Hundreds of Free Dress Patterns, Templates & Tutorials
If you are looking for pretty feminine dresses to sew, or to add more patterns to your stash, please take a look at my collection of FREE downloadable and printable dress patterns, pdf files, and tutorials which can be downloaded at a click of a button. I have collected this massive list of patterns from a wide selection of trendy designers and talented seamstresses from all over the web, which I am sharing here with you! Go ahead and download tons of free patterns and tutorials for your pattern stash!
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Your FREE Pattern List:
- Striped Dress Tutorial & Pattern: By Melanie Lalonde for thelittleststudio.com
Make a dress that’s the epitome of classic style and timeless fashion with this Modern Grace Dress Pattern. This free dress pattern is the perfect combination of vintage-inspired style with a modern edge. Inspired by 50s shapes and silhouettes worn by Princess Grace, this A-line dress is a fashion-forward pattern that can be worn any time of year and is great for any working woman. One of our absolute favorite modern sewing patterns for women, this dress pattern comes as a top and skirt, which is great for making stylish separates that you can mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe. Design a gorgeous vintage-inspired dress that’s lovely on any body shape with this pretty and ladylike sewing pattern. Get the pattern & tutorial here.
2. The Day Date Dress: By Leanne Barlow from elleapparelblog.com
As the clock reminds you that it’s almost noon, you have butterflies in your stomach. You couldn’t be more excited because today you’re debuting The Day Date Dress to your sweetheart. With the hem falling just below the knee and the cinched waist emphasizing your hourglass shape, you feel confident in this classic silhouette. It’s incredible that last weekend you were able to learn how to sew a dress that looks this retro-chic. The doorbell rings and you grab your satchel and sunhat, ready for the day in your new DIY dress. This free sewing tutorial requires 2 yards of fabric or more or a light-weight knit fabric. Get the pattern & tutorial here.
3. Wear Everywhere Dress: By Deby from So Sew Easy
The free dress pattern is a super simple, easy dress pattern for the ‘Wear Everywhere Dress‘. Made for knit fabrics with a moderate stretch, this dress has just two pattern pieces, the sleeves are already built in and its easy to fit to your shape. A perfect beginner sewing pattern. Plus – this dress is so versatile – dress it up, dress it down, dress it smart or casual. It all depends on your fabric choices and accessories. Get the pattern & tutorial here.
4. Easy Maxi Dress: By Jess from Sewing Rabbit
There is something classy about an easy dress that let’s you simply shine. A maxi dress is just that. You can wear this silhouette in the Winter with a scarf, a blazer and some boots -or- in the Summer belted at the waist or free flowing, with sandals and a statement necklace – and always look fabulous.
To make a maxi dress you don’t need a lot of sewing skills, or even a fancy pattern. All you need are some basic sewing essentials and a T-shirt that you like the fit of. Get pattern & tutorial here.
5. Printable DIY Maxi Dress Pattern and Tutorial: By Tatiana from Dressytalk.com
Create a fabulous day-to-night dress with the Printable DIY Maxi Dress Pattern and Tutorial! The best part about this sewing pattern is that you can print out the directions in order to draft your dress and follow the sewing tutorial. It’ll only take you a couple hours to make, too. This DIY dress is guaranteed to fit because you’ll take your measurements and you’ll be able to wear it out later that day or the next day. DIY fashion is the best way to show off your unique style and you won’t have to go through the hassle of the mall to have new clothes. Get the pattern & tutorial here.
6. Raglan Maxi Dress: By Autumn from It’s Always Autumn
This dress has probably been one of my favourite items of clothing I’ve ever made for myself so I decided to pull it out of the sewing archives and share it again today. I made it three years ago and it still gets regular wear. I LOVE maxi dresses because they’re comfortable and versatile (without being too dressy). But I especially love this maxi dress – turns out that as each year passes my waistline gets a little harder to find so the stretchy waistband on this dress is one of those gifts that keeps on giving!
I made this maxi dress using a free t-shirt pattern and adding on a stretchy waistband and a skirt. The free pattern I used is only available in women’s size Large, but you should be able to follow along with any tee pattern than fits you well. This tutorial requires moderate sewing skills and will likely be too involved for an absolute beginner. I mean it’s still a pretty easy sew that basically involves sewing a tee and a skirt and connecting them in the middle, so if you’ve sewn tees and skirts before, don’t be intimidated. Get the pattern & tutorial here.
7. 29 Long Summer Dresses & Skirts: By: Kirsten Kwon, Editor at AllFreeSewing.com
It’s no secret that maxi dresses have been one of this summer’s most popular trends. What’s not to love? They’re slimming and comfortable, they flatter every body type, and they’re easy to dress up or keep casual. Oh, and one more thing to love about these long dresses for summer—you can actually make them yourself!
Sure, you can find these maxi dresses all over the stores, but at a much higher price. As sewists, we’re always looking for the DIY option. In this collection, you’ll find some of the best 29 Long Dresses for Summer, Women’s Maxi Dresses, and Long Skirt Patterns. Women’s maxi dresses are all the rage, and even when summer comes to a close, these pieces can easily carry over into fall with the addition of a cute jacket and boots. Get all 29 patterns & tutorials here!
8. Little Black Dress Pattern: By Deby from So Sew Easy
Party season is coming! It’s time to think about what you’ll wear for the holiday season this year. Want to wow them at the office party? Then you’ll need something ‘on-trend’ and with lace, one-shoulder and asymmetrical dresses all being in fashion, I’ve combined to create a free little black dress pattern that I think is a winner. Get the pattern & tutorial here.
9. Dress with Decorative Bodice: By Modern Sewing Patterns
Available as a pdf printable pattern, in sizes S and XL. This sewing pattern is for a low necked bodice dress with a variable skirt length… it is suitable for turning into a summer throw-over or can be created as a more formal evening-wear gown. The instructions provided are fairly basic but are easy to follow. Not suitable for a novice sewist. Get the pattern and instructions here.
10. Flutter Skirt Dress: By Weekend Designer
An exotic twist on the classic wrap dress, this deliciously flattering style is designed for drapey, fluid fabrics like silky jersey, luscious rayon or lightweight cottons. The dress has a below-knee length half-circle wrap skirt, and features a gathered neckband on a halter tie. This great wrap-around is sure to become a staple of your wardrobe – it’s your go-to style for dressy daywear or a low-key evening outfit on the town. The dress is easy to make, requiring only two pattern pieces, and no fitting is required. Grab the pattern here!
11. Frill Dress: By Modern Sewing Patterns
For a fun party feel there is nothing more appropriate than structured bodice dresses with lots of frills. This dress design has all these features and comes with a downloadable printable pattern. It is a project suitable for someone with some sewing experience who understands pattern directions without requiring step-by-step photographs. Download the pattern here.
12. Boho Maxi Dress: By Katy from Sweet Verbena
This is a easy dress pattern which is suitable for a first time dress-maker or someone with more experience. The pattern is very easy and there is not too much sewing. A perfect sew for an afternoon before heading out to enjoy the summer weather. Find the pattern here.
13. San Telmo Dress Tutorial: By Needles, Thread and Love
I recently made a dress that I really love and it wasn’t too hard to make so I thought I’d make a quick tutorial for it. Its a lovely, simple dress with a lot of opportunities to add your own design flair! Describing how to make a pattern through a tutorial is difficult but luckily it has a loose fit and an elastic waistband so its not crucial that its perfect. I will do my best to convey clear instructions and I hope that you love your dress! Get the pattern here.
14. High Low Dress: by Cotton and Curls
I love how comfy it is with the elastic waist, yet is is uber feminine. Perfect for that special date that you want to feel comfy by look stunning! This dress does take a little bit more time, but it is easy to do with very little seams. Grab the pattern here!
15. The Brigitte Dress: By Love Sewing Magasine
Get your FREE pattern here! That’s right – a free dress pattern for you all to download! It’s the gorgeous stripy Brigitte Dress from our Issue 1 front cover!
