The Last Minute Frock GROSGRAIN GIVEAWAY!!!! (with bonus pattern and tutorial in post) CLOSED.

November 20, 2009

So you have 30 minutes before you have to pack your daughter in a minivan and get to school and she has nothing clean to wear.

Do you turn your laundry basket upside down, find the least offensive thing and spray it down with Febreze?

Do you throw a dress in the washing machine and arrive 10 minutes late and semi-soggy? You're a resourceful gal. You know your way around a pair of scissors and a sewing machine. Why, you whip up a new outfit of course.

Now before you scoff I will admit that there are a few caveats. First, in order to do this dress in 30 minutes you should know how to sew fairly well. You should know how pieces fit together.

But the neat thing about this pattern is that there are only two pieces to the body, not including the ruffle on the collar.

The third caveat is that the belt must be something that you already have from a previous outfit. If you want to make the belt it will tack on an extra 15 minutes.

The fourth is that this must be done with a knit fabric. Knit fabrics are very forgiving. If you don't have your measurements precise you can pull the fabric to suit your needs. PLUS, no need for a zipper.

Download the Pattern here. You must print the file on multiple sheets and tape them together. NOTE: I took a second look at the PDF I posted. And it was smaller than my original. 12:49pm Tuesday: Original pattern linked, double checked and correct measurements. However, it is not broken down into separate pages as for some reason this shrinks the pattern.

I made two sleeve length variations. For longer sleeves cut to the longest line for shorter sleeves cut to the shorter line.

First, cut 2 pieces on 2 folds of fabric. You should now have two separate pieces. REMEMBER, be sure to cut the fabric so that the stretch is across the waist NOT VERTICAL with it.

Take one of the folded pieces and cut on the dotted line of the pattern. Discard extra sleeves. I'll refer to this piece as your smaller piece. Open the larger piece and sew the hems (ends) of the sleeves.

Now, take the larger piece and sew each arm at the seams by folding the dots down to meet each other. Remembering to sew with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Start at hem and stop at the dots on the pattern.

Then sew the smaller piece to the larger piece, matching the shoulder seams and left and right sides of the dress.
Finish by hemming the skirt.

Take a very long, approximately 2 yards by 4" piece of matching fabric and gather it in the middle. Sew it to the neckline. Voila, you're done!

If you want to also create a belt I would recommend cutting a 2 yard by 4" piece of knit fabric. Fold it in half lengthwise so that you have a belt 2" x 2 yards. With wrong side facing out sew the long 2 yard side. Turn inside out. Iron. Done.

I'd say this dress would fit a 3-5T.

If you'd like to win this dress just link to this post either using the 'create a link' at the bottom of this post or
simply creating a post on your blog and including this link.

If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link at the top. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post.

If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.

Update!! While creating a link is still the only requirement for entering a giveaway, leaving a comment along with your link makes it much easier to find your entry. This is mostly due to the fact that blog roll links often show up in my search for entries and can be difficult to sort through.

69 {comments}:

Monica said... Best Blogger Tips

Aww, how cute! What a great idea!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I've actually done that for myself before (sewn something because I didn't have anything to wear). I love the color combo in the this too!

Always, Hannah said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the perfect dress for "those" days! I created a link.

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress! I wish it came in my size. :) I posted it on my (private) blog. Please feel free to email me at for an invite.

Leah said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked.

kara jayne said... Best Blogger Tips

i created a link...and your amazing.

crazygoodlife at gmail dot com

Bethany said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress. I also linked

Amber Bockman said... Best Blogger Tips

love it, and I want to make one for myself! I linked!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

i linked! You inspire me to keep trying as I learn to sew.
jadrysdale at gmail dot com

Elle said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a cute little frock!

I'm hosting a fun monogram card or Christmas card giveaway, drop by my blog to enter!

Grace Wong said... Best Blogger Tips


Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked :) And I'm totally looking forward to this pattern! So cool!

MamaArcher said... Best Blogger Tips

Very, very cute! I linked!

Mel said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute! My four year old would love it!

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

What a pretty dress, oh and I linked you.

noreen said... Best Blogger Tips

so sweet

mistyeiz said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, so simple and yet so cute! thanks for the giveaway.. :)

Nuts To You! said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! Apparently I still need to hone my skills because I don't think 30 minute would cut it for me!

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked, can't wait for the tutorial!

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm totally download challenged. I went to the link and it only downloaded 1 page? What am I doing wrong?

Hollie said... Best Blogger Tips

SO cute - I linked!

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

I just uploaded a much smaller megabyte version. Please try it now.

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

It worked. Thanks!

katididit said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable! I linked! Love your blog.

Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips

I voted for your green's so cute :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

i linked :) gorgeous dress!

Alecia said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked. What a CUUUTE dress!

whtmtnmom said... Best Blogger Tips

Two of my girls would fit in this adorable simple dress and they both LOVE purple!! And I need quick easy patterns to help use up my slightly obsessive fabric stash that is spilling off the shelves.

Gwen said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked it ... hope it was okay to share your picture on my blog too. I'll take it off if you don't want it there. But I totally love this dress, and have two girls that fit into that size range. I need more free time so I can try to do it myself. :) (It will take me more than 30 minutes, I'm sure).

Here's the link:

Val said... Best Blogger Tips

So darling.

The Studes said... Best Blogger Tips

YOu seriously make me laugh... who else would think hmmm I have timet o make an outfit before school!! really cute BTW!

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

Oooooh, I love it so much I did a post on it! Thanks for the chance!


