Easy Summer MuuMuu: House-dress Tutorial and Free Pattern.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and PatternAs much as my girls love the beautiful prints on cotton dresses, they will typically gravitate to the the easy on-and-off of knit. They are independent young women on the go and just can’t be bothered with buttons and ties. Here is a dress that combines the beauty of cotton with the ease of stretch, in the form of an elastic neckline. The MuuMuu (or house-dress) has never looked so cute.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and PatternI can’t help but wonder if I could pull this off in grown-up size.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and PatternRead on for the free printable pattern and step-by-step tutorial.

For this pattern you will need 1.5 yards of cotton or linen fabric like this Clare-selected Anna Maria Horner Field Study Linen, Domestic Cat Aqua and 22″ – 1/4″ elastic.

1. Print out the pattern at 100% and piece together as shown on first page. Fits most 3-6 year olds (approximately 30-40lbs) * Click here for printable pattern.*

For Reference Only – click link in text for full-size pattern

2. Lay the fold of the dress panel on the fold of the fabric. Cut 2. One for front and one for back.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

2. Cut 2 sleeves with fold of pattern piece aligned with fold of fabric.

3. cut 3 – 2″ strips of fabric at 12″, 15″ and 18″, which will be the three tiered layers on the front.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

4. Hem one long edge of all three strips 1/4″ and 1/4″ again. Although challenging with linen, a narrow hem foot would be helpful here.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

5. Starting right above the arm holes, position your strips. The bottom of the bottom strip should hit at no more than 4.5″ down from the top of the dress because you want the strips to overlap about 1/2″ each.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

6. For the top strip, lay the strip, right-side-up under the top of the dress with top edges aligned.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

7. Sew along the top edge with 1/2″ seam.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

8. Wrap strip up and around front and press flat.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

9. Create a casing for the elastic by sewing a straight line through all layers 1/2″ from top edge of dress.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

10. Using a zig-zag stitch with a wide stitch width and tight stitch length, sew each of the bottom two strips to the dress.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

Set front aside.

11. Hem the edge of the sleeves with 1/4″ + 1/4″

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

12. Cut 2 – 5″ lengths of elastic and 2 – 5.5″ lengths of elastic. Using a pin, run one of the 5″ through the casing on the front of the dress.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

13. When the elastic is pulled through and the fabric is gathered to accommodate, sew each end, through all layers 1/8″ from edge of casing. Note: your seam will not show the front of the fabric as seen in this photo, we made an adjustment for the final tutorial.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

14. Create casings along the top of both sleeves and the back of the dress by folding 1/8″ under and then 1/2″ down. Stitch in a straight line along the very bottom edge of each casing. Ignore seam on back panel.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

15. Repeat step 13 on the remaining 3 sides with 5″ piece at the back and 5.5″ pieces at the shoulders.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

16. Where the sleeve meets the dress, start at the neck and line up the elastic edge. Start with a few front & back stitches to secure and then sew straight down arm hole. It’s OK if the end doesn’t align. Make sure the ends of the front strips get sewn into the arm seam.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

17. Fold the seam towards the front of the dress and sew down flat through the front of the dress with several back and forth stitches, creating an approximately 120% degree angle at the neckline.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

18. Repeat on other three sides.
MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

19. Now that the dress is folded in half and almost looks finished, let’s sew the side seams. Align the bottom corners of the sleeve as shown below and starting with a few back-stitches, sew from there, all the way down the side seam in a straight line to the bottom corner of the hem.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

20. Cut off the edge. Finish your edges with a serger or pinking shears if desired.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

21. Hem the dress as desired. We did 1/4″ and then 1.5″ on this one.

MuuMuu Easy Kid Dress Sewing Tutorial and Pattern

The girls are already begging to pick out more fabrics for a Summer wardrobe of this staple dress. Try one and let us know what you think!

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47 Comments

monica

Very cute! I will have to test this one out, I’ve been wanting to make a little peasant dress, just for that elastic neck reason. And the flare of this is so sweet on this little cutie! Thanks :)

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Kris K

Why did you do the neckline with the four different pieces of elastic instead of one piece of elastic like in your peasant shirt tutorial?

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Jacinda

You could make this dress with one piece of elastic after sewing the 4 pieces together. It will just have more of the scoop neck, than the square neck, and you will have to attach the ruffles differently than we did here, ie folding the front hem backwards. If you use a heavier fabric like this linen, it might be easier to do the elastic in separate sections than working all the way around. Of course, making the peasant dress instead is still a wonderful option!

