Brief Encounter Dress – Free easy dress pattern

Free dress pattern.  Modest knit dress with sleeves and circle skirt.  Full video tutorial to show you how to make it too.  Perfect for work?I'm delighted to offer you another free and easy dress pattern this month.  With the summer here, I've been really enjoying wearing some cute dresses both during the day and in the evening.  All too soon the temperature will drop below 80 as winter approaches and I'll need my fleece and joggers (only kidding…)

I like the combination in this dress of a fitted bodice and then a longer length circle skirt.  Of course you can make this up a lot of different ways too:

  1. Make it as shown
  2. Make it without sleeves
  3. Color block – with different but complimentary bodice and skirt fabrics
  4. With a short flirty skirt – skater style

I'm trying to find a couple of knits that are opposites to each other, and if I'm lucky to find what I'm looking for, I'll probably make at least 1 or 2 more of this dress because it is so nice to wear.

Free dress pattern.  Modest knit dress with sleeves and circle skirt.  Full video tutorial to show you how to make it too.  Perfect for work?

Features of the Brief Encounter easy dress pattern:

  • Quick and easy to sew
  • Flattering fit
  • Pick your own skirt length
  • Center back seam to help get a nice fit
  • Short sleeves, or make a sleeveless version too
  • Sizes 29- 41 bust, 33-45 inch hips
  • For knit fabrics only – I used an ITY knit with plenty of stretch
  • Full video tutorial (below)
  • Step by step sewing checklist (in the download)

Free dress pattern.  Modest knit dress with sleeves and circle skirt.  Full video tutorial to show you how to make it too.  Perfect for work?

Materials needed:

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Download the Brief Encounter Dress pattern

You can download the pattern from my design account on Craftsy.  Add it to your cart and check out - its FREE.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

How to sew the Brief Encounter Dress

 

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This style of dress always seems to suit a skinny belt I think.  But you could always make a fabric belt with it too, or even a half belt by sewing ties into the side seams to tie at center back too.  Or wear it with one of those wide elasticated belts too.  Whatever you like  🙂

I don't have a waist, I'm just a big rectangle with hips on, but if you are blessed with a more curvy figure, this style can look really great on you too.

Free dress pattern.  Modest knit dress with sleeves and circle skirt.  Full video tutorial to show you how to make it too.  Perfect for work?

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Download the Brief Encounter Dress pattern

You can download the pattern from my design account on Craftsy.  Add it to your cart and check out - its FREE.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

Why is it called the Brief Encounter Dress?

While I was sewing this dress I was half-watching/half-listening to Brief Encounter.  Never heard of it?  It's a classic black and white British film everyone should watch.  Filmed in 1945, it tells the story of 2 strangers meeting on a railway platform.  It's one of my favorite romantic films, but opinion is rather split on it.  Is it romantic, tragic, passionate?  Or cold and stiff-upper-lip style and overly British?

This film always makes it into ranks of the best ever British films, and here is a recent comment on it that sums it up perfectly:

” Few films divide opinion like ‘Brief Encounter’. Many view the film as cold, heartless, too stiff-lipped to be truly moving, but without wishing to cause offence to my esteemed colleagues, they’re dead wrong. Because for those willing to chip through the ice-shelf, there’s a raging emotional torrent waiting to sweep them away. And it’s not as though Lean is celebrating these characters’ inability to communicate, to break through their social strictures and live real lives. ‘Brief Encounter’ is a tragedy, not just for two mismatched lovers but for an entire class of people, trapped in empty suburban existences ruled by propriety and that desperate, heartbreaking, terribly British desire to remain anonymous, to avoid offence, to blend in. And therein lies the film’s extraordinary power, because despite the miles and the decades which lie between, that’s still us up there on the screen.”

Here's a trailer.  Enjoy!

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46 Responses to Brief Encounter Dress – Free easy dress pattern

  1. Lisa Johnson says:

    Hi There! This is a beautiful dress. I also love your tutorial. I’m a plus size girl. Is this pattern easily adaptable for me? I haven’t made a dress for myself since I was thin (quite some time ago lol). Thank you.

    Lisa

  2. Mariana L. says:

    I love this dress! I´m a beginner and I´d like to do it without the sleeves but i don´t know hot to make the hem, do you have a tutorial for that?

