Cross My Heart – free easy dress pattern

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!You know sometimes how you look about and everyone seems to be wearing the same thing, the same styles, the same colors?  That's especially true on a small island where there are only a few places you can buy clothes anyway, so its no wonder everyone has the same pieces.  So I set out to make myself a dress.  Something I could wear to dinner, or if I had to go somewhere smart, or heaven-forbid, ever get a job!

I was really liking the Simple Shrug pattern and wanted to see if I could incorporate the idea into a dress because I think it gives a really flattering look by having the fabric fall from the bust, making the waist look smaller – or at least I hope so!  I'm very rectangular through the waist, so anything that draws attention to the bust is a plus for me.

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

The Cross My Heart Dress – This dress has crossover pleated drapes from the shoulders that are caught into the side seams just under the arms.  It creates a modest v-neckline and frames the face, hanging loose from the bust to emphasise the smaller waist.  It's certainly unique!  I'll never come across another one like it – unless some of you sew it and then visit the Cayman Islands.  That would make my day!

Plus, its a very quick and simple sew.  Bonus!

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!


  • Quick and easy to sew
  • Figure skimming fit
  • Pleated crossover drapes from the shoulders
  • Longer length – pick your own skirt length
  • Center back seam to help get a nice fit
  • Short sleeves
  • Sizes 29- 41 bust, 33-45 inch hips
  • For knit fabrics only – I used a ITY knit  (Read more about different types of knit fabrics here.)
  • Fabric needed for all sizes – 2 yards

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

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How to sew your ‘Cross My Heart' free easy dress pattern

1/2 inch seam allowances throughout unless stated otherwise.

Cut out your pattern pieces on a double layer of fabric, with the front on the fold.


Turn a narrow 1/4 inch hem on the top and bottom curved edges of the front drapes and stitch close to the edge.  Press. Set aside.


Optional – add a piece of tricot interfacing to the center front to reinforce the V at the neckline.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdd a 1/4 inch snip at center front and then turn a narrow hem up each side of the center front and stitch close to the edge.  Press.



Join the center back seam. Turn down the back neckline in a smooth curve and stitch.  Press.


Add the front drapes to the shoulders.  Line up the inside seamed edges, then line up the outer edge of the drape 1/2 inch inside the outer edge of the shoulder.  This 1/2 inch is the seam allowance where the sleeve will be sewn.


Create 3 even pleats in the fabric and pin then in place.


Place the dress back over the front, RST, and match the shoulders.  Repin through all layers and pleats.  Stitch through all layers.  Reduce the bulk in the seam by trimming the pleated layer.  Press the completed seam towards the back.


Repeat for the other shoulder.


Match the center top of the sleeve with the shoulder seam.  Ease in sleeve, pin and stitch. Take care NOT to catch the fabric from the front drape in the sleeve seam allowance.  It should only be caught at the shoulder seam. Repeat for the other side.


Take the front drapes across the front of the dress, taking care not to twist them, and pin into the side seams matching the top of the drape at the point under the arm.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABaste the drapes into the side seam of the dress front, within the seam allowance.


Pin the side seams and check for fit.  Make alterations as necessary.

Pin and stitch side seams.  Press.


Finish the bottom of the sleeves – twin needle finish is optional.  You may also simply turn in a 1/2 inch hem and stitch.


Check for length and finish the bottom hemline with your favorite finish.


Give the dress a final press and it's ready to wear.

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!


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Posted May 7th, 2015

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63 Responses to Cross My Heart – free easy dress pattern

  1. Karyn says:

    What material is that? Do you remember where you bought it?

    • Deby says:

      This is an ITY knit that I bought from Fabric Mart. It’s no longer in stock, but they do have lots of other great ITY knit fabrics that would work well for this dress.

  2. barbara says:

    You are ROCKIN’ that dress! Love your dress and choice of fabric.

  3. Donna says:

    I adore this material – can you remember the details of it?? Thanks.

