Warhol Dress (FREE!)

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous album cover art for the Velvet Underground, this dress is perfect for summer. It’s light weight, not clingy or tight, it says “relaxing” to me.
The pattern comes in two sizes (6-12 months and 3-4 years), with printable pattern pieces, step-by-step photos to guide you along, and lots of info. The best part is….its FREE! If you’ve never tried out one of our patterns, now you can!

There are two variations on the dress:
Since my husband and I are headed on vacation to Italy, I made the Italy version for our 4 year-old. Hopefully when she spots that Italian boot, she’ll have a small grasp on where in the world her parents have gone.
The construction of this dress is really quite simple and soon you’ll find yourself making all sorts of variations on it. Make a shirt, make a Shortie, make one for YOU?!
My favorite part of this dress has to be the yoke, which ties in a bow over the shoulder. Make the bow as small or large as you like. It’s feminine without being over-the-top.
For a more modest look or for cooler months, you can easily throw a t-shirt underneath or a sweater on top. Add leggings as well!

Ready to try it out? Excellent. It’s FREE!

The pattern is in PDF format. There are TWO files you need to download:
The Warhol Dress Pattern INSTRUCTIONS are HERE (16 pages, 2.4 MB)
The Warhol Dress Pattern PIECES are HERE (6 pages, 1.5 MB)

And that’s it! Of course when you’re done with your version of the dress, we’d love you to share it with us. Add it to the YOU MADE IT flickr group.

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1 vickie February 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Would love the Warhol pattern for the dress.


2 Sarah Blakley February 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Would love the Warhol dress pattern. It is so cute!


3 Katie Claxton February 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I would love to download this pattern and try it out, but the links didn’t open to anything… am I doing something wrong? Please let me know, because I would really like to try out one of your patterns- all of your items are super cute!!!


4 Graziella February 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Troppo bello! To Cut!
I would love to sewing this for my 2 years old “Principessa”, her father is italian…where can I get the pattern?


5 Dana February 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Hi everyone,
Sorry the link hasn’t been working!
I just relinked the PDF docs, so try them now.
When you click on the links, you should be prompted to open the docs in Preview or other viewing software you use on your computer.


6 Donna Sandvall March 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

i planned to make this little cutie today for my granddaughter…but i can’t get the file to open for the pattern…

Should I be saying some magic words??




7 Rochelle February 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Thanks Dana for your encouragement! My girl is loving her new dress http://focussedlenz.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/fifty-cent-sun-dress-lessons-learnt-in.html


8 steph March 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

I would love to try to make this dress!


9 Cheryl Pieri April 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I can’t wait to make this for my new little granddaughter!!! The dress is so ADORABLE!!! Since we are a country-western family, I will put a western twist to it.


10 Marna April 24, 2012 at 9:18 am

Hi there!

LOVE the Warhol dress! Am I missing something?? I can only open the second link (6 pages) and have printed the dress, but there is no yolk part? I’m a brunette, promise, but …..? ;) PLEASE help. I have 5 year old twins and am super excited to make this dress for them, Thank you!


11 So-so April 26, 2012 at 7:29 am

I can open the first document but not the pattern! The message says that the file is damaged – probably had a lot of use! Is there any chance you could upload again please?!! I’d love to make this for my friend’s daughter
Thank you!


12 Ashley April 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Marna – there is no pattern for the yoke – you just cut strips and then iron them. It’s in the instructions.

I would just like to let everyone know that this dress and pattern are great! However, it is super hard to iron the knit t-shirt material to make the yoke. I did it, but it wound up being so bulky because the edges of the knit material kept curling up. So I actually went back out and got some yellow cotton to make my yoke with. Much, much easier. Just FYI!
Thanks again, Dana!


13 Marna April 27, 2012 at 3:05 am

Thanks Dana! :)) I was unable to open the instructions. Did it on my husband’s PC now. Looking forward to sewing this loooooooong weekend!


14 Beth June 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Hello! Just found your site via Pinterest! I would LOVE the Warhol dress pattern! Thanks!


15 Marta July 12, 2012 at 6:30 am

Thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My girl is loving her new dress http://utkani.blogspot.com/2012/07/jak-uszyc-prosta-sukieneczke-dla.html


16 Kelly August 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Hi Dana,
I can print the pattern pieces but i cant seem to open the instructions… sad sad panda!!


17 Annie R. October 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I would love to start selling & get labels printed up…but my hesitation is that I’m not sure about what name to go with. How do I check to make sure that no one else is using a name already and do I need to do anything to register my name somewhere?


18 Annie R. October 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Whoops…sorry. Thought I was leaving this comment on a different page. I will post it there. Wish there was a way to delete this comment.


19 Hazel January 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Was finally going to get to sewing one of these and the link doesn’t seem to be working again. Help! I want to get sewing!


20 Tami Huston February 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I would LOVE the Warhol dress pattern! ITs adorable!


21 efi vlachogianni April 10, 2013 at 4:32 am

very nice work!!
i am new in sewing and i have a little 2 year girl!i would like to see her in one of this dresses,maybe made by mama!!!
thank you!!


22 adrian June 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Hi Dana -
I am not an experienced sewer or knitter. I know that pre-washing fabrics is generally a good idea prior to sewing, but what about knit projects? How do you pre-wash a skein of yarn, or do you? Thanks!


23 melissa June 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I made two of these for my daughter: A gray one trimmed with dark gray, skull-print fleece (with a skull tag on the side!) and a black one from a T with a fancy hot pink image. Soooo pretty. Thanks! I am thinking about making the next size up for her so we’ll have more :)


24 carrie July 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Would love to know how this could be done as a cute top for a 6 year old!


25 Anne September 22, 2014 at 11:57 am

I just wanted to let you know that I love this pattern! I’ve used it a lot and it goes together so quickly. My daughter had a college tshirt day at school today and she hates wearing tshirts (because they’re not dresses). I threw together a Vanderbilt tshirt dress and she was good to go.


26 Leisa January 23, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Probably a silly question but do I gather the back piece as with the front?


27 Joanne August 27, 2015 at 10:58 am

It’s sooo cute ! Although I dont have a daughter, i’ll make one. Thanks for the sharing x


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