Girls Gathered Dress Sewing Pattern
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Make a simple but beautiful summer dress for a little girl with this easy to follow gathered dress sewing pattern for little girls. Simple dress pattern for beginners!
Gathered dress pattern
This lovely and simple gathered dress is for a comfortable everyday dress but doesn’t compromise on the pretty factor that every little girl loves. An easy girls dress perfect for summer!
This gathered frock is super simple and easy to make, with a roomy gathered skirt, perfect for the active little girls (like my little munchkin) and a short, loose bodice which allows the body to “breathe”, great for those long, hot summer days.
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I love how the gathers add just enough fullness to this dress and I’m totally smitten with the little flowers vs. polka dot fabric combination. I think it makes this gathered dress look even more girly and pretty. This is also an easy to customize pattern, in terms of fabric choice and additional details like pockets, neckline, sleeve etc.
This project is quite a straightforward sew, although gathering takes a little while. If you’ve never sewn dresses before, this simple gathered dress, designed with comfort in mind, is a great place to start!
The pattern is available to purchase here!
- about 16″x 16″ of polka dot fabric for 5T pattern, 100% pure cotton (similar here)
- about 20″x 20″ of flower print fabric for 5 T pattern, 100% pure cotton (similar here)
- strip of 6″x 2″ for the placket at the back of the dress (I used scraps from the polka dot fabric)
- matching thread
- optional – gathering foot
- sewing machine
- woven needles 80/11
- fabric marker
- small piece of elastic (or a tiny fabric loop)
- 1/4″ bias tape
- bodice pattern
- Wash, dry and press your fabric
- Print your bodice pattern pieces from here and cut the fabric on fold. Decide how long you want your dress and cut the skirt accordingly (I cut mine 20″ in width and 20″ in height).
Sewing the placket
- Cut the strip for the placket ( Better serge it or zig zag it at this point) and attach to the back bodice piece, facing right sides together, right in the middle of the back bodice piece. If you want to make your placket stronger, add some soft interfacing. Stick the elastic with the loop towards the outside, in between the placket and bodice (I actually forgot to add it so I had to rip the seam out, insert it and sew again over the elastic; silly, I know!)
- Draw a line just in the middle and sew around that line with a 1/8″ between the stitches, sewing in sort of a v shape, about 5″ = 15 cm long.
- Using sharp scissors, cut along the drawn line until you reach the seam (but don’t snip the seam).
- Turn right sides out, press the seam and edge stitch around the seam.
Sewing the bodice
- Take the front bodice and back bodice pieces and match right sides together. Pin at the shoulders and the sides and sew. Serge or zig zag to finish the seam.
Sewing the skirt
- Take your skirt fabric and do the gathers to match your bodice’s width. Start gathering about 1/2″ away from the edge so you’ll have enough fabric to use when attaching the skirt to the bodice. I used a medium tension and the highest stitch length on my machine and I got the perfect gathering, matching my bodice without me having to tighten or loosen the gathers. If you use a Singer 1507WC, those would be 5 and 4.
- Stitch the skirt closed by sewing the sides together. Serge or zig zag the seam (I left the selvage on as I didn’t have enough fabric so I didn’t need to finish seam).
Sewing bodice to skirt
- Attach the bodice to the skirt, facing right sides together. Serge or zig zag the seam.
- Attach double folded bias tape at the neckline and armholes (use the method here; I didn’t use double folded bias there but it’s the same principle). I made my own to match the dress.
- Double fold the hem and sew.
- And you’re done working on your gathered dress sewing pattern!
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Where is the free gathered dress sewing pattern. I don’t see it if I try to click here it goest to a buy a pattern.
Virginia, this is a paid pattern.
Just joined and it states the link is not active.
Hi, Laura! Thanks for the heads up! The link is updated now.
This is sooooo cute! I love how you did the back! My 3 year old has been begging me to make her a dress from some sequin fabric I have leftover from a gown I just finished. I think this will be so fun for the holidays!
Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Lisa! You’ll enjoy making this easy dress and your little one will feel like a Princess wearing it! xoxo
I love this dress but I have looked and looked on this page and do not see the pattern anywhere and no materials list
Hi Danielle. Thanks so much! It’s listed under materials. Here’s the link http://bit.ly/2FecxN5
where is the pattern???
Hi, Annette. You’ll find it in the materials listing.
I might be the only one not to understand your little fabric weights. If you could show a picture of the pouch turned inside out it would be helpful of how you got the triangle out of the square. I could probably figure something out but I am a little confused at the moment. I am ready to make a bunch of these,
Hi Patsy. Thanks so much for stopping by and planning to make my project. Let me try making it more clear. After you’ve sewn on the 3 sides,keep your square wrong side out then simply take the 2 lateral sides and match them together. Sew around the new raw side but leave a small opening for turning. Hope this helps. Let me know if you still have issues and I’ll try to find another way of explaining.
SuperSuper cute, Petro!
Thanks so much, Pam! xoxoxo