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)
- PDF includes: A4/Letter (to print at home), A1 copy shop version, and Specialty Projector File. All PDF files are layered for individual size printing.
- 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.
The A1/ Copy shop file (1 page) can be sent to your local printer.
The Projector File can be used by projector sewists.
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!
sabrina tukadi (verified owner) –
Great dress, easy sew and looks so cute!! Will make many more😍😍
erin28casey (verified owner) –
Such a sweet little dress, easy to sew and easy to wear! Can’t wait to make more….
flighty.girl (verified owner) –
A simple, classic pattern, but as usual with Below the Kōwhai, it’s the details that make it look so professional. Easy to sew and to fit. Beautiful for summer, but my daughter has also worn hers in winter with a long sleeve underneath.
Lovely little summer dress that would be fun for anyone from complete beginners to advanced sewers. This is such a quick sew – easily done in under an hour for an experienced sewer. I can see many more versions and hacks on my sewing to do list! As with all BTK patterns, well drafted. ❤️
Sally Stevens –
Another gorgeous pattern from Below the Kōwhai! This pattern is a quick, but satisfying sew that produces such a sweet dress for Summer. Lots of love for this one!
Lucy Maybank –
Clear instructions, beautiful finishes and an easy dress for my little lady to wear, another great BTK pattern.
Roxan Bungcayao –
Love this pattern so much! I made my little girl with the shoulder ties and she is living in it. I used a rayon fabric that had a good drape and the dress turned out lovely. It is very beginner friendly and thr instructions are easy to follow. I’ll be making more of this!!
Lyndie Brown –
This dress is a favourite!! So easy to make, and really quick too. I love the little tie details – will definitely use this pattern again and again!
I love this dress, and so does my granddaughter. The pattern is well-done, with beautiful details that take it well past the average PDF that looks homemade instead of handmade. This one turns out as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside, just as a great pattern should look. I put a second one in the mail to her just today, and I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of her in her newest Korora dress.
This is such a delightful dress to make, it whips up very quickly and easily and the finishing touches make it look so professional! Really adored making this one.
Jess Cullen (verified owner) –
I really enjoyed making this. I made it for my friend’s daughter and she loved it. It took me ages to make but it was my first go at bias binding, and I wanted it to be really carefully made for this gift so I think it’ll be a lot quicker next time. I’ve got plans to make a lot more of these 🙂
Anna Cunningham –
Adorable wee dress for hot summer days, would be lovely as a Christmas nightie too. Sweet and simple sew that looks fantastic on a little girl, also very versatile and hackable for unique garments. I love the instructions in this pattern, I learnt a lot of tips and tricks that massively enhanced my sewing skills for future projects.
June Vann (verified owner) –
I’ve had this delightful pattern since it was first released and have made quite a number of them for my four granddaughters. It’s a wonderful sew, really quick and easy, yet the finished result belies the simplicity of the make. I’ve made both styles (tie strap and tie front), many sizes, and I’ve made a few with double depth ruffles, which I really love. The tutorial, as always with BTK, is excellent. I’ll be making many more of these, for years to come ❤️