Tui dress PDF sewing pattern for beginners
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Tui Dress

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The Tui Dress PDF sewing pattern creates a simple, versatile, easy to sew cocoon style dress.  It is designed with optional internal pockets & tapered hemline.  The design is loose fitting, flattering & comfortable to wear. Perfect for those super hot days when you need something cool and loose. Dress it up with heels, or par it down with sneakers for the weekend.  The loose fit accommodates a range of figures.

The Tui dress looks and feels great in linens and cottons. Using plain or patterned fabric this dress pattern is extremely versatile. 

There are 2 styles and 2 options (with and without sleeves)
STYLE A | Block contrast dress (Round or V Neck option)
STYLE B | Single Fabric dress (Round or V Neck option)

This is a perfect dress for beginners or those that want to have a dress done and dusted in a few hours.  


  • Easy wear cocoon shape designed to sit just above the knee
  • In seam side pockets
  • Optional colour block (2 fabrics) or single fabric
  • Option of round or V neck
  • Neck facing for a professional (and easy) finish
  • Loose fit 
  • Sizes NZ/AU 6-24 | US 2- 20

See what others have made in the Reviews tab below (or to the left). Filter on "with photos" to view.

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Please refer to the FABRIC REQUIREMENT CHART as one of the last images on this product listing. You can magnify this image if viewing it on a mobile phone whilst in a fabric store.

WOVEN fabrics : Most light to mid weight woven fabrics will suit this dress.
Linen, cotton and linen/cotton blends are highly recommended for this pattern.

*Please also note that all (new) fabric should be pre-washed in case of shrinkage. Some fabrics will not shrink but 100% cotton,linen and rayon are almost guaranteed to shrink. It doesn't hurt to be safe and remove any dodgy chemical build up that may have occurred during printing anyway.


(2/5) This is a perfect beginner pattern or first dress. No closures (zips or buttons). Skill learnt: In seam pockets and neck facings.


Each purchase comes with 4 sizes (please refer last image for size chart and international size comparisons):

Small - (NZ/AU/UK 6-8-10-12  | US 2-4-6-8)                    Pages AO=1 | PAH=19
Medium - NZ/AU/UK 10-12-14-16  | US 6-8-10-12)          Pages AO=1 | PAH=19
Large - (NZ/AU/UK 14-16-18-20  | US 10-12-14-16)         Pages AO=1 | PAH=20
X-Large - (NZ/AU/UK 16-18-20-22  | US 12-14-16-18)     Pages AO=1 | PAH=22

This is a loose fitting garment. If you prefer it to be a little less "roomy" or you are "in between" sizes then we suggest you err on the smaller size. 


Please note you are purchasing a digital pattern that will be sent directly to your email inbox after payment. You can print this pattern at home on A4 or US letter-sized paper or take it to a print shop for large scale printing (AO size). *You will not receive a hard copy printed pattern.*

Instant download available immediately after checkout includes:

1. Instructions

2. PAH Pattern file (PAH=Print at home)
For printing in A4 or US Letter on a home printer. Printing at home is the most cost-effective, and sticking your pattern tiles together to make your full size pattern is easy. Further information for printing at home can be found in our Resources section here. 

3. AO Pattern file
AO is a large scale file designed to be printed at a Print Copy Shop. You cannot print this on your home printer as it is too big. If you choose to use this large file you will pay extra to have it printed but you do not have to stick anything together.

You can use the ADOBE LAYERS FEATURE to open the PAH 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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    Chisala M.
    Zambia Zambia

    Easy make

    The Tui pattern was easy to use and economic when printing (AO). It's a quick make and very comfortable. However, the facings are a little on the narrow side (they kept popping up and out) and I've had to top stitch them in place even though I prefer the clean look without stitching especially that I had plain linen on my first attempt. Also, the pockets gape a little. I'm not 100% crazy about the bagginess (too baggy) around the bottom but I do love the feel of the dress. Will definitely buy again. I've made the Mapua shorts again and again and I have my sights on the Traffic Light Dress next. Thank you, Chisala

    The Sewing Revival Tui Dress Review

    The Sewing Revival

    Thank you so much for taking the time to feedback Chisala (and for uploading a photo of your make). We recommend "stitching in the ditch" on the shoulder seam to secure the neck facing inside the garment. We have a tutorial on this on the website (check under Resources|Tips&Tricks or search "stitch in the ditch" to find it). The dress design is baggy (cocoon style) - but is easily straightened at theside seams if youwish (keeping in mind you will be changing theintended overall asthetics of the dress). You may like to try the Nikau or the Traffic Light dress if you prefer a straighter fit. Kind reards, Janine

    Donna E.
    Australia Australia

    Tui Dress

    I always struggle with choosing what size to make (still a beginner sewist) but went with my gut and my version of measuring and was very happy with the outcome. A fairly quick and easy sew, I absolutely love it!

