Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It

Sometimes I’m drawn to a pattern because of its versatility, and sometimes I’m drawn to a pattern for its intricacies. Today’s Origami Dress is one of those I love for its detail and uniqueness.

Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It

I had this idea floating around, so I began trying to draft something beautiful. The only problem is that I’ve never drafted a pattern before, and something with so many darts and intricacies was a little challenging.

Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It

But I love the results. I used these gorgeous Art Gallery prints from the Cultivate line for my Origami Dress, but I also think this pattern would be stunning in solids so the darts stand out on their own without the need for trim.

Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It

The Origami Dress pattern is for a long-sleeved dress with a lined bodice and is a size 5-6. It doesn’t have any closures, and just slips on over the child’s head. I’d say this is an intermediate pattern. All seam allowances are 3/8″ unless otherwise stated.

Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It

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Instructions:

  1. Download the Origami Dress Pattern and then tape and cut out the pattern pieces.
  2. Cut pieces from fabric using the pattern pieces and also cut two 18″ x 36″ rectangles for the skirt. Transfer the pattern markings onto the front bodice.
  3. For the front bodice, start with the first dart (marked on the pattern piece) and fold in the direction of the arrow. Press your dart, then repeat with the second dart.Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It
  4. If you’re adding trim to the folds, sew the trim as close to the folded edge of the dart as possible.Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It
  5. Turn your bodice over, and sew a presser-foot’s distance from the folded edge of the dart like in the photo below. We’re defining the dart but leaving space so you still see the folds on the front side.Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made ItHere’s what the front looks like when you flip it over again (with all the darts complete).Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It
  6. Repeat for the third and fourth folds. The third fold is not symmetrical, so the fold on the back of the bodice won’t be completely straight. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for these last darts. (Also, there may be a place where you need to trim excess, but I have tweaked the pattern to line up better since this photo was taken.)Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It
  7. Baste around the edges of the front bodice where your darts are to secure the darts.
  8. With right-sides together (RST), sew the front bodice and back bodice at the shoulders. Press open seams. Repeat for lining.
  9. Lay your bodice and lining RST and sew around the neckline. Then notch your curves or use pinking shears on the seam allowance. Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It
  10. Flip your lining to the inside, and press your neckline. Topstitch around the neckline. (And..different fabric for the rest of the tutorial. Ha!)Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It
  11. Pin your sleeve to the armhole (armscye) of your bodice making sure the center of the sleeve aligns with the shoulder seams. Sew them together, and finish your seams. Repeat for the other sleeve.Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It
  12. With RST, sew up the sleeve and down the sides of the bodice in one seam pivoting at the armpit. Repeat for the other side.Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It
  13. To make the skirt, place the two rectangles RST and sew or serge both of the short sides (18″ sides) together to get a tube. I usually also serge around the bottom of my skirt at this point (as you can see here) but you can do it at the end too.Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It
  14. Sew three lines of basting around the top of your skirt and gently pull the ends to gather your skirt.Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made ItNow turn your skirt inside out if it isn’t already.
  15. With the bodice right-side out, place it inside your skirt so the raw edges are together (and right sides are together). Pin your skirt in place making sure the side seams of both your bodice and skirt are aligned. Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It
  16. Sew your skirt and bodice together. Then flip it right-side out and press your seam up and check your gathers to make sure everything looks good. Then topstitch around the bodice.
  17. Hem your sleeves and skirt, and you’re done!

The Origami Dress is a gorgeous dress with straightforward construction and beautiful results inside and out. Give it a twirl!

Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It

I love the way the trim helps the Origami Dress shine and the details pop. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Free pattern for this adorable Origami Dress from Mabey She Made It

Download the Origami Dress Pattern

 

 

38 Comments on Origami Dress with Free Pattern

  1. Love the look of this dress!! I signed up for your newsletter and confirmed my e-mail this morning but haven’t seen an e-mail with the link to the pattern. Does it take a while to process or did I miss something? Would love to make this for my 5yr old, perfect for our cool winters :)

  2. Hi!
    I tried to download the dress pattern. It it keeps bringing me back to the top of the tutorial page. Would you be willing to email it to me?
    Thanks!
    Amy

    • Hi Amy, I’m guessing you are trying to download on a tablet or phone. These work best on a desktop, but if you are using a tablet/phone go to the bottom of the page and choose the desktop view and then it should work for you. The pop ups don’t like the mobile site.

  3. I am unable to find the Oragami Dress with Free Pattern via Mabey She Made It.
    Where can I locate the pattern download? Thank you.

  4. Mtl Qc Friday, October 26 2018
    Bonjour
    This is a beautiful dress. Unfortunately the download free pattern is not working.Is the pattern still available. I would appreciate if there is another way to download your pattern.
    Merci
    Yolande

  5. I have been trying to download this pattern , Origami Dress, and have had no luck. I have tried on my Tablet, Laptop and PC but with no luck. Could you please email it to me as it would be perfect for my grand daughters. Thank you.

  6. Hi! It’s a beautiful dress and I would love to make this for my daughter, but I am also having trouble downloading it. Would you please email it to me as well? Thank you very much!!

  7. Like the other ladies I love this dress but am unable to download it can you please email it to me thank you in advance Cheryl

  8. I know I am late getting to this post. I love this dress and pattern, but the download button will not do anything. I am on a desktop. Is it possible to get this pattern? I would love to make it for my 6 year old granddaughter’s birthday in April. If you can email it to me, please send to pbnana310@gmail.com. Thank you sooo much!

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