Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern is here!



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The Geranium Dress is a sweet and incredibly versatile dress pattern that includes two views. View A features flutter sleeves, a gathered skirt (top or dress length), with an optional notched neckline and an optional patch pocket. View B features faux cap sleeves, a pleated skirt (top or dress length) with side-seam pockets for sizes 18-24 months and up and an optional cutout neckline. Both views feature a lined bodice for a lovely finished effect. See all pattern options



Materials Needed
Woven fabric (see yardage chart below)
lightweight fusible interfacing
3 buttons or snap for back closure



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Geranium Expansion Pack sewing pattern

The Geranium Expansion Pack is an add-on for the original Geranium sewing pattern. Multiply your Geranium options with “GXP!”

The Geranium Dress was featured on on my blog in the following posts:
Polkadot Dress (pictured above, far left)
Geranium Dress (with bunnies) (second from left)
Mini-Washi (fourth from left; includes separate sleeves which have now been incorporated into the View B bodice pattern piece)
Dark Linen Dress (center)
Birthday Dress* (fourth from right)
Oh What a Busy Day Top (third from right)
Voile Dress* (second from right)
Ric-Rac Baby Dress* (far right)
Almost here: Geranium Dress!
Geranium Pattern Tester Fabulousness
*note: These versions feature trim; a tutorial for adding trim to the Geranium Dress is here

adding trim to geranium

67 thoughts on “Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern is here!

  1. Fabulous! But sadly my little girl is not so little (turned 5 Wednesday and is already in a 7). Any chance that it’s easy enough to lengthen that this beginner could do it? Or perhaps a tutorial for lengthening?

    • Awesome and so very cute! I would snatch it up in a heartbeat if only it came in a larger size 🙁 My almost five year old is also in a size 6. Hopefully this will become available in larger sizes soon because it is fantastic!

  2. I love this little dress/shirt but also my daughter is a size 6-7, but is fairly petite. I wonder too if I could just lengthen the dress and keep the bodice size as a 5?

    • Hi Jennifer!

      There is not a huge width difference from 5 to 6 but yes you might need to lengthen it…the armpits are fairly roomy so you could add some length to the bottom of the bodice and the skirt. Definitely make a bodice muslin first though if you think you want to give it a shot! Or wait for a larger range…though I’m not exactly sure when that would be. 🙂

  3. Oh Rae….this is awesome! Love it! So adorable and I love all the options. I know my girls will love it as much as I adore my Washi! Big hugs to you and wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! xoxo

  4. woot! I’ve been keeping my eye out for a cute pattern like this! we already love your flashback tee, I’m buying this for myself for Christmas!

  5. Adorable!! But I am with the others who would like to see this in bigger sizes!! My 9yo daughter still loves dresses and I would love to keep her in sweet little girl dresses for as long as she loves them!! Any chance you could offer this in sizes up to 12? Thanks!! And keep the great patterns coming!!!

  6. You don’t know how long I’ve been admiring the sweet dresses and tops you’ve made your daughter and hoping you’d come out with a pattern soon. I love all the versions you’ve made and the testers did lovely work. I’m going to buy now and hopefully make at least two next week. I’m so excited 😀

  7. Ahhhh!!! I will be buying this tomorrow. I still have this strange fear of patterns, and have only used your flashback tee, so I am thrilled to see this. That notched neckline has me all giddy. Oh, Rae, thank you from the bottom of my little novice sewers heart who loves your pdf’s because they make me feel as if you are there holding my hand through the whole process.

  8. I love it! It is exactly the sort of pattern I’ve been looking for! I’ve already almost finished one and will be cutting out the next today. Super simple and quick to sew.

  9. i was all set to buy it and then saw the range is only through 5:( i’d be happy to pay a bit more for a wider range… usually when i sew for my girls i like to do matching styles, so sadly i’m going to pass on this super cute pattern for my 3 and 6 year olds:(

  10. Woohoo, congrats on getting this pattern out into the world! Such a great one. I need to get my post up…dang Christmas, cutting into my blogging time. 😉

  11. I too would like to see it in larger sizes. I have an almost three year old (size 3T) and a just turned 5 year old (size 6 currently). I have to pass on this until you can get it up to size 10…. but it is really cute!!! Good job!

    side note: It is very VERY hard to find modest and cute dresses in the stores for girls that are over the toddler size range. When they turn to a size 6 all of a sudden things start becoming more “adult”. I don’t like it. I’m trying to keep my girls looking like girls for as long as I can. I’d love suggestions for cute patterns in the larger sizes.

