• BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress embroidery sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • BellBird Dress sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai

Bellbird Dress

(31 customer reviews)

$16.00 NZD

Children’s sizes 12/18m – 8 *PDF Digital Download*

The Bellbird Dress is a vintage style silhouette, with statement sleeves, or sleeveless variations.

Includes pockets for treasure collecting and an embroidery template and tutorial.



This pattern and tutorial will guide you step by step through the process to create your own Bellbird Dress.

You’ll love the loose fit for easy playing, and the bell sleeves that gather at the wrist. Or, go sleeveless for summer. Also featuring inseam pockets and an embroidery template and tutorial.

The Bellbird Dress has been created to wear in winter with a top underneath for warmth, or, go sleeveless for twirls in the summer. Whichever you choose, its fully lined and comfortable for your little one to wear and play in.

This pattern is beginner friendly with simple techniques and closures, and a comprehensive instruction tutorial.

  • Instant PDF download
  • Children’s sizes 12/18m – 8
  • Bell sleeves with elastic cuffs or sleeveless
  • Inseam pockets
  • Lined bodice
  • Loop and button closure on back bodice
  • Free embroidery pattern and tutorial
  • PDF includes: A4/Letter, A0/Copy shop, Specialty projector file
  • All pattern formats include size layers
  • Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this dress!
Sewing Level:

The BellBird Dress has been designed with beginners in mind.

You’ll love the enclosed seams in the bodice, the easy button and loop closure (no button holes or zips!). The instructions are detailed in each step along with photos.

The more advanced will appreciate the option to gain some new skills and have fun with the embroidery tutorial and pattern!

Fabric Suggestions:

For summer: Cottons, voile, lawn, linen and linen blends, chambray and light denims etc

For winter: Upholstery weight cottons, corduroy, velvet, drill etc

Fit and Ease of The BellBird Dress:

The Bellbird Dress has been created for playing in so there is plenty of ease already included in the pattern. Its been designed for a loose fit (enough for a top underneath it for winter), and we think you’ll love the bell sleeves that gather at the wrist.

Use the chest measurement to determine what size your child is and if required, lengthen or shorten the skirt as needed.

Fabric and Fit Chart:
Bellbird Dress Measurement Chart
Additional Notions Required:
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Elastic 1-1.5cm (1/2″)(or smaller) in width (length supplied in tutorial) for sleeves
  • Thin elastic (rolled or flat) for button loop. 5cm / 2 inches.
  • Safety Pin / bodkin (for threading elastic)
  • 1x medium sized button
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. If you’re sewing in the future, check back for the latest version.

Pattern formats available with purchase:

A4/Letter to print and assemble at home: 19 pages long in black and white with size layers.

A0 Copy Shop: 1 x A0 with size layers you can email to your local copy shop printer, or save it on a flash drive and take it to them to print.

Specialty Projector file’s include all the things you love about projector sewing! Unfolded pattern pieces, directional placement, large lines, moveable area and calibration grids, just to name a few features!

You will also receive a comprehensive digital 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!

What’s a PDF?

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

Returns and Support

Because this is a digital product and can be saved to your computer, 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!

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.

Returns and Privacy Policy

Start sewing your BellBird dress today and show me your progress and finished results in our Below The Kowhai VIP Community, or on Instagram @belowthekowhai 

Additional information


A0/Copy shop Pattern, A4/Letter Pattern, PDF Pattern, Projector Pattern


Embroidery Patterns, Sewing Patterns



31 reviews for Bellbird Dress

  1. Laura Hooton (verified owner)

    A lovely timeless pattern, modernised with the addition of pockets. I love how this pattern is versatile to suit your style and a great pattern to have in your collection….I am already imagining many different combinations to make!

  2. scottandmelthompson

    Such a sweetly styled dress and LOVED the addition of pockets. If I can make this pattern as a complete beginner, then anyone can! The pattern and tutorial were straight forward and easy to follow with the addition of many extra tips and photo prompts. Thanks Sophie for a great project to launch me into sewing, I’m so pleased with the result! 🙂

  3. Alaina Sims (verified owner)

    This pattern is easy to follow, and the final product is just stunning. The embroidery and pockets are a lovely touch as well. This has quickly become my daughter’s favourite dress. I sewed the sleeved version for winter, but I’ll definitely sew up another one without sleeves for summer.

