Take a look at this asymmetrical dress pattern for your little girl. By making some minor adjustments to my Mallory dress pattern, you can easily sew this charming one-shoulder dress.
This attire is ideal for dressing up your little fashionista with a touch of style when she ventures out during the summer. The lovely ruffle that adorns the asymmetrical neckline adds just the right amount of girliness to the dress.
Once again, there’s no need for complicated cutting or sewing. There are no sleeves or buttons to worry about, making it a beginner-friendly project that you can easily try.
If you would like to have a look at an easy bare-back sundress design for girls, click on the picture below:
Medium- weight cotton fabric in any desired print and color for the dress and neck ties- requirement specified in the table-2 below.
Single- folded bias tape (optional)- 40-inches.
3/8- inch Elastic in the table-2 below.
Pattern template. **Enter your e-mail address and click the subscribe button to download the template.
All the fabrics used here are of 44 inches width.
The fabrics shown here are only for illustration purposes and as such may vary from the original.
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 pressed flat
All seams are to be finished by zig zag or serger
Length is measured from the neck to the hemline.
**The dress is supposed to hit the knee. If you need a longer dress, change the measurement in the table-3 accordingly.
You will need a 1/4- yard extra of fabric, if you are making your own bias tape.
In the table below, “W” stands for the width and “L” stands for the length of the fabric pieces to be cut.
Gather your supplies.
Cut the dress pieces, referring to the table-3 above. * Mark the top and side edges to avoid messing up. Also, cut the ruffle and strap pieces, following table-3.
Cut the armhole template for your required size, following the directions.
Layer the dress pieces, with the right sides together and lining up the edges. Fold the layer in half, lengthwise and keep the template along the edge. Mark and cut the armhole.
You will get your pieces like this once opened.
Let’s make the asymmetrical design.
Layer the dress pieces with the right sides together, lining up the raw edges. Place a ruler, connecting the lower edge of the armholes on one side to the upper edge of the armhole on the other side. Draw a line to connect and cut along the line. Now you have armholes only on one side of the dress and the neckline is asymmetrical.
Your dress pieces would like this i.e. one is the mirror image of the other.
Cut your ruffle pieces and it would look like this.
Your shoulder strap pieces would look like this.
Cut the single- folded bias tape into 10-inch pieces. Take one of the tape piece, place it slightly curved and press using plenty of steam (this will make it easy to attach along the armhole curve).
If you would like to make your own bias tape, click here.
Open one of the folds of the bias tape, line up the raw edge along the armhole, with the right sides together and pin all along. Sew the tape along the armhole, removing the pins as you go.
Fold the bias tape completely over to the wrong side of the fabric piece, keeping the fold along the edge intact and pin.
Sew along the pinned edge to finish the armhole. Repeat on the other armhole.
Next, we sew the side seams.
Place the front and back pieces of the dress layered, with the right sides together lining up the edges and sew both the side seams.
Layer the ruffle pieces with the right sides together, lining up the edges and sew along the two short edges to join and get a fabric ring.
Press the seams open.
Let’s hem the ruffle.
Fold one of the long edges by 1/2- inch twice and press.
Sew down the hem along the edge of the fold.
Next we pin the ruffle piece to the dress.
Realign the dress and place the ruffle piece above the dress, with the side seam (without the armhole) in line with one of the side seams of the ruffle. Slide the dress into the ruffle.
Line up the top edge of the dress with the top edge of the ruffle and pin all along. *Note that since the ruffle is longer than the neck line, it is left free on one of the sides. Sew along the pinned edge to join. Zigzag along the entire raw edge of the ruffle and neckline to prevent fraying.
Next, we make the casing for the neck line elastic.
Fold the top edge of the ruffle (and neck line) by 5/8- inch towards the wrong side and press all around.
Sew along the edge of the fold, leaving 1/2- inch to insert the elastic.
Lets make the shoulder ties.
1) Take one of the pieces for the ties and fold the two long edges by 1/2- inch towards the wrong side and press. 2) Flip the tie over to the wrong side and sew a straight line, one inch from the end of the open edge to the opposite corner to make the ends of the tie slanting. 3) Clip the corners with the help of your scissors. 4) Flip the tie over to the right side, topstitch along the slanting edge and sew the open edge shut.
Mark points, 4.5-inches from the side seam without the armhole (for ages 4 and above, you may mark 5- inches from the side seam). Pin the ties at the points on the front and back, just below the neckline casing as marked by the red arrow above. Sew just under the casing, back and forth a few times, to secure the ties.
Insert the elastic through the opening, using a safety pin.
Keep the ends of the elastic overlapped and sew back and forth to join.
Sew the opening in the casing shut.
Let’s do the lower hem.
Fold the lower edge of the dress twice by 1/2-inch and press to set.