Fun in the Sun Kid's Dress Free Pattern

Here's a fun project for a great summer or spring dress that takes almost no time and also puts use to that extra fabric you probably have lying around.

Size 4T (6, 8, 10) *Numbers in parentheses provide the instructions for larger sizes*

Bodice: 24" (26, 28, 30)

Bodice Length: 7.5" (8.5, 9.5, 10.5)

Dress Length: 25" (26, 28, 30)


Sassy Skein Key West Karibbean Kotton Yarn - DK weight

Color A: Main Color 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins

2 Matching buttons

Size 6 x 24” circular needle 

Crochet hook

Small Eyed Tapestry Needle

Stitch Holders

Coordinated colored sewing thread

1 (1, 1.5, 1.5 ) yards Coordinating cotton fabric


22 Stitches and 28 Rows = 4”

To save time, check your gauge!


Front Bodice:

On a size 6 circular needle in Color A, cast on 67 (72, 78, 82) stitches. Work in garter stitch until piece measures 2.5" (3, 3.5, 4). Begin armhole shaping.


Armhole Shaping:

Bind off 4 (5, 6, 7) stitches at each edge to create armholes. Decrease 1 stitch (K2 together) at each edge every other row 4 times. With 51 (54, 57, 58) stitches left on needle, continue in garter stitch until the piece measures 4.5" (5, 5.5, 6). Begin front neck shaping.


Front Neck Shaping:

Continue in garter stitch working across first 19 (20, 21, 21) shoulder stitches. Join second ball of yarn and bind off 12 (13, 14, 15) center stitches. Continue working across remaining 19 (20, 21, 21) shoulder stitches.

Working in garter stitch, decrease 1 stitch at neck edge every other row 4 times. Continue pattern until front measures 7.5" (8.5, 9.5, 10.5). Bind off remaining 15 (16, 17, 17) shoulder stitches.

Repeat steps to make the back of the bodice.


To finish, sew underarm seams together. Use a Picot Crochet edging around armhole edges, neck edge, across shoulder straps, and around the bottom hem of the bodice. Weave in any yarn tails to wrong side of garment. Clip strands close to back of garment. Lightly block bodice. Join front and back shoulder seams together by laying back shoulder over front and secure button in place. 



Fabric Skirt:

Using 1 (1, 1.5, 1.5) yard of any coordinated cotton fabric, cut lengthwise into two sections. Sew side seams. Gather top section to fit your bodice width. Hand sew skirt securely in place to wrong side of bodice using a coordinating colored thread. Hem skirt to desired length. Viola! 



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