  4. Emily Smith (verified owner)

    I loved sewing this!! Instructions were easy to follow with lovely photos to help guide me along. I made a sleeveless version & fell in love with the no zip or buttonhole opening at the back. My daughter loves wearing the 2 I have made her so far!!!

  5. Jenny Young (verified owner)

    I’ve recently completed my second BellBird dress (the first time I sewed a sleeveless size 1, and this time a size 6.) I love the classic beauty of the design and was impressed with the easy to follow instructions. The fit is spot on too. I also really enjoyed the added bonus of the optional embroidery, and found the instructions and pictures so helpful for that too! Thanks for making such a lovely pattern.

  6. cassiejanewells (verified owner)

    Such a beautiful and easy pattern. I am a beginner sewer and it was all so easy to follow. Thoroughly enjoyed creating the Bellbird dress for my daughter and will for years to come.

  7. gnf.jones (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for making such a great pattern! I am a pretty simple sewer and this pattern was awesome! The dress turned out great and I’m so proud of it! Thank you again!

  8. helenjamesnz (verified owner)

    I wasn’t going to buy this pattern, I told myself we didn’t need it … but so glad I did because it is just beautiful, even with my sewing (lol) and using checked cotton flannel it is so gorgeous and drapey and perfect for winter and I am totally going to make a few for summer as well. The embroidery is extra lovely as well, such a rewarding thing to have made and even though I hadn’t embroidered since childhood I now want to embroider all the things. Thank you for your amazing patterns!

  9. kylie.rick (verified owner)

    A fun sew with some techniques I hadn’t used before (lined bodice! Such a lovely finish).
    The sleeves and relaxed fit make it feel so whimsical and sweet!

  10. Melissa Kelly (verified owner)

    A very pretty dress and easy to make. I would like to see the pattern updated to allow for layers / specific sizes to be selected when printing.
    I also wasn’t a fan of the raw edges left on the lining and how the lining wasn’t attached to the dress everywhere – I would either change the construction of the bodice or sew the lining to the skirt and finish with bias tape for a cleaner finish.

  11. Deirdre Bennett (verified owner)

    First attempt at the Bellbird Dress. Love it and learning from mistakes 🤪 Wondered why the back bodice wasn’t working quite right then realised i cut the front and back on the fold. The sleeveless version wasnt meant to be sleeveless either but love the result.

  12. rachelslimmon (verified owner)

    I recently used the Bellbird to make a sister set of 3 dresses for our family photos. They were perfect.!!!. I love the drapey sleeves and the perfect bodice fit. I find it a little too short for my tall girls, Fine for summer, but I like to add a little extra length for winter.

  13. Juulsoofhandmade (verified owner)

    Just made my first BellBird dress and I’m in love.
    It’s looks so beautifull and comfortable and my little girl didn’t want to take it off. My oldest already requested a tunic length BellBird.
    As expected of BTK the pattern is very well drafted and the tutorial is perfect and easy to follow. Love the extra embroidery pattern and tutorial that’s included.

  14. Deborah Riddler

    This is an excellent pattern! I would say I’m an adventurous beginner, and until I sewed this I had never attempted sleeves as I always thought they’d be too difficult. The tutorial was so helpful and I found the entire process really enjoyable. The added embroidery is also so worth doing. If you’re unsure about this pattern, just buy it and enjoy it – it’s fabulous! My daughter loves her Bellbird dresses.

  15. Marieke Brugman (verified owner)

    One of my favourite BTK patterns. I love it that you can make a sleeveless summer version (which you can wear in winter with some nice woolies underneath) and a long sleeved one. I love the embroidery suggestions too. The tutorial is very good, lots of details.

