Free sewing pattern alert: Be sure to grab a copy of this Bell Sleeve T-Shirt Dress! The free pdf pattern comes in sizes 3 to 12 and makes the perfect addition to any little girls wardrobe.
My missy has had a little t-shirt dress with bell sleeves that she loves and has been begging me for several months to make another for her. I finally had a few free minute to sit down and work on the pattern. (It’s really just a mish-mash of my t-shirt pattern and bell sleeve swing top, with a skirt added.)
We are both thrilled how the dress turned out! She wore it to school on Friday; after she got home, she immediately took the dress off and asked if I thought it was clean enough to wear to a party we have on Saturday or did I need to wash it. (The dress still looks pretty good- yea black!)
I absolutely love this floral fabric! Nothing screams spring like a bright, pretty floral print. I’ve had this fabric in my stash for at least a year, if not two, so I can’t remember where it came from, but I did do a quick little fabric search on Etsy (here) and found tons of gorgeous floral options.
With the right fabric or print, this little t-shirt dress can be dressed up or down and would be perfect for your spring photos.
The dress pattern is designed to be sewn with knits and comes together very quickly. Of course, one of my favorite aspects of sewing with knits is that it’s not always necessary to hem the edges or finish the seams. (Though I do admit to often coming back and adding a hem after an item has been worn a time or two.)
And for those who will be emailing to ask if you can sew this with quilting cotton, lol, yes, you probably can if you split the back bodice down the middle and add an extra seam allowance and a button placket. You might also need to add a bit of width to the sleeve as well.
Ready to sew up one of these dresses for your little princess?
Head over to page 2 to get the pattern download link
or skip over to page 3 for the sewing instructions.