Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns (with tween sizes)

Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns (with tween sizes)

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.

Summer Dress Patterns (with tween sizes)

Soleil Dress by Selvedge Designs, size 12 months-12

Soliel Dress from Selvedge Designs | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

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

Knotlin Nautical Dress from blaverry | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

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.

The Knotlin dress is no longer available. Click the link to see all the current dress patterns available at Blaverry.

Trendy Tunic by Love Notions, size 2-14

Trendy Tunic from Love Notions | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

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

Audrey Peasant Dress | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

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

SisBoom Maddie Top & Dress | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

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

Texas Rose Shirtdress by Ellie Inspired | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

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

Paris Tea Time Dress from Terra's Treasures | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

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

Sweet Bow Top & Dress from Pirates For Pirates | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

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 

Rio Racerback Tank & Dress from Peekaboo Patterns | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

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

Go To Signature Dress from Go To Patterns | Top 10 Summer Dress Patterns

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!



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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Melissa

    Thank you so much for posting the Tween patterns!! You’ve listed sites I have never heard of. So happy!!

  2. Gina

    You are a busy little blogger!! Cute round up!! I am amazed by how many different pattern makers there are. You always find 1 or 2 that I haven’t heard of! Thanks for doing this, it makes for a fun, useful, info full post! :)
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