The Precious Dress has a sweet, timeless design that is oh-so versatile. It can be made with fun cotton prints for comfortable play and a whimsical look. For dress up, special occasion fabrics can be used to make a formal delight. It is a great style for applique, embroidery, and embellishment with beautiful trims.
The bodice can be made in an empire or natural-waist length. It can be sleeveless, or have puffy sleeves. For the neckline, a Peter Pan collar can be attached, or it can be left collarless. For a snugger fit, ties can be sewn into the bodice at the sides. As an alternative to ties, a sweet apron can be added.
This eBook contains the patterns and instructions to make a classic dress in sizes 3 months - 10 years. The placket is enclosed, so the buttons and buttonholes do not show. This gives a crisp, clean finished appearance to the back of the dress.
Detailed sizing information is given so you will get a great fit and just the length you are after. As a bonus, matching dolly-sized patterns are provided in a supplemental file.
Notions - thread, straight pins, buttons (hook and loop tape for dolly), fusible interfacing, fabric marking pen/pencil.
Fabric - 2-3 yards, depending on size, style, and options.
*Note: These are downloadable instructions for making a dress. Since it is a download, you will receive this by email and it will also be located in the "My Library" section of your user account immediately after purchase.
*Note: These are downloadable instructions and pattern for making an item. Since it is a download, a window will open to download and when you are signed into your user account at the time of purchase, it will also be located in the "My Library" section of your user account immediately after purchase.
Coppins, Lin - April 14th, 2013
I have not made this dress yet, but am looking for that "just right" fabric that will motivate me. I've read through the instructions and they are very clear. Can't wait to get started!
Pressnell, Korie - April 7th, 2013
This pattern makes the most adorable little girls' dresses! I made them in the tiny 3m size and they turned out so cute!
Oliveira, Juliana - February 8th, 2013
Have made this pattern into a christening down twice. the peter pan collar is such a classic look. really love this pattern.
Faye - January 24th, 2013
love love love this dress! It made up easily enough and looks fantastic on my grand daughters - I used the natural waisted, collared and sleeved version. Thank you x
Campbell, Robin - January 17th, 2013
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Dresses from this pattern, have made all styles, empire, natural waist, sleeveless/and sleeves. with ties and sash and without, and shorter and longer and even double"skirt" part of the dress, and they all look amazing, they fit very and my daughter(age 6) really loves these dresses. They look great when made, and so easy as the directions are very well thoughtout and written.
Harwell, Latoya - January 5th, 2013
Beautiful, versatile pattern with super instructions!!
Stipe, Kathy - December 26th, 2012
This is my go-to pattern for a little girls dress. Just such a classic and I love how the buttons are covered on the back bodice.
Stevenson, Kate - December 20th, 2012
Love this pattern. There are so many variations for this dress and I've made them for a wide range of sizes. All CarlaC patterns are so easy to follow with clear, illustrated, step-by-step instructions. This pattern has paid for itself many times over.
Butler, Angie - October 30th, 2012
I loved this pattern!! I will be making more dresses like this for my daughter and others very soon! Thanks for another beautiful and easy to read/understand pattern!!
Byers, April - October 29th, 2012
Great pattern with very easy to follow directions. CarlaC patterns are always worth buying. Her patterns are very thorough and easy to follow.
smith, paula - October 26th, 2012
Very cute patterns
Phillips, Tara - October 22nd, 2012
Lloyd, Victoria - September 25th, 2012
I've made a few. I ended up switching to regular button holes with exposed buttons after the first one. I combined this with a big bow pattern from this site and it all turned out so beautiful together. Love it.
Irion, Verna - August 25th, 2012
from a casual dress to wedding ready this pattern can be used!!
Fowler, Melissa - August 6th, 2012
Loved the end result, a beautiful classic dress :) However, the placket for the bodice needed to be sewn 1" rather than 3/4" to fully hide the buttons which I was a little disappointed about because I had fully followed the instructions and also used the right sized buttons.
Mascolo, Tammy - July 18th, 2012
This is easy and super cute!
Bass, Ashley - July 18th, 2012
Wow! This dress is amazing and so versatile! I was surprised by how easy the it was to sew up and the instructions are easy to follow. I agree with a another reviewer who called this a classic design. It really is such a classic little girls dress!
Broach, Kathleen - July 17th, 2012
Simple pattern for making a sweet dress for a princess. Have use this pattern many times.
Wright, Vaughn - July 9th, 2012
Just love this pattern!!! Makes the perfect dress and love the hidden placket.
besselman, amy - May 6th, 2012
i love all of carla's patterns - especially the versatility in this one!
litteken, amber - April 27th, 2012
This is such a great pattern. I love all the detailed instructions every question is answered and the design options make you feel like a designer. Thanks so very much
Calvert, Kevin - April 11th, 2012
Very Versatile Pattern - I used it to make an Alice in Wonderland dress for Halloween. It fits well and the instructions are very clear.