    Rebecca B.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Well written instructions and easy to make dress

    I've made 10 of these dresses for myself so far. I've had lots of compliments when wearing them. The fit is perfect. I'd recommend this pattern for beginners and onwards.

    Kathryn P.
    United States United States

    Loved it

    Pattern was easy to follow, and I love my dress!

    Nicola M.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Casually stylish

    This is such a versatile pattern giving options to create radically different dresses. Love it!

    Christine G.
    Australia Australia

    Love the simplicity of this design

    Easy to buy from, love the clean lines of this adaptable pattern. Yet to make. Might lengthen slightly.

    Maree W.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Tui Dress

    Very easy to follow instructions. Made up exactly as the pattern looked. Love it. Getting ready to make another one.

    Maree W.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Tui Dress

    Very easy to follow instructions. Made up exactly as the pattern looked. Love it. Getting ready to make another one.

    Melinda W.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Tui dress pattern

    My first ever pattern and sewing project! Easy to get printed and easy to follow instructions, thank you.

    Mary A.
    Canada Canada

    Tui pattern

    Very easy pattern and fit was accurate

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    Jeanne C.
    New Zealand New Zealand


    Had difficulty downloading and printing then switched to another computer, and had a message saying I had downloaded too many times I still haven’t downloaded the second pattern as I still have printer problems So all up in the air


    The Sewing Revival

    Hello Jeanne, Please note that as soon as you click the Download button the files are automatically saved to the "Download" (or sometimes "Document) folder of your device. Please search your computer to find them and re-save in a new folder called "Sewing Patterns". These instructions were on both the Order confirmation email and download emails you received. Also on FAQs. Finally, please remember we are only an email away. If you cannot find the files please reach out to us at

    Trish S.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Sew Easy!!!

    Downloading, printing, cutting, sewing, finishing. All super easy with Sewing Revival patterns!

    Sharon L.
    Canada Canada

    Tui dress

    Size 14 is huge. Going to try cutting the pattern down. wish I had ordered the Med size


    The Sewing Revival

    Hi Sharon, The Tui dress has plenty of ease - but it should not be "huge". Maybe it is worth checking that you made the correct size (ie the UK14 not the US14)?

    Ali A.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom


    As a complete novice this pattern was simple to follow with clear instructions. The Tui dress was made in an afternoon and and the finished garment was a resounding success - due to the excellent pattern and instructions rather than any inherent skill. My nearest and dearest are doubtful that I actually made it! I wholeheartedly recommend The Sewing Revival website and patterns.

    eva g.
    Austria Austria


    I like the pattern very much

    Jane C.
    Portugal Portugal

    Heron Shirt

    Dreadful, frustrating, annoying. Requested a refund, none forthcoming. Two other downloads arrived and achieved. This one was a mess from the off. Obviously my fault though. Of course.


    The Sewing Revival

    So as per my reply to your emails, you were trying to print the AO (large scale file) on your home printer. As I pointed out to you, you need to download and print the PAH (Print-at-home) file on your home printer - the large scale AO file is for printing at a Copy Shop. I even re-sent the PAH file attached to the email as I could see you had not downloaded it.

    Martina A.
    Slovakia Slovakia

    Thank you!

    Gorgeous pattern !! Love it!! Perfect fit, also as oversized :)

    Phyllis S.
    Canada Canada

    Easy pattern

    I have mapped out the pattern pieces and cut out the dress. I haven’t started the sewing yet but so far it is an easy pattern to follow

    Heidi a.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    I'm a relatively ordinary 12, maybe pushing 13 on hips. height 5.4. Made first 'sack' (my word) dress, and didn't adjust at waist, finished it, seemed way too wide across shoulders. pockets hung too long around hips. made a second dress, pulled back seam in to reduce neck/ shoulders. still looked oversized. made a third dress, took up waist to bring pockets up, only marginal improvement. if I attempt again, I'll bring both waist up and back seam in further - so, still not happy.


    The Sewing Revival

    Hello Heidi, I wonder if you choose the right size for you. Please contact me by email with your body measures so I can recommend the size to sew - and check nothing has gone terribly awry here. Address: and we'll get it sorted for you. Kind regards, Janine

    nancy h.
    Canada Canada

    Great dress

    It was easy to sew except for the pockets. I had to change their shape for a smoother fit

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