Once we’re past the cold of Winter, a comfy, lightweight dress is just what we crave for our Handmade Wardrobes. If you’re ready to sew a girly dress for you or your little ones, you’re going to love the six tutorials I found for you! Choose one (or three), pick a beautiful fabric and enjoy the amazing pleasure of sewing your own warm weather clothing.
Spring Dress Sewing Tips
- Choose your size by body measurements, not the size you would buy in a store. Measure you or your little lady, measure the pattern and adjust from there for the fit you want.
- Using a stripe? Line up the underarms of your sleeve and bodice pattern pieces so they are cut along the same stripe. That makes matching easy when you sew!
- When sewing knit fabrics on your sewing machine, purchase Coats & Clark Eloflex Stretch Thread. You can sew with a straight stitch and still have stretch in your seams!
- While not required, a walking foot is often the best choice for sewing knits or multiple layers of any fabric on your sewing machine.
Hello Spring Girls Dress
The easy to sew Hello Spring Dress combines the comfy joy of a t-shirt with the adorableness of a gathered skirt. Everything your little lady loves! Autumn of the It’s Always Autumn blog includes a free PDF bodice pattern for size 4/5 that can be easily sized up or down. The download includes instructions for printing and cutting dimensions for the skirt and neck binding. Choose a knit for the bodice, a coordinating knit or woven for the skirt or use all the same fabric to sew a girly dress. She also includes tips on the type of knits that work best for her design and great steps for gathering the sleeves and skirt. Click here for the Hello Spring Girls Dress tutorial.
Bell Sleeve Dress
The Bell Sleeve Dress designed by Jamie of the Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom blog, captures T-Shirt comfort for girls sizes 3 to 12. Sewn completely with knit fabric, it’s another quick and super-cute dress to sew for Spring! Jamie’s wonderful post includes how to print and tape the pattern, sew with knits and bind the neckline. If you’d rather use a quilting cotton, Jamie offers hints so you can do that, too. A little time and 2 yards or less of fabric and you can sew a girly dress your littles will love wearing! Click here for the Bell Sleeve Dress tutorial.
Knot Back Swing Dress
Oh my, that keyhole knotted back is just the best! Shown in coordinating quilting cottons, you can sew a girly dress from this design in knit fabrics, too. Jess of the Sewing Rabbit blog suggests you use a fabric with lots of drape for maximum swing. Just what little girls love! Cut the dress with a high-low hem or straighten it out with her easy instructions. You’ll need about 1-1/2 yards of fabric and 2 to 4 hours of time for this beginner-friendly style. Jess included easy steps for cutting and construction illustrated with delightful watercolor-style graphics. Best of all, the pattern can be made in multiple sizes from 2T to 10! Click here for the Knot Back Swing Dress tutorial.
T-Shirt Pattern Swing Dress Hack
If you love swingy style, a t-shirt pattern and Kimberly’s post are all you need to sew a girly dress for yourself. She shares a pattern hack that includes a helpful video tutorial on her Sweet Red Poppy blog. Kimberly offers great advice on sizing and how to keep the shoulders, bust and neckline intact while adding the simple, full skirt she designed. The bonus in Kimberly’s tutorial is her wonderful trick for creating fabulous hems in knit fabrics! Click here for the T-Shirt Pattern Swing Dress Hack tutorial!
DIY Vintage Dress
Designer Marlena designed this charming sundress in a delightful gingham, although you can use a print cotton or linen. On her My Curly Projects blog, she shares terrific directions for self-drafting a girly dress to sew and love! The bodice is drafted from a purchased shirt or a bodice pattern you already own. You’ll do a little measuring for the skirt, then follow Marlena’s easy steps to create the pattern. To help you through the assembly of your Vintage Dress, Marlena includes a link to a rouleaux (tube) turner video along with a link to an invisible zipper video. Marlena lives in Norway, so you’ll want to translate her metric measurements if you’re in the USA. Click here for the DIY Vintage Dress tutorial.
Handkerchief Hem Dress
Mimi G has a gorgeously fashionable style we all love! Her popular Mimi G Style blog is always inspiring and offers lots of help if you want to sew a girly dress for Spring. This fabulous strapless, handkerchief hem dress is self-drafted and easy to sew when you follow Mimi’s steps. You’ll need one-inch grid paper for the pattern, a pencil (so you can erase) and a long tank top from your closet. Mimi suggests a lightweight double knit interlock fabric for your dress and includes lots of supportive tips in her video tutorial. Click here for the Handkerchief Hem Dress tutorial.