Southern Babies - April 4th, 2012
Classic dress. Love that it is by Carla C. Very easy to follow instructions.
MLB - March 22nd, 2012
Such a lovely dress!
Costa, Vanessa - March 21st, 2012
Love that this pattern comes in so many sizes! Very easy to follow just like all of Carla's patterns!
Laney, Melissa - March 16th, 2012
Another easy awesome pattern from Carla! I used it to make my daughter's first Communion dress. It was a special project for me!
Philley, Jennifer - March 15th, 2012
So many options - great job, once again! LOVE your patterns!
Bella - March 14th, 2012
Carla's patterns are the best ,hope she write more pattern,have tons of pictures,everything is perfect...
Mason, Roberta - March 8th, 2012
This is such a cute little girl dress. So adorable.
Ramos, Marsha - March 7th, 2012
Made an easter dress with this pattern, it was beautiful. Directions were clear and easy to follow. Thank yoU!
Hemsath, Carrie - March 1st, 2012
Fantastic pattern, great detail in the instructions and the pictures are just icing on the cake. Thanks again CarlaC!
Cameron, Callie - February 16th, 2012
Love this pattern! I never thought I could make a dress like this! Thank you Carla!
Bailey, Jennifer - February 11th, 2012
Love this pattern. As with all of Carla's patterns the directions are easy to follow. I used this for Christmas dresses a few years ago and now I am going to use it for Easter dresses.
Flores, Rachel - February 8th, 2012
This is a beautiful, classic dress pattern with the best directions ever. Things that sound so hard, puffed sleeves, collars and hidden buttons come out perfectly because the directions are so clear and easy to follow.
Smith, Christine M - January 24th, 2012
Another fabulous Carla pattern! I love this classic dress and the pattern is so easy to follow. As always, Carla makes measuring and getting the perfect fit so very easy! This is a beautiful dress that will look like you spent a fortune on.
Kristy'sCraftyCloset - January 19th, 2012
such a versatile dress, I have made one for every season and size(with four girls thats not hard to do). It is a classic piece and just a staple in our closets. And with ALL the options no two are alike.
vargas, kristina - January 18th, 2012
This pattern is so versatile. I have used it for easter, christmas, and even halloween costumes. It has also helped with those basic peter pan collar shirts that you need but can never find in the right color. Such a classic pattern with easy follow instructions. Carla makes it a breeze.
Atwater, Jennifer - January 17th, 2012
Great directions as always! The first time I made this pattern I actually combined with the skirt to a European pattern, and you wouldn't have known the two weren't intended to go together--that's how great Carla's bodice on this dress is! Again, numerous options make for the ability to design that one of a kind dress perfect for your little girl!
Beckham, Joni - January 17th, 2012
I can tell you that if Carla has made the pattern - I have made the dress about a million times. Her patterns are my wardrobe staples for my children. I have made this dress for Easter, dress up, Disneyworld and have made it into every princess dress imaginable. I love how easy it is and how I can customize the basic pattern into many other outfits.
Peppermint Street Boutique - January 12th, 2012
This has become the pattern I go to for christening dresses by just lengthening the skirt. It's adorable and a classic style for all ages. It's also easy and very versatile!
cooper, donna - January 11th, 2012
I have made two dresses out of this pattern and I love it. The dresses were beautiful. The directions were VERY easy to follow and I love the fact I can print out the pattern as I need it.
Gilbert, Karen - January 11th, 2012
Wonderful pattern! Great directions!
Adams, Jill - January 10th, 2012
I used this pattern as my first attempt at making clothes for my daughter. It probably wasn't the best choice for a getting back into sewing after a 20 year hiatus, but it turned out well. I used red dot fabric for the dress, and used white for the collar and sleeve bands so my DD could be dressed like Minnie Mouse for Halloween. She then wore it do Disney World, and got tons of attention! My second attempt was using fabric inspired by Jesse from Toy Story. It turned out great, and was much quicker since I had learned from my mistakes on the Minnie dress. I love the hidden back buttons. Carla is a wonderful designer, and she has made it possible for this novice to make beautiful clothes for her daughter!
Melissa B. - January 7th, 2012
This pattern makes the sweetest little dresses. I love how you can customize the options and the dress looks fresh each time you sew it. Carla's patterns are always wonderful.
K.A.G - January 6th, 2012
Another great pattern from CarlaC/Scientific Seamstress. All of her patterns are so clear and so well written. The directions are clear and diagrams are helpful. Don't be overwhelmed by the "pages and pages" of how to determine the size you need. It all seems so technical, but really isn't. One suggestion I'd make is to offer standard sizing, then to offer the detailed "choose your size" instructions as an appendix for those that need it. Keep up the great work!!
