Pretty Woman dress

I have always wanted to sew this very mythic dress from the movie Pretty Woman. When I saw that fabric at the store, I knew I had to try. And here it is! I quite like the result. The fabric is is very fluid almost like fabrics that are used to sew swim suits. As a result, it is very hard to sew, I had to sew very slowly and precisely. There are no breast gathers, the dress is ample and adjusts to the doll by itself.
This is a very easy dress to sew, the belt makes all the difference!
Happy sewing!
–    Bottom of the dress: 9” x 5” (23cm x 13cm)
–    Top front: 3 ½” x 3 ½” (9cm x 9cm)
–    Top back: 2 fabrics: 2” x 3 ½” (5cm x 9cm)
–    3 sew on snaps (1 for the belt)
–    Belt: 5” x 1” (13cm x 2.5cm) of faux brown leather

Step 1
–    Sew the top front and back fabrics together on the shoulders
–    Sew a hem on the back and on the collar
–    Sew the hem around the sleeves 1” (2.5cm) on each side

Step 2
–    Sew a hem on the bottom fabric
–    Sew the top and bottom fabrics together
–    Sew the dress on the back up to 4” (10cm) from the bottom
–    Sew a hem on the rest

Step 3
–    Sew the 2 sew on snaps
–    Make the belt by sewing a sew on snap on it

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47 Responses to Pretty Woman dress

  1. Charmaine says:

    So pretty. I’m gonna try this one.

  2. Sonya says:

    I really like the details; I think I will make one for myself. – SM

  3. Kirsten says:


    I’ve linked this project to I think it’s a great project our readers will love to make. Here’s the link:

    If you have any questions or would like to see more of your projects on the site, please feel free to contact me.



  4. Carol says:

    Hi Miss B Couture
    Here is my version of the Pretty Woman dress – flowers and not spots

    Thank you again for the patterns – not sure which one to do next but my grandaughter has asked for swimming togs or a bikini so I might have to use the lingerie patterns.

    • admin says:

      Wow this is beautiful! Your grandaughter must have been really happy to get this outfit!
      I love the fabric.
      I tried a one piece siwsuit once, it was pretty well done, but i don’t really see how to explain it simply. It’s quite complicated.
      I would definitely use the pattern for the underwear and to a two piece swimsuit 🙂
      Please continue to share the pictures, this my great pleasure of the day to get to see them after work!
      Miss B.

  5. Abigail says:

    Wow! This dress is so cute! It’s gonna look great on my doll!

    • admin says:

      I’d love to see a picture. If you have a flickr account, please send over a link once it’s done 🙂

  6. Sabrina says:

    I came across your website on BurdaStyle a while ago but then I couldnt remember the address. I tried to find it again through google etc. but I couldn’t find it! I only came to it again through the All Free Sewing newsletter. I’ve favourited your website now so I don’t lose it again. : )

    • admin says:

      Thank you for passing by Sabrina. I looked at your blog, you seem to be a sewing professional 🙂 let me know if you try any of the tutorials!

  7. Hi,
    It’s beaultiful !!! Do you hand stitch it or machine sew it ??
    I think it is so small that it would be easier to do it by hand !!

    • missbcouture says:

      HI Patricia!
      Thank you for the message. I sew all by hand. I had a look to your blog. You are very talented; I’d love to have such beautiful fabrics for my dolls!
      I am copying the link here:
      Miss B

      • Anonymous says:

        On behalf of my grand daughters,great nieces and the biggest kid of all-Me I just have to say Thank You!! I just love to make doll clothes, always have.Your designs are just wonderful!! It was a happy twist that took me to you,I will definately be back. When I learn how to upload I will send you the pictures. I bet you can guess what I will be doing with the rest of my day. Who am I kidding- the rest of my weekend!

        • missbcouture says:

          Thank you very much for this nice message!
          I am glad you liked the site and I’d love to see the pictures:)
          Happy sewing!

  8. Pam Bauer says:

    I just happened upon your site. It is a great service you provide by allowing us to use your knowledge. I just found this fabric myself at my local Joann’s. I am going to try this dress and hat too. Thank you.

  9. Jeri Hansen says:

    I would like to have you email me with permission to print you Barbie
    patterns. When my daughter was little I made Barbie clothes for my
    Barbie I had from the 60’s and she destroyed them.(my fault).

  10. Jeri Hansen says:

    Could you add my email address to yours and send me all the Barbie Doll dresses,etc so I don’t have to keep
    going into your website.

  11. Jeri Hansen says:

    I want to print them off the computer

  12. Barbara Jenkins says:

    just want to say thanks for all these lovely patterns I, m having a wonderful time making them for my granddaughter using up my matrials it,s great.

  13. Lawana says:

    Love your ideas for Barbie! I have no talent for making such tiny outfits, but I truly enjoy seeing others fine work! Thank you for sharing …

  14. Awesome! We could use your knowledge in our new discussion group on LinkedIn. Experienced and new patternmakers are welcome! Please join us!

  15. Deb says:

    I have been looking for the “pretty woman” dress pattern for an adult
    Can you tell me where the pattern is or how to make it. Thank you

  16. Shawn says:

    This is a pretty dress. I would love to wear this dress. I was very disappointed to find
    Out this is only a dress for a doll

  17. Chelstie Lynn says:

    I love making barbie clothes for my own dolls! i would love to make this dress but i forgot my sewing stuff at home! i made some really cute doll pj’s from my sisters old footies! there Really cute!

  18. Thalia says:

    I’m definitely going to try this! I called one of my Barbies ‘Julia’ after seeing Pretty Woman, so I guess I ‘have’ to. 🙂

    • missbcouture says:

      You definitely have to try to sew the dress. It’s very easy. I guess the hard part is to find the right fabric.
      Happy sewing!

  19. Cathy says:

    How do you download the pattern? It’s so beautiful, I have to try this pattern.

    • missbcouture says:

      Hi Cathy,
      I do not have any patterns per say, It’s only tutorials. You have to follow the process online.
      Happy sewing!
      Miss B

  20. Kathy says:

    Thank you for sharing your patterns and directions!

  21. Grace says:

    This is how I learned to make Barbie clothes with my cousin. Measure and cut and have good natural insight to experimenting with how the fabric would fit Barbie’s little body. Of course 50 years ago it was mostly hand sewing, until Grandma let us use the Singer treadle sewing machine. I think it’s time for my oldest granddaughter (6years)to start her own adventures in sewing, she is already very creative. Thank you so much for the tutorials.

    • missbcouture says:

      Thank you Grace for your note. My grand mother used to sew doll clothes for us. I loved it and i cherish those moments.
      Happy sewing and thanks for sharing!
      Miss B

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