16. Jackie Shift Dress: By My Handmade Space
Get this pattern here. The Jackie Shift Dress FREE Pattern is a figure flattering shift dress that is very simple and easy to sew. You can dress it up or down depending on the fabric you use.
17. Bette Free Vintage Dress: By My Handmade Space
Bette is a figure flattering flirty frock, with stunning bodice and skirt that can be worked up in a variety of different fabrics to create your own individual style. The bold polka dot cottons look great for this model – but the full skirt frock will look equally beautiful worked up in solid cottons or embroidered silks. Get the printable pattern here.
18. Short Strapless Dress – for homecoming dance! By My Handmade Space
A short strapless dress is the perfect homecoming dress! Your options are unlimited with this pattern. You can change the look from casual to formal and if you lengthen the skirt you can also sew a gown with it. To add fullness to the skirt you can use tulle. Download the pattern here.
19. Peep Hole Dress: By My Handmade Space
I love this dress that I found on Pinterest. It is so youthful and I think is perfect for a homecoming. It has a high neck with a peep hoke and the back in in lace. I love the lace in the back! You can make a dress like this one with this pattern from m-sewing. Shorten the length and use lace fabric in the back. For a similar look, accentuate your waist with a nice belt. This example is black, but for my daughter I would sew it in red or blue.
20. Tulip Dress: By The Felted Fox
Sew a Moxy inspired tulip dress with this pattern & tutorial from The Felted Fox blog. The Moxy dress price tag was $140 and Nicole was able to make her version with just $15 and 2 hours of work.
21. Kimono Dress: by Sew in Love
Go to the pattern instructions here. The kimono dress is a great addition to your summer wardrobe. It was inspired by a loose fitting Boho style dress with a high waistline and is very comfortable to wear.
22. Evening Dress Pattern: by Tank Ediz
This Evening Dress Pattern is for a long dress with a high neck, mermaid cut skirt and has some pretty lace details. This design was inspired by a dress designed by Tanik Ediz. The mermaid cut is a typical silhouette for his stunning designs. It is a great pattern for formal activities and it is also perfect as a prom dress. This dress pattern is available in European sizes 44-54 (14-24 USA Sizes). Simple changes such as changing the fabrics, combining sheer and mesh fabrics, or adding sleeves will make many different looks.
23. Tunic Dress Pattern: by Papavero
This Tunic pattern is a sporty dress that has a fashionable and modern shape. I’m sure you are going to love it! This tunic dress is very easy to sew and easy to wear. It has a bust dart which make it flattering to all figures types, including pregnant ladies.
The Tunic Pattern is available in European sizes 32-52 (US sizes 4-24) and come in different lengths. Get the pattern and instructions here.
24. Spring / Summer Dress: by Bernina
The free summer dress pattern is for this flattering short sleeves dress with faux leather details on the front and the back. The dress has a V neckline and is available in European sizes 36-48 (US sizes 2 to 16). This free pattern is from the German website of Bernina, sewing machine brand. Get the pattern here.
25. Asymmetrical Party Dress: by Papavero
The Free Dress Pattern is for a beautiful asymmetric dress that can be used for many different occasions depending on the fabric you choose. The dress is very wide at the bottom with an asymmetric wrapped skirt slightly larger than circle skirt, and the bodice is also asymmetric in both at the front and back. The free pattern is available in all sizes: European sizes 32-52 (equivalent to US sizes 4-24)
This dress in red will give it a formal look which is perfect for a party, a wedding, or even from prom. The wide skirt is gorgeous!
26. Valentina Dress: by Sew Mag
The pretty polka dot has timeless appeal, that’s why we’ve created this dreamy dress to give you a slice of fifties flair. Consisting of a fitted bodice and multiple skirt pieces for added swish, this frock is perfect for crisp cottons and lightweight linens. Get the pattern and instructions here.
27. Eilis Dress – by Amanda Walker
Grab this fab pattern here. This light and lovely shirt dress is great for layering now, then staying cool all summer long – especially if you opt for chambray, like Amanda Walker has here (don’t forget to neaten the raw edges). You’ll add shaping with simple darts and tucks, then master gathered-head sleeves and inserting an invisible zipper… we promise it will quickly become a favourite in your me-made wardrobe!
28. Josie Tunic Dress – by Amanda Walker
Download the pattern here. The perfect go-to for Sunday walks, this cosy tunic by Amanda Walker features contrast pockets and neck lining plus a dropped waistline that is slightly curved for interest. Ponte Roma is an easy knit fabric to work with that skims over your body and doesn’t crease. Stay tape is used here to stabilise the base and cuffs, but if you don’t have any you can easily substitute hemming tape or interfacing.
29. Orla Dress – by Amanda Walker
Download the pattern here. Made up in a bold retro-inspired print, this smart shift dress by Amanda Walker features the holy grail of any garment… built-in pockets! These edges, along with those of the neckline, sleeve cuffs and hemlines, are all bound in a contrast colour bias binding that you’ll be making yourself to achieve the perfect finish, as well as inserting a concealed zip.
30. Twiggy Shift Dress – by Amanda Walker
Get this classic pattern here. The classic shift dress has been reinvented over and over, flattering boyish frames and curvy figures alike. Here, Amanda Walker creates structured lines with her simple design, which includes shapely darts and practical pockets – perfect for beginners! If using a check fabric, cut out the front dress first, then lay the pockets directly onto it to ensure a perfect pattern match.
31. Shakira Party Dress – by Amanda Walker
Download this easy pattern here. This beauty by Amanda Walker is simply comprised of two nearly identical pieces that are finished with an easy neckband, and you don’t need to shape the body as this is done with a tie-belt. It’s perfect for party season!
32. Eve Dress – by Julia Claridge
Get this super pattern here. Adding panels of an interesting fabric like lace gives even the most simply constructed dresses extra oomph. Here, Julia Claridge has doubled up jersey to give this sleeveless shift dress extra weight; if you would like to do the same, simply cut twice the amount of front/back pieces and layer when piecing the dress together. To help manage the jersey’s stretch, pin parallel to the straight grain and work in a narrow, long zig zag stitch throughout.
33. The Freya Collection – by Sew Mag
Get this pattern here. These dress and tunic designs are easy to wear and versatile pieces for a summer wardrobe. The pattern could easily be extended to make a full-length maxi dress, ideally in a fine cotton to wear on a holiday evening out.
34. Fitted Dress – by Sew Mag
Download the pattern here. Finding the perfect fit may be a lifelong quest, but this gently flared sheath is quick to construct. By stitching together a series of fabric panels using Princess seams, you’ll create a frock that perfectly complements your curves. Choose a print or a solid pastel for instant figure-flattering glam.
35. No Pattern Tunic Dress – by Sew Mag
Follow the instructions here. This easy belted tunic dress is the perfect project if you’ve ever wanted to try drafting your own pattern. Simply follow the diagrams to measure and cut the pieces from rectangles of fabric. This is a loose-fitting style which should fit most sizes, however, as you are creating your own pattern from a rectangle of fabric, it is easy to adjust to make it larger or smaller if desired to fit your own measurements.
36. Staple Dress – by Sew Mag
Download here. A cute staple frock can make a huge impact, especially when you use a bold print. Treat yourself to a make-in-a-day dress in a lightweight cotton or glam it up with a silky drape. With just two pattern pieces and an elasticated waist, it’s the perfect easy-stitch wardrobe essential.
37. Bette Dress – by Sew Mag
Grab this fab vintage pattern here. Long-time readers of Sew may fondly remember our Bette dress from our earliest issue, a gorgeous 50s style frock with a nipped in waist and five panel skirt, sewn in a red polka dot fabric. With our 100th issue upon us, we decided to bring back this blast from the past for those who missed it the first time round – not only does it look great, it also provides the opportunity to try sewing a concealed zip and adding a net underskirt for added fullness.
38. Betty Dress – by Tessa Evelegh
Download the pattern here. This elegant tea dress, featured in The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe by Tessa Evelegh features a floaty bias cut skirt and flirty little sleeves. Use your own body measurements to adjust the bodice pattern to fit your shape and make the same adjustments when you have sewn the bodice shell together and before you stitch on the skirt. The skirt is cut on the bias, which means that it fits neatly into the waistline without any bunchy gathers, yet provides plenty of fullness at the hemline.
39. Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) Dress – by Dolin Bliss O’Shea
Download this stunning vintage pattern here. Audrey Hepburn and the little black dress go hand in hand. This design, created by Dolin Bliss O’Shea, was inspired by the frock Audrey wore in the classic movie Sabrina and epitomises one of the most popular silhouettes of the 1950s. It has a fitted bodice with a full skirt that shows off a narrow waist. Classic yet elegant in style, much like Audrey herself, it features princess seams, a fully lined bodice and bow details at the straps. Make up in silk dupion, shantung, taffeta, or duchess satin.
40. Shirred Maxi Dress – by Torie Jayne
Get this pattern here. This easy-to-make maxi dress by Torie Jayne is perfect for summer, stitched in a lightweight, drapey fabric. It can be easily adjusted for your size – simply make the bust larger or smaller by increasing the depth and length of the panel. To make the skirt larger or smaller, just increase the width of the panels. As for the hem, mark your desired length, plus 2cm for the hem allowance and 6mm for the seam at the top.
41. Sewing Bee Shift Dress – by Tess Evelegh
Get this classic pattern here. Every woman looks good in a classic shift dress, but it only works if the fit is perfect. A dress that skims the contours will always be more flattering than one that is skin tight, and the way to achieve that is by using a design with several points of adjustment. This design by Tess Evelegh has princess seams, darts and a waistline seam, all of which can be adjusted on the pattern before you cut it out, then fitted as you sew. Make in casual linen or printed silk for the festive season.
42. Sewing Bee Draped Dress – by Claire-Louise Hardie
Download the pattern here. You’ll steal the show with this draped number by Producer of The Great British Sewing Bee, Claire-Louise Hardie. Inspired by contemporary Japanese cutting styles, this elegant dress boasts a fantastic silhouette that incorporates kimono sleeves, hidden pockets and a stylish front pleat. Its loose-fitting style works great with all figures, and with just three main body pieces it’s an absolute cinch to make! Pair with statement bangles and Chelsea boots for an effortless look that will take you stylishly from day to night.
43. Sewing Bee Shift Dress – by Sew Mag
Get the pattern here. This semi-fitted shift dress is perfect for practising key techniques such as inserting facings, sleeves and a concealed zip. The hem is finished with a narrow band of self fabric bias binding as a mini facing. There is also a choice between a high or V-neck and the pattern can be shortened to make a T-shirt variation. The casual style means minimal fitting for a fuss-free garment that will flatter most figures.
45. Anza Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the pattern here. Sew this gorgeous design in cotton or silk and be chic or casual, whatever the occasion. With cuffed sleeves, a drawstring waist and front-buttoned V-neck, you’ll love pushing your skills with this pattern. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
46. Jersey Dress Pattern – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the pattern here. This pretty, flared dress is perfect for spring days and so quick to whip up in jersey knit fabric! You can add button tabs for a retro finish. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
47. Stitch Happy Denim Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the template here. The Himari dress is an easy-wear, easy-make garment with front tie belt and Sashiko stitching detail. Although we used printed fabric, why not try embroidering the yokes yourself? Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
48. Jersey Tea Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the template here. This cosy jersey dress is inspired by vintage tea dress silhouettes and is great with boots and tights. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
49. Angled Ponte Roma Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the pattern here. This cosy Ponte Roma dress lets you play around with colour-blocking and is great with boots and tights. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
50. Named Jersey Knot Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get this great pattern here. This clever knot-front dress is made of multiple layers, making it a cosy, winter favourite! Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
51. Think Pink Kimono Style Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the pattern here. There’s nothing better than a cool and comfortable dress you can throw on and step out in. This chic kimono-style shift has got you covered. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
52. Cap Sleeve Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the template here. Cecily is a charming cap-sleeved dress with an optional belt, pleated waistline and a side-seam zip opening. What is not to love? Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
53. A-line Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the pattern and instructions here. Become your own fabric designer with our clever printing tutorial, perfect for making a breezy tunic dress. This project includes both templates and instructions so make sure you’ve downloaded everything before you begin.
54. Maisie Dress (Raglan style) – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the pattern here! The Maisie dress is a modern, raglan sleeve tunic with delicate neckline gathers, perfect for fabric with lots of drape. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
55. Fit and Flare Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the pattern here. This vintage inspired fit and flare dress features a lined bodice, v-neck neckline and, most importantly, pockets! Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
56. Amelia Maxi Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the pattern and instructions here. This easy-to-make, vintage-inspired dress is the perfect day-to-evening pattern with a choice of two lengths of fluttery sleeve. The shirred waist panel means getting a great fit is even easier! Amelia will look great for a sunny day out in a pretty Tana lawn, or in a glamorous viscose or silk when attending a wedding or party.
57. Ruffle Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Download the pattern here. Everyone needs a sophisticated go to party dress, and this one ticks all the boxes with its on trend ruffle detail and curvaceous fit. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
58. Button Back Baby Doll Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get this cute pattern here. This swinging 60s-style baby doll dress mixes an empire line and button back closure for easy appeal. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
59. Caroline Shift Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the pattern here. Don’t let lightweight fabric get the best of you. Whip up this Darling dress by Sew Caroline. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
60. Lillian Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Download the pattern here. With no closures necessary; just pop this dress over your head and off you go! Practise sewing simple raglan sleeves, an elasticated neckline and fun patch-flap pockets. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
61. Marjorie Empire Line Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Download this pattern here. Marjorie is a sleek and sophisticated long-sleeved empire dress made in a fluid crepe. Burgundy wine is a great colour for autumn/winter and a longer length and slender line makes this a flattering figure-hugging dress. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
62. Babydoll dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Download pattern here. A cute shift dress is a wardrobe essential. This Simple Sew pattern is perfect for casual summer days and easily dressed up for a night on the town. Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
63. Lauren Guthrie Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Download the pattern here. This classic design is fitted around the bust and waist, flaring out slightly with a gathered skirt. Flattering and fashionable, don’t be afraid to embellish and adapt its features! Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
64. Gretchen Gertie Hirsch Floral Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Download the pattern and instructions here. Gretchen Hirsch is back with her fantastic book full of gorgeous dresses. With its simple construction, the floral day dress is an elegant classic that will make it a favourite in your closet. This download contains both the templates and instructions so make sure you have everything saved before getting started!
65. Cowl Dress – by Tanya Whelan
Download the pattern here. Whether it’s at a sidewalk cafe in the City of Lights or in your own town, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to wear this beautifully draped cowl dress from sewing pro Tanya Whelan. This download includes both the pattern instructions and templates so make sure you have everything downloaded before you begin!
66. Great British Sewing Bee Drapey Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the pattern and instructions here. This drapey dress is designed to flatter all figures. It has an elegant silhouette inspired by contemporary Japanese cutting styles. Made up of just three main body pieces, it features kimono sleeves, hidden pockets and a stylish front pleat detail. This dress is designed to be made up in double-knit jersey, often called Ponte Roma, which is a stable knit suitable for anyone scared of sewing stretch fabric. This is an ideal dress for transitional seasons, as it works well on its own or with wool tights and a fitted top. This pattern includes the templates and instructions.
67. Ava Sun Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Get the pattern and instructions here. Download the beautiful Ava dress sewing pattern today, absolutely free. Ava Gardner was a sultry beauty from the 1950s, famous for her femme fatale roles and her marriage to Frank Sinatra. We think she’d love this glamourous style. Why not try it in classic 50s polka dots? This pattern includes templates and instructions.
68. Brigitte Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Download the pattern and instructions here. That’s right, a free dress pattern for you all to download! It’s the gorgeous stripey Brigitte Dress from Love Sewing Mag’s Issue 1 front cover! This pattern includes the templates and instructions.
