Another free pattern for you today. Another quick and simple to sew dress pattern that looks good on lots of different body shapes.
I know many of you will be feeling the chill as you are approaching winter, but that also means many are feeling things warming up and summer approaches for the other half of the world. Here in Cayman it's always summer so a sassy dress to show off my tan is appropriate every month of the year.
Features of the Graffiti dress:
- Sleeveless with narrow shoulders to show off your tan
- Slightly cut in arm holes front and back
- Scoop neckline at the front and interesting V in the back
- Option for a contrast waist band
- Full circle skirt with ‘choose your own length' pattern
- Full video tutorial including fitting tips
- Available to fit bust 29-41 inches and hips 33-45 inches+
My Graffiti fabric
I was only browsing, not really intending to shop when I came across this fabric and it HAD to be mine! I think I'm usually pretty conservative in my dress, nothing too bold, but sometimes I just fancy an exception to that and I NEEDED this fabric – it just seems ‘young'. Do you know what I mean?
I bought this graffiti knit fabric at Fashionfabricsclub.com, which is a great site for beautiful, but low-cost fabrics. It was a bit more than I usually spend, but it's really great quality, very nicely printed, a heavier weight ITY knit, and more stable than the thinner and lighter ones I usually buy. That made it really nice and easy to sew with too and gave the circle skirt some more body.
I can't find the exact fabric anymore, but Fashion Fabrics Club has a fun collection of other interesting knits, so check them out. I'm really wishing I had bought the coral red floral one too! Maybe for a future project – leggings? That would be wicked!
Just hover over any of the swatches below for more information.
Materials needed for the Graffiti dress:
- Knit fabric ideally 58-60 inches wide if you want a knee-length skirt. I used an ITY knit.
- Optional – knit stay tape
- The pattern – download below
I also made another in a longer length skirt in a thinner ITY that looked a bit like a flame fabric. The beauty of the choose your own skirt length system on the pattern. Take care if using a fabric that stretches both ways because adding a long heavy skirt can cause the bodice of the dress to lengthen a little so take that into account when cutting your bodice length.
Watch me sew the free Graffiti dress pattern
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Simple step by step
Cut out your pattern for the bodice front and back and waistband front and back.
For the skirt, cut according to your waist measurement for the smaller curved line. Now you can pick your own length for this skirt. Measure on your body how long you want your skirt to be. Remember to add 1 inch seam allowance to your length measurement (1/2 inch at waist and at hemline). Now measure down from the line for your waist, until you meet a line which is closest to your chosen length.
Cut your pattern piece on that line and use it to cut your skirt length accordingly – voila, the perfect length of skirt.
Cut out your fabric. Use a contrast fabric at the waistband if you like. This dress could also look great with a wide contrast band at the hemline too. Maybe give that a try on your next one.
[Apologies – the design on this fabric makes the pictures look like they are out of focus.]
Join your back waistband pieces to the bodice pieces RST. Press seams towards the waist. Repeat to join the front waistband to the front bodice.
Take care to use accurate 1/2 inch seam allowances throughout so that the waistband turns out the same width all the way around the body.
Optional but recommended. If using a lightweight or very stretchy knit fabric, consider stabilizing the neckline and armhole edges with a knit stay tape to prevent wavy seams.
Join the front and back at the shoulders, RST. Press seams to the back.
Join the center back seam. NOTE – start your stitching 1/2 inch down from the V neckline at the back to allow for the neckline edge to be turned.
Turn in the entire neckline edge 1/2 inch and stitch. You may need to make slight clips into your seam allowance at the center front around the curviest part of the neckline, to allow it to sit flat. Press.
Repeat for the armholes turning in 1/2 inch to the wrong side. Clip around the tightest part of the curve under the arm if needed. Press.
Try on the bodice so far and check for fit.
Join the skirt to the bottom of the waistband RST, front and back. Find the center of the skirt waist and match it to the center of the waistband easing any skirt to fit. You should be able to stretch the waistband just as a little as you sew to match the two without gathering or puckering the skirt piece. Press the seam downwards.
Try on again to check the fit. Pin or baste side seams.
Sew side seams and press. Start on each side under the arm and sew to the bottom of the skirt, matching seam lines at the waist neatly. Shape as needed for a nice fit.
Hem your skirt with your favorite method for knits. Suggested 1/2 inch single turn hem or twin needle finish. Press. Now twirl and enjoy your new dress!