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 (4730 downloads )

The Allie Dress Instructions (3242 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

  2. Kare says:

    Hi, I tried downloading your pattern, though every time I try and print it, the window shuts down.

    Is it possible for you to please email this pattern to me?

    I really love this design!

    Thanks, Kare :)

  3. Melissa says:


    Thanks for this beautiful pattern…!
    I’m gonna try to make this, but this wil be the first thing I’m sewing.

    So, I had a few questions… ;)
    The PDF is for printing on A4?
    And I read somewhere that the skirt is not in the pattern? Do you wanna thell me what skirt this is…? A-line or circle or something else?

    Thank you :)

    • made with hugs and kisses says:

      Thanks for your comment :D I am so pleased you like the dress and I hope you enjoy the pattern.

      Yes, this is the pattern is for printing on A4 paper and is for the top half of the dress. The reason for this is because I know people generally do not like it when print at home patterns use 30+ sheets of paper and ink. By doing the bodice only it saves on resources, and it also allows for you to add whatever type of skirt you choose to it.
      I used a circle skirt for the red gingham version and a simple rectangle skirt for the latest blue and white version. Really it all comes down to how much fabric you have :D

      I hope this helps, and if you do make up this pattern then please send me a picture so I can check out your creation !

      Happy sewing

      • Melissa says:

        Thank you for your reply. :)

        Yes, i can understand that some people think: that are many pages…
        Maybe you have the pattern of the skirt…? Because, then you may send it to my email, if you want… ;)

        I really want to try to make this dress, but I have never sewing before, so it will be easy if I had the full pattern ;)

        And then I also have to make the size bigger… ;) I hope I get it right

        Of course I send you a picture when it’s done :P Well, if I get it done hopefully…

        Greetz from Belgium

  4. Nathalie says:


    First of all, thank you for making this pattern available, it is all kinds of cute! I am considering using this pattern and reappropriating it for a woman’s captain america costume. Its vintage look is perfect and with some red, white and blue (and an invincible shield, of course) I think it would be totally perfect. However, I haven’t sewn much in my life and don’t understand the shirring aspect of your instructions (which is on me, not you, because the instructions themselves are written perfectly clearly). If I wanted to add in a zipper in stead, how would I go about that? Shorten the shirring panel to fit my own buste, and then add the zipper in the middle, letting it run through to the waistband and top of the skirt (I’m rather hippy), as well? Or would you suggest another method? I would love to get your advice. If I end up going through with this (time permitting) I will of course send you an image of the final product! Oh, and one last question, what kind of fabric would you advice using? Normal cotton? Or something else? I and would I use a different fabric for the lining, or the same stuff?

    Thanks in advance! :)


    • made with hugs and kisses says:

      Hi there! Your project sounds awesome. I can’t wait to see it if you do go through with it.
      Shirring can be a bit confusing at first, but it is a technique that is certainly worth attempting to learn as it is really quick and easy once you get the hang of it. There are some easy to follow tutorials out there. I keep meaning to do one myself but just haven’t gotten around to it.
      The way you have explained adding the zip is exactly how i would do it. Go for a longer zip if you are worried about the hips. You may also find you need some small darts either side of the zip to aid fitting.

      As for fabric, my red version is just normal cotton and my mint coloured version was actually bedding. You could experiment with anything that isnt too heavy. And the lining can be the same fabric too.

      Have fun and let me know how it goes :)

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