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The Easiest Pattern for a Girl’s Ruffled Dress- The Mallory Dress

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I’m excited to present a new sundress pattern for your little girl this week and I have named it “The Mallory Dress”. This dress pattern may seem intricate, but it’s actually quite simple to make. If you’ve already tried my pillowcase dress or peasant dress pattern, you’ll find this one even easier.


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With this design, you won’t need to sew any sleeves. Instead, the neckline ruffle gracefully drapes over the shoulders, creating a sleeve-like appearance. Additionally, there are no zippers or buttons involved, making it a breeze to sew and effortless to put on and take off.


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To add a touch of style to the dress, you can experiment with various fabrics for the dress body and ruffle. Get creative and mix and match different patterns and colors. Enhance the overall look by incorporating complementary trims such as lace, rickrack, or pompoms. This way, you can create a fashionable outfit that your little girl will love!


If you would like to sew a tiered dress for your little girl with a classic yoke, click on the picture below to get the free pattern from 2 to 6 years!


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The Easiest Pattern for a Girl’s Ruffled Dress- The Mallory Dress

Supplies Needed:

Medium-weight cotton fabric in any desired print and color for the dress and neckties- requirement specified in the table-2 below.

Single-folded bias tape (optional)- 40 inches.

3/8- inch Elastic- requirement specified in the table-2 below.

Armhole template. *Enter your e-mail address and click the subscribe button to download the template.



 Pattern Notes:

All the fabrics used here are 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 -inches 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


Finished Length:


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.



Material Requirements:






  • 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. 


Cut the ruffle 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.


Cut the single-folded bias tape into 10-inch pieces. Take one of the tape pieces,  place it slightly curved, and press using plenty of steam (this will make it easy to attach along the armhole curve).


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 remaining three armholes.


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, lining up the edges and sewing 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. For that, we need to mark the top center of both pieces.


Keep the ruffle piece on its right side and fold it widthwise in half and mark the top center as shown above (picture for illustration purposes).


Similarly, fold the dress in half, lengthwise, and mark the top center.


Place the ruffle piece above the dress, with the center marks in line and with the hemline facing the dress. Slide the dress into the ruffle ring.


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 neckline, you can see extra lengths of the ruffle on both 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 neckline elastic.


Fold the top edge of the ruffle (and neckline) by 5/8- inch towards the wrong side and press all around. Sew along the edge of the fold, leaving 1/2- inch open, to insert the elastic.


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. Sew the hem down, along the edge of the fold.


Adjust the gathering in the ruffle to make it uniform and your dress is ready!!


Find the webstory for the post here, Twirl Wonder: Easy Sew Dress with Ruffles for Little Ones

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Karen Humphrey

Monday 7th of August 2023


I am a subscriber, but I added my info to get the armhole template anyway. I can't find it anywhere in my email or on this site, can you please send it to me?



Tuesday 18th of June 2024

@Surayya, I subscribed but am unable to print the template!! Help please!!


Wednesday 9th of August 2023

Hello, Please enter your e-mail address and click the subscribe button, in the blue box provided. You may find the blue box in the "supplies needed" section of the tutorial.


Sunday 9th of July 2023

Thank you so much. I'm looking forward to making matching dresses for my two granddaughters and my niece. Much appreciated