Red Floral Dress

Baby Lock Ambassador Sara Johansen of The Sara Project created this beautiful spring dress! And a little secret? It has pockets! Keep reading to learn more about this dress and a link for the tutorial.

I chose to make the Indigo Smock Dress pattern from Tillys and Buttons – but make it maternity! I always struggle with dressing my body during pregnancy. It’s constantly changing and my minimalist wardrobe struggles to make it work. I’ve decided to make a few items that will work for maternity but that I know I will continue to love and wear afterwards. I love this dress pattern for both of these reasons!


I sewed this dress using my Baby Lock Brilliant sewing machine and my Baby Lock Celebrate serger. Both of these machines are fabulous! The Celebrate serger is a game changer for me- the quality is amazing.

I used this gorgeous red and white floral rayon dead stock fabric I bought in LA maybe two years ago. I’ve been saving it for just the right project. My baby is due very early fall so I know I needed something light and breezy but that will have room to grow that will last through the whole summer. I used just under 4 yards of fabric.

As far the the Indigo Pattern goes, I sewed up a size 2, and didn’t make any adjustments. I also added the extra tier and short sleeve pattern from the add on pack. I reaaallly wanted to do a statement sleeve on this one, but I know I’ll wear it more if I kept it simple. I’m planning to add this into my regular weekly rotation with some white sneakers or sandals (once the weather warms up just a little more).


Check out the Full Red Floral Dress Tutorial

Sara walks you through how she constructed the dress and even shares how she sewed the darts and gathered with her sewing machine.

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