Introducing Mary! – New dungaree dress sewing pattern for girls

Here it is the long awaited next Bobbins and Buttons pattern. Tried, tested and ready to go….well almost… its at the printers! You can pre-order your paper copy here, it will be winging its way to you by 16th April. The download version will also be available very soon too.

Mary is an A-line dungaree dress with a choice of different pocket options. A pattern perfect for beginners, quick and easy to make with no tricky fastenings to deal with, it simply pulls on and fastens at the shoulders. You can choose to have front pockets, back pockets or for ultra simple no pockets!  The straps can be fastened with buttons or dungaree clasps, with or without sliders. The upper part of the dress is lined which can be done in self fabric or a contrast. I like to add a cotton print for a pop of secret colour and fun. The pattern is available in sizes age 1 year through to 12 years.

It is a great style to make in denim or other heavier weight fabrics like corduroy or needlecord. I have some fabulous examples of the dress made up in a variety of fabrics to share with you soon. The results from my team of pattern testers.

Of course Bobbins and Buttons online fabric shop is stocked with a large selection of suitable fabrics to make your Mary dress in. These medium weight Essex yarned dyed cotton/linen blends from Robert Kaufman would make a sophisticated choice. Available in ten different colours.

These bright coloured stretch denims are great fun. They would look super cute top-stitched in contrasting colours.

This Stretch needlecord is available in a good selection of colours, always a popular choice for little ones.

For little girls who love to sparkle these pretty pastel glitter yarn dyed broadcloth fabrics from Cloud 9 would look adorable. There are lots of other choices including pastel Cloud 9 denims and printed Art Gallery lighter weight denims. There is also a huge choice of printed cottons if you fancy adding a secret pop of colour and print on the inside.

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 Mary dresses and the wearers enjoy wearing them.


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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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