Be Independent Dress, Skirt & Shorties Pattern Wacky

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 Be Independent Sewing Pattern By Ellie and Mac Sewing Patterns

The Be Independent Dress, Skirt and Shorties PDF Sewing Pattern is a must have!! It features two sleeve options, large front pocket option for the dress and skirt, skirt can have sewn in shorties or you can make the shorties by themselves. The pocket is optional but super fun. I love that you can make this so many different ways!!


This PDF sewing pattern comes in sizes 12 months - big kid 14. 

Be Independent Size Chart for Ellie and Mac Sewing Pattern

Fabric Recommendation:

This pattern is designed for 50% four way stretch knits. Fabric options include, but re not limited to: Cotton Lycra, Bamboo Lycra, Bamboo French Terry, and brushed polyester.

 Be Independent Dress Sewing Pattern fabric Requirements Chart


Dress, Skirt or Shorties 

Short or long sleeves

Skirt can have sewn in shorties

Big pocket is optional

No trim pattern pages

Layers printing feature is included for this pattern for your convenience. 

What's Included:

Pattern pieces for all parts

Projector File with Layers

A0 Print Shop Pattern Pieces Option

Fabric Requirements Chart

Size Chart

Tips and Notes


Table of contents

Pattern Piece Diagram

Printing Instructions

Supply List

Step-by-step instructions.  Each step has a color photo for visual aid.

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This pattern is copy written.

You may use this pattern to create and sell dresses of your own. Giving credit to the pattern when selling would be appreciated, but not required.

You may not edit or recreate this pattern to sell.

You can not distribute this pattern to others.

You may not mass produce this pattern or clothing made using it.

I want you to love what you make and have fun making it.











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Customer Reviews

Based on 30 reviews
Jeni B.
Great Showcase

I made this dress for my eight year old niece. I had offered to make her a dress, and she wanted leopard print but I only had half a metre. With this pattern, I could really showcase the leopard print on the pocket, sleeves and neckband and also make her some leopard print pants. The main dress was a co-ordinating striped fabric which she chose and I made her some striped shorts to go with it! This dress is fabulous when you need to show off a limited fabric - and BIG POCKET! My niece absolutely loves it!

Lynda Marcotte

J’adore faire ce patron

Jill Hulme
Independent dress

Really enjoyed the outcome for this dress for my 5 year old granddaughter, she loved it.

Madeleine Collins
Be independent dress and shorties pattern

Hi, I purchased this lovely E&M pattern for my granddaughter. She already has the twirl and duchess coat. E&M are my go to people for PDFs for two reasons:
1. They are so well thought out/easy to follow
2. True to size (my grandies live an hour away so I don’t get to measure them much) and whatever I make always fits them so well.
Love this dress- didn’t make the pockets - kept is simple - front back and long sleeves.
The new owner was thrilled!

Jane Cairns
Easy make

Easy to follow and different ways to change the look

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