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I'm a fashion student based in Yorkshire and my ambition is to be a pattern cutter. I started this store as part of my Independent Learning Module. I hope you like my patterns as much as I do, and ...

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The Secret Garden Tea Dress

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : The Secret Garden Tea Dress
The Secret Garden Tea Dress Secret Garden Tea Dress Technicals
The Secret Garden Tea Dress Secret Garden Tea Dress Back
The Secret Garden Tea Dress Secret Garden Tea Dress
The Secret Garden Tea Dress Secret Garden Tea Dress Illustration
The Secret Garden Tea Dress Secret Garden Tea Dress Front

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sew a seam

Pattern Description:

This dress is inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's story "The Secret Garden" and the happy, innocent childhood enjoyed by the characters. As the story is about change, this dress quickly changes from a day-dress to a party-dress when you arrive at the Secret Garden Tea Party, by the addition of a layered organza skirt.

The pattern instructions show you how to improve sewing patterns and draft a button-fly placket while the sewing instructions show you how to line a sleeveless garment completely by machine for a professional finish. The pattern does not include seam allowances. This allows you to better practice the pattern cutting techniques taught in the instructions and get a better result in your dressmaking with other patterns you use.

This design was created as part of my university project as I study to get my degree in Fashion Design, and build my indie pattern company. I hope you enjoy it!

You can read more about this pattern at:

"Coccole e Sole"


"My Cute Sewing"


"S is For Sewing"

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 3 years: chest 55cm (21.6") height 98cm (38.6")
  • 4 years: chest 57cm (22.5") height 104cm (41")
  • 5 years: chest 59cm (23.25") height 110cm (43.5")
  • 6 years: chest 61cm (24") height 116cm (45.75")


  • 1m of the main fabric (in this case blue percale cotton)
  • 0.5m of the contrast fabric/lining (in this case white percale cotton)
  • 1-1.25m of organza

You Will Also Need:

  • a packet of 9mm wide elastic
  • 2-3 spools of thread
  • a packet of fusible interfacing
  • 5-6 buttons, depending on size and choice

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