Free Sewing Pattern – The Allie Dress

So last week I shared with you my creation as part of the Hollywood Sewalong . The inspiration was the wonderful and tear jerking chic flick The Notebook and I chose the iconic bikini as my source of creativity. The only issue being, and I know I have mentioned this many times already, there was no way I was being pictured in a bikini for my blog.

I had the idea to make a few tweaks and turn it into a dress – perfect for the impending summer which I know is just around the corner.

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I knew I would have to make the dress from scratch, pattern and all, and what use is making a pattern and not being able to share it with people? Hence resulting in a busy month or so of drafting and redrafting, digitizing and photographing.

To see more pictures of the full garment click HERE

So today is the day that I can finally release it as a FREE PDF download for you to print off and use for yourself.

Notebook Dress

Click below to download the pattern:

The Allie Dress (2514 downloads)

The Allie Dress Instructions (1712 downloads)

Or check out my Craftsy Account where you can download this pattern and more.

You can also click HERE for the Patch Pocket pattern and tutorial.

So a few details about the pattern:

This is a 6 page pattern for the bodice and waistband sections of the Allie Dress. Try experimenting with a range of skirts to complete this dress to suit your own style – from gathered to circle, pleated or a-line.

The sketch shows the original plans for the pattern, without the center front bodice loop. You can see where this loop has been used on the photographs. This piece of the pattern is optional but recommended.

There are no fastenings to worry about as this dress uses elastic and shirring to stretch to the desired fitting. The garment modeled shows this dress comfortably fitting a bust of 39″ and a waist of 32″, with plenty of room to expand still. there are suggestions within the downloadable instructions for increasing or reducing the size of this pattern if required.

Download the PDF instructions for more details.

I hope you have fun sewing up my latest pattern and I would love to hear what you think so please do leave me a comment, and of course I am dying to see your own versions of the Allie Dress, so feel free to send me pictures or links :D

Happy Sewing


A quick note - it goes without saying that this pattern is for personal use only. The contents of this pattern (including instructions, photos and illustrations) belong exclusively to Made With Hugs and Kisses. No part of this pattern should be reproduced or resold.


  1. Handmade by Lorna says:

    How kind of you to make this pattern into a free download – you are so lovely! Now being an old fuddy duddy I wouldn’t be able to get away with wearing this dress but I think that my daughter would love one. Thank you.
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    • made with hugs and kisses says:

      I am so pleased you like it :D firstly i refuse to believe you couldnt pull this off and secondly, if you do decide to make it for your daughter (which you must!) You will have to send me pictures so I can feature it! Enjoy xxx

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