*Updated: please note that due to the full sweetheart dress pattern being released i have decided to take down the free tutorial. I have given this a lot of thought and feel that the new pattern reflects all the hard work that has been put into it and the instructions are more clear and easy to follow.  I don't want there to be any confusion between the two sets of written instructions.  This momma is also trying really hard to earn a living with her passion in life to create.  I value each and every one of yours support and thank you so much for allowing me to do what fills me with joy.

a retro & modern dress featuring an adorable heart cutout on the back that your child is sure to adore! with a flattering silhouette that showcases your fave fabric crush and special feminine details The sweetheart dress is sure to be a showstopper!  the pdf sewing pattern is sized for 2T - 6T and i can't wait to see the wonderful and lovely dresses you are all going to make!

the sweetheart dress pattern features:

: : digitally drafted & professionally graded pattern pieces for the bodice & heart cutout

: : 18 page full color pdf pattern complete with clear & easy to understand step by step instructions with bright photos and digitally drafted diagrams

: : pattern pieces for sizes 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T & 6T

: : instructions for a professionally finished garment featuring a tutorial for a feminine, hand sewn button loop and also a fully lined bodice (with no hand sewing! woot woot!).

: : size charts, fabric requirements, notions, and sewing tips/glossary to ensure a great fit

: : a fun sewing experience :)

the sweetheart dress pattern is available for purchase at the following:

I have a few sketchbooks...ok...more than a few sketchbooks filled with ideas for goodies to make for the girls and myself and this little dress is one that has been nagging at me to get made. So with Easter upon us last week I decided to whip them up for the girls to wear to Easter dinner.   There is something so completely adorable about a high neck fitted bodice and gathered skirt that makes it one of my go to silhouettes for dresses for the girls.  I love that it feels retro but still modern and clean.  Don't be fooled by the front though, the party is all in the back on this dress folks.  The feminine heart cut out just makes me swoon.  With a hand sewn button loop and girly button it makes me smile and makes them smile too.  They love them and I love that they love them.

Small Dress: Outer fabric is 100% Organic Dottie Cream Coral by Birch Fabrics from their Mod Basics Line provided by Fabricworm and is lined with Amy Butler Lotus Wallflower in Cherry from stash fabric.  Large Dress: Outer fabric is Amy Butler "Passion Lily Cerise Pink" from the Soul Blossoms Passion line provided by Stitch Simple and lined with stash Nicey Jane fabric.

You never know when sewing for kids if they are truly going to enjoy wearing a handmade garment.  My oldest loves dresses but wears mostly leggings and tee's.  So for her to really wear and enjoy this dress did my heart good.  Now Harper, well she just goes gaga for any pretty dresses and will proudly prance around in her new frock for all to see. She is also a very willing model when I'm drafting and measuring to sew something for her.  She gets all excited and stands on a wee stool next to my sewing chair so she can watch me work.  I think I may get a sewer out of this one :)

I couldn't resist using some of my fave Birch Fabrics for Harper's Dress (from my awesome sponsor Fabricworm).  I love their 100% organic fabrics. They are super soft, have a gorgeous drape and are great for the environment.  Plus all the prints are retro and modern which I adore.  The print I used is called "Dottie Cream Coral" from their Mod Basics Line. I lined it with stash fabric that I cannot for the life of me remember the name of.  If anyone recognizes it please let me know.

Mackenzie's dress was made from Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms Passion Line and it's Called Passion Lily in Cerise Pink and it's from my lovely sponsor Stitch Simple (whose fabric comes to me prewashed and pressed)!  I love the colors in this fabric and lined it again with some stash fabric that I had been holding onto but cannot remember the name of either.  I think I've got a bad case of the mommy brain this morning.  With 2 kids sick with the croup and 1 hubby sick now too I'm pooped!

 a full 18 page full color PDF sewing pattern for sizes 2T-6T!!!

Would you like to make your wee one too?  Want to know how? You can purchase the Sweetheart Dress Sewing Pattern here:

I bet yours looks fabulous!  Does my heart good.  Have fun making yours and make sure to share your pics in our flickr group here or in the comments below. I love seeing your fab projects!  Happy sewing ladies!

P.S. How can you tell our family loves color??? lol!

What do you guys think? You likey? I likey :) What do you do to get the perfect fit for a child's bodice? Any magic techniques you have for sewing a lined bodice? I know we would all love reading each others tips below. What fabrics would you use for your Sweetheart Dress? I've got coffee with your name on it - come chat with me!