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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Download the Wear Everywhere Dress pattern

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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Download the Wear Everywhere Dress pattern

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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christinasewsup
christinasewsup

Thanks for all your effort and hard work. I forgot I had downloaded this pattern awhile ago. This is my next project. Yay!!

Jean Budd
Jean Budd

Wow just found you on craftsy site just getting back in to sewing again this dress is ideal to get me started. Thank you so much. Its raining in the UK could do with a bit of your Caribbean sunshine.

Susan
Susan

At the risk of sounding picky, I love the diagonal stripe but I don’t love the black and white for your colouring. A bateau neckline would be fabulous with that diagonal stripe.

debra
debra

. The sizes are fine. 1 to 6 are just list or bullet type numbers. 40 bust 44 inch hips is not tiny i wish people thought it was haha love your patterns Deby thank you so much for your effort.

Sarah
Sarah

Hi Deby this might sound like a silly question but I have not been sewing long. When I print out the pattern do I cut off the bit that says neck facing or do I trace that shape onto another piece of paper and leave the main piece intact for the dress?

sarah
sarah

Thank you for your fast answer to my question. This will be my first dress and after reading the instructions I am hoping I can do it, I will let you know.

Gina McDaniel
Gina McDaniel

Deby,
I downloaded this pattern from Craftsy on my iPad, but I can’t seem to get the pattern to pull up.

Gina McDaniel
Gina McDaniel

I will try it in the morning. Thanks!

Trixie Waddell
Trixie Waddell

Hi again Deby Luv,I’m still waitin’ on someone to help me get this pattern out of the
PDF file ,but all r so busy..I did try to print it all, so’s I cud keep track, of what i was doin” but it just doesn’t want me to have that pattern(Teasin’)

Erin
Erin

Hi Deby, This dress is very cute! I’d love to make one soon, but have a question or two.
I am just barely outside the measurements given in the blog. I have 42-43 in chest and 44-45 inch hips. However I will be losing some weight here that will shrink my chest (part of the overall measurement comes from the ever-so-dreaded back fat). Ideally, I’d like something that can fit me now and still fit me when smaller. Do you think the largest size you gave would have enough stretch to compensate fore that extra 2 inches in the bust line?

I may end up waiting anyway for lack of time, but just in case I don’t I was wondering what I should do. I even thought maybe making smaller seams (1/2 inch instead of 5/8 for example) would maybe help. I am a new sewer, so don’t automatically have the solution in my brain. Thoughts?

Thanks!

momsfashionblogdrea
momsfashionblogdrea

I really need to learn how to use my sewing machine better. This dress adorable and would even make a nice little black dress that you could pair with so many different accessories to dress it up or down.

elania21ALex

Do you know of any resources for expanding pattern sizes? I’d love to make this, but my measurements are 48, 40, 49.

Dianne
Dianne

Deby, your dress is beautiful-I love your style! Thank you so much for taking the time to share all of your great patterns. I love knits and can’t wait to make this one 🙂

Candace
Candace

Your website reminds me of the good old days.We would share our talents with other people! God Bless You! Sewing is easy and very relaxing.

Ajaire

So pretty Deby! You make it all looks so easy 🙂

Katie
Katie

I think it’s a great looking dress. I’m going to make it for my daughters as well. They’ll love it!

Marti

What a nice pattern! I would love a dress like this. Thanks for sharing it with us! Pinned to the party board!

Marti

Jennifer Johnson

This looks great I need to get brave and out the knit fabric I have

Kimberlee Gibson

Deby – I love the dress. Patterns like this are so fast and easy to sew. Where did you get the fabric you used? I just love it!

http://woodsofbelltrees.com/

I am so afraid of knits, but I think I will give this one a shot! It’s so pretty! I love it!

Jane Doe
Jane Doe

Hi Deb….I have been following you for a while, I have fallen in love with everything you creat..but this dress is something I NEED to make for myself! Would be a perfect work dress! And I need to make a ‘little black dress’ with this pattern! on and a dress for every occasion ! LOL I have downloaded this pattern (zipfile) but can not print out the pattern! I am not sure what I am doing ‘wrong’! I think I might have to try at work and get our IT guy to show me how to print it out (when I go to print the pattern out, only the first square prints!) Frustrating! But determined enough because I NEED to make this for me! ha ha!
Keep you your amazing tutorials!
Jane
PS…I love your story! you are an inspiration, I am sure to many, but for sure me…I have only been sewing for 51 years!

