Barefoot Dress Size + Materials List

Intended Fit

This dress fits loosely through the chest, so it can be worn by itself or with a tee shirt or similar garment underneath for extra sun protection or for layering in between seasons. 

Size & Measurements Chart 

These sizes are based on ATSM standard measurements and may NOT correspond to typical ready-to-wear sizes. 

Size

Prem

NB

0-3

3-6

6-9

9-12

12-18

18-24

Child’s Chest

15.5”
39.3cm

16”
40.5cm

16 ½”
41.9cm

17 ½”
44.4cm

18”
45.7cm

18 ½”
47cm

19.5”
49.5

20 ½”
52.1cm

Child’s Height

17-19”
43-49cm

19.5-21.5
50-55cm

22- 23.5”
up to 60cm

24-26.5”
60-68cm

27-27.5”
69-72cm

28-30.5”
73-78cm

31-32.5”
79-83cm

35.5”
90cm

 

 

3

4

5

6

7

8

10

Child’s Chest

21”
54cm

22”
57cm

23 ½”
60cm

25”
63cm

26”
66cm

27”
69cm

29 ½”
75cm

Child’s Height

38.5”
97.8cm

41.5”
105.4cm

44.5”
113cm

46.5”
118cm

51”
129.5cm

53”
134.6cm

57.5”
139.7cm

 

Suggested Fabrics

This dress can be made from both woven and knit fabrics, and different fabric can create quite a different look and feel to the dress.  Fabrics with more drape create a softer, more casual, flowing look to the dress which are generally more suitable for the maxi length, whereas something like a quilting cotton creates a more structured version which is better suited to the shorter lengths.

Note: The Gathered Yoke version has the tendency to look “poofy” through the middle if made with a stiffer fabric such as quilting cotton, which looks very cute on toddlers.  However, to avoid a “balloony” look for older children, a fabric with a little drape is recommended.

Wovens

Quilting cotton, cotton voile, cotton lawn, batiste, calico, poplin, rayon (viscose), chambray, double gauze, silk, lightweight linen, lightweight wool/merino, flannel, seersucker, homespun, crepe, lace. Flat Front version only: corduroy, lighter denims, drill, velvet.  

Knits

French terry, brushed poly, interlock, sweater, sweatshirt, cotton/poly blend, waffle knit, cotton lycra, rayon, merino blends, cotton jersey.  

Fabric Requirements

The below numbers indicate the dress  being made full length with any strap and pocket options.  You may need more if matching plaids/checks or if you have a directional fabric. 
 

Maxi Length

Fabric Width

 

Prem

NB

0-3

3-6

6-9

9-12

12-18

18-24

3

4

5

6

7

8

10

110cm /43"

inches

31.5

33.5

37.4

37.4

39.4

41.3

47.2

47.2

57.1

59.1

65.0

66.9

70.9

70.9

86.6

cm

80

85

95

95

100

105

120

120

145

150

165

170

180

180

220.0

130cm / 51"

inches

27.6

29.5

31.5

31.5

35.4

35.4

39.4

39.4

45.3

49.2

55.1

57.1

63.0

65.0

70.9

cm

70

75

80

80

90

90

100

100

115

125

140

145

160

165

180.0


Knee Length

Fabric Width

 

Prem

NB

0-3

3-6

6-9

9-12

12-18

18-24

3

4

5

6

7

8

10

110cm /43"

inches

25.6

25.6

33.5

33.5

39.4

39.4

41.3

41.3

47.2

49.2

55.1

57.1

59.1

61.0

65.0

cm

65

65

85

85

100

100

105

105

120

125

140

145

150

155

165.0

130cm / 51"

inches

25.6

25.6

27.6

27.6

31.5

31.5

35.4

35.4

39.4

43.3

49.2

51.2

53.1

55.1

61.0

cm

65

65

70

70

80

80

90

90

100

110

125

130

135

140

155.0

 

Above Knee Length

Fabric Width

 

Prem

NB

0-3

3-6

6-9

9-12

12-18

18-24

3

4

5

6

7

8

10

110cm /43"

inches

25.6

25.6

27.6

27.6

29.5

29.5

35.4

35.4

41.3

41.3

53.1

53.1

57.1

57.1

61.0

cm

65

65

70

70

75

75

90

90

105

105

135

135

145

145

155.0

130cm / 51"

inches

25.6

25.6

27.6

27.6

31.5

31.5

35.4

35.4

37.4

37.4

41.3

41.3

47.2

47.2

57.1

cm

65

65

70

70

80

80

90

90

95

95

105

105

120

120

145.0

 

Other Supplies & Notions

  • Elastic for back; Typically this calls for 1” (2.5cm) elastic, however, you can use thinner for a different look if desired.  You will need between 1/2 yard/metre and 1 yard/meter depending on your chosen version and size of dress.
  • Spool of coordinating thread
  • Washable marker to mark the position of elastic, pockets, and snaps or buttonholes onto your fabric
  • Buttons or snaps to fasten if desired
  • Small amount of interfacing if applying snaps
  • If making a knit version, you may need cotton tape, stay tape, or a strip of fusible web to stabilise the bodice side seams