    • Figgy’s Sunki dress is good for more modest girls’ clothes, while still being pretty modern.

      Also, have you checked out burdastyle? There’s a lot of good basic stuff there; the instructions aren’t great but the patterns are cheap and generally well-styled.

  12. Bummer that it only goes up to 5T…This is such an amazingly cute pattern. My daughters are sz 6 and 10…wish for a larger size, but understand you don’t have endless amounts of time..congratulations on such an adorable pattern!

  13. Adorable! I would also echo the hope for larger sizes. I sew for my nieces, ages 6, 7, and 8. They are skinnies, though (the 6yo measures a 3T in Oliver + S patterns for instance) so they might be able to fit into the 5, lengthened. It would be helpful if finished measurements or child’s body measurements for the sizes were listed. At least I think they weren’t, from what I could see? I’ll probably buy the pattern anyway!

  14. I agree with the ladies above: please make it in larger size. I have a 7yr old and make dresses in 7 or 8. It is such a lovely looking pattern.

  15. I love this little dress and I have a granddaughter that will fit the pattern. I love the dress on the model in the maroon tights and brown boots. The dress has polka dots all over it. I just love that material. It’s bright and pretty. Thank you for having this contest.

  16. So cute! I came over from CINO’s post on her latest version – adorable. I have a special fabric stashed away that I’ve been waiting to find the perfect pattern for. Any idea how much yardage View A in size 4 would take? I’ll also echo the others who have begged for bigger sizes!

  17. So excited to purchase this pattern but don’t think a 5t would fit my almost 6 year old. Would love to see it in a little bit larger size. I love my Washi Dress, the pattern was so well written and easy to follow. Crossing my fingers for a bigger Geranium. Thanks!!

  18. Love the pattern! I’m wondering how you would suggest finishing the skirt with pockets since it seems impossible to press them open & serge.

  19. This pattern is great! Easy to understand and sew. So far I’ve made a 3-6 month size. Love it! This one is definitely going to be a favorite for many many years. Thanks!

  20. I want this pattern, but my girl is a size 6 going on 7. Any chance you will release it for bigger sizes? I may get it any way. I love it! Really lovely!

  21. Is it possible to buy your geramium dress pattern in printed form rather then PDF form?

  22. I always love your fabric choices!
    This dress is PERFECT for my baby gift project for a friend,
    thank you for the free 0-3m pattern.
    I shared the link via pinterest in my blog, with full credit and direction to this site 🙂

  23. Darling!! But I’m with some of the others, I need it in a bigger size. I’m just not skilled enough to attempt to fiddle with the pattern myself.

  24. Rae, I love this dress. I have bought several of your other patterns. I always like your patterns because they aren’t complicated. I made this for my daughter who is 4 and petite. I made the 5T but it was tight around the bodice and too short around the bodice as well. I fiddled with the pattern and made it larger to fit her. I followed the pattern as copies (checking the 1″ measurement). I cut in the pattern lines (didn’t add extra yardage). Also, why add button holes after adding the skirt? Would it be easier to make button holes before you attach the skirt? I hate button holes! Nother very nice pattern, Rar!

  25. I would definitely purchase this pattern if it came in larger sizes. My daughter is 5 and a half and I don’t think the Geranium would look so great on her 2 year old brother! Please, please, please can you release this pattern in sizes 6 to 10.

  26. This is the best dress I have ever made my little girl! And I have made many dresses for her. This one is amazing. I will make her a few more but she is almost 5 and is in a growth spurt. They won’t fit very long. So I am going to echo the pleads above for this pattern in a larger size. Pretty please. 🙂

  27. Hi, can you give any information about the amount of fabric needed for a few sizes? I am very interested in this pattern, it looks very sweet. And knowing the genearl fabric requirements would help.

    Thank you for producing such great patterns.

  28. Hello,

    Any possibility to get information about the yardage needed before I buy? Specifically thinking about a 3T size dress.

    Thank you!