Diya

This one is so lovely Deby.. By the way what are your recommendations for the fabric . How much percentage of stretch must it have 🙂 Is there a finished size table ?

Karen
Karen

Deby, I am having a problem again, trying to print the pattern. I keep printing one page. I am using a MacBook. The PDF I am printing from is just one page, can”t find the rest. I feel stupid bothering you, but can you help me?

Debbie
Debbie

It was cold and snowy here in Pittsburgh today so I stayed in and made your dress. Once I figured out how to put the pattern together it was easy. I serged everything and the sewing part – minus my hand stitching – took about 20 minutes to make. I’m not a beginner but it would be a perfect beginner project. It fits like a dream but I couldn’t take a picture of myself in it, so it is on my double. I already uploaded to Craftsy. I used some vintage double knit I had but I will be making again in a print. Thanks again for a wonderful pattern.

Cindy
Cindy

Love the dress! Your fabric choices are always so good. Wish I had your vision when looking at fabric. How much yardage does this dress require? I have purchased the fabric for your wrap dress, and will be starting on it soon. I like your easy to follow patterns, and I think the size guidelines you give are just fine. I enjoy reading your blog and watching the tutorials. I will be trying out the double needled technique with the wrap dress. I was clueless before watching your video as to how to use the double needle. Thanks so much!

ROBIN
ROBIN

You say “super simple”, but I say “super cute”! I can’t believe you give us all these great FREE patterns. Thank you so much and your dresses are beautiful.

Ruth Guida
Ruth Guida

Debbie I loved this pattern and I shared it with members on one of my beginners sewing groups with a ling to your blog…I know they will learn as mush as I have as members of your group. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and patterns. RuthieG

Ellen T
Ellen T

Thanks so much for the pattern. I am starting to “resew” after 20 years and this is what I needed. Ellen

Tracy in SW WA
Tracy in SW WA

Deby, the dress is gorgeous! It’s been a long (long, LONG) time since I’ve had much interest in wearing dresses, but this one could possibly change my mind!

Dell Culver
Dell Culver

This dress is REALLY cute. I have some material I am going to use to sew one right now.

fayzer2
fayzer2

It would be nice if you would list the size range of the patterns as I needed a size 10. Not everyone in teeny tiny. I wouldn’t have bothered to downwload this pattern if I had only known. It is kind of aggravating if you know what I mean

ellen
ellen

I have been following your blog for a year. You are amazing! You are inspirational. AND you OFFER SO MUCH TO SO MANY. Keep up the great work Deby.

Mandy

Deby, I love this dress and it looks great on you (of course)! I think the fabric choices would allow it to be very forgiving and flattering depending on the person’s figure flaws as well which I LOVE. 🙂 Looking at the instructions it seems to be a pullover type dress. Could you add a zipper and make it with a less stretchy fabric or maybe put a couple princess seams in front? It seems so versatile! Thanks again for a great pattern. You are such a talented, beautiful lady.

Lieve
Lieve

Hi Deby, thank you for sharing this pattern! You look really nice in both dresses! I was wondering if the diagonal print is cut in biais or was the fabric woven with the print diagonal? Kind regards from Belgium 🙂

Lieve
Lieve

really nice! I would like to try the effect of a biais cut dress with this pattern 🙂

Karen

Beautiful dress and so lovely on your wonderful figure! It is so nice of you to share it with other sewists for free. I wish I was young and in shape…I’d make many of this dress!

Debbie
Debbie

Deby, the dress is beautiful and looks stunning on you. I have been looking for a dress pattern that is simple and would let me try some of the design ideas from Alabama Sewing Studio. This dress would be perfect. Flattering but simple. Love it! Thanks for so generously sharing.

Crochet Hooks
Crochet Hooks

awesome dress 🙂 looks really good on you too!

lyn
lyn

You look fantastic in your dress
Thank you for sharing your pattern.

Pam @Threading My Way

Looks fabulous on you, Deby and also looks super easy to sew.

Camila
Camila

Wow that dress looks amazing Deby, That’s the kind of dress I love. Seems easy to make so I might try this soon!. Pinning!

XOXO
Cami

Diane
Diane

Wow, very nice! Sure wish I had curves like you. I’m afraid it won’t look quite so nice with my flat figure but that won’t stop me from trying if I can find some flattering fabric. Thanks so much for the pattern!

Jessica
Jessica

Wow, simply stunning! I like your choice of fabric again 😉
I wish I had more time for my machine right now….
Thank you very much for sharing and greetings from Munich.
Jessica

mamalusco

Looks great! Thank you 🙂