Something sweet, something racy…..a free sexy dress pattern

sexy dress patternThis Valentine's Day, we have something special for you –something sweet or something racy– with a free sexy dress pattern and tutorial.  This dress comes with a warning!  Be careful.  You may struggle to keep your lover's hands off you when wearing this..

This is an intermediate level project.  It will take some time to make, but once its done, you'll be happy to spend time in it!  It is comfortable, but sexy and is a very flattering design.  I have designed it on a bias and simplified the construction as much as possible.  I have made it specially for the curvy girl in mind.  The smallest size will accommodate a bust and hips between 43″ and 45″.  I have not used fusible interfacing because I did not want any more support, and my fabric did not need it.  You are welcome to use fusible interfacing if your fabric allows it.

If you have in mind something sweet, I recommend the use of a very soft cotton voile or silk chiffon.  If racy is what you want, then try to find the same fabric I am using.  It is a satin/silk, back crepe or lace.

Other fabrics you can use: Satin, satin back crepe, Charmeuse Satin, silk damask

This pattern and tutorial are completely free to you.  The design and pattern are entirely original and, as you can imagine, have taken some time to put together.  To unlock access to the materials list and pattern download button, all we ask is that you share this post with your friends and family using one of the social media buttons below.

Here are the material we will be using:

Finished Garment Measurements:

  • Bust:     44″
  • Waist:   40″
  • Hips:     46″
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Download the Free Sexy Dress Pattern

You can download the pattern pieces and instructions for the Free Sexy Dress Pattern from Craftsy.  Save to your computer or pattern library and sew at your leisure.

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 Step One: Download, print and assemble your sexy dress pattern

sexy dress pattern

Print the pattern and tape it following the numbers.  You will have 23 pages to print in total.  Please match the black circles.  There are small number on each side of the circle to guide you.  If you need further guidance on how to do these, please read our post on:  How to download and print PDF sewing patterns

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Take the front pattern and retrace it to make one big pattern piece.  The front will be cut from the fabric as a single whole piece.  There are two pieces to the bottom back of the dress that are stitched together in a later step.

Step Two: True the fabric

Iron the fabric, true it and find the grain of your fabric.  We won't go into this much right now since we did a recent post on how to do this.  If you don't recall how, please read review our post on: Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cutting Fabric

Step Three: Cut pieces and begin assembly

For the top, you will need to cut two sets of each cup piece because we are self lining.  By this we mean that one set will be the outside and one set the inside of the garment.  This will add support without making it stiff.  If you are using fusible interfacing this is the time to cut it and iron it into the fabric.

sexy dress pattern

sexy dress pattern

Sew the four pieces together and press the seams open to create one half of the top.  Sew another set of four pieces to create the other half.  Later these will be joined together with the seams all facing inside to create a soft yet supportive top.

Notice there in no interfacing in my garment.  This is because I wanted to keep the softness in the fabric.  Since I have self lined the top, interface will not be required to have any more bulk.  If you are planning to wear this garment as a cocktail dress then perhaps you wan to use a very delicate fusible interfacing.

Step four: Top stitch sexy dress pattern

Top stitch the cups 1/8″ on either side of the center seam, this will help the seams lay flat once when the garment is completed and will add a decorative stitch if you are using a solid color.

Step Five:  Attach cups to bodicesexy dress pattern

Attach one set of the cups to the bodice and trim the seam allowance by half, iron the seam upwards.

Step Six: Make the straps

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Cut a strip of fabric  1.5″ by 25″ to 27″ long depending on the size you are working on.  Fold the strips in half and stitch them right in the middle.  If you want more support, you can make the straps wider and add fusible interfacing to make them more stiff.  I have chosen not to use fusible interfacing because I want to preserve the overall soft feeling of the garment.  You can use interfacing if you prefer but you need to trip the seam allowance because it will become difficult to turn.

Turn the straps inside out using a loop turner and set dress pattern

Step Seven: Attaching straps and assembling cups

sexy dress pattern

Please follow these steps carefully.  It will save you time with the seam ripper..

Take the front of your garment and place it on the table right side up (print on top and towards you).  Pin your straps at the tip of the cups so they essentially hang down the front. See picture above.  This might seem to be counter intuitive but you'll see how this all comes together later.

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Take the lining set of cups and front set with the skirt attached line them up with the straps in the middle like a sandwich.

Step Eight: Sewing together the front, lining and straps

sexy dress pattern

Sew only the top along the top edge of the garment where the straps are located.  Please take particular care in the two places where the straps are attached and the middle of the chest where the center seam is located.  At these three points you most pivot the corners taking care to always respect the seam allowance.

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Trim half of the seam allowance along the inside of the top edge. Turn and iron the top.

sexy dress pattern

Step Nine: Sew together two back pieces

sexy dress patternSew the back pieces using a french seam.  If you need additional guidance with this, please see our tutorial:  How to sew a French Seam

sexy dress pattern

Here is how to do it:  Place the wrong sides (non-print side) together and then sew on the right side (print side) of your garment a 1/4″ seam allowance.  I am using white thread on a sample so you can see the stitching dress pattern

Cut less than half off the seam allowance and iron to the side.

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Fold the fabric on the seam and iron flat.

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Sew another 3/8″ seam once again.  The raw edge will completely be covered.  This will be the inside of your garment and outside will be smooth and neat.

Step Ten: Finishing the lining to the skirtsexy dress pattern

Attach the top and the skirt, right sides together.  Seam allowance will be on the wrong side of the fabric.  Iron the seam upwards.  You can either use pins as in the photo or hand basting.

