Some of my most enjoyable projects have been creating adorable outfits for my daughter, and yet surprisingly, I’ve never made “Mommy and Me” matching outfits for us to wear together. It didn’t cross my mind until the day my sweetheart said: “Mommy, I want to have a dress just like you!” And just like that, she had me melting like chocolate in her little hands! Just in time for Mother’s Day, Mood Fabrics brings you the Cypress Dress free sewing pattern! From the crisp shawl collar and self-covered buttons, this stunning A-line dress is just as flattering on me as it is on Jordyn! Mood’s Exclusive Ile des Orchidees printed cotton sateen gives this matching ensemble a high-end luxury feel, perfect for tea parties or enjoying a day of beauty with your princess. Try this look in rich velvet for the Holiday season and stand out in family portraits! Where do you and your little one plan on wearing the Cypress Dress? Happy Mother’s Day!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 5 yards of Mood Exclusive Ile des Orchidees Olive and Red Stretch Cotton Sateen
- 4 packs of Wrights Tan 1/2″ Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape
- 2 packs of Dritz Size 36-7/8″ Half Ball Covered Buttons
- 2 packs of Dritz Cover Button Kit 3/4″
- MDF151 – The Cypress Dress Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
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All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30. Girls Sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
The children’s pattern begins on page 37.
You can follow along with these steps for both patterns:
First, sew in your darts on the fronts and backs of your bodice pieces. Next, pin your front bodice pieces together at the collar center back seam.
Sew your backs together at the center back seam. I used bias tape to add a nice finish to my exposed seams. All other seams are finished using French seams.
Prepare the collar facing by attaching both pattern pieces at the center back seam. Press, seam flat.
With right sides of the fabric together, pin the front and back bodice together starting at the shoulder seam. Pin the collar along the neck opening.
Start at the shoulder and continue sewing the collar across to the other shoulder. Clip into the corners to fit the collar as needed.
Pin the facing to the collar along the front of the bodice and sew in place.
Trim excess fabric from the seam allowance and make sure to clip into the curved areas. Turn the facing in and press collar flat.
Finish by applying the bias tape along the inside of the collars raw edge.
Let’s set the bodice aside for a moment and work on the skirt.
Follow the directions on the pattern and fold over the pleats on each front skirt pattern. Pin the pleats and tack in place with a basting stitch.
Fold over the button plackets on each side of the skirt front and press. Apply bias tape to the raw edge of the placket.
Attach your skirt front to the skirt back at the sides and finish with French seams.
Once your skirt is done you can attach it to the bodice at the waist. Finish exposed seams with bias tape.
Prepare the sleeves by sewing a basting stitch about 1/4″ away from the edge of the cap. Slightly gather in the cap of the sleeve creating a small amount of ease.
Pin the sleeves to the armhole opening and set in the sleeves using a French seam.
On the inside of the sleeve, pin the cuff with the right side of the fabric facing the wrong side of the sleeve. Stitch in place. Turn and fold over cuff to create the “rolled” cuff look. Add your button tab to the side of your cuff to finish.
Once your belt is done, secure it in place with simple chain stitch belt loops at the side seams.
Use the button kit to cover all buttons. Finish the dress by adding your buttons and buttonholes.
That’s it! Your Cypress is dress is done! I hope you enjoy making these dresses as much as I did!