Courtney Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

so beautiful! my fingers are crossed!
i linked

Mama Lusco said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome! thanks for the pattern. I'm linked :)

Tsu Lin + + said... Best Blogger Tips

Most gorgeous!! I really love this. You made it look effortless.

I would love to have it for my daughter but that would be hogging because my daughter is only 2.5T :)

Good luck to everyone else.

joolee said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! My daughter would LOVE this dress. I linked up to my blog here:

Kimberly said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the pattern. I made it up last night and it was super easy. However the sizing seems off. I don't know if maybe I did something wrong, but the armholes and neckline were waaaayyyy too small for my 5yo. I doubt if I could fit my 18mo's head into the dress. Maybe size wise the pattern is more for a 2t-4t?
It's still super cute so I am going to make adjustments to the pattern so I can get one that fits her. Thanks!

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

I took a second look at the PDF I posted. And you're right it's smaller than the original version I drew up. It might have been when I tried to cut up the pages into separate sheets. I uploaded the original version I took home from the printer. It's only 5 MBs but it is not broken down into separate pages. However, I double checked it and it is exactly the measurements of the pattern. I'm so sorry for this oversight. I'm posting this on the main page for everyone to see. Thanks again for bringing this to my attention.

Toddlin' with Timmy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is way cute! It would look super cute on my little grand daughter!


Kara said... Best Blogger Tips

You are just so talented! Thanks for the tutorial. I love the colors of this dress. I linked at:

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

Brittney said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable, and would fit my little girl!

Jinii said... Best Blogger Tips

OK so adorable and would totally work with our color scheme for family pictures. I am linked.

indywriter said... Best Blogger Tips

Linked you here:

Can't wait to try this one... even though knits make me nervous.

Susse said... Best Blogger Tips

Wo0w, this is cute, I would love to win it ;-)

Mrs. S said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to win this....especially so I can figure out what I did wrong! So cute. Thanks for putting time into this and sharing with everyone!

Myshell said... Best Blogger Tips

Link Love for you!

Anne said... Best Blogger Tips


Lynn said... Best Blogger Tips

The dress is really cute, but 30 minutes?

I'd be teaching my daughter to use the washing machine, or make her wear dirty clothes!

That's just me, the woman who let her children be late for school if they overslept.

(and they only did it once; teasing by classmates is a big deterrent!)

H Everett said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress and my daughter would too. Now if I can just figure out to link.

Well done on the design.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Would you mind elaborating on the ruffle on your last minute frock? Looking at the pictures it doesn't look like you have raw edges, so did you sew it, flip it, and then gather? Am I missing something else?

I've made the rest of the dress and so far it is darling! My niece refuses to wear anything but dresses so this is a perfect dress for school!
My email is ashley.whipple {at} if you need it.

poor said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice frock.The last moment move was not too bad.A nice giveaway after all.I love the design of the frilly frock.

~ Doreen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the pattern and tute. Here is my version:

DJ Rose said... Best Blogger Tips

The link to the pattern is broken
Can it be fixed?? It is soo cute and I have tons of knit lieing around.

bethany said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this pattern-thank you so much for sharing Kathleen!! You are awesome! I blogged about it here (not for the giveaway, just because it's so fabulous!!)

bpetersen said... Best Blogger Tips

Is there away to get a copy of this pattern still? I would love to make it for my little girls for an upcoming wedding. It is absolutely adorable!

Please let me know via email at if possible!!

Thank you!

mellly said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi there, I've also found that the link to the pattern is broken. Is there any chance that you might bbe able to update to a new link? This looks like exactly what I've been looking for!

Made by my Mum said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, do you still have this pattern on your computer somewhere? Because I love this dress. It would be nice to create such a dress for my girl this christmas. Love your site!!!!

(you can also email me

Thanks in advance!

meghanelizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

Can I please have the pattern too? I want to make this so badly!


stacey said... Best Blogger Tips

this dress is adorable!!! i would love a copy of the pattern too! do you still have it? would you email it to me also? thanks!!

Anna Bland said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh please may I have this pattern? As many have said, the link is broken. My email is

Thanks! Love it!

kirsten said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Kathleen,

I'm a long time follower (lurker) but I'd really love to get my hands on this dress and upsize it for my eight year old. Is it possible you still have it and could send it to me?

kirstenmanning at msn dot com. Thanks!

kirsten said... Best Blogger Tips

I'd really love to have this pattern. I've been following your blog for some time and yet I've never seen it. Silly me! Thanks if you can.

kirstenmanning at msn dot com

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I m starting with sewing and this dress seems to be a good one to make first and my daughter loves it.
Do you still have the pattern? ( I hope I hope I hope...)
If you still have it and agree to share it with me, can you please send it to me to

Jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the dress. I tried to get the pattern but it said "file no longer found". If you are still sharing, I would LOVE to have it. I need to make tons of stuff for my daughter before she starts Pre-K this fall! Thanks:

Jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the dress! I tried to get the pattern pieces but the link is not working. If you are still sharing I would LOVE to have it. I NEED to make tons of new stuff for my daughter for Pre-K! Thanks:

Stfnyl said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress too !!! but is not available... so if somebody could send me this pattern and tutorial, I should be very very very happy !!
this is my email :

Ethan and Moriah said... Best Blogger Tips

If you're still sharing, could you please email me a copy of this pattern? I just love the dress!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, I just found this dress on Pinterest but the pattern link would not work. I need to make a fall dress for my niece and her birthday is in 2 weeks. Are you able to email it to me?

Thanks so much!

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