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.

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!


  • 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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Download the FREE Pattern HERE

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.

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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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168 Responses to Fit and Flare Dress – free pattern

  1. Charlene Powell says:

    Love this style, so flattering. Thank you, you are so generous!

  2. Theresa J Velazquez says:

    How do you get the pattern? Clicked all over and nothing produce it.

  3. Karen says:

    I would like to thank you for this resource. Much appreciated

  4. Lydia says:

    This looks great. I can’t wait to make it for myself. Thanks for the FREE pattern.

  5. Paulette Krueger Steuber Ferko says:

    Beautiful Dress, can’t wait to try it out. Thank you so much!

  6. Heather R. says:

    This dress is so cute!! I can’t wait to make one. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Dee-Ann Gniewek says:

    I love the looks of this dress! Thank you for the pattern.

  8. Diane says:

    Love this dress. Can i get it in the A0 format to print at a printer store.

  9. Iris says:

    Don’t care for the front of dress being that low .

  10. Sue M says:

    I love the way this dress fits on you. It is just my kind of dress. It would also work great for winter with leggings and a sweater. Thanks for the great post!

  11. Allison Sinnott says:

    The lines dont match whwn assemblying. Do i nees to have my printer set to a certian size paper ie a4 letter etc? I used regular 8 1/2 x 11 in

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Nope just use Adobe reader, actual size and no scaling of the pattern at all on Landscape mode.

  12. Nuria Astals says:

    Hi. Do you think it would work with a flow rib knit fabric? How can I lengthen the sleeves? Thanks.

  13. Kim Karras says:

    I used to sew when I was young, about a million years ago, on an old White, metal sewing machine that basically went forward and backwards and weighed as much as a house. I can’t even imagine how that old machine would have chomped up today’s knit fabric! I have decided that I am tired of the same old ready made clothes that never fit my top-heavy body, so am getting back into sewing. This dress was my first project on my new machine. I say all this to clarify just how much of a newbie I am. I’d like to say thank you to the person that made the pattern and video and instructions. It was easy to follow, easy to print, easy to construct both the pattern and the dress. A super easy project, not without frustrations of course, but that was just from learning how to work with knit fabric. Like I said, I am a newbie, but seems to me that a huge amount of effort went into this, and it is very generous of you to offer it for free. Thanks so much for supplying me with my first project. The dress looks super-cute.

  14. Lisa Miller-Mecham says:

    This is such a cute little dress! I love it and it looks adorable on you!

    • Sue says:

      I’ve only ever made one knit item, it was a disaster. However I’m going to give this a go soon. I live the African fabric but maybe a non match to start!

  15. Marie Mascia says:

    I wonder whether the seam allowance is included in the cutting plan or do I have to add it before cutting?!

    Best wishes

  16. Monica says:

    Is the seam allowance included in the pattern, or do I have to add?

  17. Mamilou says:

    Peut on realiser cette robe dans une cotonnade ? merci pour votre entillese

  18. Mamilou says:

    A quoi correspond la taille 44 ?
    Un grd merci

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Bonjour Mamilou! Prenez la taille qui correspond à vos mesures de buste, dans votre cas est la taille 44. Merci!

  19. Samone says:

    This may be a simple question, but I would like to know how to do it properly. How do I move the shoulder seam up? Would I use a wider seam allowance when sewing on the sleeve? It seems to me my seam (today is one of those days) is a bit off. 🙂

    Just made this with a light sweater knit type fabric. Very flowy and feminine. Can’t wait to make more and dress it up with accessories for a comfy night out! Thank you again So-Sew-Easy for all the lovely FREE patterns.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      What do you mean moving the shoulder seam up? Is the neckline too wide? or is the sleeve cap too tight?

  20. Mimi says:

    How do I print out the sewing instructions. They did not download with the pattern.

  21. Linda Gordon says:

    When I try to download the Fit and Flare dress ( which I really want) it says to click below for the PDF. It doesn’t do anything! Is there any other way to download this pattern? PLEASE HELP!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI, Linda, I have tested the link and it is working fine. You are probably using pop up window blocker can you uncheck that and try again. Let me know if that did the trick!:)

  22. Elizabrth says:

    mayra I thank you for all your help. I sure appreciate it ….

  23. Elizabrth says:

    hi Mayra
    When I make the dress the size of my shoulders the bust is too small.Now if
    I go with the bust measurement the shoulder is way too big. what should
    I do ….Thank you.

  24. Elizabrth says:

    IS this pattern for a C cup?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      What is your bust measurement? Hou much stretch is there in your fabric? What is the width of the chest area of the size you are looking at? If answer this 3 questions you will be able to determine if the dress and size you are looking at can fir your bust.

