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Dahlia Dress/Skirt from Glasshouse Patterns

Go from a cute airy summer day dress to elegant cocktail attire
with this dress and skirt sewing pattern!

Dahlia is a summer wrap dress pattern featuring three sleeve options and two skirt lengths. This makes the pattern pretty versatile since it works for a variety of temperatures, occasions and styles! Of course for the dresses, all the options for the sleeves (cap, 3/4 and sleeveless) and skirt lengths (short high-low and with flounce) can be mixed and matched.

The bodice is lined and is shaped through several darts and release darts and is just like the skirt designed to fit and flatter the curves of your body. Due to the construction of the pattern the two skirt options can be sewn as standalone pieces as well. The Dahlia dress and skirt sewing pattern is perfect for intermediate sewers and upwards. Make in light to medium weight drapey woven fabrics such as cotton lawn, viscose, rayon, lace or peach skin. The Dahlia comes in sizes 1-8.

Download the Dahlia sewing pattern €10.70 from Glasshouse Patterns

The Roise Dress/Top from RAD Patterns

The Rosie Dress is such a versatile sewing pattern that gives you a ton of stylish wardrobe options, and is destined to become a wardrobe staple!

The Rosie Dress is slim fitting and fully lined through the bodice, and has a gorgeous circle skirt. The sewing pattern also features five sleeve lengths from cap, short, elbow, 3/4, and long, as well as a lots of sleeveless option and five length options including tee, tunic, mini, knee, and maxi plus several front and back neckline variation. This pattern is exactly what you need to build up your wardrobe. The pattern does not include a pregnancy specific version, but one pattern tester tried it out as-is and it fitted well up until her due date! This pattern is made for fabrics with at least 40% stretch across the grain, and ideal for beginner sewing level and above.

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Ava Wrap Dress from Wardrobe by Me

A true wrap dress that’s perfect to dress up , keep you cool and make in your favourite woven fabrics

The Ava wrap dress is a sweet, relaxed fitting woven true wrap dress with bust darts, optional side pockets, and elbow length cuffed sleeves. The skirt has a curved hemline and is slightly flared below the belted waist to make it extra flattering. Choose from two neckline options including a shawl collar and two skirt lengths. Choose a lightweight woven fabric such as cotton, silk, modal, viscose, linen and other soft woven fabrics. 

Get your pdf copy for $12 from Wardrobe by Me

The Callie Pinafore from Designer Stitch

We’re loving the fun and flirty new sewing pattern - The Callie Pinafore

The pinafore is so on-trend at the moment and this one from designer Stitch is really easy to wear and great for all season’s wearing. Team it with a tee, crips cotton shirt or even a turtleneck for colder weather. The Callie pattern offers a choice of styling options including 3 lengths. and a standard or racer back as well as different styles of chest, front and back pockets and three strap styles. The construction of the Callie Pinafore Dress is recommended for Intermediate and above sewing level due to the cup sizes B, C, D, DD, E, side side buttoning tabs and top-stitching. Available in sizes 6–28 (AU/UK), 2–24 (US) and 34–56 (EU)

Download it for $12.95 (AUD) from Designer Stitch

Karolina Dress from Fresh Press Patterns

A dress sewing pattern that can be made in a combination of woven and knit fabrics together!

The Karolina dress is high on style and low on fussy sewing making it suitable for even beginners to sew.  Combining two fabrics, a woven and a knit – it can be a great fabric stash buster. An elastic waistband at the back cinches you in while the front waist ties add attention. This sewing pattern has been drafted for women 5ft 4in to 5ft 6in tall. The dress front and ties are knit, while the back is woven. Go ahead and make yours in an all knit combination if you prefer or if you choose all woven you may need to size up and/or add a zipper.

Choose fabrics of a medium dress weight. Best sewn with all natural fibre or synthetic fibre fabrics - don’t mix and match as when you wash shrinkage rates might not be the same! For the knit front, choose medium weight rayon, viscose or poly knits and for the back, a shirting weight cotton, linen, rayon, viscose, polyester and silk will work best. This sewing pattern is available in sizes XS-3X.

Download the Karolina Dress for $16 (USD) from Fresh Press Patterns

Miss Laura Wrap Dress from 1 Puddle Lane

A versatile wrap style sewing pattern that can be made into a dress, top or tunic!

