Go To Dress Pattern

After my obsession with this pattern passed, I set my sights on a another “go to” knit dress for my girls. When Kathy suggested I make a dress with long sleeves, I knew she was right. So, without further ado, I present, the Go To Dress.

Go To Dress button
The perfect dress for cool evenings and long winters. With long sleeves, a shoulder ruffle and an empire waist, how could you go wrong? What little girl wouldn’t like a closet full of these? Comfortable and cute!

Naomi 017
Perfect for adventures…

  Naomi 015
The possibilities are endless. 

Naomi 014
Pair with some cute leggings or tights if you want, or not.

Pink dress 029
Make them subdued. Or wild.

Cabo dress 031
Or just use what you have lying around. Mix up the fabrics with polka dots and stripes, add an applique or fun pockets, use an old t-shirt or sweater. Be creative.

Mostly just have fun with this Go To Dress!  Whip up a few for all the little girls in your life.

Go to dress collage

UPDATE: This pattern now comes in sizes 12 mo- 12 years but I can no longer offer it free. You’ll find 3 lengths, 7 sleeve options, 4 pocket options and a hood! It is bigger and better and you can buy it at Go To Patterns!



  1. Grandma G says

    Oh sew cute! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I just might have to make this one for my granddaughter!

  2. says

    Very cute and you are right the possibilities are endless for this pattern! Why can’t our big girl clothes for us be this much fun?!!!

  3. says

    very very cute!! I think I need to start sewing clothes, and not just quilts/totebags and the like, the dress just looks precious in any style and dressed any way!

  4. says

    I will pass this on to my readers at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com!!! They will love this! Thanks for the freebie! The dress is adorable! Grab my “Featured” button.

  5. says

    I LOVE the spots and stripes!
    You are so talented and I am just a little envious :)
    How do you do all that you do, with three little ones? Most days I barely get the essentials done!

  6. says

    SOOO cute! My daughters would love these & they are adorable layered with tights & long sleeved t’s. I may have to try this pattern!

  7. says

    Thanks for linking to lush friday and thank you so much for the pattern. I have printed it out already .I have to figure out how to make and link a pdf to add to my blog. Keep up the great work. Andrea @lush stuff

  8. says

    love the material you’ve chosen.
    bright bold colors.
    will have to whip up a few for my girls!
    thanks so much for sharing this freely.
    will share photos when i have them!!

  9. Lori says

    Oh, dear- I love the endless possibilities with this dress. I just had a baby girl this month and now can’t wait for her to be 18 months so I can make this for her… I guess I’ll be filing this away until then.
    Thanks for the pattern!

  10. says

    You had me at Polka Dots and Stripes…how can you not love ANYTHING in polka dots and stripes?!??! Soooooooooo cute!
    Thanks for linking to gettin’ crafty on hump day! :)

  11. says

    This turned out absolutely adorable. Gosh I wish I could sew… I love the fabric choices and it looks like your girlie likes them too

  12. says

    Oh my goodness….my heart is going pitter-pat. You’re a new blog to me, but I think we’re going to be good friends. ;-) (I came here from CRAFT.)
    Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  13. says

    Very pretty. Thank you for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays! I downloaded it and can’t wait to try it! I will be featuring this on my blog on Monday!

  14. homejewel says

    What a great pattern. I added a link to your pattern at the new online sewing community: mysewingcircle.com

  15. says

    I have never visited this blog before and am so happy someone sent me the link. I am still just laughing over your blog name and title. Oh, how I relate to that! LOL. Now, to go check out what must surely be an awesome blog….

  16. says

    Thank you so much for this!! I have wanted to make a knit dress for so long for my 2 yr old, but couldn’t find a cute pattern. :o)
    I will post to flickr when it’s done!
    xoxoxox Love your site, if I didn’t tell you already—

  17. says

    Just wondering if you included seam allowances in the pattern or whether we add them on. I know at 3/8 ” it’s probably not a big deal, but nice to know.
    I’m cutting it right now; it’s wonderful pattern. I might do it without sleeves though for the first run

  18. says

    Thank you for the pattern. I did not subscribe, but I added you to my Sewing Inspiration Blog List on my blog so that others can find you through me. I have stopped by this blog several times and find it very inspirational! Love the name, too!!

  19. Carisa says

    I absolutely love this dress and was hoping to make one for my daughters first day of preschool. Unfortunately I cant seem to download it :( the link isn’t working for me. Anyone know what I’m doing wrong? :)

  20. says

    Thank you for providing this free pattern. It’s currently my daughter’s favourite dress. She can be hard to fit clothes to as she’s growing up and not out, but this dress fits her perfectly. And congratulations on the newest member of your family!

  21. Hannah says

    I loved the idea to use an old t-shirt. I just got done making this dress but instead of a t-shirt I used an old wool sweater. I also cut sleeves off of a shirt that had a stain on the front to use. Turned out super cute! Thanks for the Idea!

  22. Tricia says

    Thanks so much for putting this together!! I’m on a knit dress and top making rampage for my daughter for her summer wardrobe, I’ll make this one without the long sleeve portion next!! Thank you so much, I’ll post on Flickr when it is completed.

  23. Tracy King says

    Great dress!!! I especially like the one your made with the spots and stripes. Thanks so much for the pattern!!

  24. Edra says

    I can not get the pattern or instruction to come up and I would love to make it for my two girls… any ideas?

  25. says

    Worked fine for me!! Thank you so much for sharing! Now one of these days I will actually make one (when I do Ill post to the group)!

  26. Fran McGee says

    I am just starting to sew garments again after a 10 year or so hiatus. I never really sewed much for myself, mostly for my son when he was young…hmmm I guess that’s a 15 year hiatus….he’s almost 22. I have made a few clothing items for myself, and some quilting. For the past 6 or 7 years my trusty Viking 150E has been overly neglected.
    So far I have made a top for my grand-niece with added ruffles and ribbons from a simplicity pattern I got at a thrift shop, out of darling curtain fabric.
    I also made a pair of basketball pajama pants from a tutorial, which was great, except I made a small miscalculation…so they are going to my young nephew. I made the pattern from a pair of my daughter’s pajama pants that were made of stretch fabric, and forgot the basketball fabric was flannel. He is very happy about them, because I still have enough fabric to make a pair that will fit my 13 year daughter, and they can “match” when she goes over to my sister’s to babysit him.
    Soooo I am really excited to make this dress for my grand-niece and my grand-daughter. (Step grand-daughter technically, but she doesn’t hold it against me)
    I have friended you on flickr and joined your group, so I will post the completed dresses and such as I make them. It will be nice to have other people to show them to.

  27. Sonya says

    Love this dress – my girls used to wear lots of knit dresses when they were younger – they wash up so great. Any chance you have you’ve had time to size this pattern up? Still love this style even for my size 7/8 and 10/12 girls!

  28. Becs says

    Oh! Temporarily unavailable… Any idea when it will be back up please – would love to try this for my little miss! I love your fabric choices too! Thanks.

  29. helene says

    am looking for free patterns for babys and children wear can some one please let me know where to get some from. thankyou

  30. says

    Hi! I was looking for this pattern at the Go To Patterns link above, but couldn’t find it! Is it still available there, or is there another location where I can purchase it? Thanks!

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