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The Precious Dress - Sizes 3m-10 years (with optional apron)

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Author Scientific Seamstress
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by D. Petruso
on July 17th, 2018

“I have searched all over for a dress pattern like this one. I am making a lavender floral print dress with a matching sweater for my granddaughter's first birthday. I plan to make her a Christmas dress with an organza pinafore. Next Halloween, she will be Alice In Wonderland! I love this pattern. It is a classic that will never go out of style. I really appreciate bringing back dresses that look like dresses!”

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.

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by D. Petruso
on July 17th, 2018

I have searched all over for a dress pattern like this one. I am making a lavender floral print dress with a matching sweater for my granddaughter's first birthday. I plan to make her a Christmas dress with an organza pinafore. Next Halloween, she will be Alice In Wonderland! I love this pattern. It is a classic that will never go out of style. I really appreciate bringing back dresses that look like dresses!

by Carter, Crystal
on January 12th, 2018

This pattern is perfect for so many different types of dresses. I use this one a lot for making princess dress up dresses and for special occasion dresses! It's a great pattern and the instructions are very thorough. I honestly think a beginner could do this pattern with no problems.

by Wright, Danica
on September 13th, 2017

Great Pattern. Sooo many options!

by Gordon, Amber
on October 12th, 2015

I love all of her patterns. It sews up very easily and I adapted it to several costumes for my daughters :)

on April 15th, 2015

love this pattern. You can get so many different looks that I have used it several times.

by Verrell, Sandra
on March 5th, 2015

love this dress. Will be making more with the different styles. thanks a lot.

on January 20th, 2015

Classic pattern, easy to follow & recommended!

by L. Preston
on October 17th, 2014

love this pattern and it has many options! great easy to follow instructions!

by Walker, Kellie
on September 23rd, 2014

Super cute! Just perfect

by Bushby, Melanie
on June 18th, 2014

Perfect in so many ways!!

by Mcintosh, Jennifer
on April 23rd, 2014

I made a "Rosie" costume with this dress for someone. I adjusted the length of the sleeves and it turned out perfect. It's a great pattern with easy to follow instructions.

by Tolman, Holly
on March 20th, 2014

This is a versatile and classic pattern that needs to be in every seamstress' bag of tricks.

by Burrahm, Renee
on March 9th, 2014

Easy to follow and lots of options and doll pattern. Great dolly and me pattern.

by marsala, dina
on November 12th, 2013

Sweet dress.

by E. Ford
on September 5th, 2013

I have made two different dresses for two different granddaughters, they have recieved many compliments. Easy pattern.

by Crumpton, Rosa
on July 8th, 2013

Very classic dress with easy directions. Lots of options.

by mjands
on June 25th, 2013

I don't know why I put off doing this dress for so long. It went together very quickly and the button holes were easier than I expected. I get many compliments on it when my daughter wears her dress.

by Coppins, Lin
on 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!

by Pressnell, Korie
on 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!

by Oliveira, Juliana
on 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.

by Faye
on 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

by Campbell, Robin
on 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.

by Harwell, Latoya
on January 5th, 2013

Beautiful, versatile pattern with super instructions!!

by Stipe, Kathy
on 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.

by Stevenson, Kate
on 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.

by Butler, Angie
on 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!!

by Byers, April
on 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.

by smith, paula
on October 26th, 2012

Very cute patterns

by Phillips, Tara
on October 22nd, 2012


by Lloyd, Victoria
on 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.

by Irion, Verna
on August 25th, 2012

from a casual dress to wedding ready this pattern can be used!!

by Fowler, Melissa
on 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.

by Mascolo, Tammy
on July 18th, 2012

This is easy and super cute!

by Bass, Ashley
on 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!

by Broach, Kathleen
on July 17th, 2012

Simple pattern for making a sweet dress for a princess. Have use this pattern many times.

by Wright, Vaughn
on July 9th, 2012

Just love this pattern!!! Makes the perfect dress and love the hidden placket.

by besselman, amy
on May 6th, 2012

i love all of carla's patterns - especially the versatility in this one!

by litteken, amber
on 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

by Calvert, Kevin
on 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.

by Southern Babies
on April 4th, 2012

Classic dress. Love that it is by Carla C. Very easy to follow instructions.

by MLB
on March 22nd, 2012

Such a lovely dress!

by Costa, Vanessa
on March 21st, 2012

Love that this pattern comes in so many sizes! Very easy to follow just like all of Carla's patterns!

by Laney, Melissa
on 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!

by Philley, Jennifer
on March 15th, 2012

So many options - great job, once again! LOVE your patterns!

by Bella
on March 14th, 2012

Carla's patterns are the best ,hope she write more pattern,have tons of pictures,everything is perfect...

by Mason, Roberta
on March 8th, 2012

This is such a cute little girl dress. So adorable.

by Ramos, Marsha
on March 7th, 2012

Made an easter dress with this pattern, it was beautiful. Directions were clear and easy to follow. Thank yoU!

by Hemsath, Carrie
on March 1st, 2012

Fantastic pattern, great detail in the instructions and the pictures are just icing on the cake. Thanks again CarlaC!

by Cameron, Callie
on February 16th, 2012

Love this pattern! I never thought I could make a dress like this! Thank you Carla!

by Bailey, Jennifer
on 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.

by Flores, Rachel
on 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.

by Smith, Christine M
on 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.

by Sudz-N-Seamz
on 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.

by vargas, kristina
on 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.

by Atwater, Jennifer
on 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!

by Beckham, Joni
on 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.

by Peppermint Street Boutique
on 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!

by cooper, donna
on 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.

by Gilbert, Karen
on January 11th, 2012

Wonderful pattern! Great directions!

by Adams, Jill
on 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!

by Melissa B.
on 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.

by K.A.G
on 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!!

by Emily C.
on 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.

by Molly
on 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.

by Nehmah
on 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.

by Bernadette
on 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.

by Jigi K.
on 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.

by Marie Anton
on 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!

by Heather
on 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!

by Jeanne
on 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.

by Kristy Moroz
on 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.

by Nicole K
on 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!

by Tammy Chappell
on August 1st, 2001

Classic design that I searched for for over 6 months...thanks SEW much!!