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The BellBird Dress

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


Childrens sizes 1-8

A modern take on a vintage silhouette, The BellBird Dress is perfect for playing and picnicking in!

Featuring a free embroidery pattern and with or without bell sleeves, you can make this dress your own!

Pockets included for treasure collecting.

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The BellBird Dress has been created with childhood in mind.

Try making it out of a heavier weight fabric to create a perfect winter-time dress, or go sleeveless for twirls in the summer. Whatever you choose, its fully lined and comfortable for your little one to wear and play in.

She will love discovering her new dress has pockets and thinking of all the treasures she can store in there.

This pattern is beginner friendly and has no scary bits! You’ll find the button and loop closure so easy, and theres no button holes or zips to worry about. Yay!

If you’re wanting to try something new, have a go at the beautiful flower laurel shown in the photos. The neckline of The BellBird is perfect for showing off some stitching and you’ll find the pattern and instructions included.

There’s also full instructions, step by step photos and support to make The BellBird Dress dress.

  • Instant PDF download
  • Children’s sizes 1-8
  • Inseam pockets
  • Lined bodice
  • Loop and button closure on back bodice
  • Bell sleeves with elastic cuffs or sleeveless
  • Higher neckline perfect for embroidery
  • Free embroidery pattern and tutorial
  • Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this dress!

BellBird Measurements


This is the first sewing pattern by Sophie Laughton-Mutu. It has been tested and tried by sewers and little people around New Zealand. Please leave a review, or pop over to our Facebook page to show us a photo of your BellBird!

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4 reviews for The BellBird Dress

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    (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!!!

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