The Kororā Dress is floaty, breezy, and perfect for summer time play! It’s a simple silhouette with professional and neat finishes that you’ve come to love from Below the Kōwhai sewing patterns.
This sewing pattern features two variations. Choose from bows at the shoulders or on the front of the dress.
Kororā is the Māori name for the Little Blue Penguin, the world’s smallest penguin. Native and protected, they spend their summers in the ocean and come back to nest at the end of the season.
Pronounce Kororā like “Core-Roar-Raah” in English.
We know you’ll love this timeless design that is so easy to wear and style.
- Instant PDF digital download
- Children’s sizes 1-10
- 2 variations (shoulder bows or front bow)
- Layered pattern so you can print chosen size lines
- Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this dress
The Kororā Dress has been designed with beginners in mind. The tutorial is detailed with full colour photos and step by step process walking you through the construction of this garment.
Adventurous beginners will learn or practice new skills such as bias binding (single and double fold, depending on your chosen variation). 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, and the options to create your own binding and level up with french seams.
This garment is intended for spring and summer wear.
Light – medium weight cotton, chambray, lawn, linen, rayon, viscose, voile etc.
Fit and Ease of the Kororā Dress:
The Kororā Dress sewing pattern is perfect for spring and summer wear. It has been designed to be a play-ready favourite for your child’s wardrobe.
You’ll love the floaty fit of the Kororā Dress, with enough ease through the chest to allow for lots of playing and exploring! The hem has been designed to land at the knee.
The pattern includes 2 variations, with the ability to adjust the strap length and bodice width.
This pattern has been created using Standard UK Measurements. 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 dress pattern piece as needed.
Fabric and Fit Chart:
Additional Notions Required:
- Co-ordinating sewing thread
- Scissors, pins, needle
VIEW A (bows at shoulders):
– 1m (1 1/8yd) single fold bias binding (12mm (1/2”) width)
VIEW B (bow at front opening):
– 30 cm (12”) single fold bias binding (12mm (1/2”) width)
– 1m (1 1/8yd) double fold bias binding (12mm (1/2”) width) (this will be visible on the finished garment)
What You Get When You Purchase:
This pattern is available as a PDF digital download.
Digital file emailed and stored in your Below the Kōwhai account for future use. Includes files for pattern to print at home and instructions.
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 them 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 Kororā Dress pattern at home.
The digital pattern is 9 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 Reader (download for free here). You will be able to save, view and print these documents on your computer or device.
Returns and Support:
This is a digital product that can be saved to your computer. Therefore, I am not able to offer returns on any purchase unless at some fault of my own. Please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern, and you have used a correct email address!
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.
So, what are you waiting for? Create your own Kororā Dress with this pattern and show off your creations!
This sewing pattern is by Sophie Laughton-Mutu. Sewists and children around the world have tested this pattern. Please leave a review, or pop over to our Facebook VIP Community to show us a photo of your finished Kororā Dress!