  25. Hannah says:

    Hi there! I have a wicked Aloha print scuba fabric – would that work for this or would it be too stiff? Thanks in advance!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      No Hannah, if you want the dress to look the same use a jersey knit. Save the scuba for when I publish a 4 gore Aline skirt, with and expose zipper it will look amazing with your faric.

  26. Sandy says:

    Thanks for the pattern. It turned out well for my 1st dress with knit!

  27. Ellen says:

    This is a wonderful tutorial — beautifully done and dresses well-executed. Thank you so much!
    It seems to me this would be a perfect pattern for converting to a raglan sleeve. I have broad shoulders and full upper arms and all set-in sleeves pull and are uncomfortable to me.

    Question: How would I most easily modify this pattern to a raglan sleeve?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Ellen, you need a technique called transformation using the flat pattern method. Because it is a princess line with a set sleeve the pattern transformation is large and I would need to show you with pictures. It would make a long tutorial but not an impossible one.

  28. Sarah D says:

    Hello! I’m pretty much a beginner at sewing clothing, this pattern looks like it will be nice and easy for my first knit dress! I’m just wondering, I like a slightly fuller skirt, would I be able to just adjust the angle of the taper on each panel to achieve that?

  29. Brenda Smith says:

    I’m trying to figure out hw to join the pattern pieces ,I’m pretty old and not to bright,I would love to sew this dress,FIT AND FLAIR ,,I’ve printed out the pattern 3 times but I’ve cut them out wrong,😥,Thank you,Brenda,

  30. Christina says:

    I made this dress and loved it! Now I’m making one for autumn and would like the sleeves about 3 inches longer. Can I just extend the sleeve length by three inches, or should i cut the sleeve pattern piece and insert 3 inches?

    Thanks so much.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Depends, Christina if the sleeve is tapered insert 3 inches so you do not disturb the hem of the sleeve. If the sleeve is staight then just extend.

  31. Teri Reymann says:

    Hi Mayra, Yesterday my granddaughter asked me to make her a dress for a band function. I told her of course. Well, that was before I saw what she wanted. Now I’m going to have to Frankenstein several patterns to incorporate into what she wants. She wants a princess style dress with a hoodie and cold shoulder sleeves. I think this pattern will work for the dress. Do you happen to have any hoodie and cold shoulder sleeves that I could incorporate with this dress? Thanks for your help.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, Terry, the dress will work fine. I was in stitches (laughing at your comment) “Frankenstein several patterns”, I do not have a cold shoulder sleeve top, however that is not a difficult transformation if you are willing to take on the challenge. I do have a hoodie and it is not a baggy one so I think will be perfect. Hope that helps. Let me know if I can assist you any further 🙂
      here is the link:

  32. Zoe Skaggs says:


    Would I be able to use a different type of fabric for this design? I recently got my old sewing machine to work correctly and am looking for things to make. This is one of the better patterns that I found.

  33. Pamela says:

    I’ve just made the fit and flare dress. Would like to share. Where to I send picture?

  34. Miriam Thomas says:

    I would like to know the european sizes of this pattern. I’m Dutch.

  35. Jean says:

    The PDF shows a link to how to assemble the pattern pieces, however I can’t find this link on the website or the tutorial. Could you provide please.

  36. Victoria says:

    Hello! This is am amazing pattern! Is there any tips you could give me on making it with long sleeves rather than the short ones you originally designed it with?

  37. 3at50 says:

    Yay! I used to sew a lot, but haven’t touched my machines in years and years. I hoped this would be an easy pattern to get back into it, and it turned out exceptional! Okay, except for the part where I “guestimated” my size and apparently I think I’m still a little younger and smaller 🙁

    No worries, this was such a great pattern, I look forward to making again…a little bigger!

  38. Brooke Metcalf Reidelberger says:

    I love this pattern but I have a problem. I have printed out the two inch test square on three different printers and none come out to be two inches. Because you only provide a PDF copy, size cannot be adjusted. Any suggestions?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Brooke, please make sure you are printing on Actual Size and using Adobe reader to open and print the pattern.

  39. Elizabeth N. says:

    Is there a fabric cutting layout you can provide for a size small? I’m not sure how to la y out the pieces on the fabric to cut them.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      No Elizabeth there is not. The front, back and facing are cut on a fold. The sleeves and sides are cut parallel to the grain of the fabric.

  40. Laura says:

    Hi there! Any chance you can share how to lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric to cut them?

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