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 :-)

This pattern  is a reprint it was first published in 2014 .

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.

Free pattern for this fit and flare dress with princess seams. Full video tutorial too - yup, this is perfect for me :-)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 pattern matching was pretty darned good!  Interesting though how different knits can alter the feel of the fit.  I cut and sewed both patterns exactly the same, but the blue one appears to fit closer to the body.

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

I love an easy pull-on-and-go knit dress and I have a feeling I'll have more of these in my wardrobe by the end of the year.  There's a free pattern for you too.  Enjoy!

Features:

  • Designed for a heavier weight knit such as a ponte, double knit, or thicker jersey
  • Design lines front and back for a great fit
  • Scoop neckline with facings front and back
  • Short sleeves
  • Video and photo instructions
  • Available in sizes 31-48 inch bust

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

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Fabric requirements:

Assuming fabric 54 inches wide, you will need approximately 2.5 yards of fabric.  If your fabric is 60 inches wide, smaller sizes A and B can fit onto 1.75 yards.

More may be needed if you have a large scale pattern to match

How to sew the Fit and Flare Dress

 

 

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Step by step Fit and Flare Dress Sewing Instructions

Use your pattern pieces to cut out all of your fabric.  Remember to cut mirror images for the side panels, so you will need two facing one way and 2 facing the other, not 4 all the same.

Starting with the back, match and pin the two side panels to the center back panel RST (right sides together).  Sew the two long seams to join the pieces – tip, start at the top and sew to the bottom for both seams.  Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance throughout unless mentioned otherwise.

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Trim and neaten your seams with an overcasting stitch, if you aren't using a serger.  Press your seams towards the center.

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Repeat for the front of the dress.  Match and pin the two side panels to the center front panel RST (right sides together).  Sew the two long seams to join the pieces.  Trim and neaten your seams and press towards the center.

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Optional – fuse a knit stay tape around both the front and back neckline to prevent stretching when you sew the facing and during wear.  Read more about the magic of knit stay tape here.

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Join the dress at the shoulders RST and stitch at 1/2 inch.  Press seams towards the back.

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Optional – you may add a line of the knit stay tape to the bottom of the sleeve edge too.  This prevents too much stretching and gives a really nice crisp hemline later on.  Do this now before sewing in the sleeves.

Pin the sleeve to the armscye (also known as the armhole..).  Match the center top of the sleeve with the shoulder seam and ease the sleeve to fit as needed.  Pin RST and stitch.

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Repeat to add the other sleeve and then press seams towards the sleeve.

fit and flare dress pattern

Join the front and back neckline facings together at the shoulder RST and stitch with the same seam you used for the shoulders of the dress, to make sure it matches perfectly.  You may serger or finish around the bottom edge of the facing or leave it raw.

Match the facing to the dress neckline, RST, matching shoulder seams. Pin well in place and then stitch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

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Optional – you may choose to understitch the neckline facing to the seam allowance to prevent the facing popping up, or you may also decide to sew the facing down from the outside edge of the neckline too.  I've understitched the facing to the seam allowances here.  Understitching can't be seen from the outside of the dress.

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Give the neckline a nice press and that part of our dress is now finished.

fit and flare dress pattern

Pin or baste your side seams and try on your dress.  Make any fitting adjustments you need.  Sew down the side seams of the dress, from the bottom of the sleeve to the bottom of the skirt.

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Try on your dress once again and mark or pin your hemline.  Trim the fabric if necessary and turn up a hem and stitch.  You can also use the knit stay tape to stop wavy hems too.  Press the hemline.

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Turn up 1/2 inch seam on the bottom of the sleeves and stitch.  Give these a good press too.

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That's it, your Fit and Flare Dress is finished.  I hope you like yours as much as I do.  Come and share what you've sewn, this dress, any dress, or any sewing project in our sewing chat group.

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Tricia
Tricia

Hi does anyone know what kind of stitch is used here in the first step of sewing the back panel and two side panels together? I am new to sewing and have only sewn a tote bag with a regular straight seam but perhaps this is a stretch stitch being used here or something else.

Jayne
Jayne
Reply to  Tricia

I would use either a stretch stitch or a small zig zag. I prefer the zig zag as it’s easier to pick out if I make a mistake.

Michelle Ross
Michelle Ross

Thank you for providing a professional looking pattern & such detailed instructions for the world. I wish there were more people like you in the world…

Paula probasco
Paula probasco

Anyone try this dress in a lighter knit?

Maggie Kuhn
Maggie Kuhn

Can you sew this with a regular sewing machine or only a serger?

