• Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern by Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern by Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern by Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern by Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern by Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern by Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern by Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern from Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern by Below the Kōwhai
  • Kauri Dress Sewing Pattern by Below the Kōwhai

Kauri Dress

(16 customer reviews)

$18.00 NZD

Children’s sizes 1-10 *PDF Digital Download*

An evergreen dress for all seasons.

With this sewing pattern and tutorial you will be able to create a versatile dress, with classic and clean style lines and a professional finish.

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The Kauri Dress takes its inspiration from the towering Kauri forests in northern New Zealand. From tourism to how we build our homes, you’ll find kauri woven amongst our everyday lives.

We know this evergreen pattern will be a wardrobe favourite for your little one as it travels with her throughout the seasons.

The button bodice calls back to a classic style with vintage charm, with lots of space for variations and your own creative flair.

When you create this dress you’ll discover our internal facing pattern and technique, which results in a professional, clean finish with options to bind the facings (we love the inside of garments just as much as the outside!)

With a gathered waist, relaxed fit and pockets for treasure collecting, the Kauri Dress is excellent for playing in. It’s casual, and looks so down to earth in a linen or cotton. Or, dress it up with sateen or velveteen and you have a brand new party dress.

The Kauri Dress comes with 3 sleeve length options, making it the perfect dress for all seasons.

Our Sewists love the clean and simple lines of this pattern, along with its clever construction and professional finishes.

The full photo and video tutorial will walk you step by step through the construction and sewing of this dress. It’s a pleasure to sew (and a little bit addictive!)

  • Instant PDF download of pattern and full tutorial
  • Children’s sizes 1-10
  • 3 sleeve lengths (short, mid, long)
  • Inseam pockets
  • Beautiful internal facing for a professional finish
  • Button closure
  • A0 copy shop version, or print at home
  • Exclusive video tutorial
  • Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this dress
Sewing Level:

The Kauri Dress has been designed with adventurous beginners in mind. The tutorial is detailed with full colour photos and includes an exclusive video tutorial for creating the facings.

Adventurous beginners will learn or practice new skills such as bias binding (optional), inserted sleeves, gathering, pocket making and button holes. If you have some previous experience in sewing and feel confident in giving these skills a go, you’ll enjoy this thorough tutorial which will walk you through the process step by step.

The more advanced will appreciate the professional finish of the pattern (check out the inside of the bodice!), the front facing method and the versatility of the Kauri Dress.

Fabric Suggestions:

This dress has been designed for all seasons. Look for cottons, linens, flannels, corduroy, velvets etc.

Fit and Ease of the Kauri Dress:

The Kauri Dress pattern is perfect for all seasons and has been designed to be an evergreen pattern for your child’s wardrobe.

You’ll love the relaxed fit of the Kauri Dress, with enough ease through the chest to allow for lots of playing and exploring!

The pattern includes 3 sleeve lengths (short, mid, long) and a sleeve adjustment guide has been included on the pattern piece for a custom length sleeve.

This pattern has been created using Standard American Measurements and the sizing might seem different to what you usually buy in stores. Therefore, use the size the chart says you are to fit the chest, and if required, lengthen or shorten the pattern as needed.

Fabric and Fit Chart:

Additional Notions Required:
  • Co-ordinating sewing thread
  • 4 x buttons approximately 15mm (5/8″) wide
  • Scissors, pins, needle
  • Optional: 12mm (1/2″) wide double fold bias tape (optional for 2x seam finishes)
What You Get When You Purchase:

This is a PDF digital download. When you purchase through PayPal you will be emailed the digital pattern and tutorial. Save these to your computer.

These downloads will also be available in the “My Account + Downloads” section of this website when you are logged in. This is where the most updated version of your purchases will be and you can access it any time. In the future I may revise this pattern and slightly alter it. If you’re sewing in the future, check back for the latest version.

You can print the Kauri Dress pattern at home.

The digital pattern is 25 pages long in black and white, and can be printed on A4 or US Letter paper on your home computer and then assembled for use. You may want to only print which pages you need for your different styles, or choose which sizes to print using the “layers” feature when viewing the PDF.

You will also receive a comprehensive tutorial with instructions, photos and tips to guide you in your sewing of this garment. Please view this tutorial on your device or computer to save the trees, or if you must print, print in colour.

What’s a PDF?

A digital document viewable in Adobe Acrobat Reader (download for free here). You will be able to save, view and print these documents on your computer or device.

Returns and Support:

I am not able to offer returns on any purchase unless at some fault of my own, because this is a digital product and can be saved to your computer. Please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern!

In lieu of returns I offer comprehensive online support to those who are sewing! You can contact me on Facebook, Instagram and email, and you can expect a prompt reply! I will endeavour to help you in any way I can.

Get Sewing!

So, what are you waiting for? Create your own beautiful Kauri Dress with this pattern and show off your creations!

