DIY a Dreamy Cottagecore Dress

10 Materials
3 Hours

There’s nothing better than letting fashion make you feel a little nostalgic. I was so inspired by the cottagecore clothing that I knew I just had to make a dress that would fit with the aesthetic. I decided to DIY the most dreamy dress and it turned out even better than I expected. If you are looking to connect with the cottagecore trend, this tutorial is definitely what you’ve been looking for! Choose your fabric, follow my steps, and get started on sewing an absolutely gorgeous, cottagecore inspired circle dress.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Tailor's chalk/pencil
  • Pins
  • Elastic
  • Zipper
  • Grosgrain
  • Embroidered trim
  • Sewing machine
DIY cottagecore dress
Choose the fabric

To make this amazing cottagecore dress I chose to use this gorgeous, pink, floral, cotton fabric. When sewing your own dress, get creative with color and pattern, and pick a fabric that you love!

Cut the pattern
Cut the fabric

I started by cutting out the fabric, using my pattern pieces. For a look at all the pattern pieces, I used in this project, go to 0:48 in my video. The top bodice piece that had gathering also needed a base piece without gathering, so I pinned my gathered pattern piece down and cut a base from it. 

How to make a cottagecore dress
Sew the bodice

Once I had all my pattern pieces cut out, I was ready to start sewing. I started with the base piece for my top and pinned folds in place to create two pleats. I hopped on over to my sewing machine and sewed the pleats. They definitely helped create a gorgeous fitted look for my cottagecore dress!

Gather the bodice

Next, I gathered the spread top piece. I absolutely love gathering! It creates such a beautiful effect and was exactly what I wanted for this dress!

Sew the neckline

Next, I connected the two top pieces by the neckline. 

Add a stitch

Once I had sewed the two pieces together, I opened up the fabric and added another stitch across the neckline. 

Sew around the bodice

I was finally ready to sew around the whole piece. I couldn’t believe how quickly the bodice was coming together! 

Pin the lower bodice

I then pinned one of the lower bodice pieces onto the top. Once all the pins were in place, I sewed it on. I then made sure to sew the second lower bodice piece onto the other side of the fabric. I gave the bodice a top stitch where the top and bottom connected adding a beautiful clean finish! 

Add darts

It was time to move onto the back and I started by sewing the back darts. Once they were sewed I attached the pieces to the front bodice. 

Add elastic to the sleeves
Attach the sleeves

With the bodice put together and looking amazing, I could move on to the sleeves. I hemmed the bottom of the sleeves and pinned elastic onto both ends making sure they would create a slight gathering to get that perfect cottagecore style. I then sewed on the elastic using a zig-zag stitch. 

Pin on the sleeves

I couldn’t wait to attach the sleeves to my bodice. I pinned them onto the armholes and sewed them in place. 

Cut the skirt
Make the circle skirt

My bodice was finally ready and I was so excited to put the rest of the dress together. For a quick guide on how to make a circle skirt see 4:51 in my video. With my measurements done and my markings and pinnings in place, I started cutting my new circle skirt to add to my amazing dress. I first cut out the smaller semi-circle and then moved on to cut the bigger one. 

Pin to the waistline

Next, I pinned the skirt onto the waistline of my gorgeous new bodice and sewed it on. 

Cut lining

My dreamy cottagecore dress was almost finished but I needed to make a lining for the see-through fabric. I cut out the first piece and then pinned it to the fabric to trace a second piece for the lining. I sewed the sides of the pieces together to make the perfect lining for this dress. 

Pin on the lining

I then pinned my lining onto the inside of my dress at the waistline and sewed it on. 

Add a zipper
Add a zipper

It was time to add the finishing touches and close up the back of the dress. I hemmed the bottom and then moved on to pinning the zipper onto the back. I sewed the zipper on and made sure to also sew closed the bottom of the dress. 

Add grosgrain
Add the finishing touches

I then used grosgrain to finish the back neckline. This small detail definitely added to the cottagecore style. 

Add a trim

For the finishing touches, I added this beautifully embroidered cotton trim as a pleated tier. I absolutely love how much this adds to the look of the dress. It just screams cottagecore! 

Cut the trim

I decided to cut a strip from the extra trim and add it to the bodice as well. 

Add detail to the waistline

I just couldn’t get enough so I mixed in a criss-cross trim across the waistline. Lastly, I added a small silk bow I made from some ribbon to the front of the dress. The small finishing touches definitely created the dreamy style I had hoped for! 

How to sew a cottagecore dress

I am so in love with this cottagecore dress! What fabric would you use for this piece? Let me know in the comments below!  

Suggested materials:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
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2 of 15 comments
  • Isabell
    on Feb 28, 2021

    very feminine, which you don't see too much anymore. love it

  • Vera
    on Mar 2, 2021

    I love it.Soft,feminine. BEAUTIFUL!!Great job.!

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