If you love to sew you probably already know that sewing supplies can add up quite quickly, from the pattern to fabric to zips and thread. That’s why I have put together this post of 11 free dress sewing patterns for women.
Although I love supporting small pattern designers because I too am a small indie pattern designer, it can be nice to find a free DIY project online occasionally. Here on my blog, you can find many free sewing tutorials for clothing and other projects too!
Sometimes you can jump into a new hobby without really knowing if it’s for you, so these free dress sewing patterns can be helpful to keep your costs down. If you are new to sewing, you can learn how to sew with my in-depth guide for beginners.
I have scoured the internet to bring you this list of beautiful free dress sewing patterns so you can get creative for less.
If you find yourself with decision fatigue (like myself ugh!) on which styles to make for your body shape or vibe, check out my helpful guides below. I talk about shape, style, cut and lots more!
1. The Bardon Dress
The Bardon dress by Elbe Textiles for Peppermint Magazine is a lovely simple summer maxi dress. This style is perfect for warmer days with its comfortable sleeveless bodice and floaty gathered skirt. Available in 12 sizes with the smallest bust being 74cm up to 129cm. The best part is that this dress includes side pockets, yay!
2. Wrap Dress with Puff Sleeves
My puff sleeve DIY wrap dress sewing tutorial is a fun way to learn how to adapt my Camille top sewing pattern into a new garment. I share full step-by-step details on how to create a wrap dress and sew it together to fit you. This flattering style is super comfortable for warmer days or in the winter when paired with stockings and boots.
3. Tiered Cami Maxi Dress
My tiered maxi dress tutorial is perfect for Summertime with a cami-style bodice and floaty skirt style. This dress is made to fit your body measurements which you can draft on your own with my simple step-by-step written or video tutorial. No zips, buttons or elastic is used for this style making it easy to sew together.
4. Luana Apron Dress
The Luana apron dress is giving country cottage-core vibes that I love! My favourite detail is the crossover back which looks so elegant. You could pair this dress with a T-shirt underneath for colder days. Download the free printable sewing pattern from Fabrics Store and follow their detailed tutorial to sew it together.
5. Shirred Tie-Strap Dress
Kate Eva is a wonderful inspiration in the sewing community and I adore her love for making dresses. She has even shared a tutorial for her beautiful shirred dress style that includes lovely tie-up strappy sleeves. This is a simple but clear tutorial to follow and it doesn’t require any pattern which is a bonus!
6. DIY Boho Dress
This DIY boho-style dress is magnificent! The bodice cut is flattering and looks amazing paired with a necklace. This tutorial is so detailed and easy for anyone to try.
7. The Athena Milkmaid Dress
Milkmaid-style dresses are having a moment and they have been for a while. It’s clear to see why with the flattering bodice and skirt shape. This pattern is free from Mood Fabrics and is worth snapping up!
8. Little Black Dress
You can never go wrong with a little black dress, this particular style from Live Free Creative is absolutely adorable! I love a simple dress and this one ticks all the boxes with its simple bodice and scoop neckline down to the flattering gathered skirt.
9. Midi Wrap Dress
Merricks Art has shared this flattering midi wrap dress tutorial which I adore. Wrap styles are a fav for me because they are so flattering around the waist on my body shape (I’m a pear!).
10. The Clementine Dress
The Clementine dress is right up my alley! I’ve added this to my make list. It’s giving Matteau vibes and I think in a crispy floral cotton poplin this dress would look lush and expensive. The elasticated waist, neckline and sleeves make it a comfortable style to take on vacation.
11. The Luna Sundress
A simple sundress should be a must for any wardrobe and I think this free Luna sundress from Fabrics Store is perfect! I love the simplicity and beautifully cut bodice with a simple skirt. The sewing pattern is free to download and print off with detailed instructions found on their blog.
Free Dress Sewing Patterns Conclusion
As you now know you don’t have to purchase tonnes of sewing patterns to make dresses that you’ll love wearing. You can find so many amazing free dress sewing patterns and tutorials online from generous and talented creatives. There is something for everyone in this list of 11 free dress sewing patterns. Let me know in the comments below which dress you try making!