The wrap dress pattern is a beautiful floaty summer dress that can be worn as a top, tunic, or maxi and has been created to sew with woven fabrics.  It’s perfect for those hot summer days by the beach, pool or out to lunch.  It can also be worn with tights, boots and a jacket to take you through the cooler months.

It features flattering flutter sleeves, elastic back, front wrap and tie at the back, front shoulder and waist gathers so we think it’s ideal for all body shapes. The pdf pattern comes in sizes 6-26 (AU) and 2-22 (US).

Download your copy for $15 (AUD) from 1 Puddle Lane

Grace Dress from Sew Over It

This dress is definitely making our sew wish list - it’s such a pretty dress!

How fabulous is the Grace Dress, it is so versatile and will take you from season to season in style. Depending on your fabric choice this sewing pattern can be a Christmas party outfit or the perfect summer dress. It really can be a wardrobe workhorse that you’ll want to make again and again!

The dress has a semi-fitted, darted bodice with a wide, scooped neckline and optional cap sleeves. The skirt is gathered and features in-seam pockets and an invisible zip in the centre back. Adding the optional waist tie will give you a waistline and more fitted silhouette – but still leaves you with the option to loosen it if it’s a hot day, or should you have a dinner date! The Grace Dress sewing pattern is available in UK sizes 6-20.

Download the Grace Dress today for £9 from Sew Over It

Lena Horne Dress from Tabitha Sewer

This sewing pattern brand is a new one for us and yes, her name really is Tabitha Sewer!

The Lena Horne is a vintage-inspired dress with ruffled shoulder straps that comes in two lengths – just above the knee and midi length. The bodice is slightly fitted with side darts and princess seams. The ruffle straps criss-cross atthe back and the skirt has a gathered waist and narrow hem. This dress is perfect for brunch, daytime shopping, and/or an afternoon date. Its made with the warmer weather in mind, however during autumn and winter, it can easily be worn over turtlenecks and fitted long sleeve T-shirts. The dress also includes an invisible side zipper, and as always the best part, it has pockets! it comes in a good range of sizes from 0-24. Choose light and medium weight woven fabrics such as broadcloth. cotton sateen, cotton twill, chambray, and linen or crisp lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen can also be used for a warm-weather pinafore. Drapier fabrics such as tencel twill, wool crepe, rayon crepe, or viscose poplin work well if you prefer a softer, less structured look.

Lena Horne Dress/Top sewing pattern from Tabitha Sewer
Expanded sizes for the Rush Hour Dress/Blouse from Liesl + Co.

Another indie sewing brand increasing its range of sizes for sewists. This the second pattern to be released in the new sizing 0-30 from Liesl + Co

This sewing pattern is really versatile and presents sewists with lots of options and now with extended sizing from 16-30. In addition to offering a practical and elegant sheath dress, there’s a fitted blouse with an asymmetrical peplum, which gives you the choice of whether to sew it sleeveless, with short sleeves, or with long sleeves.

Both the dress and the blouse include an invisible back zipper, and the dress has a walking vent. The blouse’s peplum has a gentle flare and is asymmetrical in a way that’s interesting and a bit unusual. Both styles are fully lined except for the sleeve, but you can easily line it if you really want.

Liesl + Co originally designed this pattern to be easily adjustable so you can customise it for your own body. The princess seams and Dior bust dart help with this, since with more seams you have more places to take in and let out. And since the pattern brand has included cup sizes with this pattern, a lot of the full bust adjustment work has already been done for you, letting the sewer focus on getting just the right fit for your body. The instructions talk you though when to check the fit and make any necessary adjustments, since with a fitted dress like this some fabrics are stretchier than others. That way you can get a perfect fit before it’s all sewn together.

The Rush Hour sewing pattern works well in woven fabrics like wool flannel and crepe but would be stunning in a floral sateen or in linen. You could use an apparel-weight canvas like one of those pretty Japanese fabrics and denim or other twills would be great. You could also get away with lighter fabrics for the blouse.

Download your pdf copy for $14.95 (USD) from Liesl + Co here

Expanded sizes for the Gelato Blouse + Dress from Liesl + Co.

It’s great to see another indie sewing brand increasing its range of sizes for sewists. This sewing pattern is the first pattern to be released in the new sizing 0-30 from Liesl + Co

The dress is a gentle A-line style, not too flared or too straight. It’s fitted through the shoulders so it looks neat and elegant, but it has just enough room through the body to keep you comfortable on the hottest days. The sweet angled double-welt pockets at the front are fun to sew and give you a place to put your hands or stash your keys!

