the Coraline dress

One of my favorite things about sewing is attempting to recreate clothing I see online or in stores. There is so much inspiration out there! So when I pinned this adorable dress, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I made one!ย 

The feminine ruffles are adorable. This one’s named after my adorable niece Coraline! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sadie refused to take it off once she tried it on!

Read on to see how I made it!

ย You’ll need:
cotton fabric-I used 1.5 yards for a size 3T
tee for pattern
thread, sewing stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

First I traced a t-shirt, adding seam allowances.

Trace the back neckline and then the front, dipping down like so.

Then cut out one back piece on the fold, and 2 of the front. (not on the fold)

Then I cut two pieces 2.5″ x 5.5″ (or however wide your front piece is where the buttons go.)

Then press in the edges 1/4″ like so, then press in half.

Sew the bodice pieces right sides together at the shoulder seams, and serge or zig zag stitch the seam.

Then cut some strips 1.75″ on the bias (more info about bias tape here), and cut or piece together until it’s twice as long as the measurement around the neck.

ย Cut 2 pieces this length, then sew them right sides together along a long side.

Also make bias tape long enough to fit around the neckline, and the two armholes.

Then turn right side out, press, and then serge the other side.

ย  Sew a gathering stitch along that edge, and gather to fit the neckline. Baste along the edge.

Then pin the button flaps onto the edges like so, encasing the ruffle.

Then sew along the edge.

Then place your buttons, and make the button holes.

Then pin the bias tape around the neckline, and use this method to sew it on.


Then I cut 4 pieces 1.75″x twice as long as your armhole measures.

I layered them, folded them in half, and cut a curve like so.

Then I sewed the curved sides, right sides together.

Turn right sides out, press, and serge or baste the opposite edge.

Then I gathered it to fit the armhole, with an inch or two on either end to spare.

The backside.

Then sew together the bodice sides and serge or zig zag the seams. Then sew together the front part where the button flaps are along the bottom. Then, I lost steam at taking pics….lol so here’s the rest of it!
I cut 2 panels of fabric selvage to selvage, 17″ long (or however long you’d like it the skirt to be), then I sewed the two short ends right sides together, then finished the seams, and gathered the top edge of the skirt to fit the bottom of the bodice. Pinned and sewed together, then hemmed the bottom of the skirt, and sewed on the buttons!ย 


  1. Thanks again for the awesome tute jess!

  2. Wow, fantastic, you make everything look so easy!. Thank you for the tutorial!

  3. What a gorgeous dress! Wish I was handy with a sewing machine.

  4. Absolutely adorable!!! I’m pinning this…

  5. Jess you are very clever,love this little dress.xx

  6. No wonder she doesn’t want to take it off – its a dream dress…totally lovely.

  7. I actually like yours more than the original. I think it’s a lot sweeter! Great job!

  8. What a delightful dress …. you are very talented! Thanks for sharing.

  9. cute cute cute cute cute cute cute!!! I love it Jess!

  10. This dress is absolutely adorable! I love the ruffle collar. You really are very talented. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  11. I’m thinking matching Easter dresses. If I start now it will probably get done. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. This dress is getting pinned! I was just thinking that the next dress I make would have a ruffle under the neck binding. Perfect! Great job.

  13. What a cute dress! Impressive!

  14. SO beautiful! Thanks for the tute!

  15. Gah! This is so precious! Perfect fabric choice, I say!

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you & the fam!

  16. That is such a sweet dress!

  17. What a beautiful dress! My 4 yr old is enamored with it. And I’ll leave it at that since my 1 yr old is trying to help me comment lol

  18. I opened my reader and immediately knew what dress it was fashioned after without having to look. I pinned the same dress on pinterest and have been wanting to try to make one for my daughter once it gets warmer. You did a great job!

  19. That is so cute! I can’t wait to try and make this for my little one. I love all the tutorials you post. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Ow wow, Jess, I love it! I think I might have repinned your pin of that Old Navy dress…so glad you figured it out. This is now on my “must make” list for spring/summer. Thanks for the tutorial!

  21. Absolutely beautiful dress! You are a dress-making genius!

  22. I have NEVER sewn a dress before, but this one is so cute, I think I will have to try to make one for my baby girl. Your directions look easy as well. Now to find some fabric and get going. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. tank for this tutorial!
    your dress is amazing!!! i like it!



  24. As usual, I love it. What a great recreation. The ruffles are so sweet. Definitely pinning this to try (hopefully soon!). Thanks agin

  25. Thanks for the Tutorial for that lovely dress, love the material as well.

  26. This is gorgeous!! Isn’t Sadie getting big! She’s adorable ๐Ÿ™‚
    My little one is nearly 2 and a half and I’m willing her hair to grow everyday, it’s still so short!!

  27. This is sooooooo cute. It makes me wish my daughter was still little. I loved sewing for her. She’s all grown up now and picky.

  28. What a gorgeous little dress and what a well put together tutorial. You do indeed make it all look so easy. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. I love material you choose for the dress. Way to go in the talent department. Some day I want to be like you. Thanks for sharing!

  30. You are so talented to just whip out the fanrastic creations! Love it and thanks for the inspiration:)

  31. wow, i LOVE this dress! i’ve got so many unfinished projects right now that the only way i could make this is if you stared a sew-along (hint, hint!). thanks again for your lovely blog and great tutorials. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. I like your version better! Pinning for later. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Lovely dress…thank you for the tutorial.

  34. So cut, thanks again! I had bought this dress and returned today, now I can recreate my own. Thanks

  35. Umm, love. LOVELOVELOVE!

  36. Umm, love. LOVELOVELOVE!

  37. Umm, love. LOVELOVELOVE!

  38. Umm, love. LOVELOVELOVE!

  39. Umm, love. LOVELOVELOVE!

  40. Great tutorial! You’ve been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

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  41. I made the dress for my 7 year old. She really likes it. Thank you for the tutorial!

  42. I followed the tutorial for this dress and it turned out so cute. I learned a couple of new things too. I was so pleased with the finished dress and my daughter looks precious in it.

  43. I want to make this dress for my three granddaughters. I love 100 percent cotton quilting fabric, however, my DIL don’t particularly care to have to iron. Do you think that cotton jersey knit fabric would work? Thanks!

  44. Well done and thanks!

  45. So sweet! I had just the fabric sitting around, and I used your Coraline dress for inspiration. I made a few changes, but the concept is similar. Thanks again!. Here is a pic of my dress on Pinterest.


    Thanks for the tutorial. It proved to be perfect.

  47. best dress post,

  48. Hi,
    I love this dress, so fresh and sweet. I’m planning to make this for my granddaughter. I have one question after reading and rereading your tutorial. Is there a step missing in the armhole sleeve edge. The photo shows the raw edge turned or hemmed(?) before the raffle is attached. What am I missing? Thank you for sharing your love & talent!


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