Dorothy is a pattern for girls aged between 1 and 12 years old. A versatile classic dress style. The bodice is sleeveless with a round neck and lined for a simple neat finish. The skirt is gathered onto the bodice which fastens with a zip at the back. A wide sash adds the final flourish to the style.
Tummy sizes can vary a fair bit so the dress is designed to be a little bit fuller at the waist. The sash fits across the front with seams matching at the side. The sash can be pulled in at the back to make the style fit snuggly at the waist. It can also be let out just after lunch if needed!!
This adjustable sash means the dress potentially has a bit of extra growing room depending on how quickly the little girl grows upwards.
This dress is a perfect style to make in quilters weight cotton or cotton lawn for an easy summer style. The choice of cotton prints is huge, catering for every girls taste. You could go quirky and on trend with flamingo or pineapple prints. Classic and pretty with vintage florals or follow a theme with licenced or novelty prints like My Little Pony or Avengers. It would also make a lovely party or special occasion dress made in more dressy fabrics like satin or lace.
I have properly tried and tested this pattern over the years for my little girl who has had lots of different versions for parties as well as versions in novelty fabrics for special events. It remains a firm favourite with both of us. Over the coming months I will be sharing a few adaptations here on my blog to help make the most of this pattern.
Bobbins and Buttons online shop is also full to bursting with possibilities fabric wise for Dorothy. There are really way to many options to mention but here are a few ideas. Pretty blue and teal florals from Liberty and Art Gallery. These would look lovely fresh and summery as this girls sleeveless dress with the addition of a white sash.
For an extra special summer treat the Liberty garden range contains twenty three coordinating prints, ditsy florals to wild flowers that mix and match perfectly. The bodice could be a contrast to the skirt or chose a simple coordinate for the sash.
Art Gallery florals that mix with plain Kona cotton and or more simple blender prints.
As well as bright prints from fruity to tropical!
I would love to see your versions, if you fancy sharing on social media use #releaseyourhandmade so I can find you. I hope you have fun making your Dorothy dresses and the wearers enjoy wearing them.