69. Victory Patterns Georgia Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Download the pattern here. Kristiann of indie pattern brand Victory Patterns shares a project from her beautiful new book where mix-and-match bodice, skirt and sleeve blocks can inspire you to create a truly unique handmade wardrobe. The style possibilities are boundless! Please be aware this download is for the pattern templates only.
70. Jeanette Dress – by Love Sewing Mag
Download the pattern and instructions here. Try this stylish jersey dress with eye-catching sleeves. This pattern includes templates and instructions.
71. DIY Wrap Dress Tutorial and Pattern instructions – by Simply Sewing Mag
Download tutorial here. Twist it, drape it, tie it… one dress, countless ways to wear it, and we’re here to show you how to sew it! Portia Lawrie has designed this convertible wrap dress tutorial for a clever multi-style frock that makes party dressing a doddle. Read on to find out how it’s done…
With a multitude of configurations giving you lots of different looks, this one dress will see you through many parties! Whether you go demure, vampish, classic or asymmetric, this style gives you oodles of options to suit any occasion. What’s more, it’s simple and quick to make. You’re welcome…
72. Island Flouncer Dress – by The Weekend Designer
Get the pattern here. A flirty flouncer has that button-to-hem flippancy and shows lots of sun-kissed shoulder.
A very easy sundress draft to get you in that tantalizing “island-in-the-sun” attitude.
73. Mendocino Sundress – by Heather Ross
Go to the pattern here. This is my most favorite summer dress: simple, chic, comfy, lovely. I have had students (at Purl Patchwork) of every shape and size make and wear this dress, it truly works on everybody. I am thrilled to offer the pattern for this fun little dress as a free download for a limited time.
74. Infinity Dress – by Sew Like My Mom
Go to the tutorial and pattern instructions here. I’m always searching for a beautiful, well-fitting, versatile dress, and I finally found it. In fact, I MADE it. The infinity dress has got it all! You can wear this amazing dress basically any way you feel comfortable–and it can look like a new dress each time!
75. Soho Maxi Dress – by Sew Much Ado
Go to the tutorial here. The SoHo Maxi Dress is perfect for even a beginner sewer. No better way to build your confidence with knits than to jump right in! You can make this!
76. Golden Goddess Gown – by Sharon Sews
Go to the pattern instructions here. How to sew a smokin’ hot side tie infinity tube dress in two hours. No pattern needed!
77. Coffee Date Dress – by Elaine May (Burda Style)
Get the pattern and instructions here. The Coffee Date Dress pattern now comes in standard BurdaStyle sizes 34-42, based on JJ’s fantastic bodice sloper. It has a simple silhouette with a ruffle detail and just enough swing in the A-line skirt to make it dainty and feminine. It’s quick and simple to make and very versatile- try it in a neutral with a cardigan for work, in navy silk for dinner out, in a fun print with a big belt for weekends, or in black or fuschia satin for a festive cocktail party.
78. Nautical Halter Dress – by Christopher Deane (Weekend Designer)
Go to the pattern here. In many cases, discover your fabric as inspiration and the theme for the piece begins there. There are so many design ideas you can do with patterned fashion fabric and a bit of elastic. Take for instance, the Selma dress with an elasticized bodice and striking rope trim makes for a nautical style and fun back by Christopher Deane. Come across your own themed fabric and try this dress draft for summer.
79. Carmen Dress 1950’s Vintage Dress – by Ralph Pink.com
Download the pattern here. This sewing pattern was originally designed and made for a wedding. A friend of mine wanted something unique, delicate and reminiscent of the 1950’s. it was designed and pattern cut in a generic UK10 and then altered to fit her perfectly. The pattern in this download is the original UK size 10 without any bespoke changes.
The finished dress was constructed from a sand-washed, pastel blue satin and looked gorgeous. Its main design feature is a vertical pleat placed just over the bust. It’s a lovely feature as it turns the only dart on the front into a design feature, making the whole dress look seamless.
I recommend adding a petticoat and a thin belt to continue that 1950’s flare.
80. Easy to sew Shift Dress – Threads Magasine
Go to the download page here. Here, this basic shift is elevated by bias tape trimmed edges, a contrasting hem band, bust inset and gathers, and fabric-covered buttons. This version is made of lightweight denim and calico prints. To keep it drapey, stick to a medium or lightweight fabric. With frock, you’ll be guaranteed to transition your wardrobe into fall with style.
81. Shirred Border Print Sundress – by the Weekend Designer
Go to the pattern instructions here. Shirred sundresses with spaghetti straps are a fun wardrobe item. Whether you’re hanging out by the pool or just chilling on a summer day, this dress keeps you looking sweet and fresh all day long. The border print detail on the fashion model (ASOS Dresses) adds to the shirred bust panel with thin ribbon tie shoulder straps. This is a quick little dress that is easy to whip up in a day without a pattern and looks flattering on most body shapes.
82. Hope Wrap Dress – By Burda Style
Go to the download page here. Hope is a simple wrap dress pattern for knit fabrics with some stretch. The dress uses binding around the unfinished edges which continues to form the ties. This dress is a quick make with only 3 pattern pieces! Make it your own!
83. Cocktail Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
Go to the pattern page here. This party dress will become an instant favourite and could double up as a little black dress if made using black silk fabric. Take care when working with silk or viscose fabrics as they are very slippery!
84. Shirt Dress – by Burda Style
Go to the pattern here. The addition of buttonholes means that this is not a dress for complete beginners, but the pockets make it really practical for everyday use.
85. Wedding Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
Get this stunning pattern here. Making your own wedding dress may seem like quite a challenge, but if you’ve made clothing before it’s very achievable and much cheaper than buying one.
86. Setaria Dress Redux – by Mood Sewciety
Get the pattern here. The newly iconic Blazer Dress has been powering its way to the forefront of everyone’s wardrobes! And really, who doesn’t want to feel empowered by the way they dress? Bringing a fresh new take on the ‘Women in Menswear’ trend, the Setaria Dress sewing pattern is as versatile as they come.
87. Bellium Dress Pattern – by Mood Sewciety
Get the pattern here! Music and fashion will forever go hand-in-hand. Let’s face it, everyone pulls inspiration from their favorite artists; and, if you’re a fan of ’80s music, like me, I’m sure Prince is likely towards the top of your list too! Between his flamboyant style and hit movie Purple Rain, he had all of us wanting to rock this regal color. Our Bellium Dress free sewing pattern is the perfect way to honor one of the most influential musical artists of all time!
88. Cypress Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Get this pretty pattern here. From the crisp shawl collar and self-covered buttons, this stunning A-line dress is flattering for most body shapes!
89. Shirley Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Download this gorgeous pattern here! In 1947, Christian Dior changed the fate of fashion with his “New Look” collection, bringing his iconic “fit-and-flare” silhouette into focus. Defining ‘50s fashion was just the beginning of its impact, as it continues making its way into wardrobes today! Personally, I would never pass up the opportunity to add a retro dress to my collection and that’s why The Shirley Dress is, without a doubt, my new favorite.
90. Gilia Dress Redux – by Mood Sewciety
Grab this fab pattern here. Just when you thought the Gilia Dress free sewing pattern couldn’t get any better, it gets taken up a notch! Our revamped version, in a foil printed ponte, is jam packed with captivating details like lace and striped ribbon. Designing a beautiful dress, capable of storytelling through expressive fabric placement, was my goal for this project. Inspiration for my take on this dress drew from, none other than, designer, Bryon Lars – I absolutely love how he mixes patterns and textures! Whether you debut your Gilia dress on date night or at a wedding in the city, you’ll instantly spark conversation and certainly want to wear it again and again!
91. Vinca Dress Pattern – by Mood Sewciety
Get this sexy pattern here. For those Sunday afternoons when you’re feeling extra creative and can’t wait to add a new garment to your wardrobe, try out The Vinca Dress sewing pattern! Follow our lead by using a soft ponte for a look that’s equal parts comfy and chic, or go a step further and be a bit more daring with a dash of something metallic, maybe even opt for a hearty helping of stretch faux leather – anything to make these zippers pop! Not a fan of the bodycon silhouette? Forgo the zippers and make some noise with Mood’s fringe sequin fabrics.