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Maggie Kuhn

Indeed you can!

Nick
Nick

Hi, I want to try this as my first big sewing project (only made cushions and face masks so far). But the one thing that I’m not sure about: is the 1/2 inch seam already included in the pattern, so that I can cut the fabric on the lines of the pattern, or do I have to cut 1/2 inch extra around the pattern? I hear multiple people say different things and it doesn’t really say anywhere in here. Thank you very much already! It looks amazing and not too difficult, so I hope I will succeed 🙂

Mayra Cecilia
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Cut on the line of the pattern and sew a 1/2″ seam allowance. This is an old pattern from 2014 it is very easy and it has been tried many times. any questions do not hesitate to contact me mayra@so-sew-easy.com

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Well, it is finished and seems ok! Going to ship it to my mother and then we’ll know. Thank you for your response, I’m sure she’ll love it!

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Nick

Fantastic! let me know who it turns out!

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

It turned out perfect! I am so happy, thank you for the pattern and the help! Added the link to my instagram if you’re interested in the result ????

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Nick

Of course, I am, that is my favourite part!

Linda HG ⚫#I Didn't Vote Tory (@LindaGalone)
Linda HG ⚫#I Didn't Vote Tory (@LindaGalone)

I’ve just made this. I love the dress and was almost a perfect fit. The neck was a bit too low for me but easily altered. Thank you for the pattern, it will be one of my faves.

Mayra Cecilia
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So nice to read your comment.

Joe Oliveri
Joe Oliveri

This is also a perfect nightgown pattern. Once you figure out the pattern to fit your body, add ease to the side seams and sleeves and ta da its a comfy nightgown. I always add pockets to the side seam in my nightgowns to add function and use up scraps.

Gill
Gill

Hi – I tested the size C and it’s come out way too small . I reprinted the first page and the test square is the correct size ! Where did I go wrong ?

Gill
Gill

Hi ! I tested the ‘C’ size but it is way too small . I have reprinted page one with the 2 inch test square and it is all correct . Please tell me where I have gone wrong x

Cynthia Riendfliesch
Cynthia Riendfliesch

Hi ? I have not tried to make this dress yet. I looked over the pattern and it doesn’t look like the ones I was used to a long time ago (Simplicity, etc.). I’m not sure I am going to understand it if I try to do one. Any suggestions from you or anyone out therethere? I did download the pattern onto my Tablet first. Would it look any different on the Desktop Computer? Thank You for any advice.

Mayra Cecilia
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Hi Cynthia, it will look the same, just need to print using adobe reader (free software from Adobe) using actual size, do not scale at all. If you need further help here are two articles that can help you.https://so-sew-easy.com/print-assemble-pdf-pattern/
https://so-sew-easy.com/print-a-layered-pdf-file/

Cynthia Riendfliesch
Cynthia Riendfliesch
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank You so much for the info and suggestions. I will look into all youyou have talked about. Appreciate it all. It’s been a lot of years since I last tried making anything from a pattern.

Mayra Cecilia
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My pleasure Cynthia, welcome back to wonderful world of sewing.

Roanne Duncan
Roanne Duncan

Thank you for this lovely pattern. It fits perfectly. Have you tried it with a non stretch fabric and with a zip in the side seam? Roanne

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Roanne Duncan

Hi Roanne, no, this pattern is for stretch fabric only.

Bev Burton
Bev Burton

How long did this take you to make?

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Bev Burton

Preparing and cutting the knit takes longer than sewing the dress.

kim
kim

to receive free pattern, am I required to buy something first?

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Reply to  kim

Hi Kim, absolutely not. The pattern is free. Also, just use Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print the file, which is free too.

kathy
kathy

I love this dress. Do you think it would like nice on someone who is narrow shoulder, pear shaped, and back side is a treble cliff? thanks

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  kathy

I think so but you need to make the required alterations for your back. Choose the size according to your bust size. Remember it is easier to adjust up than down.

Maggie
Maggie

For those of us who are “chubby” in the middle, do you suggest to alter the pattern any?

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Maggie

Depends on your measurements and the pattern’s. Please measure both and choose your closest size, then you can make the appropriate transformation.

Glenda M Vizecky
Glenda M Vizecky

Thank you for the pattern. Question why didn’t you clip and grade the neckline before stay stitches?

helene
helene

merci beaucoup pour ce modèle pratique pour cette rentrée

Michele-Marie
Michele-Marie

Hi, and thank you for the pattern, it looks so slim-line and easy.
Much appreciated