How to make an easy party dress for summer + VIDEO TUTORIAL

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The other day I needed to make an Easy Party Dress for Summer in a hurry.  A long-forgotten invitation at the bottom of my daughter’s school backpack and just a few hours of warning led me to realize that she had nothing appropriate to wear.  I’m sure all those that have kids, especially teenagers, can relate to what was happening.  Suddenly, overnight it seems that my daughter went from a little kid to a female taller than I am, so I couldn’t even lend her something of mine to wear. Panic-stricken and  looking in my fabric stash, I spotted a print that looked fancy although if I recall, the price I had paid did not reflect that –I think I payed only something like $2 dollars a yard.  I got some elastic and some lace and sat at my sewing table … Continue reading

Something sweet, something racy…..a free sexy dress pattern

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This Valentine’s Day, we have something special for you –something sweet or something racy– with a free sexy dress pattern and tutorial.  This dress comes with a warning!  Be careful.  You may struggle to keep your lover’s hands off you when wearing this.. This is an intermediate level project.  It will take some time to make, but once its done, you’ll be happy to spend time in it!  It is comfortable, but sexy and is a very flattering design.  I have designed it on a bias and simplified the construction as much as possible.  I have made it specially for the curvy girl in mind.  The smallest size will accommodate a bust and hips between 43″ and 45″.  I have not used fusible interfacing because I did not want any more support, and my fabric did not need it.  You … Continue reading

The Graffiti dress – free pattern

Free sewing pattern for this easy summer dress. Love the circle skirt and the v-neckline at the back.

Another free pattern for you today. Another quick and simple to sew dress pattern that looks good on lots of different body shapes. I know many of you will be feeling the chill as you are approaching winter, but that also means many are feeling things warming up and summer approaches for the other half of the world. Here in Cayman it’s always summer so a sassy dress to show off my tan is appropriate every month of the year. Features of the Graffiti dress: Sleeveless with narrow shoulders to show off your tan Slightly cut in arm holes front and back Scoop neckline at the front and interesting V in the back Option for a contrast waist band Full circle skirt with ‘choose your own length’ pattern Full video tutorial including fitting tips Available to fit bust 29-41 inches and … Continue reading

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: Make it as shown Make it without sleeves Color block – with different but complimentary bodice and skirt fabrics 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 … Continue reading

Free sewing pattern – Boho Kimono Dress Pattern

Free sewing pattern and tutorial - A Free People inspired kimono dress!

Hello everyone, I’m Rin. I’m visiting today from my sewing blog, Sew in Love. I’m very excited to share this sewing tutorial for a boho kimono dress here at So-Sew-Easy! The inspiration for this dress came from a maxi dress I saw at Free People. I was looking for a bohemian, comfortable dress with a high waistline to accommodate my growing pregnant belly. I’m quite pleased with the result, and I have been wearing the dress now at 8 months pregnant, so it’s definitely comfortable! I’m sure I’ll continue to wear it post pregnancy as well. Let’s get started. To sew your Kimono Dress Pattern, you will need: 2 yards or 1.8 metres minimum of fabric: I suggest something with a slight drape, such as rayon Elastic (1/5” or 5mm wide) Instructions: This video tutorial takes you step by step, … Continue reading

Fit and Flare Dress – free pattern

Free pattern for this fit and flare dress with princess seams. Full video tutorial too - yup, this is perfect for me :-)

I have another free dress pattern for you this month.  I managed to pick up a couple of nice ponte knits in my local fabric store – shock – and wanted to use them right away so I drafted this simple fit and flare dress pattern. It’s got a scooped neck, short sleeves and design lines front and back for a negative ease fitting in the bust, close fit in the body and then softly flared out skirt from the hips down.  Those design lines front and back can really help you to get a nice fit. My first was in this plain blue ponte and you can see the design lines much better in this one.  For the second I used the tribal/striped print.  Although it has the same seams, they really disappear in the print and for once my … Continue reading

