The Perfect Dress Patterns to Sew for Girls

The Perfect Dress Patterns for Girls

So, I haven’t been writing very much lately because I have been spending the last few months sewing dresses for my girls. I have also been using patterns I never in a million years thought I could complete. If you haven’t heard of Violet Field Threads, you need to check them out. Their patterns have a vintage feel, yet they are still very modern. I love each pattern more than the next. I have bought over 25 so far!! They have the sweetest designs ever. You purchase the patterns online, and a PDF of the very detailed directions and pattern pieces are sent immediately to your email address.

Violet Field Threads has many sales, so join their newsletter and wait for fun promo codes to come your way. I have purchased most of my patterns using their promo codes. You can check out their website here.  FYI: I  am not an affiliate for them, so this is an honest review of their patterns from a newbie sewer. 


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 Getting Started

First of all, you need to choose a pattern! It was difficult for me to decide which one I wanted to tackle first. Their site recommends plenty of Beginner Sewing Patterns. I was planning on starting with the Pixie Dress/Top or Luna Dress/Top as they seemed like easier patterns, but then I came across a lovely Facebook Group that completes a Violet Field Threads Pattern each month. It is called The VFT Gathering Place: {Sew-A-Long} Central.

This group is extremely positive. They vote on a new pattern each month and support one another as they sew it up. If you are a member of the group, you will receive a promo code for a discount on that pattern that you can buy before the sew-a-long begins. The group works for a week following along step-by-step each day to complete the garment by the end of the week. Plus, there are videos, questions, answers, and so many lovely women supporting one another along the way.  Also, you can always look back in the albums to see past sew-a-longs. They may help you with another pattern you want to complete.

My First Sew-A-Long

They had already chosen the pattern for September (Georgia), but I was not sure I could handle this one. The Georgia dress is gorgeous. Some of its features include a tailored bodice with an optional neckline ruffle. 3/4 sleeves with an optional ruffle. You can choose to make the skirt in two different ways: a traditional full skirt or a gathered three-tier skirt. There is a button closure with a placket on the back.

I was worried that this pattern was going to be too challenging for me, however; the women in the Sew-A-Long group were so helpful and eased every worry I had in my head. As a result, they offered great advice on how to make it easier for me. They also reminded me that I could always ask for help, so… I decided to jump in and do it. If anything, it would be a learning experience. Being a part of the group was a great decision because not only did I learn so much, but I also completed a beautiful dress along the way.

The Sew-A-Long Schedule

There is a schedule that designates what steps you are to work on each day, which helps break the steps down and makes it feel so much easier to complete. You can ask questions there. It was also I great opportunity to read other people’s questions and answers. As a result,  I learned so much more than I thought I would.  There is even a catch-up day (which I needed). Actually, I needed a few days.

Here is my finished Georgia for a very happy 5-year-old!

Want some tips on creating your own Georgia? Check it out HERE!

So, I loved this experience so much that I joined in with the October Sew-A-Long as well and completed this Harper. It might be my absolute favorite dress ever! The Harper is a dolman dress which includes a bodice that features front darts, an optional collar, two different sleeve options, optional pockets, and a full skirt.

Want some tips on how I created this Harper?  Click Here!

What to Do After You Purchase Your Pattern?

Why gather your materials, of course! Print out the pattern pieces, tape the pieces together, and cut out the size you need for your dress. It is super simple! Read the directions (more than once), so you know what you will need. Then make a list!

Materials

Of course, you are going to need the basics. If you are stuck on what you may need, check out my post The Most Important Sewing Supplies for Beginners.  Keep Scrolling to see what other items you will need for these projects.

1. Sewing Machine

Of course, a sewing machine is a No Brainer. You will see that there are so many fantastic sewing machines out there.  If you are new (like me), you could get overwhelmed.  I use this machine, and it has not let me down yet:

If you want more options for beginner sewing machines, then please check out this post.

You do not need a Serger to complete these dresses, but some women love using theirs. Here is a little info as well as some recommended sergers.  Sew Many Pins Sergers

2. Fabric

You will need to follow the directions that come with your pattern. There are endless possibilities for which material to use for these dresses. I used a 100% woven cotton and a 100% organic cotton sheet for my lining.  Take a close look as to how much fabric you will need for your project. Do not forget to pre-wash and dry your fabric, and iron them before you begin cutting your pieces. Some people skip this step, but I think it is super important.

Here are some great places to buy fabric:

  1. Fabric.com
  2. JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores
  3. Craftsy
  4. The Confident Stitch 
  5. Hobby Lobby 


 

2. Thread

Violet Field Threads suggest using this thread: Aurifil Cotton 40W Thread in a coordinating color  You can find a large variety here! 

Of course, there are plenty of options out there! Check out these options as well!

3. Buttons

3 to 5 buttons that coordinate with your fabric. I got the buttons for both dresses at JoAnn Fabric!

What Else?

Okay, here are a few EXTRA items that are not 100% necessary, but I use them, and I find them to be oh so helpful!

1. Simflex Expanding Sewing Gauge

This thing is pure magic! It helped me make my buttonholes fast and way more accurate than measuring and marking on my own.

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2. Magic Clips

These little clips were so helpful for helping to cut out fabric as well as keep fabric in place while sewing them together.  They were a time saver for me.

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2. Ruffler Foot

I struggled a lot with the ruffles on the Georgia dress, but this little lifesaver had my skirt gathered in no time at all!

Helpful Hints

Click on the patterns below, and I will give you some useful tips that I learned along the way for each pattern.  Please share your creations with me. I would absolutely LOVE to see them! Happy Sewing!

Georgia

Harper

 

The Perfect Dress Patterns for Girls

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8 thoughts on “The Perfect Dress Patterns to Sew for Girls

  1. It def takes skill and patience. My daughter was interested in sewing about two years ago. We bought her a sewing machine. That was the end, lol. She got frustrated with learning. At times, she will alter her jeans (waist).

  2. Wow! I’ve never really dedicated much time, to sew for myself at home. Thanks to your article, I see that it’s never too late to start!

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