Flip Flop Dress Pattern

(1 customer review)


For girls sizes 2T-6, this classic dress features a lined bodice, dirndl skirt, two neckline options, and optional Peter Pan collar and lined cap sleeves.  Written in a clear, easy-to-follow style that teaches solid sewing technique as you work, this pattern is suitable for any skill level, even if you’ve never sewn a garment before.  Using under two yards of fabric for any size, the Flip Flop Dress stitches up quickly from your fabric stash and is sure to become a favorite!

Fabric requirements: 1.25 to 2 yds of fabric for main dress; additional 1/2 yd for bodice lining

Notions: scrap of fusible interfacing; 3-4 7/8″ buttons; matching thread


The Flip Flop Dress features a lined bodice that can button front OR button back, with either a rounded or a square neckline, and a full gathered dirndl skirt.  The bodice hits about an inch above the natural waist, and the skirt falls just below the knee.  There is an optional lined cap sleeve, and an optional Peter Pan collar, meaning you can make dozens of variations of the dress from the core pattern alone!

View A includes all the options in the basic pattern: a Peter Pan collar, lined cap sleeves, and the lined bodice with full skirt.  Good grief, it’s adorable–a truly classic look that’s also updated and really versatile.  This a “big girl” dress that’s suitable for a huge range of occasions, and allows your little girl to grow without growing up too fast.  Because you can “flip flop” the pattern to make it with the button closure either at the front or the back, you can really vary the final look a great deal with just a simple change in cutting technique.

View B is even simpler to sew than View A, and can totally be stitched up in under two hours.  Once you get the hang of it, honestly, you can churn out a whole week’s worth of these like a magical assembly line.  This view includes a square neckline, a sleeveless bodice, and the same full, twirly skirt.  “Flip flopping” the pattern again allows you to move the buttons between front and back as you choose.

You can make a sleeveless version with Peter Pan collar, or a cap sleeved version with a square neckline–each element can be selected as you plan your garment–and each dress really looks unique.  Make a dozen in different fabrics and never worry that she looks like she’s wearing the same thing every day–even though you have the peace of mind that the dress will fit like a dream every time!

Skill level: beginner to advanced

For more details and additional pattern options–including another collar version and optional sleeve–see the Whipstitch blog by clicking the links above!


1 review for Flip Flop Dress Pattern

  1. Ramona

    I love patterns with cheat sheets. I sat at my computer and read through all the directions one evening, then printed out the pattern and just the cheat sheet. I was able to sew the dress in a single afternoon, and my daughter has quite enjoyed wearing it. The size was as described (so I had to go down a size in width, and add 2 inches in length, blending sizes for my super tall and skinny 6 year old), but the pattern was so clear and well drawn that blending for a custom size was easy. My daughter refuses to wear things she can’t fasten on her own, so the front closure was a hit. I foresee several variations before she outgrows this dress. 🙂

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