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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45 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!

  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!

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