popover sundress: free downloadable pattern

We initially developed the Popover Sundress for Issue 6 of Sew Hip, the British sewing magazine. Now you can download it for free!

Great for pursuing all sorts of naturalist adventures, or just spending a lazy summer day enjoying the sun, this loose-fitting A-line sundress has a contrast yoke with bias ties at the shoulder.

The Popover Sundress makes an excellent first project for a new seamstress–or a quick project that provides almost instant gratification for someone with a bit more experience.

The pattern comes in sizes 2-8 and provides many opportunities for customization. One early sewer even discovered that it can easily be made into a fully reversible dress.

Download a copy of the pattern today and make a little girl very happy with a new dress for the last days of summer.

Printing instructions: the pattern is provided as a PDF file sized specifically for 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Pages 1-3 should print in portrait mode while pages 4-11 should print in landscape. To provide accurate sizing of the pattern when printing the file, ensure that the option for Page Scaling in Acrobat Reader’s print dialogue box is set to “None.”

Updated, August 2010: we’ve now released a version of this pattern suitable for an 18 inch doll. You may download that pattern as well to make matching dresses for a little girl and her favorite doll.


  1. November 6, 2009 at 4:02 am Link

    thanx for this beautiful free pattern!!!!
    I am sure i will make one or two…

  2. September 13, 2009 at 6:01 pm Link

    Wooooooo Hoooooooo! I can't wait to make my girls dresses! This is going to be so fun! Thanks!

  3. September 3, 2009 at 11:48 am Link

    Thank you for being so generous with your skills. I'm the original "can't draw a straight line with a ruler" person. I also have 2 GDs young enough to wear this as a pinafore this fall. Cordially, Nehmah

  4. August 27, 2009 at 1:16 am Link

    Thank you so much. I just made one for my two year old for summer. It's over at my blog, http://www.eeloh.wordpress.com

    This dress is so simple yet so swellegant that it will be my standby for gifts for relatives… love the big size range Just bought some more fabric today.

    Thank you once again!

    Oh, do feel free to post the photo of my creation on your Flickr pool if you have one.

  5. August 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm Link

    Hi Celine,

    Seam allowances are always included in our patterns. Enjoy!


  6. August 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm Link

    Thank you for this nice pattern!
    Are the seam allowances comprised or do I have to add them when I trace on the fabric? I couldn't find any precision on the pattern.

  7. August 22, 2009 at 6:03 am Link

    Thanks for the pattern, I've been looking for something like this for a while!

  8. August 20, 2009 at 8:43 am Link

    Thank you so very much!

  9. August 19, 2009 at 5:40 pm Link

    thanks! can't wait!

  10. August 19, 2009 at 10:24 am Link

    Thank you for being so generous!!

  11. August 18, 2009 at 5:55 pm Link

    How beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking to this.

  12. August 18, 2009 at 1:12 pm Link

    Cute dress…I've saved the pattern for my Christmas sewing- I have 3 nieces!

  13. August 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm Link

    It's very sweet and I love the idea of making it reversible for one of my girls who is at the 'wear one dress every day' stage.

  14. August 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm Link

    Thank U so much! Looking forward to the new fall patterns and already getting excited about fabrics!

  15. August 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm Link

    Thank you Liesl! You are so generous!

  16. August 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm Link

    Thanks so much for the Popover pattern. I've been wanting to make this dress for my granddaughter using her great-great grandma's pillowcase with hand crocheted edge. (I have been trying to track down this pattern for a while!)

  17. August 17, 2009 at 6:53 pm Link
    Nora's Room

    My six year old son says "the real S" has a really nice smile. Great pics, and thanks for sharing the pattern!

  18. August 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm Link

    Thanks so much. My little girl will love this when summer comes to our part of the world!

  19. August 17, 2009 at 4:31 pm Link

    I just love your patterns, free or paid for! Thank you!

  20. August 17, 2009 at 2:44 pm Link

    Adorable. Thank you for sharing. I have two little girls who would love this.

  21. August 17, 2009 at 12:03 pm Link

    I'm all giddy inside just thinking about the memory of being there in Vermont watching you stitch this up for little S. It looks precious on her! Was she happy about the *pink* detailing?

  22. August 17, 2009 at 11:33 am Link

    Hooray! I immediately forwarded this link to a friend who is learning to sew.

    The dress looks adorable on S!!!

  23. August 17, 2009 at 11:17 am Link

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've looked for Sew Hip in my area and have not been able to find it.

  24. August 17, 2009 at 9:31 am Link

    … adorable … more adorable … the most adorable … merci liesl …

  25. August 17, 2009 at 9:21 am Link

    Hooray! Thank you!!

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