There is no shortage of adorable patterns to sew for little girls. But with so many options, it can be hard to decide just which ones you want to make! To help you narrow down the choices, we’ve gathered together five of our favorite books for sewing for girls. From party dresses to pretty boutique-inspired designs, these books are full of patterns you will love to sew and the special little girl in your life will love to wear.
Sew Classic Clothes for Girls
This delightful book features 20+ girlish patterns from Lindsay Wilkes, creator of The Cottage Mama patterns and blog. Lindsay will teach you all about lined garment construction and how to make and use piping — as well as bias binding, gathering and ruffles — as you create a wardrobe of classic, vintage-inspired designs ranging in size from 12 months to 10 years. You’ll also love learning Lindsay’s valuable sewing and fit methods like how to determine the proper size garment for your child, which notions and tools you should use for perfect results and how to choose and pair fabrics.
Sew Pretty for Little Girls
Make little girls’ dreams come true with this new book from Alice Caroline owner Alice Garrett. The book features over 20 simple sewing projects photographed in colorful Liberty Fabrics, and the patterns in the book are broken into three categories: “Blissful Bedrooms” will help you pretty up her bedroom with a duvet and pillow set, curtains, cushions and more; “Twirly Girly Garments” will guide you in making precious skirts and dresses; and “Pretty Little Things” will let you accessorize with fun bags, a belt, a doll and more.
Perfect Party Dresses
This book from editor Susan O’Connor features 12 glorious smocked dresses and three petticoats. The designs range in sizes from 2-10 years and feature exquisite smocking, embellishing and embroidery. Learn how to expertly tie a perfect sash bow and discover helpful hints and tips for finishing touches and taking care of smocked and embroidered garments as you sew these special occasion designs.
Sewing With Whimsy
Kari Mecca’s first “Sewing With Whimsy” book is a fanciful treat in children’s sewing. Each chapter begins with a classic pattern based on a simple silhouette —a sundress (sizes 2-6), a puffed sleeve dress (sizes 2-6) and a pinafore (sizes 18 mo. and 24 mo.) — and then takes sewists on a magical journey of originality filled with trims and techniques. Techniques include: creating magical rickrack flowers and trims, making and applying beautiful ribbon flowers, adding sparkle with beads and machine and heirloom sewing techniques.
More Sewing With Whimsy
Kari Mecca’s second “Sewing With Whimsy” book is just as wonderful as the first. The book includes full-sized patterns in sizes 2-8 for a square yoke top/dress; a round yoke top/dress; and bottoms & pockets patterns (shorts, walking shorts, capri & pants with cargo pockets, puffy patch pockets and skort instructions). “Mostly Made by Me” is her inspirational chapter showing you how to wave your own magic wand and apply a touch of whimsy to ready-made clothing and accessories.