Puff Sleeve Toddler Dress with Free Sewing Pattern

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away! Can you believe how fast this year is going? I am getting excited for the holiday season. This year Mila will be spending Thanksgiving with her Dad and her grandparents so I thought I would make a cute little dress for her to wear. I found this adorable orange dot cotton print from Riley Blake Designs at The Fat Quarter Shop. I like abstract designs so this one was a “must buy” for me. Coordinated with bright orange cotton, this print is perfect for a fall dress. Although the dress has short sleeves, it can be worn with a pretty white cardigan for cold days or as is on warmer days. I made this a little bigger in size for Mila so she could wear it in early spring as well. I love making clothes for her but it seems she wears it once and then it’s too tight. I had a hard time getting her to model the dress for me on the day I made it. It was tantrum Sunday so I took pictures of the dress alone. I am hoping I can get her to take a picture for me on Thanksgiving so I can show you all how it fits her.This free pattern is available in 3 sizes for your growing toddler. Enjoy and happy sewing everyone.

I did the sleeves and a bottom band in complimenting and coordinating bright orange. I think it really brought out the design of the orange dots.

The pattern is a simple bodice and bottom A-line dress that is gathered in the center. Super simple to make!

The puff sleeves are so simple to do and really makes the dress a bit more fun for a toddler. Usually I do elastic cuffs but this puff cuff (I am sure it has a real name) won it for me for this design.

I wanted to add a flower or do a waist band but I thought it would take away from the beauty of the fabric design so I just left it plain. I will do a pretty flower in Mila’s hair when she wears it.

I love how pretty it turned out. If you do yours please post it so I can see how it looks.

Here is what you need to make this dress
1 yard cotton
1 yard lining cotton
1/2 coordinating solid cotton
2 big buttons

Download the pattern HERE. There is a 12M, 2T and 3T pattern. If your child is normal for her size per age, you dont need to add seam allowance. 1/2″ seam allowance is built into the pattern. However, if you child is slightly large, you can 1/2″ seam allowance when you cut out the pattern.

After you cut all your pieces you should have the following:

2 front bodice (1 lining, 1 outer)
4 back bodice (2 lining, 2 outer)
2 sleeves
1 main bottom (Cut from pattern or measure 2X waist of child x desired length). Mine was 40″x 12
I bottom band (2X waist of child x 3″)
Optional: (2″x1″ strips for button hooks)





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