Jennifer’s Fabric Focus ~ Free “Leisurely” Dress Pattern

on May 10 | in Products, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 45 Comments

Jennifer Casa from JCasa *handmade shares a beautiful, free dress pattern today to fit all the girls in your life sizes 4-10! Each month Jennifer has a new project featuring one of our favorite collections from the shop. You can visit JCasa *handmade for more of Jennifer’s free sewing and knitting tutorials, and be sure to visit her shop too.

Did you miss any of Jennifer’s previous Fabric Focus patterns? Check out our Patchwork Notebooks and the beautiful Quilted Snack Set! Download Jennifer’s free Leisurely Dress Pattern PDF and enjoy today’s project.

Hello, May! This month I am delighted to offer a closer look at the Gypsy Garden fabric collection by Genevieve Gail for Windham Fabrics. The rich tones in this collection are some of my favorites, I love the variety of small and large scale prints sprinkled with bold stripes and polka dots, and the fabric weight is perfect for everything from accessories to garments.

As we transition to warmer weather and longer days, our schedules will thankfully become much more leisurely. Kids need easy clothes that can effortlessly transition from lakeside to the playground to a backyard cookout. In preparation for our days to come, I’ve put together a little number that will fit your girly for years and years. Mix and match a few great fabrics, add a few special details to each and in no time you will have stitched up her very own summer wardrobe.

I have paired a few of the Gypsy Garden fabrics together to create Leisurely, a summer dress for your favorite kiddo. For the basic dress, I paired Gypsy Blossoms (Gold) with Bird Stencil (Gold), a combination that can be dressed up or down. But I couldn’t stop there, oh no– These fabrics were really too hard to resist, the colors are intensely rich and the printing has such a great depth to it. So I went ahead and put together a second variation on the dress pattern combining Textured Stripe (Sapphire) with Gypsy Jewels (Sapphire) and absolutely love this color and print combination for this dress!

Set aside an hour to get your Summer started off in a Leisurely fashion – I hope you enjoy the pattern and have fun personalizing and customizing these dresses. And if you make anything with Gypsy Garden or using our free PDF pattern, please show off your creations in the Sew,Mama,Sew! Flickr pool. Enjoy and happy making! xoxo

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45 Responses to Jennifer’s Fabric Focus ~ Free “Leisurely” Dress Pattern

  1. Heather says:

    Absolutely love this! I am recently obsessed with smocking!!!!

  2. Gail says:

    I want so bad to make one of these dresses but I’m having a problem with the elastic thread. The material puckers nicely, but when I take it off the machine it doesn’t stretch. What am I doing wrong? It is supposed to stretch, right?

  3. Jenny says:

    Finally got a chance to make this, and it came out great. I had also never used elastic thread before. Found it at Hobby Lobby by asking one of the ladies in the fabric department. When I hand wound it, I found that it was somewhat stretched on the spool it came on, and so I stretched it just slightly as I wound it on the bobbin. When I sewed the fabric gathered slightly and then, as promised, when I ironed it it really puckered up like you would expect for smocking. It was magic! Hopefully I’ll get some photos up soon. And, hopefully, my daughter will like it ๐Ÿ™‚ I know I wish I could wear it!

  4. Jocelyn says:


  5. Jessica says:

    Very cute dress,and I would love to give it a shot, but I can’t get the pattern to open. When I click the link, only the first page will load, and when I right-click and download, Adobe says the file is damaged and cannot be opened.

  6. C. Michele says:

    how kind!

  7. ashley says:

    i love this! i’ve been seeing a lot of shirring lately and am loving it! i was hoping if maybe someone could help me though. i’m VERY new at sewing and want to try this project, so i was hoping if someone could show me an example of the elastic thread. maybe a link or further explanation. thanks, and again beautiful projects. and models! lol

  8. Dana B. says:

    Thank you for your inspiration! This is a super cute pattern. Thank you!

  9. Christine says:

    I LOVE the fabric!

