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35+ Easy Dress Patterns for Beginners
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Perhaps you are a beginner sewist looking for some simple sewing projects, or maybe you are just looking for a quick sewing tutorial to fill up your Sunday afternoon! Either way, we have a wonderful selection of easy dress patterns for beginners that you will love.
This collection includes sections for DIY Dresses for Girls and Beginner Baby Dress Tutorials dresses, featuring simple dress patterns for girls, toddlers, and infants.
Our array of dress tutorials also includes several styles for adults, such as Easy DIY Maxi Dresses, Upcycled T-Shirt, and Tank Top Dresses, and Sophisticated and Simple Dress Patterns.
If you are sewing a dress for your daughter or granddaughter, try something adorable that features a peter pan collar and a flared skirt, like the Vintage Lady Girls Dress Pattern (featured below). If you're interested in refashioning your old t-shirt, try this Ultimate DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial (featured below).
Maybe you're looking for a new party dress—try sewing this Femme Fatale Cocktail Dress (featured below). No matter what dress style you're looking for, we're sure to have a simple sewing pattern for an easy DIY dress for you!
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DIY Dresses for Girls
If you're looking for simple dress patterns for the girls in your life, then we have several options for you! Try sewing this colorful and summery Knotted High-Low Girls Dress Tutorial for a girl who loves bright prints.
If your child wants to help you sew her own DIY girls dress, this Kids' T-Shirt Dress is a great option to sew with your daughter while upcycling an old shirt! Your little princess will be cute and comfy in any of these easy clothing patterns.
Little Lady Braided Dress Pattern
Girls will love wearing this adorable summer dress, which looks great in light summer fabrics like cotton or seersucker. This tutorial for how to sew a dress includes a trendy braided neckline and adds the perfect touch to an already too-cute ensemble.
Through this tutorial, learn how to make a dress that is cheap, fast, and stylish for the girl who brings so much joy to your life. A great use for all of those old t-shirts hiding out in your closet, you'll be making several of these easy sewing projects in every color you can think of.
This girls' dress features a peter pan collar-accented bodice with a flare skirt. Within two hours, you can whip up this dress in no time for your little one.
A staple of any little girl's summer wardrobe should be a simple, shirt-style dress. And the more tropical the print, the better!
Sew your little girl this adorable dress for the summer months when all she wants to do is play outside. This dress tutorial has instructions for sizes 2T through 10, it's beginner-friendly, and it only takes two to four hours to make.
It'll only take you half an hour to learn how to make a dress for girls that's even cuter than the original. Whether you have a stain to cover up or just want to fix up a dud, this how to recycle clothing free sewing tutorial will create the girls' dress pattern that you've been looking for at a very low price.
This adorable dress pattern for girls is the perfect way for your little lady to keep cool and play in comfort. This free dress pattern is great for toddlers and is easy to customize with different fabrics and trims.
Are you interested in more clothing patterns for girls? Check out these DIY girls' clothes patterns for inspiration!
>> 50+ Free Girl Clothes Patterns for Sewing
Beginner Baby Dress Tutorials
In this section, you can find great DIY baby clothes patterns and toddler dress patterns! For instance, this Royal Baby Gown makes for a beautiful summer dress as well as a go-to DIY baby gift for friends and family!
These easy clothing patterns for babies and toddlers are incredibly cute and easy sewing projects. You'll want to make a dozen of them for every baby you know! Luckily, they are all quick to put together, so speeding through a bunch of them will be no problem.
Looking for the perfect summer outfit for your little girl? This dress is sure to bring a smile to both your faces. Use this free baby dress pattern and tutorial to make a dress that's almost as cute as her.
Kids change their choices all the time, so if you find your little girl ready to wear dresses, upcycle a shirt to create this dress. Wardrobe refashioning is one of the best ways to make your own clothes for your kids because it lowers costs and already suits their style.
This free pattern for baby clothes is a win-win for both parents and sewists. Parents will love dressing their children up in a dress fit for royalty, and sewists will love this easy-to-make garment.
Here's a handy tutorial on how to use a t-shirt to make your own dress pattern. The tutorial includes step-by-step instructions and photos showing you how to make this dress in any size.
