Easy Dress Pattern – Free ‘Wear Everywhere’ Knit Dress

Free easy dress pattern. I could have a whole wardrobe full of these easy to sew, easy to wear dresses.

The free dress pattern this month is a super simple, easy dress pattern for the ‘Wear Everywhere Dress‘.  Made for knit fabrics with a moderate stretch, this dress has just two pattern pieces, the sleeves are already built in and its easy to fit to your shape.  A perfect beginner sewing pattern.  Plus – this dress is so versatile – dress it up, dress it down, dress it smart or casual.  It all depends on your fabric choices and accessories.

Features:

  • Built in sleeves
  • Learn how to sew an easy knit neckline facing for a neat finish
  • No darts or zippers
  • Unusual square shaped neckline
  • Easy to fit to your shape
  • Range of sizes, from 31 to 40 inch bust
  • Super flattering
  • Make it figure-hugging or figure-skimming.  You decide.
  • Versatile
  • Full sewing instructions are downloaded with the pattern pieces

Skill level:

Beginner.  The instructions for this dress include instructions on picking stitches and finishes for use with knit fabrics.  There are no complicated darts or zippers, and instructions are included on how to sew the neckline facings.

Where can you get the Wear Everywhere easy dress pattern ?

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As usual, to make downloading easy and reliable, the pattern is hosted in my design account with Payhip. If you don’t already have an account, you will need to sign up to download, but don’t worry, it’s free, quick and easy. Add the pattern to your cart, and then checkout – no payment/address details etc needed.

Download multi-size pattern pieces from my design account at Payhip...

Can I see some more pics before I decide if it's for me?

Of course you can.  I made a couple of versions, one in a diagonal print and one in a black and white vertical print. I think both look great!

Free easy dress pattern. I could have a whole wardrobe full of these easy to sew, easy to wear dresses.

Free easy dress pattern. I could have a whole wardrobe full of these easy to sew, easy to wear dresses.

 

Choosing your fabrics

You'll need a fabric with a moderate stretch.  This pattern is so simple that it can accommodate a wide number and variety of stretch fabrics including novelty and sweater knits, but be aware when choosing your fabric that thicker fabrics and those with less stretch may need to be sewn with greater ease and may require you to go up a size.  It looks good in both prints and solids.

Making up your pattern

See the downloadable instructions for details on how to print and piece together your pattern, and cut your fabric.  Your pattern has a front, back and neckline facings.

The Wear Everywhere dress. Free pattern for a knit easy dress pattern.

What Size Do I Need?

Please use this table as a guide only as although our body measurements may be similar, different body shapes may require fitting differently.

I highly recommend the Sew the Perfect Fit course if you want to learn more about how to pick the right pattern size, make a muslin and get the correct fit. Making a muslin is always recommended prior to cutting your good fabric.  If you are in between measurements, do measure the actual pattern pieces to determine what size would suit you best.

  Bust Waist Hips
1  31.5 26 34
2  32.5 27.5 35.5
3  34 29  37.5
4  36 31  40
5  38 33  42
6  40 35  44

If in doubt test the larger size and adjust for fitting at the side seams during construction.  

Wear Everywhere Dress Sewing Instructions

Seam allowances – 5/8th of an inch throughout unless mentioned.

Abbreviations used: RST – right sides together.

Note on finishing seams – seams should be finished as you sew.  Use your favorite method or see the suggestions in the full instructions download.

I recommend the Sewing with Knits course if you want to learn more about sewing with knit fabrics.  Read my review of the Sewing with Knits course.

These are abbreviated instructions and small photos for the blog only.  The pattern download includes more detailed instructions to help you step by step along the way to a great finished Wear Everywhere dress.  This is just a quick overview.

The Wear Everywhere dress. Free pattern for a knit easy dress pattern.

  1. Join center back seam. Join center back seam of neckline facing.
  2. Sew neckline facing to back, RST. Trim seams allowances by half.
  3. Stitch neckline facing to front, RST.  Trim seam allowances by half.
  4. Join front to back at shoulders and along top of sleeve, opening out facings to join these at the shoulders.
  5. Open out neckline facing, right sides up.  Press seam allowances towards facing and understitch through facing 1/8th inch from seam line.  See this tutorial on understitching.
  6. Press facings to inside, top stitch around neckline 1/2 inch from seam.  Trim facings.
  7. Join side seams.  Try to fit and adjust if necessary.
  8. Finish sleeves and hem.  See this tutorial on using a double needle to hem knits.
  9. Wear and enjoy!

Free easy dress pattern. I could have a whole wardrobe full of these easy to sew, easy to wear dresses.

Thanks for downloading this pattern.  I'd love to see what you sew, so please upload your completed projects to the pattern page on Craftsy.

Watch out for the next pattern coming soon to the So Sew Easy Pattern Store.  I know you are going to love it!