92. Rodanthe Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Get this simply stunning dress here. How often do you find yourself dreaming of new garments at the end of Fashion Week? From wide-legged pants to ’40s style pleats, I’m loving all of the throwbacks, but nothing caught my eye quite as much as this ’50s-esque dress from Georges Hobeika’s Spring 2019 Couture Collection. With its adorable bouncy circle skirt and a gorgeously beaded crop top for a modern twist, I needed something similar in my wardrobe immediately. The Rodanthe Dress gives off similarly vintage vibes with the added benefit of pockets. Match your accessories to the delicate lace-up top, or skip the additional layer altogether and opt for a simple sweetheart gown perfect in an organdy, faille, or brocade. However you style the Rodanthe, you’re sure to stun!
93. Sagittaria Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Download this beautiful pattern here. Sundress season is upon us, ladies, and we have the perfect pattern for you! The Sagittaria Dress will have you ready for all your Spring and Summer festivals. It’s long and layered, perfect in a pleated flowing lace, with a flounce that will have you feeling like a goddess. Whether you are attending a music festival or checking out a street fair, this dress will provide the perfect mix of style and comfort. Pop on a large leather belt and a crossbody bag for a great weekend look! How awesome would this dress be for a casual private Spring wedding?
94. Todea Dress Pattern – by Mood Sewciety
Go to this pattern here. Velvet was a runway favorite during the most recent London Fashion Week, with slinky silhouettes emanating from ALEXACHUNG, Emilio de la Morena, and more, which meant it was time for a new free pattern! Personally, I love the Nineties vibes that come with long velvet gowns, but the Todea Dress sewing pattern can be made with a variety of fabrics to suit your style. Try a silk charmeuse to hop on the lingerie-inspired trend, or opt for a bamboo jersey for chic comfort!
95. Nerine Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Download this pattern here. I love the idea of being able to wear one garment to a variety of events with just a simple tweek, and The Nerine Dress is exactly that. With the base of a simple pencil dress that can be perfect for the office, this pattern can instantly transform into a nighttime look with the addition of a detachable skirt that can be worn three different ways. Keep it casual with a form-fitting ponte or up the elegance for a prom or wedding look with a brocade, jacquard, or even sequins!
96. Laurel Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Get this super sexy pattern here. Special occasions call for special garments and our next free pattern, the Laurel Dress, is absolutely perfect for a night out on the town! Prepare to be the centre of attention during cocktail hour and the life of the party at your exclusive event. You’ll sparkle and shine in this long sleeve bodycon dress as Mood Fabrics baby sequin mesh hugs every curve! The plunging neckline is tastefully done, and it’s fully lined in a matching stretch Ponte Roma.
97. Laelia Tunic Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Get this pattern here. A simple silhouette is a must when you want a fabric to speak for itself, and the Laelia Tunic is the perfect versatile pattern for such a project. We paired with with an all-over sequin mesh and included a hem band to make it a great mini-dress option for a night out. Skip the band though, and you have a fluid tank that’s just begging to be made with a silk print or billowing crepe. However you choose to style your Laelia pattern, you’re sure to stay chic and comfortable!
98. Yarrow Dress Redux – Mood Sewciety
Get this pattern here. I’ve been doing a lot of historical reading lately. Books on the twenties, the French Revolution, the Victorian Era, anything I can get my hands on. With every passing page, I fantasize about dressing in the garb of the times. With my body type, I’ve never felt comfortable in a drop waist, and unfortunately, the bustle and corset went out of style over 100 years ago. That leaves me with the vestiges of Victorian style, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
99. Hydrangea Gown – Mood Sewciety
Go to this fab gown pattern here. How often do you find a dress that can travel from season to season without issue? Or find a bridesmaid gown that everyone in your party loves? With a convertible gown, your wardrobe concerns go out the window! The Hydrangea features a simple slip-style dress that can be made out of anything from this rainbow lame to brocade to sequins! As an added bonus, the pattern also comes with an evening length gathered skirt and separate top, featuring gorgeous statement sleeves that would look stunning in a soft tulle, organza, or even a double georgette! Pair the dress with just the skirt for a sleek gala look, or skip the long skirt and opt for the top on those chillier nights. My personal favorite aspect of this pattern is its potential for embellishments, especially when Mood has so many exquisite appliqués and rhinestone trims to choose from!
100. Xeranthemum Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Download the pattern and instructions here. High fashion in a flash! The Xeranthemum dress exactly what you need for your upcoming dinner parties and holiday gatherings. Its super flattering shape and easy to sew design will make this your key fall wardrobe piece. You’ll want to wear it everywhere! You can try it in a solid Ponte de Roma for everyday wear or go with a luscious stretch velour, like we did, for a glamorous cocktail vibe. This upcoming holiday season you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank on your wardrobe, while still looking like a million bucks!
101. Ursinia Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Download the pattern here. Class up your classic shirt dress with some of those stunning ruffles we’ve been seeing on the runways lately! The Ursinia Dress, a more casual sister to our Ulmus Dress, is ideal for your next summer getaway. Cute, comfortable, and fabulously flirty.
102. Ulmus Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Go to the pattern here. Whether you’re strolling the beach in San Tropez, toasting at a wedding, or just chilling at brunch with friends, this feminine, flirty, and versatile pattern is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe! The Ulmus Dress can be made up out of almost any fabric and looks fabulous for both day and night, depending on how you style it.
103. Solandra Gown – by Mood Sewciety
Get this fab evening gown pattern here. Designed specifically to showcase the 4-ply silk crepe and coordinating silk chiffon, this gown is fairly quick and simple to sew. There are a couple of seam finishes that you can use– we used French seams, but seam binding or a serger will probably work better with less bulk. This silhouette is the perfect thing to make you feel stunning and powerful at your next formal occasion. Try a fun pastel for a more day-time wedding look, or a sophisticated darker shade to bring this pattern into autumn.
104. Magnolia Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Go to this pattern here. Every time I see a new gown during fashion week, I find myself staring at it and wishing I had a reason to make something similar. Alas, I’ve no red carpets to walk down any time soon, but everyone needs a good cocktail dress in their wardrobe. Mood is putting out more and more gorgeous embroidered laces recently and I knew while designing The Magnolia Dress (inspired by one of the Marchesa gowns I constantly dream of), I needed to get my hands on some. Like many, this meant doing some budgeting. Luckily, Mood has some stunning satin that you would never guess was polyester!
105. Iberis Gown – by Mood Sewciety
Click here to get this fab pattern! As the weather starts to warm and wedding season begins, brides across the country are scrambling. Not only are they trying to find the perfect fit for their own dress, but they also have a gaggle of bridesmaids to dress, each with their own personal sense of style and body shape. From short, cocktail-style dresses adorned with sequins, to long and lacy ensembles almost as ornate as the bridal gown itself, it can be difficult to find a style that fits each wedding aesthetic. Enter the Iberis Gown, the perfect way to customize your own wedding party’s garments!
106. Hyacinth Gown – by Mood Sewciety
Get this stunning pattern here. Chain mail has been hitting the runway and the red carpet pretty hard. With the five gorgeous gals of the Nineties donning chain mail gowns and strutting their stuff alongside Ms. Donatella Versace herself in the Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear show, how could it not? Even the likes of Michelle Obama and Kendall Jenner have been seen taking part in this stunning metal movement. So when Mood got this exquisite fabric in not just one, but five colors, I knew a dress had to be made. So the Hyacinth Gown came to be, with a billowing swag back and a daring front leg slit.
107. Cosmos Dress – by Mood Sewciety
Download the pattern here. The “Little Black Dress” has been synonymous with effortless elegance since what seems like the dawn of time, and it has long been believed that every woman should have at least one in their closet. They can usually be easily dressed up or down, and they’re always meant to make the wearer absolutely shine no matter the occasion. The Cosmos Dress, our current take on the LBD here at Mood, features a fitted bodice with an invisible back zipper, a partial lace overlay, and a super full skirt complete with over-sized pockets. Really, it might be the perfect dress.
