Friday, 25 September 2015

The Making of a Toddler's Party Dress

This project was a real challenge. In general I stay well away from satins and chiffons, preferring to stick to cotton fabrics. Why? Satin and chiffon are so slippery. Slippery to cut out, slippery to pin, slippery to sew, tricky to iron, tricky to unpick. Slippery and tricky. They do however make some of the most adorable clothing for little girls. Who could resist making a pretty pink party dress for a little girl?
The base pattern for this dress is very simple, making it a great pattern to keep for day dresses as well. It consists of a simple square-necked bodice, flutter sleeves and a gathered rectangle skirt.

To turn such a simple design into the ultimate party dress, I have used a selection of special fabrics. The dress features an embroidered organza overlay on the bodice, embroidered lace, two different coloured chiffons (one for the skirt and sleeves and one for the sash), and a baby pink satin for the base of the dress. I have also used a stabilising cotton lining for the bodice.

After fighting with fraying fabric and lots of gathering stitches, the final product is well worth the effort! A beautiful dress for special occasions; weddings, parties, church or high tea with the ladies.

You can purchase this pattern on Etsy by clicking on the link below. Included are full instructions with photos to help you through!

Party Dress PDF Pattern

This pattern is sized for girls aged 12-18 months.

Enjoy some of the images below from our photo shoot with little Alice!

My model eating the props!


  1. You've don't a splendid job with a very tricky dress! It looks great, but I don't know how it closes. Buttons? Zip? I also can't see how long it falls on her... though I guess that would differ depending on the child. :)

  2. Thanks! It fastens with four buttons down the back. The finished shoulder to hem length is 43cm. You could, of course, adjust that with your hem depth or by cutting the skirt longer or shorter. :)