  10. Sarah says:

    What a fantastic tutorial. We are heading into winter in this part of the world but I might have to make a couple of these for my daughters for next summer anyway!

  11. Valerie says:

    an adorable pattern for my adorable 5 yo great niece…i love the shirred neckline detail!

  12. happy says:

    Thank You for sharing this great pattern,

  13. Stephanie says:

    thank you!!

  14. Susan says:

    Exactly what I needed for the girls in my life – daughter and neice. Thanks. Plus love the fabric and colour combos.

  15. WHATUPDUCK says:

    Great little dresses! Wish I had a little girl to sew for. Mine are all grown up ๐Ÿ™

  16. Amy says:

    perfect! I’ve been looking for a simple sundress pattern and can’t wait to make it.

  17. Melanie says:

    awesome pattern! Too bad I can’t fit into little girl dresses anymore! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. liz says:

    love the vivid fabric, Not-pastels… perfect for summer. thanks for showing us these fabrics and thanks for the really pretty dress pattern.

  19. Jenny says:

    LOVE the pattern! And the dress name! And the fabric! And the models! Thank you, JCasa – perfect timing.

    I’ve never used elastic thread, so two quick questions before I get started: When I hand-wind the bobbin, do I stretch the thread at all or try to avoid stretching the thread? I assume I use regular cotton thread on top, or elastic there, too? Any other hints? If you’ve answered these somewhere else already I apologize. Thanks for your help!

  20. Ramona says:

    Such cute dresses and I love the fabric.

  21. Those little dresses are absolutely adorable! What a nice surprise to see my fabrics tonight on your blog- thank you SO much! That is the coolest thing about designing fabric- seeing what all of you creative peeps come up with! รขโ„ขยฅ

  22. tracy_a says:

    lovely! thanks!

  23. heather says:

    Love it! So cute and functional!

  24. Mama Lusco says:

    So cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  25. Heidi says:

    What a great little dress.

  26. ~Helena~ says:

    Those are cute, thanks for sharing.

  27. Nic says:

    Great little pattern – if I start now, I should have it done by spring here (in the southern hemisphere)! Nic : handprinted fabric

  28. Those dress are really adorable….But not sure that I would be able to make the elastic waist bands….reading the instructions makes it sound pretty easy though.

  29. love it and want to make it!

  30. Jilly says:

    How cute! Can’t wait for hot summer days. Need one for the mama’s.

  31. Kaye Prince says:

    Gorgeous! Genevieve is so talented and I love reading her blog; she actually sent me some pieces from her Flower Bucket collection and I love it! I think that big flower print used here is my absolute favourite from the new collection.

  32. Sara says:

    I really like this fabric now too–so thanks you got me addicted!! Just kiddin’ thanks for the fabulous idea here!

  33. Kelli says:

    Wow, this is so cute and just in time because I am looking to make some summer clothing this week for the family! I can’t wait to see this on my little girl. Thanks for your generosity!

  34. gigi says:

    adorable!!! thanks so much!

  35. Cute dresses like that make me wish I had a little girl (in addition to my adorable little boy. :))

  36. Christine says:

    That is so beatiful! So vivid.

  37. Katrina H says:

    Thanks for the pattern!

  38. Margie Bennett says:

    Sweet little dress & that fabric is gorgeous!!

  39. sookhyun says:

    thanks for the cute pattern!

  40. malka says:

    Very cute dresses and they’re perfect for those fabrics!
    Where did you find such cute models? ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. laura says:

    Just what we need! Thanks Jennifer!

  42. Betsy M says:

    Wow, thanks. I need to take some time and get a bunch of dresses like this made before it starts getting hot.

  43. DebbieKL says:


  44. Rachel says:

    I have never seen this collection before, but I really love the rich tones. Reminds me of my ever-favorite Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner. I’ll be checking this fabric out!

  45. Ruth Tillman says:

    What a great little sundress. Thanks for sharing!

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