  29. Made it for my daughter (robot fabric) and my niece (elmer the elephant fabric) and have plans for many many more. Love this pattern so very much. Can’t wait to add my photos to the flickr pool. 🙂

  30. Hello Rae-I have several of your lovely patterns including the Geranium dress pattern. I haven’t sewn it for quite a long time and I have written on the pattern “skirt is 5/8 inch too narrow so add to this” and I have no idea what I meant now! I vaguely remember there was a correction with the pattern I think?
    Could you please let me know if there were any corrections to the pattern?
    Thanks so much Rae.
    Kind regards
    Julieanne x

    • Hi Julieanne,

      Unfortunately I don’t remember the exact modification that we made to the pattern, but we *did* send an updated skirt pattern to EVERYONE who ordered the original version of the pattern — please check to see if you opened and saved that update to the skirt pattern pieces; it’s been such a long time that I’m not sure I’m going to be able to figure out the exact change for you at this point!

  31. Is it possible to buy this pattern in the united kingdom? I really love the pattern and I am really looking forward to using it , many thanks

    • Hi Angela – – it’s just available as a PDF, so you can buy it anywhere you like, and print it at home. 🙂

  32. I made this using the free 0-3 month pattern for my 10 week old baby girl but the dress wouldn’t fit over her head! Do American sizes come up smaller than uk sizes or does she just have a huge head!?!

    • Hi Samantha — it’s not supposed to pull over the head — did you make the back with a button opening?

  33. I’m so in love with your site; I’m teaching myself to sew and your tutorials are phenomenal. I’m wondering, though, if I should bite off this project as a novice sewer. How complicated would you rate it?

    • Hi Emma — you should try it! I’d rate it as an ambitious beginner pattern, and there are tons of pictures to help you along. 🙂

      • Ok! I decided to try Dana’s simple skirts for Easter, and they look adorable. So on to the Geranium dress!

        Thank you, a million times, for your blog. I wish I’d just paid attention to my mom but now I have you!

  34. I love this pattern and have already made 2! I have been trying to start sewing with knits and was wondering if you thought this pattern could be made with knits!

  35. Hi Rae,
    I’ve been admiring your work for quite some time and have just purchased Geranium which is going to be the first piece of clothing I ever make. So exciting 🙂 I’ve looked through the pattern, and it is so incredibly well written.
    I only have one question, not on the pattern itself but kind of a general one. What do people usually use for the lining? I guess it’s especially important when you sew clothes for kids.
    I know it’s a (stupid) newbie question, but the opinions found on the web are so different.
    Do you have any advice on this? Or maybe you have already written about it?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Xenia — everyone has different ideas about what to use for lining, so once you’ve tried a few different things, you’ll start to figure out what you like best! I usually use a lightweight cotton such as voile or lawn. Use a print if you want a fun contrast, or a solid to keep things simple. happy sewing! 🙂

  36. Hi Rae!

    I was just wondering if you might be adding a tutorial or pattern expansion on how to add long sleeves to the Geranium Dress. I have used this pattern 4 times now and absolutely LOVE it. Really hoping to make some for this fall/winter for my toddler!

    On a totally unrelated note, I’ve read that you love visiting Fields when back in West Michigan, so I thought I’d pass along there’s a newer (opened 5-6 months ago) modern shop in Grand Rapids. It’s called Sewn Studio and is located on East Paris. Totally worth checking out!


  37. I am in LOVE with this dress. I made two (one for each of my daughters) and I can’t wait to make another version. So cute and so easy to understand the directions. Thank you, thank you for such a great pattern!!! All of the different options… 🙂 I posted them on my blog!

  38. Hello! I purchased the paper version of the pattern, and am stuck in the cutting out of the skirt for View A. Is the Back Skirt simply the same pattern piece as the Front Skirt, just not cut on the fold? So, I am also wondering, is the note on the pattern for View A on using the upper portion is just for if you are doing View A as a shirt?

    • Hi Amie,

      We offer support for the patterns over email but not in comments. I will try to send you an email as soon as I can. In future, just send an email — you’ll get a much quicker response!! Thanks!

  39. Are you sure you can legally charge a fee for people selling something they’ve made from your patterns? I’ve heard on Craftsy people doing that, I think it was on the sew together bag. The census was that it is not legal to be charging. Legal advise was sought. Copying your pattern and selling it is one thing. I’m not trying to create a problem…just curious.

  40. I am with all the others in that I love the pattern but need it in a 7. My great granddaughter doesn’t wear very many dresses but I’m sure that her Mom would go along with this one. It’s about the only one I’ve seen that I could make for her with any confidence it would be put on her. But I couldn’t get her into a 5.
    Please, please, make a bigger pattern for us sewers that can’t enlarge a pattern ourselves.

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