  4. Melody Lema says:

    Hi, I just finished this dress. I had some knit material at home, got this blog at 5:30 am, started cutting out by 6 am. Had to do some adjustments, then started sewing. Used my dress form to get a perfect fit. I finished it at 1:15 pm. It is the first dress I made myself since I lost 120 pounds. I love how it shows my waist, and I did make it a little roomier in the hips, so it follows and shows off my new figure perfectly. I like how the draping makes my “girls” seem proportional to the rest of my body. After all, they always lose the most, lol. Thank you, thank you, and thank you for helping me make my first dress. It was so exciting to not sew just a rectangle, but something with a shape. Hubby is taking me out tonight to show off my new dress.

  5. Pamela C says:

    I love this dress! Does it look as nice on bodies not as perfect as yours? I have no waist anymore. I don’t know where it went. I wonder if this would help make it look like I do.

    • I’m pretty square through the waist too and have to be careful what designs I make or buy, or I look like a brick in a dress! By adding the drapes from the bust, it automatically seems to make the waist look smaller because it emphasizes the measurement difference. But it is quite fitted in the waist and hips to help with this look.

  6. Kay Twogood says:

    the dress is very attractive

  7. Barbara says:

    I think I will have to try that. It is really lovely and figure flattering.

  8. cielwilliams says:

    I was just looking for a dress pattern I could modify to make nursing my LO discrete and simple. I think this is it! And the best part is that it won’t be obvious its a nursing dress so I can keep wearing it after too 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this pattern!

    • Ginny Cr says:

      That’s exactly what I thought when I saw the picture! I’d love to know how you go with your modifications 🙂

  9. Mickey Newman says:

    Thanks for sharing the pattern free. Not many would do that. I love the dress and hope it looks half as good on me.

  10. lelia says:

    it’s a lovely dress and the print ia nice

  11. kitblue says:

    I like a longer length. I’m thinking I need a wider skirt. What do you think?

  12. Liza Creavey says:

    Just downloaded this awesome dress. I am still floored by your talent after such a short time. Now you are a designer – I’m so envious! Thank you though for sharing your talent with us. You are truly an inspiration!

  13. Anne says:

    This is one for my brand new sewing circle class. A couple of ladies in the neighbourhood decided to come together every fortnight and sew together.

    We were looking for a patters that everybody could make. This will be one of them.
    This will be my first dress made from a pattern.
    I made already 2 from an old dress that fitted as gold and I ripped the seams completely. That was the perfect pattern 😉
    On this pattern hips are fine for me but I need to put 1/2′ extra at waist and bust – even on the G pattern)

  14. Julie Hickey says:

    Love this , going to make it for my 5oth party as I was 19 when I last made a dress I will follow your easy to understand instructions. Thanks debs. X

  15. vjcollins says:

    This is so pretty Deby, thank you for sharing! Definitely on my to-do list once my other bits and pieces are done! 🙂

  16. MaggieL says:

    What a gorgeous dress – it looks fantastic on you – hope it looks half as good on me when I make it 🙂 Thanks for the pattern Deby, you are extremely generous.

  17. Teri Donaldson says:

    This dress looks terrific on you! I can’t wait to try it.

  18. daphne says:

    What a great dress, very flattering, you have inspired me to start making dresses again. Thank you

  19. Aless says:

    I’d love to try this amazing dress,Deby, but I’m a just-plus size. Larger sizes would be so gratefully received.Thank you for all the patterns you have given away for free- that doesn’t happen very often online.

    • bidness44 says:

      I’m with Aless…has anyone done this in a plus, or just-plus size version? 🙂

      • Melody Lema says:

        I am a little bit of both. My bust is 41, my waist is 34, my hips are 46. I was able to increase the pattern enough to accommodate everything. I used Nancy Zieman’s method of increasing the area for my hips with the Pivot and slide method. In fact, when buying patterns, I fit my bust for dresses and blouses, and my hips for pants and skirts. I find it easier to adjust the waist, or hips over the bust area. For all plus size ladies, get a dress form. There are tons of do-it-yourself methods on the web. Until I got mine, I didn’t realize how broad my back was. (I say was, as I have lost 115 pounds, thereby getting the measurments above. Still have 20 to go, hopefully all in my hips)
        The dress turned out beautifully, and as soon as I can, I will post a picture.

