New Pattern: As You Like It Dress & Shirt

This has been in the making since April (yes, that is how old most of these pictures are), so I’m super duper happy to have it all finished! Hooray! This pattern has been so much fun for me and my testers all say they really enjoyed it too. Let me share a bit about it.

New Pattern! August 2010

I really enjoy creating a pattern that allows for the use of a variety of fabric and the ability to fit a wide range of sizes (slim to plus). Now, it can’t always happen, but I think I got pretty close with one. That is why I chose to name it the “As You Like it Dress & Shirt” because you make it how you like it!

Before the balloons got away

The above dress is a more simple one, which is what the main set of instructions share on how to create.

You can add all sorts of fun embellishments! Back of dress-Tie straps

Then I go into a bit more detail and share on how I changed it up a bit. Like above, I did a bunch of different pieces with all kinds of embellishments, trims, and iron ons.

Soda always makes a photoshoot betterAll smiles

The pattern shares measurements to create a shirt or a dress, but you can alter that length to what you like.

Elastic back

I share two ways to do the back. One with the braided elastic (seen above) and the other with shirring (see further down).

Getting excited yet?

Ruffled Tiers Shirred Back
I share tips on how to make a tiered dress/shirt too. This was made using old shirts of mine and has a shirred back.

Button details

Altering the pattern

I even share how to alter the pattern to create a dress like the one above.

Transitions through seasons

Will you lookie there? You can even add a long sleeve (or short sleeve) underneath for the fall! Some little ones who are full of a little more love might not be able to add a shirt underneath, but many will.

Add a shirt underneath!

Now presenting the amazing and beautiful creations of my pattern testers:

From Alida from I Make Stuff:

Amazing! She took some time to make this dress! I told all my testers they could go as simple as they need to because I understand time and all. But this girl whipped this up in like two days! Isn’t is cute? And her daughter so precious?

From Beth from From the Hive:

as you like it dress size 8 as you like it dress as you like it dress -outside ruffles

Beth was a go getter with making one for her daughter and for the girl she watches during the summer. She did both dresses in knits. I love how she tiered the hearts one. Both girls are beautiful little models!

From Corey of Living and Loving Every Minute of It:


Doesn’t Corey take beautiful pictures? And her daughter is a gorgeous model. Corey made my day when she said this is one of her favorite things she’s made for her daughter in a while.

From Nicole at Cole’s Corner and Creations:

Picture Courtesy of Nicole Picture Courtesy of Nicole Picture Courtesy of Nicole
I love the little extras she gave to these dresses! And look at her cutie rocking that cast! Nicole said this pattern actually had great timing with the cast situation. Her daughter wasn’t able to wear her normal clothes because the cast wouldn’t fit over it, but she was able to wear these dresses.

Pattern Specifics:

-22 pages long, full of a lot of pictures to help.

-Comes in three attachments: instructions, pattern pieces, and a Happy Together Pattern’s Sewing Reference to help beginners understand sewing terms (also full of pictures)

-Will be emailed in PDF format



Chest Measurement

Height Measurement


20 inches

35 inches


21 inches

38 inches


22 inches

41 inches


23 inches

44 inches


24 inches

47 inches


25.5 inches

50 inches


27 inches

53 inches


As You Like It Dress & Shirt PatternĀ© Copyright 2010 Jessica Fediw.

All rights reserved. Reproduction of Pattern and Instructions Not Allowed. No Sharing.

Products may be made to sell, but not mass produced by large companies.



Now that you have made it down to here, *whew*, time for the giveaway! I’m going to giveaway 2 patterns! How to enter? Just leave a comment here or on my Facebook page under the link to this post and you will be entered. One entry per person. Will be open until August 12, 2010 midnight est.

*Patterns will be available in the shop starting August 13, 2010. I’ll be sure to remind you :)

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  1. says

    Oh, just so adorable. I have been staying away from sewing close for my little bug, but this pattern just may change my mind. I love all the variations!

  2. says

    very cool! congrats jess! I know that’s a lot of work. and good idea about having test makers. I should do that next time around :)

  3. says

    Wow, this pattern is awesome, and you did an amazing job showing how versatile it is! Crossing my fingers, b/c I would love it as a bday gift (8/14). :)

  4. says

    Love the new pattern! It is so versatile. I could definitely use another dress pattern as I am trying to embrace my daughter’s wear only dresses mentality.

  5. Kristin says

    Gorgeous. I especially love the one you created with all the fancy extras and trims that your daughter is wearing. (kapella dot etsy at yahoo dot com).

  6. says

    Love! I’m looking for new patterns for my two girls that can extend into spring and fall – as well as work with their growing frames. This dress fits the bill! Such a great way to recycle and use my bits of fabric.

  7. says

    Oh please pick me! I would absolutely love to make these dresses for my girls! I love making dresses and have a neighbor turning 3 that I’d make one for!

  8. says

    I love this dress and I love the idea of layering it with a t-shirt for the Fall. I hope I win. Thanks so much for your hard work on this.

  9. says

    Oh wow! Would love to win this adorable pattern!!! Your pics are gorgeous and all the different options really do offer so much flexibility to create individual style. Thanks for the chance!

  10. says

    I would love to win some patterns!
    I really like those dress/shirts. Great job everyone!
    I think it would look great in my size too. It would hide the not so nice areas around my waist. lol.

  11. says

    This would be PERFECT because we just moved to Texas where it’s as hot as the surface of the sun! Sundresses are a staple for my daughter’s wardrobe, and this would be great for us to make together!

  12. says

    this is so great jessica! I love all the different options and all your examples are soo cute! It must have been a ton of work. I’ll have to scoop up a pattern as soon as it’s ready. :)

  13. Anonymous says

    WOW! I would love to have this pattern! I love all the different patterns in each dress. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Great work! ~Ali

  14. says

    This is so cute and you are very talented at making little dresses.I ‘m all for anything that’s colorful and unique.I hope I win the pattern so I can try my luck at this dress.

  15. says

    Congrats on finally getting that pattern done. I love all the dresses that have been made so far. So fun and easy to make.

  16. says

    Wow. April is a long time to be working on something like that but I bet you are thrilled to see it ready to go. That is an adorable pattern from what I see. GREAT JOB! And all those adorable little models to show your wonderful work off are just too cute.

  17. says

    We have been in the process of moving for what seems like FOREVER!! We are soon to be settled and I would love to win this pattern for my girls!

  18. Anonymous says

    What a darling pattern. I’m not a expert sewer, but this looks like something I could whip together for my granddaughter! I’d be so happy to be a winner of your giveaway!!

  19. says

    So cute! So glad you allow it to be sold, but not mass produced. I always see stuff that says not to be sold period, so it’s nice to see this on your pattern!

  20. says

    I just this dress!!! My girl are such girly girls who love just about live in dresses every day!! I would love to have this!!
    herboldjaime at yahoo dot com

  21. Anonymous says

    I love the pattern. I like that this pattern has many different looks to it, as creative as you want to get. Great job!

    Betty Z.

  22. Anonymous says

    Would love to enter to win your pattern. I love the patchwork and all of the samples are lovely. I’m not the greatest with clothing so this would be great to work with. Thanks, Melissa

  23. kathy says

    I have 2 girls who love to wear dresses made by Mom! This would be so great. Thanks, Kathy
    shaneandkathy at hotmail dot com

    • Jessica says

      So glad you do :) I currently am not selling my patterns at the moment because they are in the process of receiving some updates and new pictures.

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