Refashion Toddler Dress Pattern
This pattern shows you how to make baby clothes on a very tight budget by using smart upcycling techniques to create a unique piece. Using four shirts to create a ruffled dress for a toddler, this project takes less than two hours, and it's suitable for a beginner.
Glammed Up Toddler Dress Patterns
Learn how to make a free dress pattern for your girl that will have her feeling like the fanciest princess in the whole world when you check out this free girls' dress pattern. Created out of a peasant dress pattern for toddlers, this is one of those dress patterns for sewing that is pleasantly simple and elegantly adorable.
Making a dress like this frock will help to keep your baby or grandchild cool and happy during those sticky summer days. This free sewing pattern is not only adorable and practical, but perfect for those who want to learn how to sew a dress.
Look no further for an absolutely adorable DIY dress for your little girl. This dress optimizes on cuteness with features like its namesake puffed sleeves, big buttons, and darling hem.
Follow this easy sewing tutorial, and your little girl will have a new outfit in no time. An absolute cinch to put together and super lightweight for your baby to wear, this DIY girls' dress makes the perfect jumper for summer!
Spring Baby Free Dress Pattern
Babies who are just learning to walk look adorable toddling around in cute little dresses. If you have a little one in your life that is in need of a cute, new spring dress, this free dress pattern is exactly what you are looking for.
Easy DIY Maxi Dresses
Try sewing one of these DIY maxi dresses for an effortlessly elegant wardrobe option. This Dreamy Summer Maxi Dress, for example, would make for a wonderful beach cover-up or lounge dress, while this Easy 2-Hour Maxi Dress can be dressed up or down for lunch or a night on the town! Each of these simple maxi dress patterns will elongate and flatter your figure.
Plus, they're so incredibly comfortable and easy to move around in. Just because it's summer doesn't mean you have to bare it all! Keep covered and stylish when you make one of these beginner dress tutorials.
Nothing is as easily chic for summer as a maxi dress, and this pattern is the perfectly stylish way to add a touch of class to your summer wardrobe. This free sewing tutorial is super simple, meaning it's excellent for sewing beginners.
Since it can be difficult finding a maxi dress that's exactly the perfect length, why not just make your one yourself? With this pattern, you can finally own a beautiful and flowing maxi dress with the correct dimensions.
Made for less than $10, this quick and easy maxi dress tutorial shows you how to create a flowy and comfortable dress that can double as a full length skirt and makes a stylish maternity outfit if you're expecting. This easy maxi dress is incredibly versatile and can be worn as a loose strapless boho dress or can be belted to give it a chic and stylish edge.
Rhiannon Upcycled Maxi Dress Tutorial
Channel your inner Stevie Nicks by creating a fabulous off-the-shoulder dress that speaks to your inner rock goddess. This 30-minute sewing project is great for beginners and is incredibly budget-friendly, making it a perfect choice for your summer wardrobe.
Your new DIY maxi dress will be flowing with every step you take, and it'll be easy to walk in because of the side slit. Not to mention, it'll be nice and cool in the summer heat when you make it out of three yards of lightweight woven fabric.
Create a completely customized maxi dress pattern in just half an hour with this tutorial! It's perfect for plus-sized ladies who want to keep covered and show off their shape at the same time.
The perfect way to transition from summer to fall, this warm and casual maxi dress elongates your figure while accentuating your waist. This free sewing tutorial comes with a printable pattern for the bodice of the dress and uses a little over 3 yards of fabric, meaning you can look dressy while remaining comfortable.
Design a stylish and comfortable maxi dress that's roomy and figure-flattering. A great option for spring, summer, or fall, this free dress tutorial is ideal for those breezy days between seasons and is wonderful for casual days running errands or dressy nights out.
Want more maxis? Check out our collection of long dresses and skirts that flatter every body type.
>> 30+ Maxi Dress Patterns + Maxi Skirts to Sew
Upcycled T-Shirt and Tank Top Dresses
Do you have old t-shirts and tank tops you need to upcycle but aren't sure how to use? We have some refashioning ideas for you! For instance, try using that tank top you haven't worn in years to sew this DIY Tank Dress in only 30 minutes. Any one of our refashioned dress tutorials is sure to bring new life to your old wardrobe!
