Baby girl clothes are so much fun. I have 2 boys so whenever I get the chance to get girly stuff for friend’s babies I take it! With another little princess on the way I wanted to attempt to make a dress and I came up with this free baby dress pattern that I’m sharing with you all. The Rose Dress pattern is designed to fit size 0-3 month.
So let me just begin this tutorial by saying that I am not a pattern designer and this is my first pattern outside of my baby bib pattern that I have designed. So please bear that in mind. But I did want to share this project and all the details with you all in case you’d like to make a similar dress.
So here’s what you’ll need:
- fabric- I used woven cotton fabric and lined the dress. I used 3 different fabrics (top, bottom, and lining of bottom) All in all you will need less than 1 yard (probably closer to 3/4 yard). The amount needed of each will depend upon the number of fabrics you use. I would print out the pattern pieces, cut them out, and then plan out according to which fabrics you want to use.
- buttons or snaps for closure at the shoulders
- The Rose Free Baby Dress Pattern [Page 1 & Page 2]
Free Baby Dress Pattern Tutorial
- Wash, day, and iron your fabrics.
- Lay out your free baby dress pattern pieces and cut. I like to do this using a rotary cutter and mat. Notice that the top part of the dress and the bottom part of the dress both say “fold” on one edge. Fold your fabric over (wrong side to wrong side) and position it so that the side marked fold is sitting on the fold.
So for the dress you will need: 4 pockets, 4 bodices, and 4 skirts
3. Iron all of the pieces that you had to fold over so that you don’t have a crease in the middle.
4. Now take a bodice and pin it to the top of one of the skirts with the right sides facing each other. Do this for all 4 pairs of bodices and skirts. Sew a hem along the edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
5. Press the seams open with your iron.
6. Take 2 of the pocket pieces and pin them together. Then sew around the edges with 1/4 inch seam allowance but leave a hole of about 3 inches open so that you can turn the pocket right side out. Next turn the pocket right side out and iron it flat. Repeat this process for the other pair of pocket pieces.
7. Place the pockets where you want them on the dress. Then top stitch around the edges of the pockets, but don’t stitch across the tops. Clearly this isn’t going to be a functional pocket so really you could sew it closed if you really wanted to but I did not.
8. Now take the dress pieces and lay the two outside pieces together with the right sides facing each other. Pin and sew on the right side, leaving a 1/4 inch seam from the edge.
9. Do the same with the lining pieces except pin and sew on the LEFT side of the lining.
10. Take the pins out, open them up and press the seams down.
11. Lay your lining piece and outside piece down together with the right sides facing each other. Pin and sew along the bottom hem of the dress and along the neckline and arm holes of the bodice. But leave the sides open and unsewn.
12. Clip the corners of the bodice straps. This will help you to be able to make the corners nice and square once you turn it right side out.
13. Using the opening on the sides turn the dress right side out. To help make the corners nice and square I typically use a closed pen to help. Then iron it.
14. Fold the dress over so that the lining is on the inside and the outside is on the outside.
15. Pin two lining pieces together with the right sides facing each other.
16. Sew along the edge of the lining leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance but leave an opening in the middle.
17. Turn the dress inside out so that you can pin the outside fabric together along the unsewn edge with the right sides facing each other. Sew along the edge leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance just like you did for the lining but with no hole this time.
18. Turn the dress right side out through the hole in the lining. Then sew the hole closed. If you want to make the dress reversible you could hand stitch this closed using a blind stitch. I just sewed it closed by machine because I didn’t intend it to be reversible.
19. Turn it right side out and then iron it.
20. Attach buttons or snaps to the shoulder straps of the dress. I placed my buttons one inch in from the top of the front strap but I positioned my button holes 1/2 inch from the edge of the back strap. [The dots on the pattern printable are not at this measurement… I changed my mind after I printed it out. Feel free to put your buttons or snaps wherever you prefer] Please note: As this is a garment for an infant be sure to secure your snaps or buttons securely as they could be a choking hazard. Always supervise an infant when wearing a garment with buttons.
And that’s it! Let me know if you have any questions. And if you make the dress… I’d love to hear about what you thought of my free baby dress pattern!