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As usual, to make downloading easy and reliable, the pattern is hosted in my design account with Payhip. If you don’t already have an account, you will need to sign up to download, but don’t worry, it’s free, quick and easy. Add the pattern to your cart, and then checkout – no payment/address details etc needed.

Download multi-size pattern pieces from my design account at Payhip...

Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy

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Janie Junttonen
Janie Junttonen

Hi, I really like the simplicity of this dress, but it won’t fit me :(. I’ve got a 44-36-48 body to dress. I’ve swiveled patterns before to accommodate the differences, but with only two pieces, I’m a bit hesitant for this pattern.

jerisw
jerisw

I’ve downloaded the Wear Everywhere Dress pattern, but when I open it in Adobe Reader to print it shows the document is one 36″ x 48″ page and not 8.5″ x 11″ pages to put together. Is there a different file to download that has the pages that are printed and taped together?

Mayra Cecilia
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The instructions for the pattern are on the article above. Please click on the highlighted words and follow along. Kind Regards,

Elle Aishling
Elle Aishling

Made this dress over the weekend. My first time ever sewing knit fabric, and first real piece of clothing I’ve made. The instructions were easy to follow and the dress came out beautifully. I wore it yesterday to the office and got tons of compliments on it. It’s easily the most comfortable dress I own!

Mayra Cecilia
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Very happy for you!

Jo
Jo

I would really love to make this dress! Is there another way of getting the pattern, other than through Bluprint (ex Craftsy), which i think is a subscription only service)?
Many thanks.

Mayra Cecilia
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I will move this pattern to https://ko-fi.com/soseweasy soon.

Nicole Krekels
Nicole Krekels

I have also the problem that I cannot download this pattern in a way that I can print it on A4 sized paper. It only shows one little bit of the pattern. I tried several times to download it again because I figured maybe I have done something wrong. Is it possible to get the pattern in some other way?

Tamara Kirkham
Tamara Kirkham

Mayra–
This is the only pattern my computer will not download. I can’t install a zip drive and there is no “poster” feature for printing. Is there some way for it to be downloaded and printed the same way as the other patterns?

Mayra Cecilia
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You do not need a zip drive, that is probably an add, depends on your browsing history. No we do not a poster file, however you can save the pattern in a thumb drive and take it to a printing company and see what they can do for you.

Linda
Linda

Would it be possible to make this pattern into an A-line dress?

Mayra Cecilia
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if you know how, absolutely!

Carmen
Carmen

I made this dress just last night. I cut on line 6 based on my bust, waist, hip measurements and the chart provided. The dress was HUGE. I had to take in about 2 inches at the shoulder and 1 inch on each side. It fits better but the neck is gaping. I plan to make another one cutting it smaller and shorter in length. I will add stay tap to the neckline to see if that helps a bit. I will add a picture of the new one once I finish it. Thanks for the great free patterns.

Paula W Leonard
Paula W Leonard

Hi Deby,
I’d love to make this dress and have the fabric but…I’m a larger size than your pattern. Any suggestions as to another dress this simple that I could make. Measurements 44/38/48. Thank you so much for your gift of all the patterns you share and helping those of us that are new to sewing.

Lesle
Lesle

I have downloaded the pattern and tutorial, but it was quite complicated. Did not download in the usual way.
I love the look of the pattern – on you. My hip (read backside) size is usually 1-2 sizes larger than my bust size. I know how to adjust the pattern, the question is, Will it look okay? or should I just avoid this type of pattern, especially in knit. I do have 2 bought knit dresses that look okay, but I am wary of making one.
Any suggestions welcome. Thank you.

Mayra Cecilia
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Hi Lesley, hard to say without a photo, but to be perfectly honest I don’t see why not?

JENNIFER Lawton
JENNIFER Lawton

Hi, I downloaded the pattern but it only showed one page. Obviously it will need multiple pages to print in order to get the correct pattern pieces. I downloaded winrar to unzip the pattern, but it still will not unzip. I followed the instructions on unzipping but still it did not work. I followed your video but it did not show how to unzip a file. Please help.

Mayra Cecilia
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Hi Jennifer, you need Adobe Reader to download and open the PDF. I have never used nor required Winrar. Please print on Actual Size.

JENNIFER Lawton
JENNIFER Lawton
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I have Adobe Reader, the PDF opened but only one page. The size of the folder is small, 132 mgb, to hold multiple pages of pattern. Whereas the instructions are over 2000. I have never had problems opening other files from your website, which, may I say I love, but this one is beyond me. My son in law, who is an IT tech tried and even he could not do it, with or without the winrar. I have a new computer with Windows 10. I absolutely love this dress and would love to make it. Thanks. Jenny

JENNIFER Lawton
JENNIFER Lawton

Ohhhhh. Duh. *slaps forehead* I did it. So sorry. Thank you so much for your patience. Idiot alert.

JENNIFER Lawton
JENNIFER Lawton

Sorry, but I can only print the first page with the test square.

