digital birthday party dress sewing pattern
Blow out the candles! This children's sewing pattern for a sleeveless A-line dress has three box pleats at center front with options of button tab or ties. Buttons at back and our signature hem facing are just two of the details featured in this cute girl's sewing pattern.
This style is provided as a digital pattern. It may be printed on both home printers (using either 8 1/2" x 11" or A4 paper) and at service bureaus that handle 36" wide sheets. When you complete your order, you will be provided with a unique code to instantly download the pattern. See our digital product policy for full details.
Sleeveless A-line dress has three box pleats at center front with options for button tab (view A) or ties (view B). Buttons at back, and our signature hem facing.
Each of our patterns calls on a unique set of sewing skills. Haven't ever done one of these things before? Don't worry. We'll walk you through it, step by step.
After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: buttonholes and pleats.
Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics like quilting cottons, broadcloth, silk dupioni, linen, poplin, and seersucker.
Thread, one 1/2"-3/4" button (view A), optional 1 1/2 yards of 1"-wide ribbon (view B), five 3/8"-1/2" buttons, light-weight fusible interfacing.
Fabric Guide (fabric width: 44"-45")
SIZE 6-12M 12-18M 18-24M 2T 3T Dress Fabric, main 1 yard 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/3 yards Dress Trim, view A or view B with ribbons for ties 1/4 yard 1/4 yard 1/4 yard 1/4 yard 1/3 yard Dress Trim Fabric, view B with ties 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 2/3 yard
SIZE 4 5 6 7 8 Dress Fabric, main 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 2/3 yards 2 yards 2 yards Dress Trim, view A or view B with ribbons for ties 1/3 yard 1/3 yard 1/3 yard 1/3 yard 1/3 yard Dress Trim Fabric, view B with ties 2/3 yard 2/3 yard 2/3 yard 2/3 yard 2/3 yard
SIZE 6-12M 12-18M 18-24M 2T 3T Length * 16 3/4" 17 7/8" 19" 19 1/2" 21" Chest, all around (closed) 21 1/4" 22" 22 3/4" 23" 24"
SIZE 4 5 6 7 8 Length * 22 5/8" 24 1/4" 25 7/8" 28" 29 1/2" Chest, all around (closed) 25" 26" 27" 28" 29"
* From high point of shoulder
English System Size Chest
6-12M 19 19 ½ 19 ½ 27-29 17-22 12-18M 19 ¾ 20 ½ 20 ½ 29-31 22-27 18-24M 20 ½ 21 21 31-33 27-30 2T 21 21 22 33-36 30-33 3T 21 ½ 21 23 36-39 33-36 4 22 ½ 21 ½ 24 39-42 36-39 5 23 ½ 22 25 ½ 42-45 39-44 6 24 ½ 22 ½ 26 ½ 45-49 45-55 7 25 ½ 23 27 ½ 49-52 56-64 8 26 ½ 23 ½ 28 ½ 52-54 65-72 Metric System Size Chest
6-12M 48 50 50 69-74 8-10 12-18M 50 52 51 74-79 10-12 18-24M 52 53 56 79-84 12-14 2T 53 53 56 84-91 14-15 3T 55 53 58 91-99 15-16 4 57 55 61 99-107 16-18 5 60 56 65 107-114 18-20 6 62 57 67 114-124 20-25 7 65 58 70 124-132 25-29 8 67 60 72 132-137 29-33
Average rating: (4.9 of 5) based on 7 reviewsSweet retro dressReviewed by Claire on 05/08/2015This is a sweet dress. Based on the pattern sizing I made my daughter a size 4 because I like kids clothes to fit true. However I think it's a tiny bit small. I'll make the 5 next time. The print out wasn't hard to put together and it lays out nicely. I'm an experienced sewer but I don't usually use patterns. I got really confused on the neckline facing but after googling it and finding others with the problem I followed their advice and trusted the pattern. I sewed slowly very step by step and it came together beautifully. It's a lovely design.Was this helpful?A fun sewReviewed by Linda Madson on 12/18/2014I love this little dress. You have to follow the pattern exactly and the outcome will be perfect. It is an unusual looking dress. (Something that stands out in the crowd.) I also loved the tip about the pleats. I have purchased additional fabric to make another one.Was this helpful?So easy to sew....Reviewed by Birgitte on 12/02/2014I sewed the birthday dress in light denim with gingham facing. The instructions were easy to follow and the dress is so cute.Was this helpful?Digital birthday party dressReviewed by Sandra Hartwig on 09/20/2014Just love this wee dress, the first time I made it , it turned out smaller than expected. I later realised that I had printed out the pattern smaller than it should have been (I didnt check the 1 inch square after printing it out).The next time I printed out the digital pattern and then copied it at 108% to get the correct size. (This might have been due to the difference in US and NZ paper sizes. I am planning on making this again in a light weight denim with printed fabric for the pleated section. I saw this dress made up in a childrens clothing shop several years ago and nearly brought one even though I didn't know at the time the gender of my first grandchild. Soooo exciting to find the pattern availableWas this helpful?So beautifulReviewed by Jenny on 02/23/2014I only have the buttons left, otherwise I am finished. This dress is so beautiful. The facings are tricky, IF you've never done facings on an O + S pattern. But you have to learn sometime, and once you do, you'll look forward to doing it this way because the end product is so professional. Also, the little tip about edge stitching the pleats to help them remain crisp! Awesome. Those box pleats will lie perfectly every time.Was this helpful?Beautiful Birthday DressReviewed by Nicole on 09/04/2013I cannot believe I have only made this once, it is such a beautiful dress. I used a silk dupion and the results were breathtaking (no false modesty here) http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/5090602387/in/set-72157625264753370 For all you 'perfect inside' finish junkies, french seams work really well. I hand sewed all the facings and hems and even used hand sewn poppers to fasten the back so it was machine stitch free on the outside. http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/5091011887/in/set-72157625264753370/ A few girls have struggled with facing. It does fit! I promise! The facing wraps slightly around itself. If you check out the forum there are some good descriptions on how to do this. Last year my daughter pulled this dress out of retirement and snazzed it up for a disco. http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/7465803812/in/set-72157625264753370/ Now that is a versatile dress! As well as the bow there is a lovely tab front option. Perfect to show off that special button you have been saving. After pressing in the front pleats in I under sewed them in place. It made ironing a lot more pleasant. One of the classic Oliver+S pattern and I am so pleased to see it released in digital.Was this helpful?cute as a birthday buttonReviewed by Gail Jones on 07/29/2013LOVE this dress. Made it for my granddaughter and she looks adorable in it. I hadn't sewn in a long time, but the directions were so clear and easy to follow, that it was no problem at all to put together.Was this helpful?