This is sewing pattern by Sophie Laughton-Mutu. Sewers and children around the world have tested this pattern. Please leave a review, or pop over to our Facebook page to show us a photo of your Kauri Dress!

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16 reviews for Kauri Dress

  1. rachelslimmon

    The perfect dress for fun and adventure. This classic dress is stylish but timeless and a great sew. The relaxed fit means tree climbing is still possible as well as tea parties with the fairies. With three sleeve options it’s the perfect base to be your creative canvas. Another well written pattern from Below the Kowhai with simple instructions and step by step photos to help everyone achieve a beautifully professional outcome.

  2. erin28casey

    I love this dress but more importantly my daughter loves this dress!! Such a lovely pattern, great easy to follow instructions and the end result is perfection. I am already addicted and see so many Kauri dresses in my future. Another winner from Below the Kowhai.

  3. Shannon

    Such a stunning dress, definitely going to be a staple in our wardrobe! The sleeve options make it suitable for all year round and construction is made so easy with such a well written pattern and instructions.

  4. Kathryn Denne

    Another great pattern by below the kowhai. Don’t be scared by the buttons and button holes. If you don’t have a one step button hole on your machine there are easy to follow instructions for doing them old school or you could always see if a friend’s machine does. It passed the dancing test which is very important in our house. I will be making more with this versatile pattern.

  5. hannahevans5

    If I could describe the perfect dress I’d love to make for my girls I would be describing this actual dress!! The fit, the sleeve options, the pockets! And the sweet details that make it so wonderful! My four year old loves the independence of the buttons at the front, and my husband even commented on them for our littlest wriggly 1 1/2 year old that the buttons at the front are perfect for dressing her too!! I cannot wait to make many many of these dresses, and feel like there are so many options for each season, all different fabrics and ideas!! The tutorial is so helpful and clear, would definitely recommend!! Happy sewing!

  6. gpmakes (verified owner)

    I loved making this dress and I also love the end result on my daughter! The construction of the dress is really simple, I love the facings in the bodice as they are easy and have a lovely neat finish. I found the sizing really accurate – I didn’t try it on my daughter at all whilst making it and it fit perfectly when it was finished! The photo instructions are really easy to follow if you need them and are definitely detailed enough for a beginner to work through. Absolutely perfect pattern and I have many more planned.. on to winter ones next!

  7. windsorwoollies (verified owner)

    Another lovely dress from Below the Kowhai with the usual high quality design and tutorial. I love that it is a great play style and can also be dressed up for special occasions. It has plenty of opportunities to put your own special touch on it each time you sew one, with those lovely facings and different sleeve lengths. My granddaughter has many more planned.

  8. jmvanderstar (verified owner)

    Loved sewing this dress, simple and clean lines, great fit and beautiful finishes, if you’re looking for something to re-spark your sewjo, this is your girl!

  9. Mary-Lynne Eason (verified owner)

    I love the classic style that can have so many looks based on fabric choices. The pattern pieces fit together well (I was truly impressed with the sleeves that fitted first try with no gathers or puckers) and it’s easy to sew. Directions are detailed and easy to follow, Thank you for a new “staple” in my pattern collection.

  10. Sharnti Hindmarsh (verified owner)

    Absolutely loved sewing this up. It fits perfectly with enough room to grow. Definitely a new fav

  11. melbrit82 (verified owner)

    Absolutely love this dress! Such a beautiful classic style, comfy fit and best of all my daughter loves it! Her favorite part is of course the pockets to keep her little treasures in! Thank you for such a beautiful dress that will be a staple in my little girls wardrobe

  12. briar_mcclelland (verified owner)

    I cannot say enough good things about this pattern. So straightforward with the inner facing part so you dont need to cut out a million pieces. Very clear instructions and would be a great sew for a beginner

  13. Jo Browning (verified owner)

    What a fantastic pattern! It is such an easy sew and all the pattern pieces fit perfectly! And you can make it as casual or dressy as you like with it being a very classic style! This is definitely a new favourite!!

  14. trishwagstaff (verified owner)

    An amazing patter that’s so quick and easy to make. Easy to follow instructions. Will be back sewing this pattern again very soon. Loved by the wearers as well.

  15. Emma Salis (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this pattern!! The tutorial was very easy to follow and the dress was fun to sew. I have made two winter dresses for my two daughters with long sleeves in corduroy and I will definitely be making lighter weight short sleeved ones before summer. Both my daughters (4 and 2) love their dresses!! Thanks for a great pattern.

  16. vinceandjess1 (verified owner)

    I just love how much scope there is in this pattern for such different styles! Especially with the different sleeve lengths. I have made one from light cotton and one from cord and they both came together beautifully. Simple and classic style. This was my first below the kowhai pattern and I’m so glad I took the plunge! I have tried online patterns before with no success but this was just so good I went back and bought two more! Very professionally done with easy to follow instructions.

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