108. Flippy A Line Dress – by Sew Different
Download here. The Flippy A-line Dress. It is available here as a completely FREE downloadable PDF and come as a UK size 12 – that’s a US size 8. Don’t worry if this isn’t you – there are tips and measurements for re-resizing it up or down on the Making a Pattern Fit page. It takes 1.5m of fabric.
109. Lace Back Shift Dress – by Sew Different
Download pattern and tutorial here. The Lace Back Shift Dress (a variation on my Bubble Sleeve Dress below No 110) – is a glam but understated party dress with 3/4 length sleeves and a lace panel at the back.
110. Bubble Sleeve Dress – by Sew Different
Download the pattern here. The Bubble Sleeve Dress is everything I love in a dress. It’s loose fitting, finishes just above the knee AND has those 3/4 length sleeves that make it a bit special with their pretty bubble at the bottom. It is EASY to make and has no fastening to contend with.
111. Curvy Drape Dress – by Sew Different
Download the pattern and instructions here. The Curvy Drape Dress is probably my favourite pattern yet! It is loose fitting but sophisticated and super comfy (yes, it even has an elasticated waist).
112. Handkerchief Maxi – by Sew Different
Download the pattern and instructions here. I love a maxi dress with an uneven hemline. They look great when you move and see a flash of leg. This Handkerchief Hem Maxi is an loose fitting throw-on-over-a-swimsuit type of dress.
113. 60’s Monochrome Shift Dress – by Sew Different
Get the pattern and instructions here. This dress is a take on the classic black and white dresses by Mary Quant – the originator of the miniskirt and hot pants and a key figure in the Mod fashion movement in London. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, have a look at the60sfashion.com for inspiration on sixties styling.
114. Colour Block V Neck Sundress – by Mellysews
Get the pattern and tutorial here. This dress looks simple and I can imagine so many great ways to pair colors and create new looks. This dress even has pockets! This looks for someone who is a beginner to intermediate level.
115. Grecian Sundress – by Tanit-Isis Sews
Download the pattern and tutorial here. An easy-fitting sundress with shirred midriff in three lengths, perfect for every part of summer. Multi-size for busts 80-104 cm (31.5-41″). If you are looking for a versatile sundress that can be worn casually, on a date or even to an outdoor wedding this summer, this Grecian Sundress from Tanit-Isis Sews is the perfect pattern for you! It includes instructions for making it shorter and knee length or longer and more of a maxi style.
116. DIY Off the Shoulder Beach Dress – by A Pair and a Spare
Go to the tutorial here. This dress is ridiculously easy to make, and just as easy to wear Basically all you’re doing is created two gathered skirts, one the length from your bust to your mid thigh, and the other a mini skirt that just sits around your arms – you then attach them together as shown in the tutorial and away you go!
117. Strapless Dress – by Kojo Designs
Go to the pattern instructions here. I love this dress and am happy to share the how-to with y’all. But I can only show you what I did to make this particular one- I’m not sure how to adjust for different sizes… As is, it’s probably a S (or XS since it fit my little sis so well). However, it was seriously super, super simple and I’m certain it’s not too hard to adjust the sizing.
118. Trapeze Tank Dress – by Sewing Rabbit
Get the instructions here. Looking for the perfect casual Summer dress pattern? Look no further. The Trapeze Tank Dress is fabulous for throwing on all Summer long, while staying cool in the hot temperatures. Great for every day wear, the trapeze tank dress can also be used as a beach cover up for more conservative dressers. Using soft knit fabric, this dress has a fun swing dress feel – with loads of flow and movement.
119. Ania Maxi Dress – by Tales of the Seam
Get the freebie here. This sewing pattern includes step by step photo and instructions to sew jersey using only a regular sewing machine, without an overlocker or a serger. Ania Dress is a comfortable and an easy to wear sleeveless dress, ideal for the holidays. It has a round neckline and a full swishy handkerchief hem.
120. Flapper Style Dress – by Trash to Couture
Go to the instructions here. I love this dress! You can easily wear sandals for a low key look or dress it up with heels and leather jacket for evening…Go for a darling flapper look by adding flats, pearls, and a beaded cardigan.
121. Sexy Dress Pattern – by So Sew Easy
Go to the pattern here. This Valentine’s Day, we have something special for you –something sweet or something racy– with a free sexy dress pattern and tutorial. This dress comes with a warning! Be careful. You may struggle to keep your lover’s hands off you when wearing this..
122. Little Black Dress – by The Littlest Studio
Get the pattern here. Recently Updated!
I have been listening to all your comments and feedback and have updated this pattern to now include sewing instructions, recommended fabrics and a newly resized pattern!
Use this pattern to create a elegant little black dress that is so comfy and flattering!
Please visit http://www.thelittleststudio.com for detailed sewing instructions!
Assorted Sleeve Block is an add-on pattern for this bodice! It is available for purchase in my pattern shop!
123. Brief Encounter Dress – by So Sew Easy
Go to the free pattern here. A super easy knit dress to make and wear all summer long!
124. Easy Wrap Dress – by So Sew Easy
Go to the pattern here. This free sewing pattern from So Sew Easy is this cute wrap dress pattern. The front has a cross-over bodice with pleats, there’s a straight skirt and an optional elastic waist, with a matching tie belt. Only the bodice wraps over leaving you safe from embarrassing wardrobe malfunction that can happen with wrap skirts.
125. Faviola Summer Dress – by So Sew Easy
Get this fab pattern here! This dress is very easy to make. It does take a bit of effort to prepare the fabric, but once you are ready, it can be sewn in 30 minutes. Make it and try the dress to go the supermarket or take a stroll around the neighborhood and see how many people ask you if you are coming or going to a party. What are you celebrating today? You! Yes I am wife inside a house, but I’m also a keeper, a cook, a nurse, a mother, a friend, a lover, a woman with many hats. I think this dress says all that.
126. Easy Party Dress – by So Sew Easy
Get the pattern here. If you ever wanted to sew a dress in the morning and wear it that very night or, if like me, you need a last minute project to get your daughter something to wear, or if you just want to get your wardrobe into warm weather mood or need a gift for your grand daughter’s birthday, this project is for you. This tutorial will show you how to make a very easy party dress and the best part is you won’t have to spend more than $40 dollars making it. Gather your supplies from the list below and meet me at the table. This project is for adventurous beginners and intermediate sewers. Knowledge of box pleat, shirring, zipper and bias tape skills needed.
127. Faux Wrap Dress with Flutter Sleeves – by Craft Habit.com Designs
Download your free pattern here. This dress has a flattering v-neck bustline, an empire waist that fits snuggly around the hips and flatters any figure, and elbow length flutter sleeves. The pattern was drafted to fit a US size 10 or a Burdastyle size 42.
128. Graffiti Dress – by So Sew Easy
Download this great pattern here. This is a super easy summer dress to fill your summer wardrobe!
129. Simple Wrap Dress – by Craft Habit.com Designs
Get this super pattern here. A very simple wrap dress pattern, perfect for beginners. I made this absolutely adorable infinity dress in just one afternoon with the knit fabric I found at Mood. The dress can be worn 20 different ways and is perfect for spring and summer!
130. Faith’s 15 minute dress – by Design Fixation
Get this pattern here. This pattern teaches you how to make a stylish convertible dress in just fifteen minutes. Really. It requires only four seams, and looks deceptively simple before you put it on; the success of the dress lies in the way you wrap the ribbon around your body. This project is easy enough for almost anyone to do – all you need to know is how to sew in a straight line.
It can be worn to fancy occasions or as an everyday dress, depending on the type of fabric that you use and the way you wear it….the sky’s the limit!
131. Easy Summer Dress – by So Sew Easy
Download the pattern here. This is an easy dress pattern for a great summer dress with option to shorten for a top. Made in just a few simple steps, I’ll hold your hand all the way with this one and show you some tips and tricks along to way to help you sew beautifully with knit fabrics.
Styling options – wear it strapless (it includes an elastic back so won’t fall), or with a center halter strap or two straps from the bust or sides. You can also cut this off at hip length and wear it as a top too. It’s up to you.
