Updated August 13, 2019

All of the patterns are sized for a 2-year-old. You may need to patch together towels before cutting the pieces, or supplement with linen yardage (vintage or store-bought).

Bias tape, by Wright’s, from $2 for 4 yd., joann.com

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Download dress pattern template, print, and assemble pattern. Lay out on towels (you may need to play around with positioning) and cut out.

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Step 2

With right sides facing, sew back pieces together, leaving 3 inches unsewn at neck. Press seam open. Cut a 6-inch piece of bias tape; sew on.

Step 3

With right sides facing, sew seams at shoulders and sides. Press seams open.

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Step 4

Cut tape to fit around one armhole; sew on. Repeat on other side.

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Step 5

Cut tape to fit around neck, adding 12 inches on each end to create tie closure. Sew on. (Or cut tape to fit neck opening, sew on, and add a button and thread-loop buttonhole.)

Step 6

Optional: Add ruffle. Baste along one long edge. Pull ends of thread to gather. With right sides facing, sew gathered edge to bottom of dress. Press seam open.

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Step 7

Press hem under by 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch. Sew.

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