  3. ladybugez says:

    Mayra, thank you so much for this excellent free pattern, and for your easy to follow, yet thorough video instructions. I already printed out the pattern and feel confident that my dress will turn out beautifully, as yours did. All due to your excellent video instrucitons! Emmy Z – Miami

  4. elizabeth says:

    hi, I am trying to view my patterns but can’t seem to find them.can you help me? thank you.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Elizabeth, you have to go to the download folder in your machine, if you are on Craftsy site, send them a message, I can only manage my account. Hope that helps let me know if you still need help.

  5. tuttitopcat says:

    Were these pictures taken in Aruba?

  6. gwyn says:

    There’s an issue on craftsy…the listing says it’s free, but when it’s in my cart, it changes to $7! just fyi. I’ll also email craftsy. Thanks for the free pattern!

  7. C Smith says:

    Are there instructions or tutorial for piecing the pattern together?

  8. peqs says:

    Hi! I got to the skirt portion, and I cut out the right sizes (size C) but the skirt waist is longer than the bottoms of the bodice. Is this normal? Thanks so much! Looking forward to wearing the finished dress 🙂

  9. Hi, would it work well with 100% polyester?Tks, Andrea

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Andrea,
      Most 4 ways stretch knits are 100% polyester. This pattern is for a 4 way stretch knit only.

      Cheers!
      Mayra

  10. HelenD123 says:

    I just love your patterns and videos as it make it so easy even for a beginner like me, thanks

  11. Joyce says:

    Can’t get the download to work. I haveWin10. Problem??

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Joyce, I’ve checked the link and can’t find any issues. If you click the orange button in the yellow box, it will take you to Craftsy where you can download the pattern. There usually pretty reliable so give it another try. Let me know if you’re still having issues.

  12. Thanks for the pattern. Lovely dress.

  13. Amber says:

    Love that dress on you Deby! Thank you for sharing it to us.I really enjoy watching your videos. Keep them coming.

  14. Wendy says:

    I just finished watching the movie. I think it just became one of my favorites. Anyone who does not find that moving has never been in love.

  15. M says:

    You look beautiful in this pretty dress!

  16. This is niceness! Off to Craftsy now to add to my stash!

  17. I love this dress!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your free pattern: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-brief-encounter-dress/2015/10/12/ –Anne

  18. Emily says:

    what a great dress! I have to try this!

  19. marjtrundle says:

    Debby, thank-you so much for so generously sharing this lovely dress pattern. I too will look forward to making this for summer here in Australia.

  20. Mary morrison says:

    Would love to make this dress! I don’t see how much fabric to buy?

  21. sewingaddict says:

    This looks lovely! I’ve downloaded the pattern and am looking forward to making my own version. Thanks so much!!

  22. JoAnn Clement says:

    thank you Deby for making sewing so so easy! and to make the pattern free is a blessing.
    this dress I paid for a similar pattern was so complicated and there certainly was no video tutorial!
    Thank you for doing this for free, you just don’t know how much of a blessing you are! JoAnn

  23. Rita Schenk says:

    A very nice Dress. Thank you for the free pattern. Love it!

  24. Wendy says:

    Thanks for the pattern! The dress looks great. Can’t wait to try it out.

    Thanks for the movie recommendation too. I love b&w films. I must admit though that at first I thought that the “Brief Encounter” title might have more to do with Marilyn Monroe than Celia Johnson!

  25. Donna G. says:

    Deby, thanks so much for yet another fabulous pattern! You’re more than generous to us. And thanks for the tip on Brief Encounter….I’ll have to check that one out!

  26. Dara says:

    Thanks sooooooo much Deby , I look forward to sewing this!

  27. Jill says:

    Derby, it is so beautiful. Love your fabric. Although it is winter up here in Canada I still feel I need one of these dresses! Thank you for taking time from your beautiful busy life to share such a beautiful pattern. And a video tutorial to boot!! I love your videos. Thank you!

  28. Jane says:

    Hi Debi
    Thank you for another great dress pattern. I only hope it looks as nice on me as it does on you. I think it give you a nice waist or at least the illusion of one. I am built the same way as you. That is probably why all your patterns are so appealing to me. Thanks again for sharing this with us. BTW I made your Perfect for Work Dress as a top. I made long sleeves with one the main color and the other the color of the contrast. I really like it.

  29. happygirl says:

    Love the film, so British, ca relate to her heartache. Fab pattern, how did you know I have the perfect navy knit for it? Love you Sunday posts good excuse to take 5 mins for myself.

  30. Judy O says:

    Thanks Deby for another great pattern! Just love your videos. Makes everything so easy.

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