Easy DIY Smock Dress: Beginner Sewing Project

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I’ve had dreams of sewing dresses for my daughter and myself for a long time. Which is one of the main reasons why I’m finally learning how to sew.  My first sewing project was making some Easy Envelope Pillowcases that were really simple. For my second sewing project, I wanted another easy project since I’m still getting used to using my sewing machine. However, I was really itching to make a dress so I made this Easy DIY Smock Dress.

If you can sew a straight line then you can make this dress. It’s that simple 🙂

Smock Dress

How to Make an Easy DIY Smock Dress

  1. Measure across the chest (underneath the armpit area) of the person you are making the dress for.
  2. Add a few inches to the measurement so that you will have enough fabric to add straps if you wish for your smock dress. **Plus it’s always nice to buy more fabric than you need in case of any mistakes you might make when sewing your project.** I bought 3/4 of a yard of smock fabric for my 4-year old daughter and was able to make the dress and add straps.
  3. Wrap smock fabric around the person you are making the dress for and mark where you need to cut the material to sew the two pieces together.
  4. Pin smock fabric with the right-side of the material facing each other as seen below.SM Dress 8
  5. Sew the two ends together with the wrong sides of the smock fabric on the outside.
  6. Turn the dress inside out and you are done if you don’t want straps.

Smock Dress

If you want to add straps to your smock dress there are a few different ways that you can do it. I just wanted basic straps that didn’t tie. I followed the example found in this youtube tutorial to make straps for this dress.

Then I had my daughter to try on the dress and I used safety pins to attach the straps to the dress. So I could mark where I would sew the straps onto the dress. Once again you will sew the straps on the wrong side of the smock fabric. It’s easiest if you sew the straps onto the smooth part of the smock fabric (right above where the elastic begins).

SM Dress 1

This Easy DIY Smock Dress was another easy beginner sewing project. I’ve already started my next project, but it’s not as easy as this. Luckily, my mom has been very helpful and we are almost finished making matching father and son shirts that my son wants to wear for Father’s Day.

If you would like to make your own smock dress here is a link to some smock fabric available at JoAnn. There is always a great selection of character smock fabric available for girls.


  • Reply Tamara May 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Smock dresses are my favorite! I got into them while pregnant and I still love how they feel. I would love to make one for Scarlet.
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    • Reply Sonya May 9, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      They are really easy to make. Really if you can sew a straight line then you can make this dress 🙂 If you know someone with a sewing machine they could easily show you how to make this in very little time.

  • Reply Mrs. AOK May 9, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Oh my goodness this smock dress is too cute!! Wonderful job, mama!!! I’m so impressed, can you tell? 🙂
    I cannot wait to see future projects.

    • Reply Sonya May 24, 2016 at 2:43 am

      Thanks! I can’t wait to make more and share more too.

  • Reply robincharmagne May 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Your daughter looks like she is loving her a new look, a little model in the making. Nice job!
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    • Reply Sonya May 24, 2016 at 2:43 am

      She loves dresses 🙂 So modeling a new dress is always fun for her.

  • Reply Jodi May 10, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I LOVE LOVELOVE that dress You need to make a matching mommy dress! It would be so darling!
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    • Reply Sonya May 24, 2016 at 2:41 am

      I really want to make some matching mommy & daughter dresses. If they had longer My Little Pony smock fabric, I would totally do it. But I did think about just making a top out of the same material for me.

  • Reply Candace May 10, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    This dress is adorable, Sonya! And your precious little model daughter is even cuter :). Every time you talk about sewing it makes me want to dust off my machine. Thanks for this tutorial and making it look so easy. Great job!
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    • Reply Sonya May 24, 2016 at 2:39 am

      Thanks Candace! I’m really enjoying learning how to sew. I can’t wait to make more and share more 🙂

  • Reply Rea May 12, 2016 at 6:46 am

    How pretty! And it fits your pretty little girl perfectly too. It’s funny because I don’t even know how to sew a straight line. My husband knows better. LOL

    • Reply Sonya May 24, 2016 at 2:37 am

      Thanks Rea 🙂 Before I started learning to sew my husband was better at sewing than I was. He was the one who would do all the hand sewing in the house.

  • Reply Louida May 13, 2016 at 1:17 am

    You did a wonderful job Sonya! You make it look so easy! My sewing skills are terrible, I need to learn so I can start sewing my own garments for myself and my girls.

    • Reply Sonya May 24, 2016 at 2:36 am

      My sewing skills aren’t that great either, but this is a really easy project. You could totally make some of these for your daughters 🙂

  • Reply Sandra May 13, 2016 at 10:26 am

    wow, you got talent over there! I love the dress, fits well to your daughter! What’s so cool about that project is that not only did you get to develop your skill for sewing, but you were also able to spend quality time with your young one! 🙂

    xoxo, sands

    • Reply Sonya May 24, 2016 at 2:33 am

      Thanks Sandra!!! I was a lot of fun taking photos of her.

  • Reply Nerline May 16, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Such a great tutorial. And your baby girl looks stunning.
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    • Reply Sonya May 16, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks Nerline!!!

    • Reply Sonya May 24, 2016 at 2:29 am

      Thanks Nerline 🙂

  • Reply LaKita May 18, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    She looks great in the dress and you did a great job!
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    • Reply Sonya May 24, 2016 at 2:27 am

      Thanks LaKita 🙂

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