• Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
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Pōhutukawa Dress

(8 customer reviews)

From $13.87 USD

Women’s sizes 6-24

The Pōhutukawa Dress is a classic shift dress with simple chic design lines.

With this pattern you will be able to create your own handmade wardrobe with its many variations.

PDF Pattern
Digital file emailed and stored in your Below the Kōwhai account for future use. Includes files for pattern to print at home, A0 copy shop pattern and instructions.

Paper Pattern
Pattern printed on quality pattern tissue paper with full colour instruction booklet and pattern envelope. Flat rate shipping worldwide.

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Description

The Pōhutukawa Dress is a classic shift with simple chic design lines.

This pattern features short, mid or long sleeves, with optional sleeve and hem ruffle, inseam pockets and waist tie. The versatility of this style shines with its variations.

Go floaty and casual in summer, or sew with long sleeves for winter. Use a woven cotton for a structured look, or a rayon fabric to create a drapey silhouette.

This pattern includes a complete colour photo tutorial to guide you through the creation of sleeves, pockets, waist tie and ruffles. It will result in a professional finish while being suitable for beginners and sewists of all experience levels.

A pattern adjustment guide has been included to guide you in common adjustments you may wish to utilise for a custom fit.

This dress is versatile and chic! You will love your new Pōhutukawa Dress!

Pōhutukawa is the Māori name for a beautiful flowering tree, native to New Zealand. It grows along the beachy coast lines and flowers brilliant crimson blooms in the heat of the summer, New Zealand’s Christmas time. Often referred to as our Christmas Tree. It reminds us of summers spent at the beach and is the inspiration behind this dress.

Features:
  • Instant PDF download of pattern and full tutorial OR printed paper pattern and instructions
  • Women’s sizes 6-24
  • Short, Mid or Long sleeve length variations
  • Hem ruffle
  • Sleeve ruffle
  • Waist tie
  • Inseam pockets
  • Common pattern adjustment guide
  • Exclusive access to resources page for additional tutorials
  • A0 copy shop version (requiring 2 printed A0’s), or print at home, or paper pattern shipped to you
  • Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this dress
Sewing Level:

The Pōhutukawa Dress has been designed with adventurous beginners in mind. The tutorial is detailed with full colour photos and includes a pattern adjustment guide to create a custom fit.

Adventurous beginners will learn or practice new skills such as darts, gathering, facings and pocket making. 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 sewist will appreciate the professional finish and versatility of this pattern and the ability to play with variations.

Fabric Suggestions:

Look for light to medium weight fabrics that can be easily pressed to create nice edges.

Main Fabric: Light – medium weight cotton, chambray, poly cotton, linen, rayon, sateen, tencel etc.

Look for fabrics that drape / hang nicely.

Optional: Small piece of iron on interfacing for facings.

Fit and Ease of Dress:

The Pōhutukawa has been created to fit well around the neck, shoulders and bust (including darts for shaping), and a loose hanging fit around the waist and hips.

When you are choosing what size to create, measure around the bust (the fullest part of bust). Use the bust measurement to determine what size you are in this pattern.

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

This pattern has been created for a B-cup. This is not your “bra cup” size. It refers to the difference between high and full bust. Click here to learn more about cup size.

Fabric and Fit Chart:

Pohutukawa Dress sewing pattern measurement table

Additional Notions Required:
  • Small piece of elastic for button loop
  • Small button
  • Thread, scissors and pins
What You Get When You Purchase:

This pattern is available as a PDF digital download or printed paper pattern.

PDF Pattern

Digital file emailed and stored in your Below the Kōwhai account for future use. Includes files for pattern to print at home, A0 copy shop pattern and instructions.

These downloads will also be available in the “My Account + Downloads” section of this website. This is where the most up to date version of your patterns will be and you can access them any time. In the future I may revise this pattern. If you’re sewing in the future, check back for the latest version.

You can print the Pōhutukawa Dress pattern at home. The digital pattern is 48 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 can choose which sizes to print using the “layers” feature when viewing the PDF.

You can print the Pōhutukawa Dress at a copy shop. There is 1x A0 file included in the PDF download. There are 2x A0 pages within this file that will both need to be printed.

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.

Paper Pattern

Pattern printed on quality pattern tissue paper with full colour instruction booklet and pattern envelope. Shipping worldwide. Click here to view our shipping and delivery information.

What’s a PDF?

A digital document viewable in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader. You will be able to save, view and print these documents on your computer or device.

Returns and Support

Your computer saves this digital product. Therefore, I am not able to offer returns on any purchase unless at some fault of my own. So, please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern with your 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.

Get Sewing!

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

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

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8 reviews for Pōhutukawa Dress

  1. liz.spencer

    I really enjoyed making this comfortably styled dress. The comprehensive tutorial guided me through each step. I hadn’t made any bust adjustments before but using the recommended guidance it was surprisingly straightforward & this is a new skill I can now use to adapt other garments. I’m very happy with my new dress & will definitely making more.

  2. anna.hopper

    I’m absolutely in love with this dress, and so glad the size range has gone up so I can wear these beautiful clothes. As always the tutorial was so easy to follow and with the included links to bust adjustment and sway back adjustments was really easy to fully customise it to fit me well. I’m a confident beginner but have hesitated to customise patterns in the past but never again, I’ve gained so much confidence with the tutorials easy to follow guidance. I can see myself wearing this loads over the summer and without the ruffles and longer sleeves it’ll make a great tunic to wear with leggings in the autumn. This is one pattern that I know will be used a lot as it’ll look different with the various of sleeve lengths , ruffles etc.

  3. lizzyj_m

    This pattern has everything I look for in easy-wear clothing: bust darts so it fits nicely, not too fussy or tight…and POCKETS! It’s so comfortable to wear, and with the waist tie I have lots of options for how to style it. I made mine in rayon so it drapes beautifully, and the ruffles flip as I walk – perfect! This was such a satisfying sew – I can see more of these in my future.

  4. Julia Warren

    Oooo I love this dress! The options are endless with ruffles or not, long sleeves, short sleeves or midi sleeves! And there is even a tutorial on how to sew this up in knit fabric – something I am excited to do. I made mine with a heavy cotton and its lovely to wear with the perfect fit around bust and shoulders. The ruffles swish nicely and the waist tie can either clinch it in for a fitted look or leave it behind for a floaty version. I can see myself making many more Pōhutukawa dresses.

  5. Josie Durney

    Absolutely beautiful pattern. Easy to follow instructions. I love the versatility and how many different dresses you could create.

  6. taliavanderwel

    This dress was wonderfully easy to sew and fits beautifully. The sleeves were a dream to set in and the pattern comes together nicely. I’ve made it twice already! Once in a drapey pink for formal wear and another in a lightweight cotton with no ruffles—perfect for casual wear. This dress will get miles of use! Already making plans for more.

  7. ej_garnett

    The Pohutukawa dress pattern taught me so much in terms of how to do full bust adjustment and to lengthen a pattern for my height. I was really happy with the final outcome and it was worth all the extra work of making the pattern right for my body shape. I definitely recommend taking the time to make these adjustments if you need them! The instructions are really clear as is typical for all BTK patterns. It is so nice to be able to sew for myself after mainly sewing for my daughter.

  8. rachelslimmon (verified owner)

    A beautiful dress with a classic fit! I adore the ruffles and can imagine it in many different fabrics. Another fabulous tutorial from BTK and suitable for all sewing abilities.

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