Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Color Block Dress {Free PDF Pattern 12m-6Y}

So I made Abbey a dress, I made it with a bodice pattern I made ages ago. You know when you are cleaning through piles of papers that have needed attention for quite sometime, and low and behold you come across a drafted pattern that was never made. Yeah I am pretty sure I have a few more of those. So I thought I would go ahead and make the bodice up, and I added a color blocked skirt to the bottom to finish it off. So, I thought I would go ahead and share the pattern with all of you. So the pattern is in sizes 12m-6years. It is for the bodice and sleeve and then you can make the skirt piece pretty easily. 
The sleeve has cute little pleats, and I double pleated the sleeve (top and bottom) for a fun shape.
So the pattern has not been tested in anyway, but I made one up and it came together fine. So if you would like the pattern you can download the pieces here:

Please do not share, copy or sell the pattern. Do not share the link to the pattern, please just link to this post. 

I used about 1 yard of the purple and 1/2 yard of the white. 
You will also need a zipper I used a 7" zipper

 Start with your bodice pieces all cut out, like so.
 Then sew one front bodice piece to two back bodice pieces. You will do this twice so you have two identical pieces.
Then pin a sleeve into the arm curve. Add pleats to fit. Then sew in place. Repeat this for the other sleeve and the two sleeves for the lining as well. 
 Then with the right sides together sew from the sleeve edge to the arm pit and down the side. Again repeat for the lining as well. You should have two identical bodice pieces now.

 Grab one and with right sides together sew the zipper down the edge of the back. I did not use an invisible zipper since I was ok with the zipper showing. Sew as close to the zipper as you can.
Then when you fold the zipper to the back you will see that the zipper is sewn the right way. It is a good time to check yourself if you are new to zippers.
 Then right sides together you are going to sew the other side of the zipper to the other side of the back. Sew the same way you did the first side, sewing as close to the zipper as possible.
 You can check your zipper again. At this point your zipper should look how it will when it is done (more or less)
Now with right sides together you will sew the two bodice pieces together. You are sewing along the same line you sewed for the zipper. Start a few inches up from the bottom of the back edge. Then sew up the edge, around the neck and down the other edge. 

Turn the whole bodice right side out. Then on the back side you will want to fold the edge in that you left un-done.

Then you will top stitch along the zipper edge. Nice finished zipper with fully lined bodice... done. 

I tacked the bottom under the zipper together since it will be sewn together to the skirt part. 
Then fold the edges of the sleeves in and top stitch along the edge. 

I also added pleats at the bottom of the sleeve since the sleeve was a little too full for my liking, and I loved the pleats. Just pleat the bottom and sew in place. Bodice done. 

 For the skirt I made it the same way I made this skirt I decided how long I wanted the skirt to be and divided that by 3 adding in seam allowance to each piece. I made the strips that height and the width was the width of the fabric. I simply cut 3 stripes for the front and 3 for the back. Then pieced them together the way I did the skirt and stitched the front and back together at the sides.
 Then gather the top of the skirt. Mine was pretty full which I wanted, you can make it as full as you want.
 Then with right sides together sew the bodice to the skirt piece. Hem the bottom of the skirt piece and you are done!
 Zipper down the back... not too bad right? And how in love are you with color blocking?  I think I am making Abbey and the new baby matching ones for Christmas this year... color blocked with red and white, or green and white... oh so many options.
Abbey loves the big full skirt, and since she was a pill for the pictures we ended up on the trampoline, let me tell you a full skirt has some great movement.

So if you make one upload it to our flikr group we would love to see it! (link found at the top of the page)


  1. Too cute. I can't wait to make one for my girl. Thanks for sharing you talent and skills, and patterns.

  2. Cute, cute!! Great job with this one. I bet your daughter loves it!

  3. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Sep. 13, 2012. Thanks again.

  4. So cute; I love the little pleats in the sleeves!

  5. Thank you for the pattern! Will have to quit avoiding zippers....

  6. This is so cute! I'm going to do it foy my ABBY too...

    Thanks for this pattern.

  7. At least my Little Loo isn't the only one who is a pill about pictures sometimes...

  8. Thank you so much!!! So I just picked up a set of purple bedsheets to potentially use for our Christmas pictures (they were 80% off!) and it just clicked that I must've been inspired by this dress. Thank you for sharing the tutorial! I can't wait to try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  9. Thank you so much for this! I want to go home and sew one up right now, it's so cute! Love the sleeves especially.

  10. Such cute details Shauna!!! I love the stripe along the bottom of the skirt, and the sleeves are fantastic! Well done, as always :)

  11. Thank you so much! The dress is beautiful and so is Abbey. The expressions on her face for the first few pics are cracking me up. She looks like she's saying "like this mom? For real?"

  12. thanks for this wonderful tutorial and pattern!

  13. Ficou otimo parabéns

  14. Love the stark, contrasting fabric!! How do you ever keep the darker color from bleeding onto the white!?!?! We've had some issues with this recently (even after multiple washings and setting with vinegar), and are looking for ANY ADVICE you might could give.

    1. So I prewash all fabrics before sewing with them, and I separate the colors for that wash. Then after that I just machine wash everything together (as in all of Abbey's clothes go in together) I always wash on cold water with a cold water detergent so I don't know if that makes a difference but I haven't found the cottons to bleed. I hope that helps!

  15. Thank you for this pattern! You are so awesome for making it free! Pure Talent! It's so cute! I love it. I'm going to try it out as my daughter's 1st Birthday Dress! I'm super excited. I hope mines turns out as cute. :)

  16. I like this tutorial for was very easy to follow. Thank you very much for sharing. I made one for my daughter and I couldn't finish it because I don't have a matching fabric to make the
    ~ Nelda

  17. I am struggling with the zipper insertion. I am at the point of putting the lining in and for some reason I can't get it right. I'm so frustrated with it that my husband is picking out the seams because I because I'm so angry with it.

  18. silly question.. did you shape the skirt on the dress the same way you did on the pattern for the skirt? I see that you cut it diagionally, and I'm not sure if I am supposed to do the same for the dress skirt.... novice here ;)

  19. Just wanted to thank you for the great pattern!! I used it for my littlen's holiday dresses!!!

    Take a peek if you want!!

  20. merci beaucoup pour ce partage - je ferai peut-être un essai pour ma petite-fille

  21. just wondering how I can post pics of the dresses I made using this pattern. I made 2.

  22. This is gorgeous. What kind of fabric did you use?


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