Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns, especially chosen for tweens. These patterns go up to at least size 12, and aren’t too babyish for older girls.
Soleil Dress by Selvedge Designs, size 12 months-12
The Soliel dress pattern is sewn in knit, with exposed pockets and 2 bodice back variations. Shown here are lovely tester photos that really show the versatility and design options. The dress on the left shows how you can play with prints and colors for fun, original look. The dress on the right was made by Shawnta Sews, who does lots of awesome tween sewing on her blog!
Knotlin Nautical Dress by Blaverry, size 9 mos- to 12
This pattern is from the Anchors Away 2014 Nautical collection at Blaverry. With commercial grade techniques, Blaverry designs are for home sewists who make quality garments built to last. The Knotlin Dress features 6 sailor style buttons on the bodice with capped sleeves, and a slightly gathered, lightweight skirt.
Trendy Tunic by Love Notions, size 2-14
How sweet is the Trendy Tunic? It’s as comfy as a basic tee, with fun color blocking and must have pockets. This pattern even won over my tomboy!
Audrey Peasant Dress by Sig Creations, size 7-14
The Audrey Peasant Dress requires no zippers or buttons, so it’s perfect for beginner sewists. It would look great in a knit or woven fabric, and has 3 sleeve options. As your daughter grows taller, it can be worn as a tunic or a top.
Sis Boom Maddie Top & Dress, size 6/12 months- 11/12 years
Here’s a fun dress or top from SisBoom Patterns, which is known for excellent, easy to follow instructions and beautifully made PDFs. The Maddie Dress can be made with or without the flutter sleeves. Definitely a summer staple!
Texas Rose Shirtdress by Ellie Inspired, size 1-16
This is one of my favorite summer dress patterns for girly tweens! It offers long or short sleeves, which makes it a great dress pattern all year long. Also included is a pattern for ruffle pants, & a set of 18″ doll matching patterns.
Paris Tea Time Dress by Terra’s Treasures, 18 months-14
The Paris Tea Time Dress has a vintage 1940′s flavor, with cute shoulder ties, bodice details, and banded waist and hem. This tween sized pattern allows for lots of fun fabric combinations.
Sweet Bow Top & Dress by Patterns For Pirates, 3 months-14
The open backs have it this summer, and the criss-crossed straps on this dress are a fun take on that trend. The Sweet Bow Dress includes options for a small or mega sized bow.
Rio Racerback Tank & Dress by Peekaboo Patterns, 3 mos-12
The Rio Racerback Tank Dress (tank option shown) is sure to please older girls. A simple design makes this dress a quick sew, and it’s sure to be worn a lot. Use contrasting ribbing for a fun look!
Go To Signature Dress by Go To Patterns, 12 mos-12 years
The Signature Dress is a big duh for summer dresses. There are 3 lengths, 7 sleeve variations, 4 pockets options, and a hoodie. The capped sleeve maxi has been our favorite! I’ve never gone wrong with this pattern…in fact I think I could sew it in my sleep by now. Fast, easy, cute.
Hope you enjoyed my top 10 summer dress patterns! Be sure to check out my Tween PDF Pattern MasterList for more tween sewing patterns. Some patterns may contain affiliate links. Thanks for reading!