Emily C. - January 4th, 2012
I used the Precious Dress pattern to make a peter pan collar shirt for a pageant outfit. I was very nervous because I hadn't sewn something as detailed as collars, puffed sleeves and plackets in about 10 years and I was making this for someone else. Not surprisingly, Carla's instructions were perfect again - and simple. The shirt turned out too cute and the little girl won the pageant.
Molly - December 30th, 2011
I used this pattern to make my girls Christmas dresses this year and I fell in love with it. the directions are the most detailed well written instructions for a pattern that I have ever seen. I was scared to death to try this with its puffy sleeves and button holes, both of which I'd never attempted before. I emailed Carla since she lives near me to see if she offered sewing lessons and not only did she get right back to me, but she offered to let me sew alongside her and help me if I got stuck. I decided to try it on my own and was blown away when I was able to understand each step and construct the garment on my own. I'll be using this pattern many many more times to make more dresses for my girls.
McGehee, Emily - December 5th, 2011
I'm having a lot of fun making this with taffeta for Xmas dresses. For the underskirt I will use Nanny Etticoat. One exception in the construction; I will use a knit for the upper half; attach the taffeta underskirt using Hug Snug seam tape to stabilize.
reinecke, bernadette - November 5th, 2011
This was my first pattern that I was able to succesfully follow and my first time doing sleeves. This pattern has excellent instructions and the finished product looks great.
Jigi K. - August 1st, 2001
I can admit that I am a novice sewer whose last experience with the sewing machine was in high school 22 years ago. Abit rusty in my sewing skill is an understatement but I just want to make something pretty and personal for my little Hannah so I scoured the net for some patterns but they are all just a big confussion to me ... until I got CarlaC's pattern! It is so easy to follow and understand. Thanks so much for coming up with this pattern and since the design is timeless, I surely will have more of this dress until little Hannah is 10... I just finished my first project and is intending another one tomorrow... thanks for all those "aha" moments and the "wow i did that" - its a nice feeling to be able to make them for our precious little girl.
Marie Anton - August 1st, 2001
I created this pattern for the first time, and from the beginning it was so easy like all standard instructions for sewing the bodice together, and I can say that a beginner will fully understand. But when I got to the "placket part for the buttons" I got stuck! The instructions for making the placket was easy to follow but I don't understand why the back of the bodice ended up with not enough fabric to attach the buttons! Then I emailed the designer and I was so disappointed 'coz I haven't heard from them ever since! I'm sorry but I have to "re-design" the back bodice and ended up without the placket, it was easier this way and you can show off the nice buttons! Other than that it's a classic pattern!
Heather - August 1st, 2001
When I saw that CarlaC had come out with a pattern like this, I was SO excited! I have a box full of commercial patterns that are similar in style to this one. I take out the instructions, read through them in total confusion, and then shove them back into the box. But, Carla's instructions are so clear. I was finally able to make the classic little girl's dress that I had always wanted! I had so many "A-ha!" moments while making this dress. There were many parts of garment construction that I never understood before reading the instructions in this pattern. If you have a problem making nice looking buttonholes- no worries! They will be covered by the placket. I thought this would be a complicated process, but it was surprisingly simple. I was also concerned about adding the collar, sleeve bands, and sleeves. But, the way that Carla tells you to construct the garment is so clear and easy! I highly recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to make a classic little girl's dress!
Jeanne - August 1st, 2001
I once made a dress like this for one of my daughters from a commercial pattern-9 years ago. I was sure I'd never make a dress like this again. But Carla has come to the rescue with another amazing pattern! Her instructions are so clear and detailed and her methods so simple, the dress came together beautifully! The sleeves, collar and button placket were surprisingly simple. I'm sure I'll be getting a lot of use from this pattern.
Kristy Moroz - August 1st, 2001
Another AWESOME pattern by CarlaC. I love all the different options for the dress from classic to contemporary. Each step is well explained and done so that the beginner can understand. I have almost all of CarlaC's pattern sand they are what I turn to first. THANKS SO MUCH.
Nicole K - August 1st, 2001
I loved this pattern,so versetile- make it up for a dressy occassion, or do a sleeveless-collarless dress for an easy, cool summer dress, use the right fabrics and it will make a great costume for various characters (Like Minnie Mouse or Alice in Wonderland) I needed a little extra under a sleeveless easter dress and used this pattern to make a blouse- I just made up the bodice and lengthened it- PERFECT! I really love the hidden back buttons (instead of zipper) and as long as you can read, your sleeves, collar and back placat will come out perfect every time. Carla has worked her magic yet again, her patterns are simply the best. I made this up in size 2, but will be trying it out in the 3 month size too. Thanks Carla!
Tammy Chappell - August 1st, 2001
Classic design that I searched for for over 6 months...thanks SEW much!!
Precious Dresses. Copyright © 2009 by Carla Hegeman Crim. All rights reserved. No part of this eBook may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems without permission from the author. The patterns contained within are copyrighted, but may be used by crafters to produce items for resale provided the pattern was purchased from me or an authorized dealer.