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girl’s dress (milly-molly-mandy)

shev | Posted in Patterns on

I want to sew my little girl a dress like milly-molly-mandy’s (a children’s book character). it is striped, and looking at the pictures, the wide stripes on the bodice always match the stripes on the skirt. this isn’t essential, I guess, but my daughter can be pedantic!

any ideas where I can find a pattern for a girls comfortable (cut full) dress that uses one piece for bodice and skirt?

many thanks,


  1. Cherrypops | | #1

    Do you have a bodice pattern And a skirt pattern in her size, similar to the Milly Molly Mandy dress layout?

    I have used this technique when wanting to produce a CutFull piece.

    - Lay both flat on table/cutting board.

    - marry up the waist on the skirt to the bodice.

    - alter where needed between bodice and skirt.

    - trace around whole pattern.

    - you will now have a full dress pattern.


    Lengthen a round neck t-shirt/ blouse pattern (if using wovens), flaring out the skirt.

    Hope this can work for you too.

    Cherrypops (austraila)

    1. shev | | #3

      thanks for replies!
      I will post a picture when it's done, but don't hold your breath! I have a lap quilt to start and finish by next month before I even wash my pink striped fabric... :)thanks for the good ideas,

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    Becky-book | | #2

    It is very rewarding to be able to sew for our daughters and give them dresses not available in any store!

    I was not familiar with this character so... Google it... and find a cute little girl!

    As you work out your design for your daughter remember- it is possible to draw illustrations that can not be exactly re-created in cloth!!  see the drawings of MC Escher for example!  In some of the drawings she is wearing a belt over the dress and the skirt looks fuller at the hem, in another drawing (a side view) the dress seems to have NO side seam!  If you take a shirt pattern and lengthen and widen it the side seams in striped cloth will meet in a V shape.

    We love to see pictures here, so post one when you are done please!!


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