Let the twirling abound with basic dress sewing patterns
Spring is practically synonymous with little girls and twirling dresses. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite easy dress sewing patterns, ones that even beginners can complete, like the ruffled dress that uses old T-shirts. For those with some basic experience (i.e. you can sew straight lines on a sewing machine), consider trying out the peasant dress or even the tiered lace frock for your tiny twirler.
A simple pillowcase frock gets dressed up with delicate layers of lace. Inspired by a character from a favorite children’s book, this easy dress pattern can be adapted for just about any age, if one starts with a pre-made dress or skirt as a base. Even more, by attaching future layers onto the hem, the dress can grow with the girl who wears it.
KoJo Designs shares how to make your own lace dress.
This tunic dress, refashioned from a peasant dress pattern, can transition from summer to fall quite effortlessly when paired with leggings. The tutorial offers lots of variations, including short or long sleeves or a cascading ruffle at the chest.
Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom teaches how to make this ruffled tunic dress.
Dyed jersey knit fabric creates a chic but comfortable dress for little girls, modeled after a JCrew dress yet costing much less. The tiered ruffles are reminiscent of a flapper dress but use salvaged T-shirts strips, stitched to create a slight ruffle and then layered strip after overlapping strip, much like the lace dress from earlier.
Learn more about this dress with this CraftFoxes gallery, or make your own dress with Sewing in No Man’s Land’s free tutorial.
A peasant silhouette creates the look for this infant dress, complete with an elastic neckline and puffed sleeves. Stiffer quilting cotton gives the peasant dress its crisp look, though jersey knit could also be substituted as could a pillowcase or even bed sheet.
Make this peasant dress pattern from Sew Much Ado
A vintage pillowcase is repurposed into a tidy basic dress pattern, featuring clean lines and even a simple box pleat down the front. This dress pattern fits children up to 18th months, but if length is what you need (rather than width), consider adding a deep hem with a scarf or contrasting fabric.
Learn more about this simple dress pattern with this CraftFoxes post.
Purple, pink and polka dot combine for one of the most feminine easy dress patterns we could find. Described as the Sugar Plum Fairy dress, this tutorial uses a bought pattern from See Kate Sew free of closures or ties (great for beginner sewists). Not up for buying a pattern? Consider making your own bodice by attaching fabric to a T-shirt or tank, as featured in this maxi dress post.
Skirt as Top shares how to make your own Sugar Plum Fairy-inspired dress.
A circle skirt offers lots of twirling, a treasured activity of little girls everywhere. The bodice can be an unwanted T-shirt or do as the designer did and use a pre-bought bodice pattern. A tie at the middle creates parallelism with hem while contrasting the skirt’s spring green print.
While They Snooze shares this free dress pattern.
Image credits (from top): KoJo Designs, KoJo Designs, Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Sewing in No Man's Land, Sew Much Ado, Simply Modern Mom, Skirt as Top and While They Snooze