread, 7 to 8 –inches long, to pull and gather the skirt.
Pull the thread from the bobbin gently to gather the skirt.
Next, we attach the skirt to the bodice.
Adjust the gathering in the skirt to make it uniform and match it with the lower edge of the bodice part.
Place the bodice on its right side, with the upper edge facing the gathered edge of the skirt. The skirt should be kept on its wrong side. Slide the bodice into the skirt.
Align the lower edge of the bodice with the upper (gathered) edge of the skirt and pin all around, making sure that the side seams fall in line.
Turn the machine tension and stitch length back to normal and sew the skirt to the bodice. Zigzag to prevent fraying.
Fold the waist seam towards the bodice and topstitch along the waist seam to give it a better finish.
Let’s do the hem.
Fold the raw lower edge of the skirt by ½- inch twice and press to set.
Sew along the edge of the fold.
Next, we do the button holes.
Following the instructions in your sewing machine manual, sew buttonholes, ½ -inch down from the top and at the center of the two straps. Sew a second button hole 1& ½- inch from the first to allow room for growth (picture for illustration purposes).
Turn the dress over to the back. Using your measuring tape, find the center of the back bodice. Measure 2 inches from the center, on either side, without stretching the elastic, and mark points, just below the elastic casing for attaching the buttons. Hand-sew the buttons on both sides at the marked points. Note that you may adjust the position of the buttons and button holes after trying it on your child.
*The strap should be crossed at the back while wearing the dress.