Free Girls Dress Pattern: The August Dress Pattern Sizes 2-9

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Quite a few years ago, I sewed up a cute little dress for miss E to wear at her first birthday (see here). It has been in my head ever since then to create an actual pattern for it so I could sew more for my girls and share with you all. I had fun creating The August Dress pattern, named after miss E’s birth month, and I find it to be simple and cute. I really like how there is no need for button holes, zippers, or other closures since the hand sewn buttons hold the front in place but are far over enough that there is plenty of room to get it on in the neck area.

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I, of course, experimented with all the sizes. I did not do a ton of testing as this is a freebie pattern, so you may find you want to tweek some things. Miss J is wearing the size 8/9 in the above photo. I didn’t have enough of the horse fabric to make a dress, so hers is shorter for a shirt option.

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Miss E is wearing the 5/6 in her dress here. The bottom is the full length and she has room to grow in it. Below, my sweet friend got her cute grand baby to try out the 2/3. This was my first draft and it was a little wide at the the shoulders and a little too far down, so I adjusted. I did make another one with the adjustments, but I haven’t heard on the fit yet. Hopefully it’s all good :)

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Size Chart:

  • Size 2/3: chest measurement 20″-21″
  • Size 4/5: chest measurement 22″-23″
  • Size 6/7: chest measurement 24″-25″
  • Size 8/9: chest measurement 26″-27.5″

Supply list:

  • The August Dress Pattern PDF printed out (*tip: Do not print when opened in “preview.” Open in a program like Adobe Acrobat Reader for the most accurate printing.)
  • 1/2 yard for top main fabric (or less for each piece if you use different fabrics)
  • 1/2 yard for lining
  • For bottom: 1/2 yd for size 2/3, 1 yd for size 4/5, 1.5 yds. for size 6/7, and 2 yds. for size 8/9 (* of course you can make it shorter and make this a top. That would use less fabric if you choose to do this.)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • 2 Safety Pins (optional)
  • Buttons of Choice
  • Sewing Machine and notions/thread needed
  • Needle and Thread for hand sewing
  • Measuring Tape

*All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

*Always back stitch at beginning and end of sewing unless otherwise stated.

Once you have printed out the pattern, lay it down in order to see where to connect the pieces. It goes in order starting at page one at top left and going across and finishes with page 9 at the bottom right. Then cut out and tape together.

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Free Girls Dress Pattern: The August Dress Pattern Sizes 2-9 | happy together Cut out the following using the pattern and measuring tape:

  • Lining: Cut 1 back, 1 front left, and 1 front right
  • Outer Top: Cut 1 back, 1 front left, and 1 front right
  • Bottom Skirt: Cut 2 of the appropriate size- 14.5″ x 22″ for size 2/3; 17″ x 24″ for size 4/5; 19″ x 26″ for size 6/7; 21″ x 30″ for size 8/9

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Start by sewing the top outer pieces first. Place the back piece down right side facing up. Take the front left piece and match up on the shoulders, right sides facing. Sew together at shoulder.

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Take the outer front right piece and line up on the other side, right sides facing. Sew together at the shoulder. Iron open the seams.

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Next, sew the lining together. This will be similar to the outer, but the sides are sewn on opposite. Place the back lining piece down, right side facing up. Then take the lining right side and match up at the shoulder, right sides facing. Sew together.

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Take the lining left side and match up the shoulder to the back piece, right sides facing. Sew together. Open the seams and iron flat.

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The the outer top down, right side facing up.

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Place the lining on top, wrong side facing up. Match the shoulder seams and edges together. Pin in place. Sew together on each arm hole and around the front sides and neck.

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Once sewn, you will want to make notches on the curved seams so it lays flat once turned right side out. I simply use my pinking shears (scissors with zig zag cutting sides) and trim all the edges close to the seam. This eases the fabric on all the curves.

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Another little thing to do is clip the edges on the top sides of the front pieces. It takes away some of the bulk from this area for when turned right side out.

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Turn right side out and iron flat. *Tip: I use the eraser end of a pencil to push all the seams out for a cleaner finish.

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Now it’s time to sew the sides together. Open the side seams of the left back side and left front side. Match up at the seams, right sides together, and pin in place. Sew together.

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Again, it helps to cut a little notch at that middle seam to reduce the fabric bulk at that point.

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Turn right side out and iron. Repeat these steps for the right sides as well.

