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Winter Toddler Dress

winter toddler dress from fleece

My daughter Emma is extremely fussy about clothes – styles and textures. She doesn’t like to wear layers and will currently only wear dresses (full princess mode), so for wintertime I decided to make some warm dresses. I went to my local fabric shop and found some cute fleece in their remnant section (the great thing about making clothes for toddlers is you can get an entire outfit out of a remnant, and remnants are usually half price). This particularly remnant (roughly 1 yard) was under $2, so even with the thread the dress came to less than $3.

I cut out the dress based on a long-sleeved knit dress she already owned, and then added the triangular panels for twirl-ability. I think it gives it an ice-skater outfit look. Emma says it is her Cinderella dress. The dress is cut on the bias (diagonal line of the fabric) to make it easier to pull over her head. I just hemmed the sleeves, collar, and skirt.

cute fleece toddler dress
This type of quick and easy pattern approach doesn’t work with all fabrics, but fleece is a forgiving fabric with just enough give. If you want the bodice to fit more closely, add a zipper or buttons to the front or back or use a stretchier fabric.

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

2 thoughts on “Winter Toddler Dress”

  1. I love the dress! It’s so neat to have a blog like this around even though I don’t have little kids to use it on. =)

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