Mayra Cecilia
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Hi, Jennifer, please send me an email at mayra@so-sew-easy.com and I will send you a new file. I have checked the link we have and it works well so I am at a loss on why you have such a strange file size.

JENNIFER Lawton
JENNIFER Lawton
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Just a thought, is there only supposed to be one page and we make the pattern ourselves?

Tisha wright
Tisha wright

My measurements are not on partern do you have one for my measurements bust 42,waist 45.5 and hips 54.thanks

Mayra Cecilia
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Hi Tisha try this one

Susan Sheehan

It looks lovely and I have downloaded the pattern but Acrobat Reader says that the link has been corrupted and cannot be read/opened. Are you able to post a new link for this please?

Mayra Cecilia
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Hi Susan, you have to try again. The link is working fine on our side.

Gaby Santolaya
Gaby Santolaya

Hello. Thank you for your article. I am a beginner, I’ve made several blankets and skirts for my daughter, this would be my first attempt at something for me I have this gorgeous galaxy fabric from Joanns fabrics that is 86%polyester 14% spandex. Would that work for this? Any tips are welcomed.

Thank you very much
Gaby

Mayra Cecilia
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Yes that would work!

Kyna Frazier
Kyna Frazier

Hi. I’m fairly new to sewing still, and I was wondering, could you make the bottom half of this skirt with a different color then the top part of the dress?

Mayra Cecilia
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You can just remember to add seam allowance when you cut it. Enjoy!

Vicki
Vicki

Hi! Could you explain a bit about the differences of a built in sleeve versus us a set in sleeve on a finished garment? Assuming I use a stretch knit, why would you choose one over the other? Just wondering, since built in sleeves are so much easier to sew!

Mayra Cecilia
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Hi Vicki, this particular dress is all in one, the sleeves are already in the garment, you dont need to worry about attaching the sleeves. I will try to answer your question in an article. Best Regards,
Mayra

Ayesha
Ayesha

I love it! And BTW you are working that dress!

Lauren

Hi! I’m basically a totally noob, having only sewn two pillowcases before (though they did have cording on the edge…bonus points for me?). I’m trying to use this pattern for a Medusa costume, and the fabric I’m looking at buying is described as such:
“Black snakeskin fabric with 15% 2-way stretch (stretches horizontally but not vertically). Soft polyester backing and snakeskin embossed vinyl finish on opposite side.”
Would this work ok for this dress pattern? I know it’s utterly different than a knit, but it does have stretch.

Thank you so much for your advice, and thanks for posting this pattern! I’m really excited to try something new and will send along some photos…if I can pull this off, haha!

Ntsae Kealafilwe
Ntsae Kealafilwe

Hi Deby, I am so humbled by your generous spirit to share what you have with others, may you be greatly blessed. I am one person who has always had passion in making clothes for myself but actually never did. Thank you for reviving that passion within me. I am intending to start trying sewing something for myself this month and I ll definitely try this pattern. Thank you for rekindling the fire within me.

Kealafilwe

synthia
synthia

I am unable to open your file, and you please email a pdf version, thanks. syn20000@gmail.com

Sandra
Sandra

Thank you! This was a great pattern. I used it to make a dress for my daughter’s Tinkerbell Halloween costume. She looked fabulous in it. The fabric I used had stretch in both ways so that made it easy, and your instructions were easy to follow too. Together with the pictures to follow along it was really not difficult. Took me 1 Sunday afternoon.

Theresa
Theresa

I love this dress! I’ve made three so far. So comfortable.

Gwen
Gwen

Beautiful dress and it looks good on you.

Gale
Gale

I made this dress after I downloaded the pattern it was a great dress to make. I want to thank you for sharing this great pattern with everyone. I have also made the wraps dress you have on your site and I loved that one to. Thank you again.

Egita

Goodmorning Deby,

I was looking for this kind of dress as my very first ever self made dress. I printed out the pattern according instructions, cut it, taped it, measure myself and choose sizes between 5 and 6. But this pattern looked so big so I compared it with one of my old dresses which fits perfectly and get a little bit confused. The old dress is about 12cm smaller in width comparing to your pattern and now I’m afraid to use it for my new dress. Where could be the problem? Wrong printing (the test square is exactly 2 inches (5cm))? Wrong sticking together? Are seam allowance already included in pattern width?

Clare
Clare

Thanks Deby, that’s very encouraging. And I really appreciate that you reply so quickly to queries.

Clare
Clare

Hi Deby, I was about to cut out this dress but just realised that my fabric has a lot of stretch – definitely more than a moderate amount. Does that matter? I really hope not!

Debbie Silbert
Debbie Silbert

Fabulous pattern. Haven’t sewed in over 20 years but think I’ll try. I’m 54 and have your same shape, but a bit taller. The sleeve length is exactly what I’m looking for … not happy showing my arms above my elbows. How hard would it be to make it a scoop neck rather than square? Debbie