I love sewing dresses for my girls. There are so many sewing inspirations all around to make your sewing effortless. I have compiled a list of some very good tutorials and patterns that some very creative good souls have shared for all of us – moms who want to stitch their kids’ dresses on their own. Have fun going through them.
You can check out the post on ‘Tips on Sewing for kids‘ for some important things to note when you are making dresses for children as well as a ready reckoner BODY MEASUREMENT CHART. And this post for some Frock design ideas: tips for cutting and sewing kids frocks
Free Dresses and Frock sewing patterns for little girls
If you are new to sewing checkout the post on learning to sew for some basic sewing techniques and tutorials and the 30 basic sewing tools you would love to have in your sewing kitty before you start out. You also need to follow some rules when sewing for perfect results – checkout the 15 dressmaking rules outlined here
You also must have some favourite fabric in mind to sew for your child – if not, check out this post on some guidelines in choosing from the 12 fabrics suitable for making baby clothes as well as older children’s clothes .
Dress sewing patterns for girls
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This beautiful vibrant scarlet red color gathered neckline dress is the perfect one to start my list with- the drafting of the dress pattern to your girl’s size is explained nicely and your girl will love you for taking the effort to draft and stitch this one for her.
This tutorial is from this site – to self draft and sew a very easy gathered frock with a button placket on the back and lining inside.
This dress is a perfect one to test your creative sewing capacities ; This tutorial comes with clear instructions to draft the pattern and sew ; The striped fabric used is the highlight of this dress and so be sure to find a similar one in your favourite colour. The piping done in a contrast colour adds to the beauty of the dress.
A very classy and elegant looking dress for your princess with sewing instructions. It is perfect for winter wear.
Braided Little girl’s dress
This dress is just Wow.It is by mesewcrazy.com ; check out the photos here and the tutorial
Love this dress which looks very modern with an uneven hem and with some cool printed cotton fabric this pattern will end up looking gorgeous. Head over to sewmecrazy.com for a tutorial
If you are truly dedicated to sewing dresses for your angel, you will want to translate and get the pattern and sew this very beautiful dress.
This tutorial by weekend designer can be used to make a baby doll dress for a little girl as well and it will look beautiful if stitched in chiffon. The only drawback is that you need a lot of cloth for stitching this dress as the whole thing is 3 layers . Worn with leggings it is a very chic dress.
Very easy to stitch pattern, the dress is made from an old men’s shirt.
The photo tutorial for sewing this adorable dress makes it all look ‘sew’ easy.
This brilliant and easy tutorial shows you how to make this King Arthur gown and is perfect for any costume party. You will definitely be making it many times over after the first time
Such a cute dress and that too with printable patterns here at realitydaydream
Very aptly named 4 season by the author at prettyprudent this can be worn any time by your baby; printable patterns for a size 3 T , but you can adapt it to your requirement with some alterations
Jumpers are very comfortable dresses to wear in the summer and hence very popular.
There is no need for you to buy an expensive one from the shop. Go ahead and check out this sewing tutorial at bloomsnbugs.blospot.in; method to make the dress in different size is also given.
This is a tutorial for a top but you can alter it into a dress and it will look beautiful. The tutorial is here at scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com.
Repurposed from a lace skirt, this looks awesome. Go over to nacyscourture.blogspot.in for instructions
A totally worth it dress stitching instructions from my favourite blogger madebyrae
Very good looking dress, you can make this for your daughter to wear for any formal function, and I guarantee she will look gorgeous, and You will be proud that you made her so. Find the instructions at mellysews.com
A simple A line pattern transformed into this gorgeous dress
This is a tutorial for a very easy peasant dress
The fabric is so eye catching and the dress looks very adorable on the model ; Easy instructions to go with it, what are you waiting for ?
As the name says it, this one is a delightful simple sundress you can make again and again in different fabrics to build your little ones summer wardrobe.
The instructions to make this toddler jumper can be found at Burdastyle
This is so cool and casual, ideal tunic for summer ; Very easy to follow pictorial instructions, this is a must make and easy sew.
If the picture does not entice you to sew a dress, I will be disappointed. With some sequins work thrown in, this dress can be worn to any function with pride.
