free sewing patterns for spring

Now that May has arrived, we’re all hoping that spring will finally start to show its face here in New York. And with our thoughts turning toward spring, I thought it might be a good time to remind you about some of our free sewing patterns that are perfect for the upcoming warmer weather.

One of our all-time most popular free patterns is the Popover Sundress sewing pattern. Believe it or not, this free pattern gets downloaded almost 4,000 times a month, each and every month! (I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that the free pattern comes with a matching dress pattern for 18-inch dolls….)

Popover Sundress Free Pattern

The Popover Sundress is the perfect quick and easy project, and it’s one that is guaranteed to make girls and their dolls happy.

And while we’re talking about quick and easy free sewing patterns, we can’t forget the Lazy Days Skirt! This is the ultimate in simple-to-sew and instant gratification projects. Made from a single width of fabric, you can whip these out in multiples  so you’ll always have a birthday party present on hand. Or you can decide to dress all the neighborhood girls, like we did for the blog a couple summers ago.

Lazy Days Skirt

One of our oft-overlooked free patterns, the Ruffled Halter, is also a great summer style. This free pattern was written for Stitch Magazine back in 2010.

Ruffled Halter Free Pattern

Featuring an really innovative construction method, this free pattern is as fun to sew as it is easy.

So how’s that? A dress, a skirt, and a top–enough to sew a whole wardrobe for summer play.

Do you have a favorite among our free sewing patterns? And how many times have you sewn it?


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  1. Melinda

    I’ve sewn the popover dress once and the lazy days skirt twice. I have plans to do another popover dress and matching one for my daughter’s doll. And also am thinking of tackling the hat.

    Your updated photos of the skirt and the halter top are very inspiring though! I printed that halter top and after seeing it in a bigger size I am inspired to make it for my 5 year old!

    Thanks for the freebies!

  2. I have made the popover dress and a bunch of the doll dresses. They are great to make out of fabric scraps. I made the halter top for my granddaughter , too. I plan on sewing up some of the simple skirts for her for the summer. I love your patterns.

  3. Jane

    My favorite is the Popover. I have lost count as to how many I have made but it’s at least a dozen. 🙂

  4. The lazy days skirt was my very first sewing project! I’ve made several bucket hats too. 🙂

  5. Brenda

    I have made the bucket hat and the doll-sized popover dress. Love them both! Thanks so much for making such nice, quality, free patterns.

  6. Heidi

    Popover and the bucket hat. Trying the Popover was what convinced me that LTTS would be great patterns and instructions 🙂

  7. Mary

    Last year for my daughter’s “bring your doll” birthday party I made matching lazy days skirts for all the girls and their dolls!

  8. Emily

    Which fabric did you use for the main yardage in the pink dresses? (I have the top fabric!) Thanks!

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