15 Favourite Free Summer Dress Patterns

Favourite Free Summer Dress Patterns

  Remember the cute free dress patterns for little girls that I shared over here a few weeks ago? Well, I couldn’t leave us grown up girls out of the fun of course! So below you’ll find my favourite free summer dress patterns and tutorials for women.  Whether for the daytime or evening, for work or for play, you’re sure to find some you’d love to sew here. Most of them are available in multiple sizes, some only in one or two, so be sure to hop over to the original source, before you run out to the fabric shop. Maybe where you live a long-sleeved wrap dress wouldn’t count as a summer dress, but over here in the Netherlands I would definitely get a lot of use out of it, even during summer months… And besides, shortening basic sleeves … Continue reading

The Lilly Shift Dress pattern – take two

Sew your own designer dress using the simple Lilly Shift Dress pattern. Ideas for designer style embellishments.

I’ve been so loving my Lilly ‘designer’ dress that at last I found the time to make another, and add on a few variations. With this simply shift dress pattern, it’s all about the fabric and the embellishments, and you can use this versatile pattern to create any number of different looks. Here is the original Lilly Shift Dress in a floral print and with a bright blue floral trim. I still wanted a tropical look, but something a little more formal, a little understated and so I found this great blue and white print at my local store and matched it with a plain navy contrast strip at the bottom of the skirt, and some wide lace. To make the Lilly Shift Dress – contrast band variation Check on the length of your finished dress, and then decide on how … Continue reading

Lilly Shift Dress pattern – POTM

Sew your own designer dress using the simple Lilly Shift Dress pattern. Ideas for designer style embellishments.

There is a certain designer store which is really popular here in Cayman, full of simple shift dresses in fun tropical prints – with exotic price tags to match!  As much as I admired the style, they simply weren’t within my budget. So as people who love to sew, what do we do about that?  We make our own designer dresses! Sometimes a simple shift is all you need to look elegant.  Pick the right fabrics and trims, change up the length, and you can create a wardrobe of your own designer dresses in every possible style to suit your lifestyle.  Check out designer fabrics and trims for inspiration, and recreate the designer look for yourself at a fraction of the cost. Mix and match your shoes and jewelry and take this dress from beach, to shopping, to work, to … Continue reading

The Perfect for Work Dress pattern – free

Just what I've been looking for. Free pattern for a work dress that looks smart but fun.

You might have noticed that I lost some weight this year.  35lbs !  Yay.  Gradually it had crept on over the last 3 years and now it’s gone again.  So to celebrate, I wanted to make something figure-hugging, a new dress I knew my husband would love.  Something for work and formal occasions, but which could also be a date-night dress too. The Perfect for Work Dress fits the bill perfectly and yes, hubby loves it!  When I modeled it the first time, he suggested we go out to dinner tonight and show it off – he’s a good guy!  It’s the sort of smart dress I used to wear when I had an office job – oh a gazillion years ago now. It’s easy to sew, comfy to wear.  You don’t have to make yours as figure-hugging as mine. … Continue reading

Sew a pretty summer sundress pattern

I love the fact this dress is reversible. The v back is so cool for summer, and would make a nice date night dress too. And the pattern is free - can't beat that!

Summer is here!  Time for more summer dresses and here is my Empire of the Sun-Dress.  It has a cross-over bodice front and back, and an elastic fitted empire-line waist, and a softly gathered skirt.  Pull it on and go – it’s actually reversible!  The front and the back are the same. The free clothing pattern for July comes to you a little early this month because I’m taking part in the 30 days of Sundresses series over at Melly Sews.  Melly is gathering up all of your favorite bloggers to share their summer sundress tutorials during June, and there’s a giveaway each week too.  Drop over to enter her giveaway here. If I can get the time, I’ll try to do a bonus extra pattern in July too – no promises! Features of the Empire of the Sun-Dress Cross-over … Continue reading