Easy Dress Patterns | find easy dress patterns to start making your own clothes

Easy dress patterns are a great starting point if you are looking to make your own clothes. Whether it’s a sixties style shift dress, a floaty maxi or a chic wrap dress you are after there are plenty of easy dress patterns available to help you on your way. The contestants on the Great British Sewing Bee have already tested their skills on an easy dress patterns with varying results – my favourite was definitely Mark’s.

There are a range of  easy dress patterns which are free to download on the Burda website, such as this stylish wrap dress above. To download the instructions and the dress pattern visit the Burda website. Choose from a whole range of free easy dress patterns including the one pictured here on the website Your Style Rocks. Each month there is a design competition and the winner as voted by the community gets made into a free downloadable sewing pattern.easy dress pattern - free download

When you are choosing the style of dress you are going to make it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different types and styles of dresses. That way you can determine which dress patterns will work best for your body shape and the kind of fabric you would like to use. For example, the wrap around dress pictured above would work best with a fine knitted fabric such as jersey which will drape beautifully.

Alternatively, a dress pattern for a shift dress can work well in silk for a looser, floaty feel, or cotton for a more structured look. The list below from the book The Sewing Bible Clothing  should help you find what you are looking for.

 

 

Top 10 dress styles
These ten most popular dress styles can be adapted to make hundreds of variations to suit all occasions, tastes and fashions.

Shift dress
Casual, comfortable and easy to wear, a shift dress is loose-fitting and skims the figure to hide bumps and lumps. Shifts often have a wide neckline yoke and gathers or pleats at the front and back.
Fabrics: Make shifts in cottons, polyester, rayon, crushed velvet, silky satin and stretch knits.
Special techniques: Making facings, gathers and pleats
Ease of sewing: Easy

Wrap dress
Flattering for all figure types, a wrap dress is particularly good for full-busted figures. The V-neckline of a wrap takes the eye down, giving an elongated silhouette. Smaller busted women should avoid wrap dresses, which can gape, or wear them over a
little camisole.
Fabrics: Made in cotton or silk
jersey, a wrap can be practical
or luxurious and dressy.
Special techniques: Working with knit fabrics, stabilizing seams
Ease of sewing: Easy–intermediate

Pinafore/jumper
A classic style, the pinafore can be quick to make and easy to wear. The style is usually sleeveless, designed to be worn over a top or blouse. Pinafores can be loose and pleated or semi-fitted with darts.
Fabrics: Make them in medium-weight fabric, such as wools, gabardine, worsteds and double knit jersey.
Special techniques: Lining a bodice, making pleats, inserting pockets (optional), making facings
Ease of sewing: Intermediate

Fitted shell dress
The most classic of dresses, a fitted shell usually has a round or bateau neckline, and is darted front and back with a side or back zipper. Figure hugging and chic, a shell dress can have a straight or a full pleated skirt. The look is ideal for evening wear.
Fabrics: Make shell dresses in silks, satins, lace, brocade and duchess satin.
Special techniques: Inserting darts and zippers, stabilizing seams
Ease of sewing: Intermediate–advanced

Bias-cut dress
Figure skimming to fit where it touches, a bias cut is easy to wear, but can reveal lumps and bumps! Often made without fastenings because the bias fabric will stretch easily, a bias-cut dress is easy to make. It will have fluidity and so is great for active wear.
Fabrics: Silky polyesters, chiffon or georgette work well for bias cuts.
Special techniques: Cutting on
the bias, making facings, bias-
binding seams
Ease of sewing: Easy

Sundress
Sleeveless, short sleeve or strappy, a sundress can be a combination of other dress styles, including empire line, bias cut, halter neck or pinafore features. The essential element is that it should be suitable for hot weather.
Fabrics: Use easily laundered fabrics such as linen, cotton, batik or polyester.
Special techniques: Adding straps, binding armholes, making pleats, inserting zippers
Ease of sewing: Easy–intermediate

Halter-neck dress
This sleeveless dress has straps that tie behind the neck. Halter-neck dresses often have an empire line to give support under the bust, but can also have a wide midriff band to define the waist. Halters are good for sundresses or evening wear. Those with fuller figures will need a halterneck bra.
Fabrics: A wide range will suit halters, depending on the occasion, from silks, satins, and velvets for evening to cotton and cotton/polyester mixes for day.
Special techniques: Adding straps, inserting zippers, making pleats and gathers
Ease of sewing: Easy–intermediate

Princess line dress
Defined by the seams running from mid-armhole to hem, this is the easiest style to fit at the bust, waist or hip because of the extra seaming. A princess line provides a flattering fit for all figures.
Fabrics: Cottons, wool, worsteds, gabardine or polyester are suitable. Be careful with prints as the extra seaming will interrupt the design. Choose plain or all-over prints.
Special techniques: Fitting with seaming, inserting zippers
Ease of sewing: Easy–intermediate

Empire line dress
An empire line dress has a high waist or underbust seam from which the skirt section falls, skimming the waist and hips. It’s a good style for those without a definite waist or with a smaller bust; however, it can make big-busted women look pregnant! An empire line can be incorporated into a pinafore or simple shift, work with straps on a sundress or add detail to a halter-neck dress.
Fabrics: You can use a wide range from wools or gabardine to cotton, linen, silk and taffeta.
Special techniques: Inserting zippers, making darts
Ease of sewing: Easy–intermediate

Shirtwaister
This traditional work dress resembles a shirt with a collar, cuffed sleeves and buttoned through front. It can be straight or flared with an A-line skirt. Practical and classic, it can be brought up-to-date with a wide belt and chunky accessories.
Fabrics: Crisp cottons, linens or polyester mixes are ideal
for shirtwaisters.
Special techniques: Adding collars and cuffs, making buttonholes
and plackets
Ease of sewing: Advanced

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