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Beautiful Beginner DIY Dresses: 24 Easy Dress Patterns

You will love these 24 simple dress tutorials that are perfect for beginner sewists!

By: Anna Deen, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Updated July 17, 2018
Beautiful Beginner DIY Dresses 24 Easy Dress Patterns

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. If you're interested in refashioning your old t-shirt, try this Ultimate DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial. Maybe you're looking for a new party dress—try sewing this Femme Fatale Cocktail Dress. 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!

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.

  • Vintage Lady Dress Pattern

    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.

  • The Tropisch Dress Pattern

    A staple of any little girl's summer wardrobe should be a simple, shirt-style dress. And the more tropical the print, the better!

  • Easy Girls Gathered Dress Pattern

    This free sewing pattern is the best way to make your little one her new favorite sundress in no time at all! This easy dress pattern is super roomy, so your girls can still run and play in comfort without being restricted in tight clothes.

  • Knotted High-Low DIY Dress

    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 it's beginner friendly, and it only takes two to four hours to make.

  • One-Yard Sydney Dress Pattern

    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.

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.

  • Cute Toddler T-shirt Dress

    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.

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.

  • Easy 2-Hour Maxi Dress

    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.

  • Dreamy Summer DIY Maxi Dress

    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.

  • 1 Hour Maxi Dress Tutorial

    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.

  • Side Slit DIY Maxi Dress

    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.

  • Cap Sleeve DIY Maxi Dress

    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.

  • Raglan Maxi Dress Tutorial

    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.

  • Boho Chic Maxi Dress Tutorial

    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.

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.

  • DIY Tank Dress

    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.

  • Sew Sweet Tank Dress Tutorial

    This quick dress tutorial shows you how to transform a plain tank and 2 yards of fabric to make a simply sweet dress that will leave you showered in compliments. This easy dress tutorial is great for those last warm days of summer, and looks amazing with tights and a cute cardigan on breezy fall days.

  • Double T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

    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.

  • Boat Club Dress Pattern

    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!

  • Dolman Knit Dress Tutorial

    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.

  • 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.

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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.

I love upcycling a shirt or tank into a dress. It's casual, comfy, and perfect for summer!

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