lulu dress and top pattern

I am so thrilled to release another pattern into the wild today!


lulu dress and top pattern by craftiness is not optional


Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

It’s a very versatile pattern-and bonus-it’s QUICK to sew up! I know I have had too much fun sewing up a whole slew of Lulus!


Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

I am really excited that this is my first pattern using diagrams instead of tutorial pictures. Hopefully this helps make all the steps that much clearer!

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional Purchase your copy right here!




Why don’t I just stop chattering and show you the money dresses?

(I’ll be back later today to show you all the AMAZING dresses my testers sewed up!)

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

This was my first tester (well, this round…this pattern is based off a tutorial I made a long time ago)

4T size…I loved this pairing. It’s fairly striking, with her coppery hair, right?

the stripe is from Girl Charlee, bottom fabric is a long-time stash inhabitant.

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

poor knobby bruised knees. Her new scooter is doing a number on her shins.

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

Back to this one! It’s an all-knit version, which is uber comfy-Sadie refused to take this one off! I love it with the skirt pockets!

They are so easy to add, and you know kids and their pockets….

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

material is a ponte de roma from Girl Charlee.

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

swoony swoon swoon. I could just eat her up!! Here is Ava modeling the 18-24 month sleeveless dress! Some light peach knit from (you guessed it) Girl Charlee, and polka dot quilting cotton from Joann stores.

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

that little bow!! love it.

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

Miss C got herself a quirky little top! In a size 3T, with the shirt pocket. (some grey seersucker) the knit is mustard ponte de roma, and the bottom is some Robert Kaufman London Calling Lawn.

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

I hope you enjoy the pattern! More pics from testers to follow asap!

Lulu dress/top pattern by Craftiness is not Optional

if you made it this far, feast your eyes on this gem of the girls eating their rewards.



  1. Woop, woop!! So exciting…such a fun pattern. Love it when there are plenty of options 🙂 keeps me…and little miss contrary (i want sleeves/i don’t want sleeves, I want to wear dresses all the time, oh except today when I want to wear a top!)…happy 🙂 x

  2. these are adorable Jess! Elsie definitely needs a few!

  3. Your girls are just so cute; I love checking out your site because you never disappoint with these adorable photos! Oh, and its an adorable pattern too! lol

  4. Super cute! But, my your girls are turning blonde!

    So glad to see you releasing patterns. Great job!

  5. Jess these are gorgeous! I kind of want that black and white polka dot one in my own closet. 🙂 What a wonderful pattern… My own Sadie will definitely be rocking this dress over the summer. I’m always looking for good knit play dresses for her. She has a lot of cute quilting cotton dresses, but she doesn’t like to run around in them. (I made my first Geranium dress last week and blathered on embarrassingly about your blog in the post. hah!)

  6. it’s soo so cute jess. the perfect little combo of options. 🙂

  7. It’s so so cute!! And the picture of them at the end with cheeks full of sweets is perfect. I always seem to have a camera full of pictures of Hannah mid-chew! 🙂

  8. I LOVE the dress one the best! But a second is the one on your youngest. SOO cute! And the dress with the black and white stripe top…WOW. My girls are too big and I plan on doing stuff like this for granddaughters–which is a ways away! Good luck! This set is wonderful. Girls are looking as beautiful as ever!

  9. Caroline says

    So so adorable. As usual.

  10. Cathy Grande says

    Love this pattern! And, oh my, is Charlotte getting blonde! All such cuties!

  11. This dress is adorable! That last picture was over the top cuteness:)

  12. These are adorable! I love all the options and the possibility of combining knits and wovens. Such nice work!

  13. Your girls are so adorable! Love the new pattern!

  14. Does the size 8 run on the small side? I’d really like to make one of these dresses for my daughter, but if it’s a small 8, it wouldn’t fit her. They are really cute dresses!

    • the 8 waist/chest finished measurement is 29.5″, but is gathered in a few inches with the elastic. 🙂

  15. Congratulations on the new pattern Jess! The girls and the dresses look absolutely adorable as always!

  16. Jess, I’ve been following your blog for a few months now and I am inspired by everything you make for your little girls. I have a 3 year old cutie myself. I just bought and made your Lulu dress and I love it! This is just the kind of pattern I needed to be able to customize and make over and over again. Here’s the review I wrote, thought of sharing with you.

  17. I am addicted to your Lulu dress. Made my 4th last night. Added a gathered ruffle down the front using the placket piece (cut it twice as long. My only wish is that it came with a sleeve. Any change of an add-on?
    Here’s my latest Lulu Dress

  18. Thank you for this darling pattern! Do your buyers have permission to use the pattern to make and sell small-scale on etsy?


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