I’ve converted one of the old, popular patterns, simple pattern for women’s dress BASIC, to the design program. Pattern is now professionally processed for sewing in sizes 32 – 46. Pattern is also available in format A4 and A0 same as all the new patterns. Otherwise there are no new changes to the pattern. I’ve learned from your feedback that non are needed – all sizes of the pattern fit nicely.
Woman’s dress pattern
All seams should be done with elastic stitching. This prevents seams from tearing when wearing the dress.
Dress is semi-close fitted and reaches approximately to half thighs. Pattern is simple and suitable for beginners.
Sewing instructions for simple woman’s dress
According to the paper cut prepare:
- 1x front piece (folded fabric cut)
- 1x back piece (folded fabric cut)
- 2x sleeve
- Knit strip (ca. 50 – 60 cm long and 3,5 cm wide)
How to sew the dress:
Lay front piece over the back piece (face side to face side). Pin side seams and shoulder seams.
Pin sleeve seams on both sleeves too. Sleeves are folded in half (face side in).
Neck opening hem:
Let’s do the neck opening hem after sewing the side seams, shoulder seams and sleeve seams.
Carefully measure the circumference of the neck opening first. I recommend using sartorial meter laid on its side.
Take knit stripe and prepare hem of the required length using this formula:
- neck opening circumference * 0,85 (or 0,9) – it depends on material used, different fabrics have different elasticity.
Result is the required length of the hem.
Find the middle of the neck opening by aligning lowest points of front and back parts of the neck opening (lowest point on the chest to lowest point on the back).
Middle will be somewhere under the shoulder seam in the neck opening of the front piece (near collarbone when worn). Mark the left (left when the dress is worn) middle point of the neck opening (with a small cut, with chalk, pin etc.).
Sew together shorter sides of the prepared hem stripe (face side to face side). Fold the sewn stripe in the seam and mark the point of the other fold (point exactly across from the seam).
Pin lengthwise folded hem to the neck opening (face side to face side).
Don’t forget to pull free ends of thread chain under the loops when sewing with the overlock.
Now I suggest you try the dress and verify the correct length (I suppose you also checked the length with paper pattern when you adjusted the pattern to your figure before you even cut into the fabric).
Check the length of the dress and adjust (shorten) it if needed.
If everything is as it should be, then clean the cutting edge of the bottom hem. Pull free ends of thread chain under the loops when sewing with the overlock.
Fold the bottom hem to the inside of the dress and sew it in place (from the face side) with elastic seam or double needle. Distance of the seam from the fold depends on the size of the folded part (flap). Flap is 3 cm wide in my case.
Clean the cutting edge of the bottom hem of the sleeve and fold it to the inside of the sleeve. Distance of the seam from the fold depends on the size of the folded part (flap). Flap is 3 cm wide in my pattern.
Sew the flap in place from the face side, use elastic seam or double needle.
Pin sleeves to the arm openings of the dress. Don’t mix up the sleeves. Sew the sleeves in place face side to face side. Pull free ends of thread chain under the loops when sewing with the overlock.
Your dress is ready. Beginners may need afternoon or two to sew this dress, advanced seamstresses will be able to do it in just a few minutes.
You can wear the dress as is and take advantage of the semi-close fitting or complete it with a simple belt and make things more formal.
This pattern is quite versatile. You can use it to sew both very nice casual dress and very elegant formal one. Just choose suitable material / print and that’s it!
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