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The easy dress sewing tutorial

The easy dress sewing tutorial

When I purchased this fabric, I was thinking of using it to make some art wall in my bedroom. Once back home, I realized that the pattern wouldn’t match in the room. I guess I was just looking for an excuse to buy this nice fabric coupon!

Anyway, the dotted pattern and the vintage colors will work perfectly for a dress. I like sewing clothes for myself even if I don’t do it very often. Most of my sewing projects are for the home: One hour floor cushion, a cloud pot holder or some fabric baskets. It’s quicker than sewing a garment piece.

Whether it’s for the few clothes I sew or the home decor accessories, I really have to think of adding some hang tag to my next sewing project, it will make it more special. Online, you can design by yourself hang tags the way you want, it seems quite simple. Did you ever try?

I made this simple dress without a pattern. As you liked the easy shirt sewing tutorial, I tried to work the same way: simple shape and easy sewing. I hope you will enjoy it!

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The easy dress sewing tutorial

Materials you will need to make your dress:

I choose some light fabric, it looks like lycra but it’s not stretch (I can’t remember the name).
I bought a 7 feet long coupon. This dress is adaptable to the length you want to wear, from a mini shirt to a maxi dress.

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Want to try another easy sewing project? Have a look at this great dress pattern. You will get six models at a bargain price.

The easy dress sewing tutorial

First, you need to take your shoulders measurements ( aka the distance between your shoulders)
Fold the fabric in the middle lengthwise, and mark the center with a pin. Report your shoulders measurements, centering them on the fabric.

The easy dress sewing tutorial

To make the trapeze shape, trace two 2 oblique lines on each side.  Each line will joint the shoulder measurement point and the fabric edge. Cut along the lines. Use your first trapeze as a pattern. Place it on the fabric, pin, and cut to have a second identical trapeze shape. Serger all edges.

The easy dress sewing tutorial

In the scrap fabric, cut two rectangles, the same length as the top part and 4 inches high. Serger the edges of the rectangles. Pin one rectangle on the trapeze top side, right side on the right side. Make a seam on the top part to sew both pieces together. Repeat the same on the second trapeze piece. Iron the seams.

The easy dress sewing tutorial

Put the two trapeze on top of each other, right side on right side. To sew the straps of the dress, make a 2 inches seam on each side, as close as the edge as possible.

The easy dress sewing tutorial

Grab one of your tank top to make the arm openings. Place the top on the fabric and report the shape on one side then on the other. Cut out the shape on both sides.

The easy dress sewing tutorial

Open the dress and fold the fabric on the arm openings. Pin them and sew them.

The easy dress sewing tutorial

Put back the two dress part on top of each other and sew the edge together.

The easy dress sewing tutorial

Almost done! The last thing is sewing the bottom edge. The easier is wearing the dress and ask someone to draw the bottom line on the fabric, at the high you like to wear it. Cut a little below the line, make a fold and sew.

The easy dress sewing tutorial

Put the dress on, and wear it with a belt to mark the waist!

The easy dress sewing tutorial


The easy dress sewing tutorial

I choose to add pockets to the dress. I had to make several attempts to position them correctly. It wasn’t as easy as I thought.

The easy dress sewing tutorial


The easy dress sewing tutorial

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the easy dress sewing tutorial

I love the fabric Annie choose to make her dress, so lovely!

easy dress sewing tutorial

Look at the cute dress Ana made!

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Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Anyway to make the neckline not pucker? Used cotton and this pattern is not working


Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Hello Kaitlin, As the neckline is straight the fabric will always pucker a little. It works great with thin fabric. Cotton is thicker and stiffer, so maybe you can cut the neckline with a slightly rounded shape so that the fabric does not crease when you wear the dress.


Sunday 3rd of May 2020

Thank you so much for this pattern! I made it as my second ever sewing project and it turned out perfect! So much fun to make and simple!

Stephanie Pompilus

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Hey there!

My name is Stephanie from the US (east coast). I am currently having some trouble with understanding the measurement of the shoulder length. How do I center my shoulder measurements onto the fabric? So from shoulder to shoulder going across my measurement is 18 1/2. How do I center that onto the fabric?


Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Hello Stephanie, mark the center of your fabric and report 9 1/4 (which is half your 18 1/2 shoulder measurement) on each side of the center mark. And done, you have your shoulder measurement reported on your fabric. I hope it makes sense and helps you to make your dress.


Wednesday 16th of January 2019

I really can't wait to try this! But one question: Can i use a harder fabric. I bought way to much and want to make a dress out of it.


Wednesday 16th of January 2019

Hello Emma, I guess it depend how hard is the may not have the same finish and you will probably have thicker folds on the waist.


Wednesday 19th of December 2018

The dress is so cute and you look gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!


Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

Thanks for your nice comment Janna!