There is no shortage of sewing patterns for dresses, the abundance of choice can be a bit overwhelming.
So I thought I would share my 10 favourite sewing patterns to sew a fabulous dress this summer. Some I have already made, the others are all on my to sew list.
What all these patterns have in common is that they were designed by independent designers, women who turned their passion for sewing into creating unique sewing patterns so we all get to sew wonderful handmade clothes that fit.
All these designs got a lot of attention in the online sewing world.
And what makes these patterns even better is that they come with step-by-step detailed instructions. So you don't need to be a seasoned seamstress to attempt any of these!
I've included fabric suggestions for each pattern. Enjoy!
1. Fringe Dress
The Fringe Dress sewing pattern by Chalk&Notch was launched in August 2017 and it seemed that, for a few days, it had taken over my Instagram account. I could see gorgeous examples everywhere. And many seamstresses had even made several dresses!
Definitely one I must sew this summer!
The Blossom Coral Rayon fabric by Atelier Brunette is a beautiful soft drapey fabric. The texture is pretty special, it almost looks like linen.
2. Rushcutter Dress
The Rushcutter is a sewing pattern by the Australian designer Emily from Inthefolds. All her patterns are wonderful, but I especially like this one as it is such a unique design. I love the sleeveless version with buttons at the back. It is so airy and comfortable to wear. I made this one last year.
Terrazzo Night cotton gauze by Atelier Brunette.
This fabric is perfect for that light and loose-fitting, breezy dress.
3. Charlie Kaftan
The Charlie Kaftan sewing pattern by Closet Case Patterns was new in 2017.
Can you see yourself strolling down the beach in style in this dress?
Combine this with a gorgeous fabric and everyone will think you are wearing expensive designer clothing.
The Graphite Blue and Graphite Rose fabrics from Atelier Brunette. These apparel fabrics are soft and are a cotton double gauze. Therefore they have a double layer of fabric so you won't need to line your dress.
4. Bettine Dress
This is the perfect dress if you are a beginner.
The Bettine sewing pattern by Tilly & The buttons is an easy-peasy throw-it-over-your-head dress, no zippers involved!
This viscose/ rayon fabric has a very fine weave and is heavenly soft.
Top quality at a very affordable price.
This mint green is right on trend.
5. Kalle Shirt + Shirtdress
I have been on the hunt for the perfect shirtdress and have been collecting images from the internet as inspiration. I especially like the Kalle sewing pattern by Closet Case Patterns as it is quite special with that high low hem.
Depending on the fabric you use, you can create different styles.
If you are after a more classic look, I also love the Matilda and the Darling Ranges dresses from Megan Nielsen (Australian designer).
For a tailored shirtdress, there is also the Rosa pattern by Tilly & The Buttons.
6. Louisa Dress
The Louisa dress by Compagnie M is a great pattern to make an elegant figure flattering dress. You can make it extra special with the kangaroo pocket!
Combine this gorgeous cotton by Soft Cactus with some red or aqua blue piping and you will have a unique dress to impress.
7. Nore Dress and T-shirt
It was so hard to pick just one picture to show this dress, as this sewing pattern is so versatile. You can also sew quick and easy tops with this sewing pattern. The Nore dress by Compagnie M was designed for knits but you can actually use it for woven fabrics too.
I think this is a design that lots of teens will like as well.
Check out more product pictures here.
Combine two fabrics to create a really fun dress.
Suggested fabric combinations:
8. Zadie Dress
The Zadie dress by Tilly and The Buttons is another sewing pattern where colour blocking would work really well, or to combine a fun print with a solid colour.
It is designed for knit fabrics and it is great in a ponti knit. But for a more lightweight summer version, you could use any of our solid knit fabrics.
And it comes with big pockets, always handy right?
Here is a combinations I love:
9. Pony tank + dress
This has to be one of the most comfortable looking dresses ever. The Poly Tank sewing pattern by Chalk & Notch is actually for a tank, but simply make it longer, and voila! you have yourself a dress.
This one is perfect for a very drapey knit, like modal (rayon jersey).
Any of the modal fabrics would work for this pattern, but I especially like this colourful print in summer colours.
10. Inari Tee Dress
The Inari dress by Named Clothing has been so popular, because it combines simplicity with a few interesting details. This dress is has a slight cocoon shape. It can be made in a woven and in a knit fabric that has not too much stretch, and is a pretty quick and easy dress to sew.
I have seen examples of this dress made in a french terry.
I hope this list has inspired you!
Which one is your favourite?