Girls dress sewing pattern - Carousel Sundress & Topper

Description: The dress has a fit and flare shape with princess line panels and a gently ruffled hem panel. There is a short zipper in the left side seam. The straps are inserted into the back neck band and buttoned onto the inside front band where a decorative bow is attached. The back band has elastic inserted to give a snug and flexible fit. The dress is knee length and the topper sits above the waist. The topper has a self-made contrast bias binding around the neck, front, back and sleeve edges.

Sizes: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, to fit children 3 to 10 years. A detailed size chart is included in the pattern file.The size chart gives body dimensions only; the pattern has ease added.

Experience Level: Suitable for the advanced beginner to intermediate level. Plain sewing skills only are required with the ability to insert a plain zipper and make two buttonholes. The tutorial shows how to make every step of the dress including how to make the bias binding for the topper.

Fabric: Light weight cottons in coordinating larger and smaller prints are best to show off the styling details: poplin, homespun and similar fabrics are suitable. See fabric chart below for quantities.

PDF SEWING PATTERN: To print you need an ordinary desk top printer. The pattern prints on A4 [210x297mm] or 8.1/4”x11.5/8” plain paper. If you are in the USA you can use Letter size paper but the page border will be narrower on the length or you can use Legal size paper. The pattern file includes a very detailed sewing tutorial with step by step photos. The computer made digital pattern comes as a color coded, full size range nest with seam allowances included. Instructions for printing and assembling the pattern are included. All seam allowances and cutting instructions are marked on the pattern pieces. Mobile phones and iPads may not be compatible with the pattern file; download and save to a computer before printing. Please follow the printing instructions included in the pattern file.


  • Girls sundress & bolero sewing pattern and photo tutorial. Instructions and charts included.
  • Sizes 3 to 10 years. Size chart included in file.
  • Measurements in centimeters and inches.
  • Experience advanced beginner / intermediate.

Materials you need at home:

  • Detailed fabric & trims chart included in pattern file.

  • Bias Binding: The contrast fabric chart includes enough fabric for the bias binding. Use the pattern provided to cut the bias strips. A linear length is also given for the finished bias required per size.

  • Elastic: Width 22mm or approx. ¾” for the back neck band. Lengths are given on the chart.

  • Buttons: 2 buttons x 12mm/1/2”. Buttonholes x 2 required on the straps.

  • Zipper: A plain zip 13 -18 cm/ 5-7 inches depending on dress size; see chart. You will also need a zipper foot which is usually standard with all sewing machines.

  • Fusing: A piece 90cm x 15cm/ 36 x 6 inches of fusing for the front neck band is enough for all sizes.

  • Thread: Matching all-purpose thread for sewing and overlocking.

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