Girl’s California Dresses & Peplum Top (Newborn-18 Tween)

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The California Dress & Peplum pattern is inspired by summer and Southern California beaches. Dresses are not only a summer staple for style, but they are comfortable for wearing in the summer heat.  This pattern includes 3 different lengths, ankle-length maxi, knee-length dress and a peplum top that is great with a pair of bermuda shorts or capris.  As a bonus, the maxi length also offers a hi-low option and has directions right on the pattern piece for lengthening it into a floor-sweeping length. Not only are there the 3 lengths, but this unique bodice is reversible!   That’s right, you can wear it with the scoop neck or the faux-halter style in the front.  Last but not least, it has an elasticized waistline that can be worn alone or mix it up with a cute wide or skinny belt in a contrasting color.  With the flowing knit fabric, multiple length options, and reversible bodice this is bound to become a wardrobe staple.  This girl’s dress and top comes in 19 sizes from newborn to 18 tween.


This pattern is includes an ebook .pdf file with 17 pages of directions and 62 professional digitized pages that you assemble to make the full sizes pieces. (8-20 pages per view and includes a print chart so you only print what you need). Make sure to read the directions BEFORE printing off all the pages.


  • Infants: Newborn, 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-9m, 9-12m,
  • Toddlers: 12-18m, 18-24m, 2T, 3T, 4T
  • Girls: 5, 6, 7, 8, 10
  • Tween: 12, 14, 16, 18
  • See chart for more detailed sizing information & measurements.

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate


  • Pins
  • Ball Point Needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Tracing Paper
  • Pen
  • Iron
  • Matching Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • 1/2-2.5 yards of Knit Fabric (main)
  • 1/8 yard Contrasting Knit with 60%+ stretch.


california girls size & supply chart

7 reviews for Girl’s California Dresses & Peplum Top (Newborn-18 Tween)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    tone hultmann

    I got to test this pattern and both my daughter and I love it. She loves the look and the comfortable wear. I love how it looks and the well written pattern.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shelly Althage

    This is such a great-fitting, versatile, comfy knit dress that can be made in so many different ways! Instructions are very clear…I definitely recommend it!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Such a quick sew that looks more difficult than it actually is. There are so many options with this pattern it is sure to become a summer staple. My DD put it on and immediately said it was “so comfy”, and now I want one!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I’ve tested the 4 versions on this pattern and love every single one of them. The instructions are very clear and easy to understand. The pattern is so versatile and every item made wit this pattern, except for the hi-low, is reversible which means 2 looks per item. It also looks very cute with a belt. I recommend this pattern to anyone who would like to have a simple and fast sew with a very nice fit.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    I absolutely love this pattern! I made the peplum version, and it so quick, yet so right on trend. My daughter is requesting many more.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    This pattern is super versatile. Last summer I made all of DD3’s wardrobe from it (she was 2). She had dresses tunics and so many different tops and none of them looked the same. You can’t beat the size range either!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josie Taylor (verified owner)

    Love this pattern! Very easy to understand and to sew! As the mom of 2 year old twin daughters who love dresses , I can see myself using this pattern a lot!

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