Ready for an itty-bitty fashion show? Each garment is easy to make for anyone with a sewing machine and our dress sewing patterns. And with feminine details like pretty pinstripes, ruffled hems, and ribbon-tied straps, these dresses are perfectly tailored to suit any little style maven.
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All Dolled Up
Ready for an itty-bitty fashion show? There’s something perfectly precious about a little girl in a homemade dress. Here, Martha sits with her granddaughter Jude perched on her lap, and they are joined by some fashionable little friends. The group is decked out in sundresses, tunics, and bloomers upcycled from Martha’s collection of vintage linen and cotton dish towels.
Feeling inspired? Here are the patterns for all the dresses!
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This loose-fitting dress is made with a few quick seams. To maximize the length of this dress, use the existing selvage, both at the hem and the neckline, and create the channel with ribbon.
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All of the patterns are sized for a 2-year-old, so you may need to patch together towels before cutting the pieces, or supplement with linen yardage (vintage or store-bought).
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With it's ruffled skirt, this is a dress absolutely made for twirling. You can also use bias tape, rather than facing, to finish the neck and notch at back.
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Of course, a dress isn't always practical playwear. That's when a pair of bloomers come in handy. These can be worn as a diaper cover or over underpants.
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Such a daddy's girl. This sweet adaptation of the classic button-down takes one of Dad's hand-me-downs and turns it into a dress with a drawstring neckline and short sleeves.
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To make this summery ensemble, all you need are three standard 22-inch bandannas, cotton twill tape, and basic sewing supplies. This dress is approximately size 5, but if you need to alter the size, simply buy larger or smaller bandannas and adjust the measurement.