If you’re searching for the perfect dress pattern, the Internet is a great place to look! There are lots of free dress patterns for women available, but finding the right one for you can be a daunting task. Here’s my list of some of the best dress patterns:
1. Basic Dress – This pattern is brilliant if you’re new to dressmaking as it doesn’t feature a zip and the instructions are fairly straightforward. You can personalise the dress by adding decoration around the collar as well.
2. Jersey Dress – This is another simple design made using cotton knit fabric. The dress itself doesn’t have much shaping, so a waist belt can be added to create different styles and make the dress look more fitted.
3. Shift Dress – This is a very pretty dress with a contrasting patterned fabric layered underneath the basic dress. Try experimenting with colours and patterns to make your dress unique.
4. Summer Dress – This shirred sundress is best made from a repeating patterned fabric for a dramatic look. The spaghetti straps are tied at the shoulder for extra detail.
5. Wrap Dress – The length of the sleeves and skirt can be easily adjusted to transform this design from a summer to a winter dress. Using satin fabrics would give it more of an evening look.
6. Cocktail Dress – This party dress will become an instant favourite and could double up as a little black dress if made using black silk fabric. Take care when working with silk or viscose fabrics as they are very slippery!
7. Maxi Dress – This comfortable dress is sure to brighten up your summer, but you could choose darker fabrics if you want to wear it in the winter months. The striped layers of contrasting fabrics add a pretty touch to the finished garment.
8. Vintage-Style Dress – Try creating your own 1930s longline dress or 1950s swing-style dress with these free dress patterns. The longline dress has 3 different sleeve lengths to choose from.
9. Shirt Dress – The addition of buttonholes means that this is not a dress for complete beginners, but the pockets make it really practical for everyday use.
10. Wedding Dress – Making your own wedding dress may seem like quite a challenge, but if you’ve made clothing before it’s very achievable and much cheaper than buying one!
More tips for finding free dress patterns for women
There are lots of websites to visit if you’re looking for free dress patterns for women. Take extra care when using free dress patterns as they may have been created by individual designers and could be less reliable than purchased patterns. It’s always best to take your own measurements and try on the garment at various stages. As you get more confident with dressmaking, you’ll be able to adapt patterns to better suit your shape and also create patterns of your own using existing items of clothing.
Try checking your favourite pattern manufacturer’s website to see if they have a free downloads section. Subscribe to designer’s blogs and YouTube channels to keep updated with any patterns or tutorials that they may be offering. There are also lots of exciting competitions that you can enter to win free sewing patterns and other craft supplies. Pattern swaps are a great way of getting free dress patterns for women as well – offer some old patterns to a friend and see what they can give to you in return.
If you’re new to sewing or dressmaking, have a go at upcycling or refashioning existing clothing first to practice your skills without having to worry about using patterns. The possibilities are endless and you can create something truly unique from old unwanted items of clothing:
- Customise old dresses by adding patches or trims using contrasting fabrics
- Embellish collars, cuffs and hems with beads, sequins, gems and ribbons
- Applique fabric or felt shapes or create your own decorations
- Cover up clasps and fastenings or swap buttons
- Embroider text or designs directly onto clothing
- Alter the skirt or sleeve length by adding or removing fabric strips
- Personalise clothes with fabric paints and dyes
If you want to create more clothes, why not have a look at these great books for more tips and free dress patterns for women: