Rosie Dress and Skirt

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The Rosie dress sewing pattern from Sew Over It is perfect for an intermediate dressmaker. The Rosie Dress has a boned, princess seamed bodice. (With no armsyce it’s easy to fit here!) The full skirt features a box pleat at the front, with flattering gathers at the sides and back. The dress closes at the centre back with an invisible zip. The Rosie Dress pattern comes complete with three different variations. Variation 1 features a pretty vintage-inspired collar with wide straps for a holiday-chic look.  Variation 2 has a gentle sweetheart neckline with dainty rouleau straps. Variation 3 is a versatile skirt that will take you from season to season.

What we think: We really like that there are three variations for this pattern making it really good value for money.

Suggested Fabrics: A light to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton poplin, cotton lawn, linen, seersucker or broderie anglaise.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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Additional information


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


UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46

Sewing level


Make time

One to two days

Pattern format


PDF Printing

48 Pages

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    This is my third Rosie dress and I love it. I find Rosie the perfect pattern for a stylish yet comfortable summer dress. I used this pretty cotton that has been in my stash for quite some time. I made the option with collar but did not use any boning. I don’t like boning in a dress like this. But I think it works very well without it as well.

    Rosie dress is not at all as difficult to make as might seem. The bodice is lined, which is a nice detail. It has an invisible zipper in the back, but otherwise there are no complicated details. I like how the skirt is quite full but it also has a very flattering shape.

    I have lengthened the bodice by couple of inches. Otherwise I haven’t made any alterations to the pattern. As said, this is my third Rosie, and I still see many more of these in my future.

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    This is a summer dress with a flowy gathered skirt and a boned princess seamed bodice. The bodice and the shoulder straps have two slightly different versions and there is also a pattern piece for a waistband if you, instead of making a dress, want to make just a skirt.

    The pattern has sizes UK 8 to 20. I fit between the sizes 8 and 10 in the size chart but I chose the smaller size after looking at the finished garment measurements that better correspond to my size. Because the bodice was so fitted I did not think that I needed any ease especially with the soft cotton lawn that I was using.

    For the fabric I chose Liberty cotton tana lawn with a yellow and white floral pattern. For the lining and for the collar I used generic white lawn.

    The pattern called for 3,2 metres of fabric (for the version 1, in sizes 8 to 12) but I was able to fit all the pattern pieces of size 8 on a bit less than 2 metres of the main fabric when I used the white lawn for the lining and for the collar. The skirt was a tight fit, though (I had to cut a bit from the seam allowance at the corner), so with bigger sizes this probably doesn’t work.

    The instructions were very clear and I liked the clarifying images. I have never used boning before and the instructions were enough to teach me the process. I had to adjust the center back seam a bit to make the bodice fit. I also chose to turn twice and topstitch the hem instead of slipstitching it. I think that for this lightweight lawn the topstitching gives a neater finish. The waistline is a bit raised for me. I think it is mean to sit on the waist but I have a long back. I originally added a bit extra to the bodice to lower the waistline but chopped it of after I realised that the higher waistline looks better on me.

    The fabric I chose was perfect for the dress. I love the vintage feeling, the fit of the bodice and the volume of the skirt in the finished dress. I think that also with changing the fabric and choosing the view without the collar the dress would be totally modern. I am also planning to make the skirt version since I love the skirt. As an additional bonus, I think that this dress was particularly easy to fit since there was no need to worry about the shoulders or the armholes.

    So, to conclude: A great summer dress pattern that I can warmly recommend!

    More thoughts, pictures and a detailed description (tutorial) on how the boning was constructed can be found on my blog:

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    Very nice pattern although I had an adventure with it (my fault, not the pattern’s).
    You can read the entire review and see more photos on my blog:

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