Womens sewing patterns

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.

Model wears size 10 (NZ/AU) and is 171 cm tall
This PDF pattern is available in sizes UK|AU|NZ 6-22 an US 2-18

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