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Lisa

Pleeeeeease play around with making a grown up version. I only have a son, so no little girl to make all these gorgeous dresses for and NEED to make this.

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Jacinda

Thinking about how this can be flattering. Stay tuned, cuz I want one too.

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Lisa

The main issue would be boobs looking shelf-like. Hmmm, wonder if belting it may make a difference. I’m tempted to start cutting up old sheets to see how it would come out.

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Lily

This dress looks lovely! If I were to make this for a 2 year old, any idea approx. how much I should reduce the pattern by when printing it out?

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Jacinda

You want to create a similar shape as the pattern based on a dress that fits the child rather than a percentage reduction. Try one w cheap fabric first, like an old sheet!

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Gail

I love this muumuu. When I try to download the pattern, the pdf is empty.
Can you give me suggestions so I can download this pattern? I have at least one granddaughter who will love it. Thank you.

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MammaNene

What about seam allowances? From your pattern pics seems to be included, but, how wide are those on side seams? Maybe I’m getting blind, but I can’t find this info through the tute…
Thank you,
MammaNene

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Caron LeMay

Love. This. Dress. I’ve made TWO so far!

I made the dresses for my daughter and her best friend; with slight difference in details: chest ruffle and an under-skirt on one, sash and an under-skirt on the other.

It’s such a fun pattern to play with! Thank you!

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Elaine Howard

I love your patterns and the ease of following the instructions. Thank you very much for taking the time to do these.
Elaine

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Susan

Very cute. Any suggestions on how to make it for a child’s size 7? Where should i add to make it larger? Also what are the seam allowances?

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Jacinda

Hi Susan-
It’s a very forgiving pattern. I would just increase based on a dress that fits the kiddo. The seam allowance is approx 1/4″-1/2″

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Sarah Helene

WHAT A FAB COLORFUL & UNIQUE PRINT FABRIC for your little girl’s MUU MUU! LOVE her pose on the FIRST photo! THANKS for the detailed 21 steps in your tutorial with sharp photos. Excellent sewing. When she wears this summer dress, I’m certain she gets many “second” looks! Versatile pattern — love the 3-tiered ruffles for the bodice, elastic neckline & raglan cap sleeves. Sarah in Minneapolis

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Margje

Hi

I love this dress! And it looks easy and quick to make. I’d like to make quite a few for African girls (donation). Does the pattern fits 3-6 years fits all? So no special sizedifference?

Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Love from Holland!

Margje

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Jacinda

Hi Margie-
The pattern fit a 3 & 6 yr old in my household. If you would like to size up or down, I would just adjust the pattern based on another dress in the target size. Love that you are making this dress to donate. Send pics!

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Eva

Correction of spelling = Mu’umu’u
Dress worn by pacific islanders such as Hawaiians, Samoans, Fijians, etc

p.s great design material :)

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mom2pekes2

Thank you for the free pattern. Have some light weight cotton jersey pink with hearts already for this pattern. Believe I will add a fusible material for just a bit of added body to the ruffles since I plan to make it with the cotton jersey. Can barely wait until I have the time to make one for my great-granddaughter. Yes, I would sew all four pieces together first then thread the elastic through. Beautiful model! Great pattern.

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Jeanna

I can’t seem to find the pattern. It tells me to read the tutorial and get but not finding the link. Love the dress wanted to try to put one together this weekend. Any help would be great. Thanks

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Karen

I also can’t find the pattern. Same problem as above. It looks as if Step 1 is missing as the tutorial begins at step #2.
And Thanks for the pattern.

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KChu

Thank you for this pattern. Made it for my daughter and love how quick and easy it was to put together. What’s perfect about is as she gets taller she can wear it as a tunic with leggings. This one will last for quite a while. Thank you again. I definitely will be making many more!!!

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JUDY MAZZARI

OH THIS IS SO CUTE I HAD TO GO HUNT DOWN THE FABRIC. GOT SOME I HOPE IT’S THE SAME.ONLY IT’S PURPLE NOT BLUE. I THOUGHT IT WAS KNIT BUT THE UPCLOSE PHOTOS LOOKS LIKE A COTTON IS IT?? I LOVE IT…

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