  20. Pat Hanks-Thomas says:

    The first time I looked over the pattern, I noticed there was a part that showed what the pieces all laid out were to look like. Now, for the life of me, cannot find this again. Could you tell me where it is, that I might know how to lay out the pieces? thanks so much. Looks like I am starting off bad, right?

    • The layout is on the top left hand side of page 3 of the instructions. That shows what the pattern should look like once assembled.
      The pieces are all numbered too, so they come out of the printer in the right order and should be laid out with 6 pages per row. Hope that helps, and sorry I wasn’t able to reply right away – I’ve been sewing!

  21. Irene Savu says:

    ThIs dress is beautiful and you look so good in it. I wish I had half your talent. From what you have said not a lot of choice of fashion where you live. With your talent you could set up your own business making unique clothes. I bet they would be queuing at the door.

  22. LeAnn Weaver says:

    Very nice Deby – and you look great in it. I downloaded the pattern for a new spring dress!

  23. Cindy Quinlan says:

    Wow, hot mama! Have you lost weight? Beautiful dress.

  24. Lesley Gilbert says:

    I don’t wear dresses any more but this one really suits you – well done 🙂

  25. Pat Hanks-Thomas says:

    Just made a copy of the instructions, and can’t wait to sew it! Thanks so much.. Did you use your new serger on it?

    • I used a bit of a combination, some with the regular machine but the center back and side seams with the serger. Had to adjust the differential feed just a notch, and it came out great! I was nervous though about cutting off the seam allowances, but loved how it turned out on the inside – very neat, just like a ‘proper’ dress!

  26. Becky M says:

    Beautiful!! You’ve done a great job. This looks very comfortable and slimming. Thanks for all you do. This looks perfect for spring.

  27. sewjean says:

    I love the look of this dress. I am soo pleased you have made a dress with sleeves pattern too. I was wondering how to add sleeves to the twisty dress, but now a dress WITH STYLE, and sleeves. I shall be off to the market to buy some fabric at the weekend, hopefully. Show you when Ive done it.

  28. Val says:

    Hi Deby, another awesome tutorial. This dress looks great on you. Such a versatile pattern.
    Thanks so much for sharing. Val

  29. Victoria says:

    I was thinking, “That Deby, she had lost some weight.” , when I read the part where you said it makes you look thinner. I need three of these dresses!

    • I have lost a few pounds as well this year, but by having the drapes stand out from the body like that, it makes the torso and waist look smaller in comparison I think. I’m loving mine!

  30. Josephine says:

    Fantastic. Love it. Next project for me!!!!

  31. Rosemary says:

    Deby you have outdone yourself again! It is so gratifying to find a designer who caters for the more mature of us, your styles are absolutely fabulous. Can´t wait to get my sewing room in order to start sewing. Thank you dear Deby, you are a star!

  32. Woohoo!!! You look fabulous, Deby!!! A very flattering style.

  33. Deby, this dress is wonderful, and is so flattering on you!

  34. This is fabulous. Love it! Very flattering

  35. Irene Valle says:

    Cool pattern, Deby, I love this one!

  36. Ginger says:

    Great dress. It could easily be changed into a nursing dress/top. Back when my kids were babies I had a similar nursing top that I loved.

  37. smonakey says:

    Another lovely pattern? Thank you so much! I really like the way it looks on you in that fabric. It’s a gorgeous combo pattern & fabric.

  38. I wish you had a larger size range. This looks lovely.

  39. whollyfool says:

    Wow, that is stunning! It looks fantastic on you! This is going on the “to sew list”.

    Great design!

  40. Julie says:

    Wowza, I love it. I’ve not made myself a dress for ages and was just thinking it’s about time. This could be the one. Thanks

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