Pattern in small, medium and large.
132. Triangle Maxi Dress – by Craftsy Blog
Download the pattern here. A simple pattern for a simply stunning dress.
The dress is based on the principle of joining four equally drafted triangular shaped pattern pieces that come together at the shoulders and falls gracefully to the hemline. To give it a bit more shape, cinch in the waist with an elastic casing or wrap a fashionable belt around the waist.
133. Dress for Half-Scale Dress Form – by Grow Your Own Clothes
Get the pattern here. This dress fits the half-scale dress forms I designed. Check out my other patterns for the patterns to make a half scale dress form.
134. Mixed Stripe Flare Dress – by The Stitching Scientist
Download the pattern here. Make an designer inspired mixed stripe dress for summer!
135. Beach Dress – Interpretation of the 3 Armhole Dress – by Upsew
Get the pattern here. This is my interpretation of the 60s 3 armhole dress. I drafted it from looking at the various patterns for it and then made it up from an old tablecloth!!! The dress itself is cut in one piece and its a full front, full back and then another piece that wraps around and is held in place by ‘3rd’ armhole, you can also belt it and you can wear the wrap to the front or back.
Original Blog post for the dress is at on my blog http://www.upsew.ie
136. T-Shirt Dress Pattern – by So Sew Easy
Get the pattern here. The t-shirt dress pattern is a part of my attempt to make a summer wardrobe that is both easy to make and easy to wear. The t-shirt dress is the perfect item to make when you only have a couple of hours to spare and are in need of something practical to hang around in the warm summer days.
137. Brasilia Dress – by House of Pinheiro
Get this vintage pattern here. The pattern is free, available at one size only in a downloadable PDF format. The finished measurements are: Bust: 95cm Waist: 78.5cm Hips:103cm. The pattern has minimum ease and no seam allowances.
Pattern details, cutting layout and grading information can be found at
138. Dress Sewing Pattern 5213 – by Lekala Sewing Patterns
Download it here. The sewing pattern is available for instant download.
139. Silk Wrap Dress – by Modern Sewing
Get it here. Pretty wrap dress to dress up or down.
140. Shift Dress – by Martha Stewart
Get it here. Sewing a stylish shift dress is surprisingly simple with this how-to from Summer Phoenix and Ruby Canner, owners of the Some Odd Rubies vintage store.
141. Ruched Empire Dress – by Weekend Designer
Go to the instructions here. Sometimes dresses are so gorgeous they can be intimidating to imagine making it yourself but just take a calm look. Their beauty is in the fabric and in the most simple way all you need to do is add a little basic sewing skill.
142. Satin Mini Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
Download here. Use this pattern for formal evening wear, prom dresses or a super fun summer dress!
143. Dress with Decorative Flower – by Modern Sewing Patterns
Get it here. Make this for an evening out!
144. Wedding Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
Get this stunning pattern here. Pretty wedding gown with short train.
145. Dress with Decorative Collar – by Modern Sewing Patterns
Download it here. Make one for an evening out or style it for a summer’s day!
146. Romantic Strapless Maxi Dress – by Sharon Sews
Go to the pattern here. Here’s a sewing tutorial so you can sew your own Summer Dreams strapless ruffled maxi dress.
147. Oscar de la Renta Column Style Dress – by Weekend Designer
Download instructions here. Effortlessness and the flow of luxurious fabrics were cited as the most important elements of this autumn/winter 2008-9 shows. The theme continuing on the shoulders and defining the silhouette at the hips, while the simple eveningwear dresses were long, figure-hugging and draped sensually over the body.
Simple textures and technically brilliant structures, like the gown by Oscar de la Renta, make this a simple and yes, “patternless” couture project.
148. Blue Evening Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
Get it here. Beautiful formal dress with one shoulder strap and leg slit.
149. Dress with Beads – by Modern Sewing Patterns
Get it here. Make this easy cocktail dress and adorn the bust with beads or use a sequinned fabric for these pieces for a stunning designer finish.
150. Baby Doll Summer Dress – by Weekend Designer
Download it here. A fun and fabulous trend from the runway that works for all “non-model” body shapes! Baby-doll dresses, with their forgiving fit and romantic feel, are the smart choice for balmy summer weather. Flirty, flowy, and feminine, they are a perfect staple for work, weekend, or travel. Wear with flat sandals for day and transform for night with strappy stiletto heels or wedges. For instant effortless style, choose one in a bold, solid color or floral print, like this one from Nicole Miller at Bloomingdale’s.
151. Merry and Bright Dress – by Sewing in No Mans Land
152. Beach Picnic Dress – by Sewing in No Mans Land
Get the pattern here. This dress is Bootie short, I mean WAY to short for anything other than going to the beach. I made another and added about six inches and a belt and love wearing it for everyday outings. If you would prefer to have something for everyday use just slap on those extra inches 🙂
153. English Tutor Dress, The Audrey Dress, The Coffee Date Dress – by The Selfish Seamstress
154. DIY Bi Colour Dress – by Style Scrapbook
155. Wrap Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
156. Long Dress with Short Sleeves – by Modern Sewing Patterns
157. Dress with Ruche – by Modern Sewing Patterns
158. Tiered Gown – by Weekend Designer
Download the pattern here. Among the occasion gowns, a tiered empire-waisted number is always a standout with its elegant double-ruffled flounce. In coral silk taffeta, it’s unmistakably Oscar.
159. Hot Mess Mommy Dress – by Pretty Prudent
Go to the pattern here. “So I found this fabric on ultra clearance at Joanne’s and I thought it could be pretty fabulous. I was in the mood to sew while little S was napping but didn’t have a pattern so I just started cutting and sewing and this is what I came up with. Note my husband’s mad picture taking skills that created a shadow to make me look ten pounds thinner then I have in years. Love him.”
160. Wrapped Dress with Shoulder Detail – Modern Sewing Patterns
161. Museum Tunic – by Anna Maria Horner
162. Convertible Dressing – by The Weekend Designer
Get it here. Here’s a clever little idea…convertible clothing. This dress works double duty as a skirt. It’s ideal for weekend wear or travel wear. It’s functional and versatile at the same time.
163. Short Ruffle Wrap Dress – Modern Sewing Patterns
164. Halter Neck Ball Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
165. Dress with Gathered Front – by Modern Sewing Patterns
166. Beginner Maxi Dress – by Sew Homegrown
Go to the instructions here. I started out by making a top by Natalie at the Hungry Hippie. It is super easy and I love it. I was wearing that top one day, and talking with a friend, and she said – why not just extend it and make it into a dress? So that’s what I did!
Check out Natalie’s tutorial for making the top, then come back here to see how I changed it into a dress.
167. Kaftan – by Beach Vintage
Go to the instructions here. “This is my favourite time of year. It’s October in Australia! The days are warmer and I spend alot of time in my bathers. This means my wardrobe changes to mostly kaftans and slip dresses. This week I made one from a vintage seersucker tablecloth and some old doileys.”
168. Dress with Decorative Bodice – by Modern Sewing Patterns
169. Simple Maxi Dress – by Made It On Monday
Get the instructions here. I enjoyed wearing my blue maxi dress so much that I just had to make another, and this time in a light weight knit. And I thought you might like to make one too, so here’s a tutorial for you!
170. Tiered Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
171. Dress with decorative ties – by Modern Sewing Patterns
172. Wedding Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
173. Upcycled Ruffle Dress – by How Joyful
Go to the tutorial here. I love how comfortable this is, I actually wore it for a friend’s (informal-outdoor) wedding. We danced all night and I could have not being more comfortable. The whole project took me about 2 hours and I would say 1 and a half were ruffle making.
174. Elegant and Easy Dress – by Martha Stewart
Get it here. This elegant dress is so easy, it can be sewn in 11 speedy seams.
175. Lace Top Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
176. Wedding Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
177. Golden Age Dress – by Horrockses Fashion (V&A)
Go to the instructions and download page here. This dress pattern has been specially created for the Golden Age of Couture website. It is based on a 1950s ready to wear dress from the V&A collection and has been sized for modern day UK sizes 10, 12 and 14.
