Ballet Dress

This is my “I’m proud of myself for doing this right on the first try” pose.

This dress was traced and slightly altered from an existing dress I own. I call it the Ballet Dress mainly because it reminds me of a dress that a ballerina would practice in.


It’s got a scoop neck, three quarter length sleeves, a semi-circle skirt and a slightly higher than normal waist. The perfect little jersey knit dress to run around town in.

This was originally intended to be just a test run but it turned out good enough to wear so that makes me very happy indeed!


That doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Here are a few changed I’ll make next time:

  • Tighten the sleeves a little
  • Maybe lengthen the skirt by a couple inches
  • Make the neck binding smaller – it is a little baggy in the back but I wasn’t trying my best to fit the binding because I wasn’t taking this dress very seriously at the time.
  • Give it a normal waistline rather than a slightly higher one
  • Iron the dress before taking pictures 😉

Since this dress was supposed to be a tester I made the top with a heather gray and then because I didn’t have enough gray left I made the skirt in plain black.

The great part about this dress is that it is so simple. I can easily make small changes to my pattern pieces and because of its simplicity it is a great canvas for awesome fabric. I plan on making a bunch of cute sweater dresses this winter.

  • So cute! I like the slightly high waist seam. You should make it into one of your great patterns

  • LOVE IT!!! I have been on a little bit of a sewing hiatus, but dusted the machine off last week for a small project and now I need a little inspiration…found it. Thanks!!!

  • Love it! Love the waistline position, the scoop neck, the sleeves….very youthful and fun, but not juvenile. I wants one of my own!

  • Thanks all! Maybe I will make it into a pattern? It’s not a difficult design, only four pieces. And I do love those quick and easy projects…

  • So simple but so cute!

  • Hi, I stumbled upon your site and do you actually make these dresses from scratch? I looked at some other pages as well…if you do these dresses look fabulous. Very impressive. 🙂

  • Sally, thanks! Yes, I do make them although many designs are from patterns (or in this case, traced from a dress), some I draft myself from scratch.