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This is also your last chance to sew a tag in place so the back stitching is hidden. You can do this earlier of course, but I usually forget until this step ;) haha

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Place the top down and fold over the front pieces so the side seams are on the sides and the longer side goes over the shorter side. Use a safety pin to keep the front pieces together.

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Sew the bottom skirt next. Place the two bottom pieces right sides together. Sew together down the shorter sides. To have a cleaner edge, you can go over it with a zig zag stitch or use a serger.

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Iron the side seams and then iron the bottom up about 1/4″.

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Fold up the bottom about another 1/4″ again and iron. Sew around the edge.

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Now sew a wide stitch around the top of the skirt leaving a long tail at the beginning and end. This means no back stitching at this part. (My machine goes up to a 5 so I use that size stitch). I usually do a line from one seam to another then start another one on the other side. This helps make it easier to ruffle. Pull on the back threads to ruffle each side until it is the same width as the top piece.

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Make sure the bottom is wrong side out and the top is right side out. Place the skirt over the top and match up skirt side seams to the top side seams.

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Spread out the gathers so they are evened out around and pin in place. Then sew together.

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Finish off the raw edge with a zig zag stitch or a serger. Turn right side out and prepare to sew buttons in place.

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For the buttons, be creative! Use different colors, different sizes, same colors, same sizes…. have fun :) Depending on the size will depend on how many you want to add. You can sew them on as you like, but I want to share real quick how I sew them on. I don’t want them falling off, especially when it’s for a younger child, so I really go overboard with this part. I start by threading the needle and knotting the two ends together.

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I pull the needle through the two front pieces at where I want the first button.

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Then I pull it back through and make a knot again on the end knot that is on the top.

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Then I sew the button on by going through the holes and the front fabrics a bunch of times to make sure it’s strong. Then I pull the thread through from the bottom and make a knot around the button (like above) a ton of times for extra strength.

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Next, I cut the thread and make a few knots this way with the two ends. Then I trim the extra thread off.

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I sew the rest on the same way.

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The buttons keep the top together but allows for room to have it fit over the child’s head when placing it on. It’s a nice way to create a dress or top with no button holes, zippers, or other sort of closures. Nice, huh?

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She is wearing the 4/5 here.

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I love this dress because you can create so many different looks. You can use the same colors or use a variety of fabrics. Use fancy buttons or more whimsical ones. I think it would be even lovely with piping around the top edges too. Make it your own and have fun. I hope you enjoy The August Dress Pattern. Please share your creations on the happy together by jess facebook page or on other social media by tagging me and #happytogetherbyjess Happy sewing! -jess

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Comments

  1. Karin says

    Thank you for this beautiful pattern and your helpful tutorial. I want to sew it for the godson of my daughter. :-)

    Greetings from Germany
    Karin

    Danke für dieses wunderschöne Schnittmuster und Ihre hilfreiche Anleitung dazu. Ich will es für das Patenkind meiner Tochter nähen. :-)

    Herzliche Grüße aus Deutschland
    Karin

  2. Christie says

    Love this, will be on my list to make next. Also love the button-sewing tips, mine always seem to come off. Thanks a bunch!

  3. says

    This look so adorable! I’m sure a great deal of time and work went into creating this pattern. It is so incredibly generous of you to share it with all of us — thank you! Will be sure to tag you in photos of creations! Thanks again!

  4. Susan says

    Thank you so much for your kindness! Particularly in multiple sizes so both granddaughters can get one; maybe with the same fabrics in different places. I have my mother’s (and of course mine since I caught her bug) button collection, and the fact that I don’t have to use the same buttons on the closure is great!!!!

  5. Kim says

    This is soooo cute! Thank you so much! I have two questions. 1. Where did you get your adorable labels? I’ve been looking for labels for a long time for when I make clothes for my daughter that have sizes in them, but with no luck on finding anything cute. 2. What is the name of that green and yellow flowered/foliage fabric? It is so pretty and my daughter loves anything green.

  6. Ginni Kruger says

    My 6 y/o granddaughter loves the pattern but really wants sleeves in it. Any suggestions are welcome.
    Proud Nana of 3.5

    • Jessica says

      I had one person add flutter sleeves to theirs and it looks really cute! That would be a simple fix. You can find the pics she shared on my facebook page in the comments section of where I shared this post. But, if you want a more fitted sleeve, you could find a dress pattern with sleeves and then recreate the front over lapped look by altering the pattern. Then it would all fit together nicely. I hope you are able to find a method that works for you :) -jess

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