This is a very simple dress but looks so cute and elegant as all the Japanese patterns do; Made by the blogger at sewinlove.com.au the pattern can be printed ; Also check out the instructions here
A very simple collar dress by Blooms and Bugs and your little kids will look very classy in this .
Pink is a favorite among girls (young of course) and which little girl wouldn’t love their mama to make this easiest tutu with just some elastic and tulle fabric in pink.
Actually inspired by a song by the same name by beatles (isn’t that creative?) this cute tunic can be made in any size with the instructions in shwinandshwin.com.
This a very stunning tutorial for an easy no sew costume for the next party for your little one ; check it out at bloomsnbugs.
A very gorgeous dress in a very gorgeous printed fabric – get the tutorial and pattern and go and sew it for your precious one.
This tutorial with printable pattern in different sizes makes a dress suited for the winter ; to be made in knit,with clear instructions.
This as the name says, is made with border fabric, and as the author says a very darn cute dress; Go over to mesewcrazy for the tutorial.
This tutorial is from one of my favourite sewists craftinessisnotoptional.com and your kids will love you if you make this dress for her dress .
Such a useful tutorial when sewing a girls dress ; learn it from the expert creationsbymitchie.blogspot.in
Lier of Ikatbag is my all-time favorite blogger and her patterns are so creative and easy to follow; this is a must-read blog for all things, kids, not only dresses; checkout the overalls for girls and the basic pattern here
A very easy to sew dress in Knit from scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com (love the name and I totally empathise); Patterns for different sizes are available.
This site is in a different language but the tutorial is explained well with photos and the way she drafts the pockets is very funny. well worth a look if you use the translate option in google chrome.
This gorgeous dress tutorial is a must try ; check it out at andreasnotebook.com
This dress by craftinessisnotoptional.com is a very elegant-looking winter dress to be sewn in knit fabric. the tutorial makes it very easy to sew; this is a must-dress in your child’s winter wardrobe.
This little dress is so simple to sew but looks so good ; actually the author has sewn this for a special occasion so it has double layers but if you need to make a simpler one with some ruffles you can look at the tutorial from the same blog
Though this tutorial is in a different language I had to add this to the list for its simplicity and cuteness. If you use google translate and the self explanatory diagrams by the author, you will be able to execute this pattern very well.
This one is a winner; I have made this for my younger daughter myself, and it turned out really good. This pattern is available as pdf for you to print. Use the prettiest cotton in your collection to sew this.
I love the colour of this dress and it looks so dreamy. A lucky girl will get this sewn by her mama. It cannot look any prettier.
This is a tutorial inspired by another tutorial for a peasant dress for adults as well as a dress from Gap. The model who is cute as a button adds to the beauty of the dress.
It’s difficult to imagine that this beautiful dress was once an onsie. The author repurposed a not-fitting-anymore-onesie to this very easy to construct but beautiful dress.
This one is a simple pinafore dress , fully lined, with an invisible zipper on back, with inverted pleats in the front with embroidered tacks; it is very easy to construct with your own pattern but if you would rather have a pattern, subscribe to the author’s email list
This dress has some pretty ruffles in the sleeves and in the front of the bodice. The directions to sew are very clear and detailed so don’t worry about the ruffles even if you are a beginner.
This one is a winner from the sequins in the bodice to the full skirt. The gorgeous dress is just the right one for you to sew for a function or just like that.
This dress is as comfy as it is named; your child can easily put it on and go about her play business. There are two versions to this easy to wear and easy to sew dress: a flouncy, twirly 2 tier skirt and another one with a less full single-tier skirt with side seam pockets.
This dress is utterly gorgeous and will make your precious one a very very happy girl. Who wouldn’t want to wear petals. It’s not as difficult to sew as it looks ; even if you think it is the result will be worth it.
Every girl wants to be tinker bell. So the next best thing you can offer is a costume.
This simple to sew pattern and tutorial comes with patterns in different sizes. The different fabric /colour options the author has sewn are so beautiful you will surely want to sew this even if your baby has outgrown this pattern. I know I want to make this. Let me see which of my cousins’s baby deserves this treat.
