It’s summer and with no school there is plenty of time for sewing. This is a quick, easy and inexpensive dress  to make that is perfect for the holidays.  


My inspiration for this dress was threefold – gingham, nostalgia and mum! I’ve loved all the gingham I’ve been seeing round this summer and really wanted to make something gingham for my own wardrobe. On my last day of high school Mum showed me this photo of my first day of kindergarten and I thought the dress I was wearing was sweet. Finally, I also really liked this khaki dress my mum has worn during the summer which had a similar shape however slightly more grown up than what I wore when I was 3 years old.


I self drafted this dress which was a little bit daunting and took a little bit of trial and error. I had multiple attempts at shaping the top of the dress as I cut it too wide initially. However I suppose its better to have it too large than too small.

It’s a basic two piece garment, one front and one back piece which were cut identically. I then cut about 10cm off the top of the back dress piece in order to have the back sit a little lower than the front of the dress and added vents to the side seams for ease of movement.

I created bust darts unscientifically by measuring them out while I wore the dress. I would not advocate for this method and would be a little more careful next time maybe tracing the darts of an existing pattern I know works for me. The darts were not exactly right initially and I took a few attempts and a few days of procrastination avoiding doing them!

I really like the buttons that hold the straps on and they allow me to get into the dress as I didn’t include a zip. However, in hindsight, I should have put buttonholes on the dress and buttons on the straps so that the end of the straps would not be seen, making it a little cleaner. Now I know for next time as I am sure I’ll end up making another dress like this.

This dress is really easy to wear, very breathable and allows for movement and has become on of my favorite outfits that I’ve sewn.


FABRIC:      Premium cotton gingham from Spotlight.  2 metres.

PATTERN:  Self drafted