  16. kwaples (verified owner)

    I have just made this dress for the first time and it’s absolutely fabulous. The bell sleeve are my favourite part and they look amazing on, the looser fit is perfect for my active girls and for layering on extra cold days. I would definitely recommend this pattern and I can’t wait to sew my next one.

  17. mippsterk (verified owner)

    Love this sweet pattern! The directions are easy to follow and provides a very finished product. I made the sleeveless version for a nice summer dress. The projector file is one of the best I have used!

  18. Mel Straka (verified owner)

    I had looked at this pattern for a while, I liked the overall style but felt a little too voluminous. I tested the update and loved the alterations that were made, I found the chest measure was bang on for getting the right look. It also looks amazing as tunic length if you adjust for height.
    The way the bodice was enclosed was new for me, I hadn’t come across it in other lined patterns before. I initially couldn’t picture the construction method but following the steps as outlined it worked perfectly. I’ve had several people ask if there is an adult version because they liked it so much.

  19. Iemke Moore

    I LOVE this pattern! The projector files are soo well done! The instructions are clear and easy to understand! And the dress is gorgeous!!

  20. sabrina tukadi (verified owner)

    Love this pattern easy to follow and perfect for embroidery

  21. nbostin (verified owner)

    I love the shape of this dress for my girls and they find it so comfy to wear! The update with the lined bodice and long sleeves is very well written and means the finish on the inside is amazing too! I’m looking forward to making matching short sleeve versions for summer also!

  22. kirsty

    This is the ideal dress for layering if you go for the sleeveless version, taking it from summer to winter. The bell sleeve version looks beautiful and polished and is the perfect winter dress. The instructions are easy to follow, my 9 year old was able to do most of the sewing himself, and he’s super happy with his new dresses.

  23. Fiona Phanpho (verified owner)

    This dress is beautiful to sew. It’s a simple pattern and the tutorial is easy to follow with step by step pictures to help beginners like myself. The finished product is super cute and very satisfying. With all the variations and additional feature tutorials, this dress is versatile for Summer or Winter and you can style it your way. I’d recommend this pattern 100%.

  24. Sharaine Talip (verified owner)

    I loved sewing the Bellbird dress! It is such a gorgeous design with such attention to detail and yet so simple to whip up you can do it in a weekend. One of my favourite BTK makes of all time. The newly released pattern and instructions make this pattern even better value and so versatile for all seasons. I’d recommend this pattern to adventurous beginners and advanced sewists alike!

  25. bypaary

    Where do I begin? It’s an outstanding pattern! So carefully crafted. The sleeves are a huge plus point for this dress. Sophie walks you through the entire tutorial with great precision. This pattern also comes in a projector file, which I absolutely love!

  26. Sew.Exhausted (verified owner)

    The bellbird dress is such a lovely pattern, with a professional finish. With the recent update, the construction is so simple and straightforward too. It’s such a timeless classic and looked amazing when I made it recently for my daughter’s birthday.

  27. Kenneth Wujek (verified owner)

    As a new sewist, I really enjoyed this pattern and found it easy to follow and very fun.
    I picked up a few fundamental new skills that I’ll use for many future garments.
    I highly recommend this dress pattern and can’t wait to try more BTK projects.

  28. cloverandcofabrics.com (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful pattern, perfect for my wee threenager. As an intermediate sewist, it was a pleasant surprise to learn some new skills. Can’t wait to make more!

  29. Jenn Powell (verified owner)

    I’m a relative newbie at following patterns, but this was a breeze, love the step by step tutorial with pictures to follow along. Stoked with how the dress turned out, can’t wait to make another one.

  30. Lydia Wood (verified owner)

    This pattern was great to sew, easy to follow instructions & I made a winter dress in cord fabric for my 5.5year old and she loves it. Such a lovely style, easy to wear and “so comfy”. The sleeves are so fun too. Can’t wait to make more of this pattern.

  31. Charlotte Bayliss (verified owner)

    I LOVE this pattern! The vintage silhouette is so beautiful and so wearable. The sleeves make this dress a real show stopper! I like the option of making it sleeveless too. It feels like 2 patterns in one!

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