I am sewing up a few summer things and this sundress is one of the favorite things that I have ever made. I drafted the free pattern last year and it goes from a girls size 3 to a girls size 8. I sewed up the size 6 last year for Hannie and I sewed up the size 8 this year. It is a bit big but I would rather go with a bit big so she can wear it all summer long.
I love the bias tape straps because they can fit for a much longer time by just tying them tighter or looser.
And shoulder bows are just plain cute on girls.
The fabric is actually a Target sheet set that I found on sale and I love it. I still have so much of the sheet set left that I decided to do some summer pajamas for all the kids out of it. I have them all cut out…and hopefully will get them all sewn up soon.
The other thing I love about sewing with sheets is how they just get softer and softer with each wash.
The pattern is a super easy one and is a perfect sewing project for an afternoon. You can find all the FREE pattern here with all the directions as well.
Do you find it easier to have sewing time in the summer or harder? I am one of those moms that has mandatory resting/reading time…so I still have my half hour of sewing time, it makes me stay sane 😉
that is so cute! And what a great place to find fabric. Sheets! I never found anything so inspiring in Target but you never know! Look forward to making this when the Sydney spring hits!
Yay ! I thought I was the only person who used sheets to make clothes 🙂 I love finding sets from the 70’s and 80’s at garage sales that were ” guest” sets and rarely used. Great patterns and cheap fabric 🙂
Kristi W. says
What a beautiful sundress. Thanks for sharing the pattern. I love it. Those sheets are on clearance at my Target this week and are on my list of pick ups. I’ve always loved sheets as a source of fabric especially the 70’s vintage lovelies. Someone else figured out that a twin sheet set has the rough equivalent of 6 yards of 45″ wide fabric plus the pillowcase. What a bargain!
Can’t wait to finally get my the last of my craft room/den/computer room/dining room cleaned up so I can allow myself to sew again. 🙂
Alyson M says
Adorable! I can’t wait to try making this! Thanks!
so cute!! is this woven or knit? love how delicate it turned out!
Love this! I might need to pick up those sheets! I enjoy sewing with non knit sheets ( the stretch and quality of the sheets I got wasn’t great); especially for circle skirts for me and using the existing finished edgescfor ruffles like the dress I made Ansley for the pr&p white sheet challenge.
To answer your question, I don’t have as much time in the summer to sew but I still make it happen. For my sanity. We keep a visual schedule with our daily rhythm, and one of the daily afternoon entries is always Free Play & Sewing. Keeps me same and teaches her to play independently.
It’s woven but you could use knit! I wouldn’t do the back button placket in knit, but you could cut 2 front pieces and sew them up to make the jumper 😉
That is darling! I love the fresh happy color. I have the pattern downloaded but I haven’t had a chance to sew it up yet…. soon! =)
My sewing time is generally the same in the summer as the rest of the year, since my kids are too young for school. I expect that when I start homeschooling them I’ll have more time in the summer. =)
What a cute dress and I love the fabric, what a great idea using a sheet.
Donna Powell says
I love, love, love the dress and would love to make it for my granddaughters but can’t get the pattern to download.
Donna, if you will email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will send you the download…..
kasey kehr says
This dress is adorable and I’m making it right now for my daughter’s fifth birthday! I’ve been following the directions and I’m at the point of the back placket. At what point was I suppose to sew the back together, I think I may have missed something.
Thank You : )
Kasey, the back isn’t sewn together because it buttons all the way down the back. You should have two back plackets, one with buttons and one with buttonholes…..
kasey kehr says
Got it! Thank you for your response.
Oh! I have these sheets in grey and yellow and I love the pattern… although I’m not ready to cut them up just yet. 🙂
What a lovely dress, though! My baby is still small enough that I can make clothes for her from 1/2 yard cuts, but will definitely consider sheets as she gets older!
A Smith says
I made this dress for my little girl last week and she loves it. A superb tutorial and pattern for even the basic sewer. I used a retro 60’s turquoise flower fabric, just fabulous, thank you.
anita leslie says
Yes I use sheets, pillow cases, curtains and even old clothes. Its a much much cheaper way to buy fabric. I bought a sheet and pillow case set for about four pounds in a sale and im going to make some more dresses, bloomers and bonnet all matching out if this and i will have lots left. Im a beginer but really getting excited about my new hobby 😀 xxx
I purchased that same set with the sole purpose of making a nice full dress for my 6 year old. I do not know how to post an item but when I figure it out I will send it. PS, tablecloth on clearance make great dresses.
A Smith…thanks for your comment. It really means a lot.
My daughter made this for our County Fair this year and was the Grand Champion in the Junior (7-8) division. Thanks for the great pattern!
Frances Suzanne says
HOW GENEROUS!!! Super duper CUTE….especially for these hot summer days ahead!
Angie stanforth says
HI I have just found this pattern. I think is is really cute. And love the fact I can make it in any size. I have managed to print off the bodice but I can’t see anything for the skirt. Can you please advise. Thank you.
Going through the garage last week, we dug up a bin of fabric and supplies that my mom had been hoarding since the late 80s. As a beginner in this new, fantastic hobby, I was elated at this cost free opportunity to sew a few things on my overcrowded Pinterest feed… I was able to sew up this simple, darling little pattern on my first shot easily. I can’t wait to see my sweet niece in her new twirly adventure dress! Thank you for providing an easy to follow, free pattern for all of us who insist on teaching ourselves purely off of the internet 😉
PALUEL MARMONT says
Hello from France! . I would like to make this dress but i have a question: are the seam allowance included in the pattern ? Thanks for the answer.
YES! They are 1/2 seams.