FREE Mawsley Dress Sewing Pattern for woven fabrics

FREE Mawsley Dress Sewing Pattern for woven fabrics
Mawsley Dress Sewing Pattern for woven fabrics is another pattern that would work very well with soft, drapey soft & medium weight wovens such as double gauze or brushed cotton. Avoid stiff cotton and linen fabrics that would make this oversized peter pan collar look stiff.


Mawsley Dress is available in sizes from 18M to 6Y. Make sure you follow the measurements chart and select the size based on your child’s chest and height. Moonlight Patterns – Measurement Charts


Approx. 6.5cm

Download and pattern assembly:

Scroll to the bottom of the post to download the pattern, itโ€™s available in A4 (works also with letter format) and A0 formats.

Make sure the test box is 5 x 5 cm.

You can try printing on different paper formats but always select printing to 100%. Let me know if you have any issues.

You can turn off the layers in Adobe Acrobat and print just the size you want. It will be easier to see the correct lines. You can find the option at View -> Show/Hide -> Navigation Panes -> Layers

You can overlap pages if you’re printing in A4 format. If you’re using letter format cut away the margins and tape the inner rectangles as per the picture below.

Seam allowances:

1cm seam allowances are included. Hemming allowances are 2cm. You can see them on the pattern.

Recommended fabrics:

This pattern is for woven fabrics. It would also work with stable knits but I’d recommend choosing a smaller size.


Front x2 (mirrored pair)

Back x1 on the fold

Sleeve x2 (mirrored pair)

Collar x2 on the fold

Skirt rectangles dimensions (width x height in cm). These can be narrower or wider if you want your skirt part to be less or more gathered.

92 back 56x34cm front 58x34x2

98 back 58x36cm front 60x36x2

104 back 60x38cm front 62x38x2

110 back 62x40cm front 64x40x2

116 back 64x42cm front 66x42x2

Extras: Bias tape for the neckline, lightweight interfacing for the collar & button placement, 6mm elastic for the sleeves, buttons, 4cm gathered strip of fabric/or lace

For the ruffle use at least a 4-5cm wide gathered strip of fabric (ruffle on the finished dress is 3cm wide). You will need a ruffle of length approx. 80cm.

Instructions (this is my preferred method; you can do it differently):

Prepare the gathered strip for the collar: use rolled hem setting on your overlocker to finish the raw edge (or hem it on the regular sewing machine) & gather to get a strip 80cm long & 4cm wide. Apply interfacing to wrong sides of the collar. Sew the strip to the right side of one of the collar pieces.

Lay the other collar piece on the top and with the right sides facing stitch 1cm from the edge. Notch seam allowances.

Turn your collar inside out & press with an iron.

Apply 3.5cm interfacing to the front openings (both sides) to the wrong sides. Sew shoulder seams with right sides facing.

Overlock the edges and press 1cm seam allowances to the inside with an iron. This will help us later.

Sew the collar to the bodice with wrong sides facing. You should have a minimum gap of 3.75cm from the folded edge (4.75cm if not folded).

Fold the front along the fold line to the outside and sew as shown on the left.

Sew your bias binding on top of the previous layers. Start approx 1.25cm from the edge. Don’t stretch while sewing.

Flip the rest of the bias binding over and topstitch close to the previous seam.

Turn the bodice over and trim the bias binding close to the seam.

You can now fold the bias facing to the inside and topstitch as shown on the left.

Add interfacing to the skirt button section just the same as you did to the bodice. Gather skirt panels and sew to the bodice with the right sides facing.

Fold the buttonhole extensions and topstitch in place. Work buttonholes cross or lengthwise (crosswise will work better with small buttons).

Sew sleeves to the bodice with right sides facing and overlock or zig-zag raw edges. You can sew them flat if you want, there’s no extra ease in the sleeve cap.

Sew sides of dress and sleeves seams all in one.

Hem the sleeves, leave a small gap to draw the elastic through, and close the gap.

Choose your own length of elastic. Mine is approx. 30% longer +2cm of seam allowances than my daughter’s wrist (20cm).

Hem the skirt. Your dress is now ready ๐Ÿ™‚


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