The blouse option has a fun little peplum and button back. There are two sleeve options, which are interchangeable – a simple short sleeve and a three-quarter sleeve with a ruffle for a little flare. And while the Gelato Dress has a simple centre-back seam for more efficient fabric usage, the Gelato Blouse has a button-up back. Not because you need to fasten or unfasten the buttons, it’s just a pretty design detail! This sewing pattern also includes full instructions for doing a full bust adjustment.

You can easily mix and match style details. Remove the back button placket from the blouse and cut the blouse with the centre-back seam, add the button placket to the dress instead or add the 3/4 ruffle sleeve to the dress, sew the blouse with the short sleeve, maybe even drop the ruffle and lengthen it a bit to turn the peplum into a dress. It’s you make so sew the way you wnat to!

Choose from a variety of light- to medium-weight woven fabrics including quilting cotton, chambray, voile, lawn, shirting, poplin, broadcloth, linen, rayon, silk shantung or dupioni, wool suiting, and lightweight jacquard.

Download your pdf copy for $14.95 (USD) from Liesl + Co here

Abby Dress/Blouse from Rosy Peña

We love the top option from the latest sewing pattern from Rosy Peña - it’s such a pretty shape!

The Abby sewing pattern is a feminine and flirty day dress or blouse with princess seams extending from the shoulder to the bottom hem. The pattern includes lots of length variations so there will be the right for you as well as handy patch pockets. All the dress toptions have a centre front button closure, A-line silhouette, centre back seams plus darts at the back waistline. The blouse has a pretty short peplum/flounce at the hem. This versatile pattern comes in sizes xxs-xxl (see the sewing patterns size chart for the correct size for you).

Download your copy of the Abby for $14 from Rosy Peña here

Romy top and dress from Tilly and the Buttons

A good knit sewing pattern is a wardrobe staple and worth its weight in gold. This one features some fun details and will become a firm favourite!

This knit sewing pattern is just something a little different and has back ties and contrast binding to add a fun twist to the classic Breton or T-shirt dress or top.

Romy has a contemporary loose fit and high slash envelope neckline, with choice of cap, three quarter or full length sleeves for that’s perfect for year-round style. The pattern has been designed for knit fabrics such as medium-weight low stretch knit fabrics such as jersey or interlock. Whip this sewing pattern up on either a regular sewing machine or overlocker (serger). Once you’ve made one, you’ll be hooked and want to make more!

Instructions from Tilly and the Buttons as always are jargon-freindly and include helpful sewing tips and colour photos showing you each step, which makes it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes that you can be proud to say you made yourself.

Romy top/dress sewing by Tilly and the Buttons
Chelsea Dress from Amy Nicole

Released today is this lovely dress sewing pattern which will be come a summer favourite!

The Chelsea Party Dress is an empire waist, gathered and flared dress with a plunging neckline and open back. This pattern offers two style options including a shorter, flirty above-the-knee length and a panelled dramatic maxi length. This pattern prefers lighter weight fabrics with good drape, but more structured fabrics could work great for the bodice pieces! The Chelsea was made for colour blocking with multiple style lines that provide endless creative possibilities.

Other beautiful features include a deep V-neckline with stabilising elastic, open back and centre back zip, supportive under bust band, two-panelled hem perfect for colour blocking, inseam pockets, full gathered and flared skirt great for twirling and fully lined bodice. This downloadable pattern is available in sizes 00-20.

Download your copy for $13.50 from Amy Nicole here

Isidora Dress from DG Patterns

Knit dresses are the perfect everyday staple garment . We love the unusal wrap front on the latest pattern from DG Patterns

This sewing pattern features a lovely fitted knit dress with a overlapping wrap top, dolman sleeves and semi- circle, knee length skirt. Recommended fabrics include light to medium knit weight fabric such as cotton jersey, rayon jersey, ponte roma, double knit, cardigan knit, scuba knit and French terry.

As like all DG Patterns, they contain fully-illustrated, easy-to-follow tutorial with all the information that’s required to create this dress. This pdf pattern is graded and available in sizes from 4 to 22.

Download your copy from DG Patterns for $5.30 (USD)