a midsummer dress tutorial


Midsummer. The bittersweet peak marking summer’s transition to fall. We created this midsummer dress tutorial to capture the magic of the in-between time with three back closure methods (button, ribbon ties and long sash). We recommend voile for the bodice and the skirt, though lighter weight quilting cottons and double gauze would do just fine.

Cut the midsummer dress long for girls still in the princess phase (for when it has to come “down” as our blue one does), measure a few inches above the ankle for toddlers still getting the hang of walking. Shortening the skirt to waist length creates a beautiful breezy shirt. Our gallery of images reveals all three of the closure methods.

The midsummer dress project can easily be completed in an afternoon. I found the long sash to be the most gratifying and elegant admire. Please submit your finished projects to our Flickr group.

Download the free PDF instructions here and let us know what you think.

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14 Responses to “a midsummer dress tutorial”

  1. Easter Clothes (A Little Late) | Sew is Me says:

    May 30th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    [...] dress is my own concoction based on inspiration from the Midsummer Dress found here and the circle skirt (find a tutorial here).  I widened the should straps, kept a wide sash and [...]

  2. Portia Allen says:

    July 1st, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I LOVE this pattern!! There was one thing that confused me, it was the directions on how to assemble the sash. I just cut two strips 4.5x44in and then created basically large spaghetti straps. I also used elastic thread to gather the top of the dress. I just figured that was easier for me.

  3. Laura says:

    July 3rd, 2012 at 11:26 am

    That sounds like a great solution, whatever works!

  4. Mermaid Dress | Girl For All Seasons says:

    July 31st, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    [...] of the fabric I choose, but I’m a little nervous that she won’t love the colors. I used Charm Stitches’ Midsummer Dress Tutorial. It was easy to follow and I’m especially pleased with the button closure on the [...]

  5. FABRIC & TEXTILE WAREHOUSE » Blog Archive » A Midsummer’s Dress Tutorial » FABRIC & TEXTILE WAREHOUSE says:

    November 27th, 2012 at 3:08 am

    [...] little princess? Well, then have we found something for you. From the Charm Stitch Blog comes a Midsummer’s Dress tutorial that is charming in more ways than one – it offers three different back closure methods (button, [...]

  6. Amber Denny says:

    January 23rd, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I just wanted to thank you for posting this tutorial for free. I am a beginner in the sewing world I have a beautiful little three year old the same size as the beautiful little four year old model in this feature. She has informed me to make her a dress like the princesses in the picture!! Thank You again!

  7. Laura says:

    January 23rd, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you for the kind words Amber! My four year old is almost 6 and the dress still fits (though it is much shorter these days). I hope your princess enjoys it just as much.

  8. carolyn says:

    February 9th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    love this dress

  9. Van says:

    February 27th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    So cute! The little models are adorable, and look beautiful in their gorgeous dresses. Will definitely have to give this pattern a try.

  10. Hannah says:

    April 9th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I found your maxi dress pattern on Pinterest! Thank you. I love it. Here is a picture of the one I made: http://www.sewadorablefabrics.com/maxi-dress-made-for-a-princess/

  11. Chelsey says:

    May 11th, 2013 at 3:36 am

    I love this and I am trying to make it as we speak but for some reason I am so confused with the bodice and how to put it together if you could help me that would be great!!!!

  12. Brie says:

    July 11th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you so much for this it turned out perfectly and I have one happy little girl!

  13. Jocelyn says:

    January 28th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I was wondering if you thought this would be possible to make for an adult? My daughter would like me to make a matching dress for her and her daughter. My daughter is petite (5’2″, 125lbs), small busted. Do you think this would work for her?

  14. Dulcie says:

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