This fantastic dress can be sewn by you if you have basic sewing skills. Though there is no pattern as such, the author has given sewing directions and the picture of the finished dress in dupioni silk(re-purposed from an old bridesmaid dress) is so gorgeous you will want to sew it.
If you don’t know to crochet you will want to learn looking at this utterly adorable dress.
A tshirt repurposed to a very pretty dress – you can use a tank top or any other top to make this dress and it will look equally good.
This dress looks so stunning with the contrasting colours of the fabric; When you make this dress, I suggest you choose the same.
Shirring is a very exciting technique and when combined with a dress it is indeed magic. I always make a facing to cover the shirred inside as my girl complains about it irritating her skin. If the shirred dress is worn outside a tee, this doesnot matter. This dress works perfect inside the denim jacket.
The photo is so divine and the dress is equally beautiful.
I have made this dress a number of times, not re-purposed from old shirt as the author beautifully does, but in gorgeous printed cotton for both my daughters and they turned out such beauties.
Such a casual and cool frock for your daughter, this can be made in knit; there is a printable pattern also with the tutorial.
This top can be extended to a frock; another summer staple for kids’ wardrobes.
Little girls look so good in frocks, especially if they are made in printed fabric with a hint of pink.
Another must sew summer dress with ruffles.
This dress is made of a vintage fabric and the scalloped collar in a contrasting fabric makes it look truly special.
This simplest of baby dresses is a perfect learning project for a beginner- no snaps or buttons. The ease of an elastic neckline will also make this dress a favourite for your baby. Make this in soft plain cotton with some embroidery thrown in..
Inspired by a movie of the same name this drop waisted dress is very elegant looking and dressy. Printable patterns for a size 3T is available.
This cute little dress has a circle skirt ;This would look as good on bigger girls as well. So many options to mix and match. A light pink bodice with a turquoise colored skirt would look so good. I have a beautiful turquoise cotton cloth in my stash.
A very easy to sew nightgown in my favourite colour; you can sew it up very fast and even re-purpose old blankets as the author has done.
This dress is a dream come true for a complete princess. This beautifully detailed costume comes with some very simple sewing steps like velcro fasteners ; Go ahead and start this.
This is an upcycled adult sweater project embellished with a bow with tutorial . A sweater which looks prettier than any dress, who would have thought.
With some charmeuse fabric and tulle, magic has been sewn up here. Beads, snowflake buttons, all add to the charm of this dress.
This is a dream like Elsa dress suitable for summer parties. A Very lucky birthday girl indeed, who got this dress.
This is so cool; Turn an ordinary tee into a cool outfit by doing applique and making matching shorts. Your daughter is sure to stand out as the best dressed in the playground.
I love a peplum and I have fallen in love with ideas around this top. Instead of starting from the scratch of making the bodice one can simply adapt and sew the peplum to an old top your daughter owns.
A super easy dress to put together I bet that your child would not get out of this dress in summer.
This is one refashion you can easily do and turn an ordinary tshirt into a dressy top. You just have to buy 2 tshirts in your favourite colour and commit to an hour of sewing.
This very easy to sew tutorial for this charming dress comes with pattern pieces for a size 3T but it will be very easy to draft this simple dress pattern yourself.
This dress is perfect for a small baby ; it is reversible with applique work on one side as well.
Perfect for summer , make this dress in your favorite printed cotton cloth for a summer frock.
This cute little dress is embellished with lace strips for a nice decorative touch.
This one is a beauty and your daughter will be the center of attraction. Made by Suzanne from Winter winterwonderingswhatnot.blogspot.ca
By no means is this a definite list of free dress patterns for kids. I will keep adding to this list of awesome tutorials and patterns for little girls dresses. I hope you did not end up flustered like me, as to which one to start with first
If you like to embellish the dress you have sewn Check out the posts on the 10 types of fabric trims , DIY ribbon trims, rhinestone embellishments, bead embroidery, bead tassels, bead flower motifs, you can use and these 10 cute embroidery motifs for kid’s clothes.
Also check out the post on the 44 different methods for embellishing fabric and some cute embroidered flowers you can easily do. or 10 easy to do flower embroidery designs or the 10 easy rose embroidery flowers tutorial
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