How to Create a Communion Dress

Updated April 17, 2017

A communion dress is a pale white dress young girls wear when they make their First Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. Making one by hand can be a special way to commemorate this happy occasion. A communion dress is easy enough to make for even novice sewers. All you need is a few basic sewing items and materials for this simple, inexpensive and rewarding project.

Measure the height and chest width of the girl who will wear the dress. Make a pattern by drawing a basic dress shape on a piece of tissue paper meant for making sewing patterns. Draw a scoop neck and small box sleeves. Make sure the chest width and height are drawn to the measurements of the girl, adding 1/8 inch for seam allowance.

Fold a piece of white fabric in half so that you now have a double layer of fabric. Pin the pattern on the fabric with straight pins, then cut out the fabric using the pattern as a guide. Remove the pins and pattern. You should now have two identical dress panels.

Sew the two panels together on a sewing machine. Leave the bottom unsewn for the feet to stick out. Also leave the neck scoop and the arm holes unsewn. Fold over the bottom hem and sew to create a clean hem. Fold over the ends of the sleeves and the neck hole and also sew a hem.

Turn the dress inside out so that the rough edges of the seams are on the inside and the smooth edges are on the outside. Add decorative trim along the bottom hem and around the neck. Lace trim or decorative ribbon works well.


If you have extra time, sew small white beads to the chest of the dress.


Make sure the seams are tightly sewn to prevent rips.

Things You'll Need

  • White fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Tissue paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Trim
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