The pattern is designed for you to download and print at home on A4 paper, or at a printer’s on larger sized paper. You must then assemble the printed sheets to form the pattern. Full instructions on this are given in the Pattern Instructions.
178. Casually Cute Knit Dress – by Made It On Monday
Get it here. I’ve been wanting to make a casual dress out of cotton knit for a while. And I’ve really wanted to use some navy blue knit my MIL found for me a while back.
179. Long Dress with Contrast Finishing Work – by Modern Sewing Patterns
180. Long Dress with Yoke – by Modern Sewing Patterns
181. Dress with Drapery – by Modern Sewing Patterns
182. Dress with Decorative Slit – by Modern Sewing Patterns
183. Long Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
184. Dress with Asymmetrical Hem – by Modern Sewing Patterns
185. Petit Black Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
186. Convertible Dress/skirt – by Craft Buds
Go to the tutorial here. This dress/skirt is made with rows of ruching for lots of elastic-ey stretch, and a hidden drawstring so you can easily adjust the fit depending on how you plan on wearing it. The drawstring also ensures that if a toddler pulls on your dress/skirt, it won’t fall down!
187. Empire Waist Dress – by Versus Mag
Go to the tutorial here. I made this dress from a shirt that was a little too boxy for my body and some additional jersey knit yardage. The dress will take you only about an hour to complete and is great practice for sewing with knits. This dress could certainly be made the exact same way for a non-pregnant person and would be just as cute! So let’s jump in the ring and let the battle begin…
188. Twirly Sundress – by Mama Says Sew
Go to the tutorial here. This is a guest post from the Summer Sundress Series over at Melly Sews. She had a different sundress every day during the month of June, so if you want some great ideas, head over and check them out. As I was brainstorming ideas for a dress, I kept coming back to the idea of using a circle skirt for the bottom. My daughter loves her striped circle skirt, and I wanted to join in the fun. You’re never to old to twirl!
189. Two Piece Knit Wrap Nursing Dress – by Leafy Treetop
Get the pattern and tutorial here. This dress does not provide full nursing coverage, but does provide access to nurse. The jacket can be pulled up on one side, and dress section down, allowing mom and baby to nurse. A nursing cover or blanket can be used to provide more privacy.
190. Winter Shirt Dress – by Elle Apparel
Go to the tutorial here. I taught a class a few weekends ago to the girls in my Relief Society on how to make my t-shirt dresses. I created a handout with step-by-step instructions, and showed them how to cut out and attach each of the pieces. I created this dress in the class, and figured that I would share it with you all as well.
Since we are now in full fledged winter mode, I decided to use a long-sleeve black top, and paired with some grey linen I picked up at the LA fabric district.
191. Dress with Veil – by Modern Sewing Patterns
192. Thrifty Summer Dress – by Culture of Thrift
Go to the tutorial here. Read the thrifty story behind this dress!
193. Asian Dress – by Modern Sewing Patterns
194. Petal Skirt Party Dress – by Midvale Cottage Post
If you need a 1920s-style party frock for a teen girl, this tip from Ruth Wyeth Spears describes how to whip up a lovely petal-skirted dress. Just get a few yards of crepe de chine in a lovely color and in no time you can have your girl looking chic for a summer party! The simplicity of the design amazes me – Ruth’s techniques require no pattern and allow you to fit the dress to wearer. Don’t be held back by the idea that this is a young girl’s dress – I think it would work for any age!
195. Katjusha Rockability Dress – by Burdastyle
Get the pattern here. We are very pleased to present our first Rockabilly dress pattern to you. The great advantage of this dress has a perfect fit due to the elastics in the back side of the bodice. We suggest to sew a trial of the front side upfront to achieve best results with the final fabric. We wish you a lot of fun while sewing based on our Katjusha pattern.
196. Easy Dress Sewing Tutorial – by Oh Oh Deco
Go to the instructions here. I made this simple dress without a pattern.
197. Elsa Dress Pattern – by Burda Style
Get the pattern here. Size 36.
198. Audra Tunic Dress – by Tina Givens
Download the free pattern here. Audra is a great starter tunic for our lagenlook layering style, (wear it with the Plinka Pants), or as a simple tunic dress for summer days.
Fabric is light linen, rayon or cotton voile.
We used linen gauze for the under skirt.
199. Priscilla Slip Dress – by Tina Givens
Download this great pattern here. Priscilla is a darling simple slip dress with drawstring channels at the front chest and back, with a long tie! Optional Ruffle Hemline.
200. Ladies Tudor Ball Dress (1857) – by Tudor Links
Get this vintage pattern here. “The skirt is double, each part being trimmed with the fringe. The body has a square berthe, above which a full chemisette of lace or clear muslin is seen. The berthe itself is trimmed at the top and bottom with a row of the ribbon and finished with fringe, while bows of ribbon are placed on the shoulders and at intervals around it. The body is pointed equally before and behind and the sleeves are extremely short and trimmed like the berthe.”
201. Evening Costume (1907) – by Tudor Links
Download this pattern here. “This dress is drafted in nine (9) pieces, namely: front, back, yoke, collar, sleeve, standing collar, and three skirt portions.
202. Artistic Evening Dress (1912) – by Tudor Links
Download here. The embroidery plays a very important part in the scheme of this dress. But it is not indispensable – any of the many appliqué trimmings provided in artistic shops being suitable; or again, an under-dress of contrasting colour, with corselet affair of the same, may be relied upon in its simplicity. Still the touch of handwork gives immense distinction. A fairly coarse form of ribbon embroidery gives a speedy and effective appearance, but that of simple silks, into which a few imitation gems of good quality and a hint of glitter in the form of gold or silver thread is perhaps themost lovely.
203. Freja Dress – by Ploen Patterns
Get it here. The Freja Dress is the first sewing pattern I released to my subscribers.
And you too can get it for free 🙂
204. Kaftan Dress – by The Stitch Sisters
Go to the pattern tutorial here. We love a kaftan. Its the perfect combination of effortless summer style and practicality – loose, breezy and yet somehow classy! And quite frankly, if it’s good enough for Elizabeth Taylor, it’s good enough for us!
205. Copen Top & Dress – by Made to Sew
Get the pattern here. Make Copen. A simple yet stylish shift dress or top. With a classic neckline, bust darts and optional waist darts, Copen is quick to make and easy to personalise. Great for learning or practising essential dressmaking techniques this pattern covers how to sew darts and contour darts, insert an invisible zipper, introduce sleeves and attach a professional facing.
206. Classic Tee Maxi Dress – by It’s Always Autumn
Go to it here. The construction on this maxi dress is not too hard especially if you have made one of my Classic Tees before. In fact, I’d recommend making one of the tees first, especially if you are new to sewing. As for this dress, cutting out the pieces is definitely the most time consuming part, so don’t get intimidated.
207. Orla Dress – by French Navy
Get the free download here. I wanted to make a simple style for my first pattern, following her wise words of not biting off more than you can chew in the beginning. This makes a lot of sense, because making a PDF pattern actually is quite a mammoth task, and pretty overwhelming initially! (and I didn’t even include photos/ illustrations with my instructions!… sorry guys, next time).
208. Fifties Style Prom Dress – by Peppermint
Go to the pattern download here. Whether you’re dressing to the nines or opting for a comfy frock, this 1950s-style prom dress courtesy of The Vintage Pattern Selector has you covered with its flattering box pleats and sweet neckline details – just one of the 15 retro-inspired sewing patterns available from this book. We recommend choosing a medium-weight cotton in a block colour for a classic evening dress, or try a fun print for a lighter garden frock. Download this special pattern for free and pencil in a date with your sewing machine.
209. Pleated Summer Dress – by Peppermint
Get it here. Swing into summer with this perfect pleated dress! Download this exclusive Peppermint pattern created for us by In The Folds and sew your own from linen or cotton.
And there you have it! There are plenty of patterns above to keep you busy for years to come!
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