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Fold the raw edge of the lining 5/8″ inward and sew either by hand or by machine being guided by the gap between the top and skirt.  This seam will hardly be noticed.

sexy dress pattern

sexy dress pattern

Step Eleven:  Finishing the back

Zigzag the top of the skirt and fold it 1/2″. Baste it

sexy dress patternBaste it the back and set dress pattern

Step Twelve: Sewing the straps to the back and joining everything together

sexy dress patternVery simply join the front and the back at the sides, wrong side together.

sexy dress pattern

Baste the garment on the sides, this step might look unnecessary, but when working with delicate fabric pinning is not always ideal because the pin fall down. Silk is a slippery fabric and when cut on a bias has the tendency to loose the shape, that is why it is better to baste the garment all along the dress pattern

I have used the French seam again which is my preferred seam when working with silk because it protects the fabric from unraveling and prolongs the life of your garment. This is the time to try the  dress on and find the place where you want to sew the straps.  I have sewn them 5″ from the center back line, however this is entirely up to you. Twist the straps as if you were going to tie your shoes and attach the straps to the back, 5″ from the center seam.  This measurement depends on your taste and of course your measurements.  You will have to make the fitting according to your body measurements. Check your back, is it too wide for you?  By how much? On the small size, the back measures 23 inches, if the back is 2″ too wide for you, cut your stretch lace 22″.

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At this point you are almost finished.  Make sure both sides seam allowances are facing to the front.  Press them with the steam iron and pin them.  Take your lace and

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Match the middle of your elastic to the middle of the back.

Pin the elastic on either side.  The elastic should be 2 ” smaller than the measurement of the top of the skirt.  Attach the elastic to the top of the skirt on the wrong side of the skirt allowing the top of the elastic to show as a decorative motif.

sexy dress pattern

Tuck the ends of the elastic under the french seam.

sexy dress pattern

sexy dress pattern

Sew the elastic, at this point you could use a twin needle or just make to rows of stitches.

sexy dress patternIron the dress and press all seams flat.  Make sure all the seams face the same way from the join of the top and the skirt to the hem.  sexy dress pattern

Step Thirteen:  Hemming

sexy dress pattern The best way to make the hem in a delicate fabric such as silk or satin, is to stitch all around the hem at 1/4″.  Fold and iron using this stitchline as a guide.

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Fold one more time and sew very close to the edge.  Your hem will have a very professional and delicate look.  Iron the hem and voila!!!!

Step Fourteen: Try it out with your lover;)

You are done!  Because I have used silk in a very bold color, I can't really decide if the end result is something sweet something racy.  What do you think?  Why don't you try and share with me your take on this pattern.  It would be great to hear how you go with this project.  Please post your comments and questions below.

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Download the Free Sexy Dress Pattern

You can download the pattern pieces and instructions for the Free Sexy Dress Pattern from Craftsy.  Save to your computer or pattern library and sew at your leisure.

For help downloading and printing PDF patterns, please CLICK HERE.

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23 Responses to Something sweet, something racy…..a free sexy dress pattern

  1. Laura says:

    I would definitely make this as a sundress, such a cute pattern.

  2. Jeanette Badger says:

    Its beautiful, I would make one!! But I wouldn’t have anywhere to wear it!! But I can dream! Lol

  3. Shirley S. says:

    How about Red Wine and Black Lace, or Strawberries at Midnight?

  4. Anita Pellerin says:

    Name this dress. I Can’t decide between the ‘Curvy Red Dress’ or the ‘Sweet N Sexy Red Dress’! It’s a beautiful dress Mayra! One I’d be very proud to wear! TFS!

  5. Jamie says:

    This sexy dress name is lady in Red evening dress.

  6. Heather Kistler says:

    This is a simple, but lovely dress for something special. I would call it “Dress in Red-hot Rapture “.
    Heather K.

  7. Cathy says:

    The sweetheart Dress
    Is a nice name?

  8. Derell says:

    Love the pattern. I think an appropriate name for the dress should be the “LRD” (Little Red Dress). Every lady should have one in their wardrobe.

  9. Melissa says:

    Wow, I love this sexy dress. I could do that little bit of embroidery for a lot less.

  10. Samone says:

    Thank you so much for having a pattern for someone who is curvy. Traditional patterns at the store don’t accommodate those with curves. It is a pain to change the bust/hip measurements. Thank you for already having all of this done in a pattern!!!
    This is a beautiful dress! I am looking forward to make it! Thank you again for inspiring others to get out there and to try sewing without having to spend a fortune on patterns. Wish you ladies the best!

  11. Definitely racy with that gorgeous red fabric, Mayra. Beautiful.

  12. Angie says:

    Deby! I LOVE THIS! now to find the right fabric… ive been checking out the strechy cosplay stuff at joann’s… THANK YOU!!

  13. lizelaine says:

    I like the finished measurements, made for slightly fluffy women, like me.

  14. Yvonne says:

    Wow ,nice dress. W.ill try and make it

  15. kitblue says:

    WOW! Pretty sure I can make this, although not in time for the 14th. No matter, he will be properly appreciative whenever I wear it. I might have to make adjustments so that it is easier to remove, though 😉

  16. peg sullivan says:

    I love it. Will be trying this out for a summer nite.

  17. Carmen says:

    Beautiful idea! However seeing the dress on a dress form is very different than on a real person. Just a suggestion.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Carmen, great idea. We’ll look forward to sharing some real life photos from some of the contributors as their projects come together.

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