Don't spend money on plain t-shirts only to throw them away a short while later. Just fix them up with any of these DIY upcycled dress ideas. You'll save money by not having to go to the mall for a new dress, plus it's a great way to use up old tees that would have gone in the rag pile.
Ultimate T-Shirt Dress Tutorial
This tutorial shows you how to take a plain, budget-friendly tee and add a fun printed skirt, so that you have a dress that's stylish and comfortable. This beginner sewing project is a super-quick sew, meaning you can create this dress in one afternoon with less than a yard of fabric.
This easy dress tutorial will show you how to transform a basic tank and fabric into a cute sewing project. In 30 minutes, you'll have a stylish new outfit for spring and summer.
This tutorial uses mismatched clothing pieces to create a brand-new homemade dress. If you're not sure how to make a dress, this tutorial shows you how to add an elastic waistband to attach the top and the skirt. Easy and fun dress patterns like this one keep your wallet and your heart in harmony.
Color blocking always makes a comeback in the fashion world when the sun starts to shine. After long and dreary winters, the fashion world is ready to start seeing lots of color again. This tutorial shows you exactly how to upcycle an old tank top to create a cute and simple color block dress.
Made using plain white men's tees, this trendy dress tutorial shows you how to stitch and sew a lightweight and figure flattering dress that's perfect for spring or summer weather. The best part about this beginner sewing tutorial is that you can customize your dress with trim, pockets, or dye, so that it's one-of-a-kind and uniquely you.
Sophisticated and Simple Dress Patterns
Are you looking for something to wear to Sunday brunch or your coworker's cocktail party? No matter what the special occasion is, we have an easy dress pattern for you! For an elegant daytime dress, try sewing this Boat Club Dress Pattern. For a sophisticated evening look, what about this Parisienne Drape Dress Pattern?
All of these elegant dress patterns can be worn casually during the daytime but transition to a sophisticated outfit for night. Pick one of these dress patterns for beginners to create a brand-new look that's stylish yet affordable.
Parisienne Drape Dress Pattern
Easy to wear and equally as flattering, this French-inspired dress looks casual and comfortable when sewn up in loose-fitting jersey knit fabric. Loose-fitting and wide across the shoulders, this dress pattern for sewing is particularly flattering for pear-shaped figures.
This DIY dress is absurdly easy and quick to make, but it looks absolutely phenomenal once it's finished. If you're a beginner sewist just starting to learn how to make your own clothes, this is the perfect project for you. The end result is so elegant and understated.
Design a gorgeous lightweight summer dress that doubles as a swimsuit coverup for those warm days spent at the beach with this free sewing pattern. This free summer dress pattern uses 1 1/2 yards of nautical printed fabric to create its preppy East Coast vibe, and it has a flattering empire waist and flowy, chic feel.
Angel Cloud Convertible Dress Tutorial
The amazing thing about this maxi skirt tutorial is that it can easily be transformed into a dress. Soon, you will have a piece of clothing that can be used as a maxi skirt, a shorter skirt, or a lovely dress!
This dress is the perfect combination between comfortable and stylish, and you'll find yourself wearing it again and again! Using a basic dolman top pattern, these simple steps will guide you through making your dress in no time.
This jersey dress can be worn during the day with a blazer for some office style or on its own for a night on the town. This gorgeous free dress pattern is flattering, sassy, and surprisingly easy.
This dress pattern features a semi-fitted color block dress with flared raglan sleeves. Learn how to make a dress with comfy jersey knit fabric with this easy dress pattern.
Chic Little Black Dress Pattern
Go back to fashion basics with a little black dress that looks stunning on any body shape. Great for dressing up or down, this free dress pattern is designed to flatter women of all sizes and has a classic cut that Marilyn herself would envy.
If you liked these sewing tutorials for dresses, then you'll love more sewing patterns for women's dresses!
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Jul 19, 2018
I love seeing all the images for the patterns. Makes it more difficult to choose but it's cool to see all the different styles.
Jul 07, 2017
I love upcycling a shirt or tank into a dress. It's casual, comfy, and perfect for summer!
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