Aw, the joys of a lovely, new Easter Dress! Growing up my dresses were usually Mom Made and I loved continuing the tradition for my daughter. I have four pretty designs for you to choose from today – each one sweet, beginner-friendly and adorable!
The Knot Dress
Jess of the Sewing Rabbit blog designs beautiful things and publishes wonderful patterns. The Knot Dress is a treasured, popular design that is now available for free. Isn’t it stunning?! To quote Jess, “With no zipper or button closures, it is super easy to sew and perfect for a beginner seamstress.“ The Knot dress is sized for 2T – 6T and you’ll need about 1-1/2 yards of fabric. There’s a doll version, too and the post includes a helpful list of suggested fabrics for your Knot Easter Dress. Jess says it takes just 2 – 4 hours to make, so it’s delightfully speedy!
I love the way Jess designed this dress to look more complicated than it is! Even if you’re a sewing newbie, the perky little shoulder bows and back cut out will have everyone thinking you’re a skilled couturier. The free PDF download includes traceable pattern pieces for the bodice and ties and skirt measurement instructions for your chosen size. I foresee a lot of these in your future! Click here to read the Sewing Rabbit blog post.
The Ballet Dress
If the precious princess in your life needs a daily tu-tu to wear, she’ll love the Ballet Dress! It’s a beautiful, easy flowing gown designed by Autumn of the It’s Always Autumn blog. Comfy enough for every day, this version of an Easter Dress starts with a long sleeved t-shirt, so it’s super-simple to sew. Autumn added a lined skirt stitched from ½ yard of knit fabric and about 1 yard of tulle. She includes great tips on the best type of knits and tulle to use. Follow her fun tutorial and your princess will be prancing through the Spring meadows in her new gown in no time! Click here for the tutorial.
Angel Sleeve Dress
The simple Angel Sleeve Dress I found on the Aesthetic Nest blog is a fabulous design for showing off large, spectacular cotton prints. This would be an absolutely fabulous dress for Kaffe Fassett fabrics! Bold is better and you’ll have fun adding pom-poms and trim that coordinate for a stand-out frock your little one will love.
Anneliese of the Aesthetic Nest designed this dress to be a darling dress or blouse, so you have lots of options. Her tutorial includes a link for a free download of a doll size Angel Sleeve Dress and a link to her reasonably-priced girls dress pattern on Craftsy. You’ll enjoy the tips Anneliese gives on making the dress easy to put on and off of a hard or soft body doll. I especially love that since on and off, on and off and repeat is what the little girls I know enjoy most about their dolly dresses. The instructions include detailed, photographically illustrated steps that make this another easy to sew, great for beginners, Easter Dress. Click here for the tutorial on the Aesthetic Nest blog.
Summer Picnic Dress
Over on The Cottage Mama blog, I fell in love with the Summer Picnic Dress! Blogger, book author and pattern designer, Lindsay created another simple, yet charming design you will love. It’s perfect for beginners, too and includes pretty straight, basic sewing. You’ll also do a bit of gathering for the skirt, but Lindsay makes that easy with her wonderful instructions and step-by step images. This sweet Easter Dress is sized from 12 months – 4 years and takes no more than 1-1/2 yards of fabric. Lindsay includes wise advice on edge finishes and pattern pieces in her free PDF download. Pick up trim while you’re at the fabric shop and have fun creating a unique look for your little’s Spring celebrations! Click here for Lindsay’s tutorial on The Cottage Mama blog.
So, now you have lots of choices to make! But, then why not make them all. It doesn’t have to be just an Easter Dress, you know. You could be sewing up a whole Spring and Summer adorable dress buffet for your favorite little girl. That’s the stuff that makes memories that last – go for it!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.