Easy 1960s Mini Shift Dress pdf Pattern for Girls age 3 to 7

Growing up in the Sixties, store bought clothes were expensive - my dresses were home-made by grandma or the local dressmaker. I had endless variations of this Swinging Sixties Mini Shift dress.

Sew your own peace, love and understanding with an instant download pattern (just 10 pages to cut and paste) plus a printable cheat sheet instruction page. For beginners, there's a detailed photo tutorial at the Clothesline website to take you through step-by-step.

You'll need just 1 metre of fabric to make your own variation of this classic Sixties mini. It's roomy in width, so can be worn as a pinafore. It may be fairly short on tall girls, so they may prefer it as a tunic with bought leggings.


  • Multi-size pattern download in 5 sizes to fit approx. 3 to 7 year old girls
  • Actual garment length - shoulder to hem 48cm(19") to 62cm(24.5")
  • Actual garment size - chest 64cm(25.5") to 75cm(29.5")
  • Great for beginners
  • One page printable instruction summary
  • Comprehensive photo tutorial online at http//clotheslinepatterns.com/swinging-sixties-shift/

Materials you need at home:

  • 1 m (1 1/8 yd) main fabric
  • 1 large (ie 2cm or 3/4") button
  • Optional 0.3m (3/8 yd) interfacing
  • Optional matching embroidery thread for button loop
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