Sewing an Easter Dress With Tucks – Pattern from Ottobre Design Magazine

Easter is 5 weeks away! This year the dresses that I want to make my girls are going to take a bit more time than past years, so I’m getting started on them already. This pattern is from Ottobre Design magazine, Issue 03/2012.

The fabric I picked out is organic cotton voile from It’s so soft and light. And as you can see, the front and back of this dress is covered in 5mm tucks. These aren’t tiny pintucks that you can use a pintuck foot for, so I’m pressing and stitching each tuck separately. I installed a little guide on my sewing machine to help me. The tucks are not perfect, but that’s okay.

This pattern calls for stitching all the tucks and then cutting out the neckline. So far so good!

So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.

Happy Sewing!

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  1. Kathy Reilly says:

    Wow, that is going to be so pretty! I’ve never heard of a pintuck foot. I just looked it up, but your setup looks like you could get more consistent tucks than the foot I saw. Did you buy that guide or did you rig it up yourself? That would be a handy gadget.

  2. amy mayen says:

    Your dresses are going to be beautiful. Can’t wait to see!

  3. Stephanie Palmer says:

    I really love this little dress and the fabric you’ve used. I bet the voile feels divine! My 3 girls would each love one like it. And you know what– funny thing– I highlighted Nesta’s post last week too, after my Tips and Tutorials linky party (I recently started it on Tuesdays). She had the most clicks! It’s definitely a winning project. Go, Nesta!

  4. I love this dress you are working on! It is so springish and I bet it will look lovely! I spent a chunk of time looking over the magazine you mentioned, already have the exact issue you mentioned in my Etsy cart, thank you for sharing your source!

  5. Sonja Loyd says:

    I love tucks.2 years ago I bought fabric to make a dress short sleeve with tucks in front,I found a plain pattern ,but no tucks,I seen this on "Saks Fifth Avenue" ,so I have to make it .Now you have a tutorial,so I’ll give a swirl.Thank you for a great tutorial

  6. Melissa Dahan says:

    dont you have a pintuck foot?

    1. Hi Melissa! Yes I do have several pintuck feet, but they all make much smaller pintucks than this dress called for.


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