Little girl dress tutorial. Pattern Hack


We start today`s post, the first of three, in which we are going to show you how to make a pattern hack from our APRICOT patterns and transform them into this pretty little girl dress that is perfect for spring! Ready? Then, let´s do it!


First, we transform the pattern, then in the following two posts we will sew all together: lining, gathers, straps, button holes… A really nice review to basic sewing techniques that you will be using, for sure, in other sewing projects.

So, first of all, the Apricot pattern hack. You will just need Piece 1. The APRICOT pattern includes all the patterns and full instructions to sew rompers (from 0 to 24 months old), dresses (from 0 to 36 months old) and  y dungarees (from 0 to 36 months old). The pattern also includes different types of collars and three different bottom parts (that you can customize using gathers or pleats) so you have 9 different combinations. The final garments are top lined and the back is closured by buttons.



  • Pattern pieces: Piece 1 (the front)
  • 1 Button
  • Fusible medium-weight interface
  • Cotton fabric without elasticity: 75cm (110cm width) or 60cm (150cm width)
  • Elastic band: 18mm width
  • Ruler, scissors, pencil, pattern paper
  • Others: polyester thread, fabric marker, pins, sewing machine needles, needles and measuring tape.



Seam allowances are included in the pattern (1cm). If in any part it requires a different seam allowance, it is indicated in the cutting layouts.



Check the pattern measurement table. Take the baby measurements without ease and choose the size from the table. Choose the closest size to the measurements or, if you cannot have the baby measurements choose the size following the age indicators included in the instruction booklet. Copy and cut all your pattern pieces, do not forget to write down the number on each piece, as well as how many times you cut that piece, and all the marks included in the pattern (button holes, notches, darts, etc.



To start, copy and cut on paper the piece number 1, the front piece. This is the only piece that we are going to modify. For the rest of the pattern pieces, we will just draw them in paper cause they are just rectangles. To modify pattern piece 1, just follow the next steps.


 – STEP 1 – 

Draw the new reference lines to draw the new neckline: an horizontal line, 5cm from the base of the neckline and a vertical line, 6cm from the centre of the bodice, as it is shown in the pictures below. After that, draw the new neckline, being sure it ends perpendicular to the bodice centre. Use the horizontal line to help you while drawing.

 – STEP 2 – 

Draw a 4cm horizontal line from the neckline to the left, as it is shown in the picture below. Draw a 4cm vertical line too, as it shown below. Join the ends of each line to draw a reference line that allows us to draw a new armhole.

 – STEP 3 – 

Draw a 2cm line from the centre of the reference line and perpendicular to it. with the lines ends and this point you have your new armhole line and the front pattern piece is ready.

– STEP 4 – 

Draw a rectangle for the skirt. This rectangle width will be twice the front piece measurement and the length the same as piece 10 (the Apricot original skirt pattern piece) in your selected size. The back rectangle will have the same width but 2cm more in length (we will use this 2cm to attach the elastic band).


– STEP 5 – 

Draw the straps by tracing a 7cm x 38cm rectangle. These are the measurements for the 24 months old size, so you just have to add or subtract 1cm by size.



And that´s it! You have all your paper pattern pieces ready to cut them onto your fabric. You have to cut the following pattern pieces:

  • Piece 1 (the front) : cut twice in the fold.
  • Front Skirt: cut once n the fold.
  • Back skirt: cut once in the fold.
  • Straps: cut twice.

Put your pattern paper pieces on to your fabric as it is shown in the cutting layouts:


And that´s everything for today´s post. See you in the next ones in which we will start to sew. See you soon!


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