Banksia Play Dress by Fresh Stitch Patterns

Hurrah!  Another pattern has been released by Fresh Stitch Patterns.  I jumped at the chance to test these patterns as they are so well designed, user friendly and provide classic staples for your little ones wardrobe in sizes 12 months to 8 years.

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The Banksia Play Dress comes with multiple options for bodice, straps and skirt, meaning you could sew this dress several times over and never have it look exactly the same making it great value for money.

Bodice detail

For this version I chose the flutter strap, bib bodice and banded skirt and used some Disney Princess fabric from spotlight as a base to draw colours from.  I used a decorative blanket stitch on my machine to outline the bodice.

Bodice detail 2

As I have reviewed here previously, Fresh Stitch patterns are one of the easiest PDF patterns to tape together and follow.  Kylie puts a huge amount of effort before releasing the pattern to ensure it is just right and actively uses testers recommendations and suggestions.  The pattern tutorial is easy to follow and encourages beautiful finishing which can really lift your home sewn item into something special.  A confident beginner could tackle this without worrying, the instructions are so clear.


Though this dress is a great summer dress and works well in cotton weights it is also well suited to layering and being made in a light-weight denim/chambray or corduroy, add some tights, a long sleeve top and a cardy and you are well set for the cooler months.  In spite of it being Spring here we have had some pretty windy days hence the wind swept look in the photos.


The Princess was rather taken with her dress when we went to feed the ducks and pukeko and spent quite a bit of time twirling her princesses, all the while singing and dancing.  I know this dress will be in heavy rotation at Kindy in the coming months, I have some Wonder Woman fabric to make up another soon I just need to find the right co-ordinating fabric.

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The pattern can be found here and here on sale at $1.50 for a limited time (today only) no coupon required.  If you are looking for a dress with options you can’t go wrong with this one at that price.

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