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Child/Baby Kauri Dress

Below the Kowhai

We know this evergreen pattern will be a wardrobe favourite for your little one as it travels with her throughout the seasons. The button bodice calls back to a classic style with vintage charm, with lots of space for variations and your own creative flair. When you create this dress you’ll discover our internal facing pattern and technique, which results in a professional, clean finish with options to bind the facings (we love the inside of garments just as much as the outside!) With a gathered waist, relaxed fit and pockets for treasure collecting, the Kauri Dress is excellent for playing in. It’s casual, and looks so down to earth in a linen or cotton. Or, dress it up with sateen or velveteen and you have a brand new party dress. The Kauri Dress comes with 3 sleeve length options, making it the perfect dress for all seasons.
Our Sewists love the clean and simple lines of this pattern, along with its clever construction and professional finishes.

3 sleeve lengths (short, mid, long)
Inseam pockets
Beautiful internal facing for a professional finish
Button closure

Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this dress
Sewing Level:
The Kauri Dress has been designed with adventurous beginners in mind. The tutorial is detailed with full colour photos and includes an exclusive video tutorial for creating the facings.
Adventurous beginners will learn or practice new skills such as bias binding (optional), inserted sleeves, gathering, pocket making and button holes. If you have some previous experience in sewing and feel confident in giving these skills a go, you’ll enjoy this thorough tutorial which will walk you through the process step by step.
The more advanced will appreciate the professional finish of the pattern (check out the inside of the bodice!), the front facing method and the versatility of the Kauri Dress.
Fabric Suggestions:
This dress has been designed for all seasons. Look for cottons, linens, flannels, corduroy, velvets etc.
Fit and Ease of the Kauri Dress:
The Kauri Dress pattern is perfect for all seasons and has been designed to be an evergreen pattern for your child’s wardrobe.
You’ll love the relaxed fit of the Kauri Dress, with enough ease through the chest to allow for lots of playing and exploring!
The pattern includes 3 sleeve lengths (short, mid, long) and a sleeve adjustment guide has been included on the pattern piece for a custom length sleeve.
This pattern has been created using Standard American Measurements and the sizing might seem different to what you usually buy in stores. Therefore, use the size the chart says you are to fit the chest, and if required, lengthen or shorten the pattern as needed.

Children’s sizes 1-10

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Linen, Velvet / Velveteen

Make time

All day, Half a day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

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