Free Girl’s Ruffle Dress Pattern

Last month I shared my kids’ light and airy inspired Christmas outfits, including the two dresses that I drafted and sewed for my girls. I promised that I had free patterns coming for my girls dresses, and today I’m sharing the first! Read on to learn how to download the free girl’s ruffle dress pattern and follow the tutorial below to make your own dress!

Free Sewing Pattern

Free Sewing Pattern

I made this blush pink dress for Hattie, and used a blush pink crepe from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. It was the perfect drapey, soft fabric I imagined for this dress, and I recommend you use something similar. Using a stiff quilting cotton will make the finished dress look more like a tent, and won’t hang softly like it needs to. I found her grey neutral grey/gold boots to coordinate at Old Navy.

Free Sewing Pattern

Free Sewing Pattern

Free Sewing Pattern

The A-line shape to the dress helps give it some twirl factor (because priorities), and the ruffles on the sleeves and hem are the perfect detail added to the simple shape.

Free Sewing Pattern

Free Sewing Pattern

Free Sewing PatternI finished the dress off with a gold fabric covered button, but you could use whatever you’d like. I love fabric covered buttons because it allows you to use whatever fabric you’d like, and the color options are endless!

Free Sewing Pattern

Free Sewing Pattern

I love dresses like this, that are easy for a little one to wear, but are still cute ;).

Free Sewing PatternThis free girl’s ruffle dress pattern is drafted for a 22″ chest measurement and 39-42″ height, which is a size 4 for Sew Much Ado patterns. Lucky for me, Hattie fits perfectly into that size at the moment, so it means no alterations when I sew for her!

Free Sewing Pattern

Free Sewing Pattern

Here we go!

Free Sewing Pattern

Supplies:
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free girl’s ruffle dress pattern which is available HERE (Size 4 – body measurements: chest – 22″, height – 39-42″ / finished measurements: chest – 24″, length from center back – 24″)
drapy apparel fabric – crepe, voile, etc – 1 5/8yd (45″ wide) OR 1 1/3yd (57-60″wide)
lining fabric (45″ wide) – 3/4yd
fusible woven lightweight interfacing – 1/8yd
3/4-1″ button
basic sewing supplies – thread, needles (I like to use these needles in size 10 for lightweight fabrics), scissors (these are my absolute fav) (<–affiliate links)

*All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted.*

Getting Started:
Download pattern using link above (you will complete the checkout process through our shop but won’t be asked for any payment info). Print pattern at 100%, checking test square for accuracy. Use tape to assemble pattern pieces, matching borders and diamonds.

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Cut fabric, lining, and interfacing as directed on pattern pieces. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse interfacing to wrong side of bodice back fabric, centering as pictured. Cut along curved lines on interfacing pattern piece and trace outer edge to transfer markings onto interfacing. Flip bodice back over and repeat the markings on the right side, being sure they match up with the marks on the wrong side (it’s helpful to hold the fabric up to a window or light and trace them that way).

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Let’s Get Sewing!
Press button loop piece in half, wrong side inward, and matching long edges. Open fold and press each long edge to center fold. Fold back in half and stitch close to folded edges.

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Fold loop in half and place 1/2″ below stitch line marked to left of center back, on right side of fabric, with raw edges extending 1/2″ past stitch line and toward center back. Stitch loop to bodice back along marked stitch line. Trim loop ends to 1/4″.

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

Right sides together, pin and stitch front and back bodices together at shoulders. Press seams open (the raw edges will be enclosed so there’s no need to finish them). Repeat with lining pieces.

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Right sides together, pin bodice to lining at neckline and center back markings. Stitch together around neckline, following stitch lines as marked at back keyhole. Note: Be sure that loop ends are tucked away from opposite stitch line.

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

Clip seam allowance around neckline. Carefully clip down center of back keyhole.

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

Turn bodice right side out and understitch seam allowance to lining (stitch 1/16-1/8″ from original stitch line), stopping when nearing center back.

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

Turn bodice right side out and press flat along neckline and back keyhole.

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

Right sides together, pin and stitch bodice side seams together from underarm to hem. Repeat with lining.

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Press bottom long edge of each sleeve ruffle 1/4″ to wrong side. Press another 1/4″ to wrong side (this will be stitched after attached to the sleeve in a later step).

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

On each sleeve ruffle, sew two rows of basting/gathering stitches, 3/8″ and 5/8″ from top raw edge of sleeve ruffle (do not backstitch and leave threads long at beginning and end). Pulling top threads only, gather to fit bottom of sleeve and pin to bottom of sleeve, right sides together. Tip: I prefer to pin each end of the ruffle to the sleeve before gathering.

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Stitch each ruffle to each sleeve (you’ll be sewing between the two basting lines). Press seam allowance upward and use zig zag stitch or serger to finish seam allowance. Use seam ripper to remove basting treads that are visible on right side of ruffle.

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Use a basting/gathering stitch (do not backstitch) to stitch between notches on each sleeve (these will be used to ease the sleeve into the bodice).

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

Fold each sleeve in half, pinning side raw edges. Stitch along pinned edges.

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

Baste lining to main fabric at each armhole, a scant 1/2″ from raw edges.

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

Right sides together, pin sleeve into armhole, matching notches and side seams. Pull on sleeve threads gently to ease into armhole. Stitch sleeve to armhole, ensuring there are no puckers. Press seam allowances toward sleeve and use zig zag stitch or serger to finish raw edges.

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Repeat steps above to stitch remaining sleeve to remaining armhole.

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

Right sides together, pin and stitch bottom ruffle pieces together at short edges, creating a large loop. Press and finish raw edges. Press bottom edge 1/4″ toward wrong side, and another 1/4″ toward wrong side. Stitch close to folded edge.

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Sew two rows of basting/gathering stitches, 3/8″ and 5/8″ from top raw edge of bottom ruffle (do not backstitch and leave threads long at beginning and end). Pulling top threads only, gather to fit bottom of dress and pin to bottom of dress, right sides together.

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Stitch ruffle to bottom of dress (you’ll be sewing between the two basting lines). Press seam allowance upward and use zig zag stitch or serger to finish seam allowance. Use seam ripper to remove basting treads that are visible on right side of ruffle.

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

To create lining hem, press lining bottom raw edge 1/4″ toward wrong side. Press another 1/4″ toward wrong side. Stitch close to folded edge to secure in place.

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

Stitch button in place on back of dress, ensuring proper fit with loop.

Free Girl's Dress Pattern

Great job! Be sure to share your finished dress and tag us  on Instagram with @sewmuchado #sewmuchado!

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Comments

  1. Thankyou!

  2. So cute Abby! Love the twirl ❤️ And she is adorable!

  3. Liz Therrien says:

    Your little munchkin is getting so big! I’ve loved seeing your posts and pictures of her. So adorable. And thank you for the free dress pattern. It is wonderful. Happy New Year!

  4. Danita Courtney says:

    This is so beautiful for little girls who, YES, love to twirl!!! Thank you for sharing this awesome design with us! I love the bell sleeves and the bottom ruffle. I also appreciate the note about what type of fabric to use. My go to has been Cotton, but I can understand the need for something softer. Thanks again!!!

  5. Jo Richner says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I have been patiently waiting for this since I received your blog email that showed your children’s Christmas outfits. Thanks for sharing your patterns.

  6. Van Hecke M says:

    thanks a lot for this patern! Love it.

  7. So cute! I wish I could have one in my size. :) Although I’m not sure it would look as cute on me.

  8. Such a sweet dress, the colour is perfect for your daughter. And priorities of course ;)

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