Introducing the Barefoot Dress

Simple or ruffled, short or long, light and airy or cosy and warm - the new Barefoot Dress pattern has you covered.  Offering an impressive selection of options, you could sew a wardrobe of dresses and never get the same look twice.  It works well with a wide variety of fabrics too, resulting in cute and versatile playwear for all seasons.

We are so pleased to announce the release of the Barefoot Dress, a pattern that's been in the works since the release of our much-loved Barefoot Romper - it was just begging to be a dress too!  This pattern is packed with so many lovely new options, so let's take a closer look.

Front Options

The Barefoot Dress has a gently-flared a-line shape with options for a flat front or a gathered yoke.  Three length options are included: above the knee, knee-length, and maxi.  The pattern also includes a front ruffle and a waist tie.  

The front ruffle is such a sweet little detail that adds a whimsical touch.  It's available in two sizes - a small ruffle, as well as a statement ruffle for extra fluttery cuteness.   


The Barefoot Dress pattern includes a lovely selection of strap options.  Wide straps or spaghetti straps can be sewn in a variety of ways, including halter-style, or tied in a bow at an anchor loop.  The crossed-strap options, which can be made with or without flutters, give a more classic pinafore-style look.  

The spaghetti strap options, combined with light, flowy fabrics, result in an open, airy look that is ideal for warm summer days.  

We also love the look of the Barefoot made in heavier fabrics for cool-weather layering.  The wide crossed strap option is perfect for layering over woolies.  


Of course, any child can tell you how important pockets are, so we've included a sweet selection of pockets that should fulfill the needs of any little treasure-collector.  These include a kangaroo pocket, generously-sized side treasure pockets, in-seam pockets, and our sweet new tie top pockets.  

Not only does the Barefoot Dress pattern offer a beautiful selection of options, it can also be made with a wide variety of fabrics, including both woven and knits.  Testers tried everything from lightweight gauze to corduroy and wool, and they all worked well.  There are just so many different ways to make the Barefoot.  

For those of you who are fans of the Barefoot Romper pattern, we're pleased to announce that the waist ties, flutter straps, ruffles, and tie top pocket are all compatible with the romper.  So many new possibilities!

The Barefoot Dress tutorial is clear and thorough, with video clips, photos, and helpful tips to guide you through the entire project.  The PDF pattern includes a range of sizes from Preemie to 10 years, and the layered file allows you to print just the size(s) you need.  Print formats include A4, US Letter, and A0 formats. 

We look forward to seeing what you make with the Barefoot Dress pattern, and how you use the new elements with the Barefoot Romper too!  Please join us in the Twig + Tale Facebook Group, a friendly place to ask questions, look for inspiration, and share photos of your creations.   

~Lovely images by Jessica Gillespie, Jocelyn Buggie, Regina Cecylia, Ruth Phillips, Jo Benayoun, Brittany Stephenson, Sarah Morris, Viki Kube, and Kiran Grewal~