Dresses - womens

Fernbird Dress & Top

Size Guide

A pull on dress or top, the Fernbird is feminine, fun and easy to wear. With bust darts and "grown on" sleeves, the key design features are the deep double frills and scooped rear hem. This is a throw-on-and-look-glam-in-a-second dress, so easily worn with sneakers or heels. 

SUMMER>Beautifully cool in rayon/viscose the dress and top is professionally finished with a simple neck facing.

WINTER> mid weight knits and woven blended wool suitings. This dress will work with almost any fabric, although it's a good idea to keep drape in mind. We recommend you use a light weight fabric for your winter frills (like contrasting rayon, cotton, chiffons & crepes).


  • Deep double frill (fold under so no frill hem)
  • Scooped rear hem line (dress only) for dramatic effect and emphasized design.
  • V Neck and round neck options
  • Loose fitting and designed to sit mid knee (front) and mid calf (rear) - but easily adjustable
  • Sizes NZ/AU 6-22

>DIFFICULTY LEVEL:  Confident beginner ready for the next step. Easy Intermediate (2/5). No closures (zips or buttons). Skill learnt: Gathering frills.

Light to mid weight fabrics with a good drape. 
We highly recommended rayon/viscose for this pattern, but tencel, silk, cotton/silk and cotton/poly blends. Have fun contrasting the dress body with the frill fabric. We even had a play with a light weight cotton/metal fabric in  contrasting frill which looks great.

This pattern is a digital download. You will not receive a printed copy in the post. Immediately after payment you will receive an email containing a link to download your pattern files.

The pattern includes the following files:

Instruction booklet: Can be printed or viewed on screen to keep tutorial links active.

Copy Shop AO: 2 pages -all sizes (if you wish to print on large scale paper at your local print shop)

A4/US letter - print at home pattern: labelled PAH (printable in A4 or Letter) for printing on your home printer. Refer "how to" here.

Small> (NZ/AU/UK 6-8-10-12  | US 2-4-6-8)                Pages = 26
Medium> (NZ/AU/UK 10-12-14-16  | US 6-8-10-12)    Pages =27
Large> (NZ/AU/UK 14-16-18-20  | US 10-12-14-16)    Pages =27
X-Large> (NZ/AU/UK 16-18-20-22  | US 14-16-18)      Pages =27

We recommend the use of the ADOBE LAYERS FEATURE to open the PDF pattern file and print only the size you need (and eliminate the "noise" of the unwanted sizes). You can also use the URL and bookmark links within the file to quickly access information and support. Download Adobe Reader for free (for Windows and Mac) here.

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