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75+ Free Dress Patterns for Sewing

By: Karisa Tell, Editor,
Updated March 19, 2018
75 Free Dress Patterns for Sewing

Learn how to sew a dress with 75+ dress patterns for sewing. You'll find free little girl dress patterns, free pillow case dress patterns, and other simple dress patterns in this stylish sewing collection. If you're looking for instructions on how to sew a dress for summer, for the holidays, or for special occasions, look no further. Learn to sew dresses for yourself, your kids, and even babies with these free patterns.

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Plus, if you're new to sewing, don't miss our video tutorial on how to make a body form. It's a great way to make clothes to custom-fit your body!


DIY Baby Dresses

Two Pillowcase Christening Gown

You can make baby dresses from pillowcases, t-shirts, and other fabric scraps because they're so small and cute! These simple dress designs are quick and easy to make, and they'll make your baby look stylish and trendy too! Use these gown patterns for sewing your baby a whole new wardrobe. It'll only take you a few hours to do one of these baby dresses or even less, so why not devote some of your time to your baby's style and comfort? Plus, if you've been searching for a last minute baby shower gift that you can whip up in an hour or so, then you'll love these free baby dress designs. These DIY dresses are the best way to make sure your newborn is comfy and stylish!

Easy Girls Dress Patterns

Vintage Lady Dress Pattern

Learn to sew dresses for your daughter or granddaughter with these free little girl dress patterns. There's something for every little girl's style, from t-shirt ruffles to pillowcase dress patterns, and even a whimsical Cinderella costume. Find dress designs for sewing a new wardrobe for a stylish little girl! Your girl will have so many free frock patterns to choose from when you show her these options. She probably will want you to make at least two or three of them for her to wear and show off her fashion sense. The best part about these girls frock patterns is that they're stylish, yet easy to move in, which makes them perfect for playing outside. Whether you've been searching for a new dress for Easter sunday, or need a simple summer sundress for trips to the park, you can't go wrong with these free dress designs for girls.

Simple Dress Patterns for Women

Ultimate T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

Want to know how to sew a dress for yourself or a friend? These simple dress designs for sewing are quick and easy, yet fancy enough to wear to a special event or a night on the town. You'll feel like a veritable fashion designer when you use these free ideas for how to make a dress. People will ask you where you bought your dress and you'll be able to say that you made it yourself! This list of DIY dresses includes maxi dresses for spring and summer, simple dresses to layer with tights in fall or winter, and elegant dresses that are great for special occasions like weddings or other celebrations. We've even made sure to include printable dress patterns and other DIY ideas, so that you can make the dress of your dreams, even if you're just learning how to sew from a pattern. Make sure you're the best dressed woman at your next event with one of these new dress patterns.

Sundresses for the Summer

Boat Club Dress Pattern

Summertime is dress season, so celebrate the warm weather by using one of these dress patterns for sewing a breezy sun dress. Sew up a quick dress from a pillowcase or even a beach towel to fit girls and women of all ages. Then throw on your homemade frock and hit the beach! Use any of these sundresses as a cover up over your swim suit and you'll be super stylish even before your toes hit the sand or the water. This list of DIY dresses includes patterns for girls, teens, and women, and includes lightweight options that are perfect for warm summer weather. Whether you've been searching for a short and chic sundress that you can wear out shopping or a quick and easy cover up for the beach, these DIY sundresses are simple solution to completeing your summer wardrobe.

Refashioned/Upcycled Dresses

Denim Shirt Dress Upcycling Project

Refashioning and upcycling dresses is thrifty, easy, eco-friendly, and fun! Some of the most stylish dresses can be made from upcycled t-shirts, tank tops, and stash fabric. If you want easy instructions on how to sew a dress, start here--it doesn't get easier than this. A DIY dress can save you a lot of money and frustration from shopping, so start one today! These easy refashioning projects are an excellent way to save money while sewing, and are a great way to take an ill-fitting garment and transform it into something that fits your body like a dream. This list of upcycling projects also has some fun vintage throwbacks, so if you can never get enough DIY vintage, then this is the list for you.

Gown Patterns for Formal Occasions

Red Carpet Evening Gown Tutorial

If you have an upcoming wedding, prom, or other special occasion, then you don't want to miss this collection of special occasion gown patterns. From fancy frock patterns for weddings to DIY prom dresses that teens will love, this gown pattern list is the perfect way to show off your style and sophistication.

BONUS! New Dress Pattern

1 Hour Maxi Dress Tutorial

Design a gorgeous maxi dress that doubles as a skirt in just 1 hour with this 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. All you need is a gorgeous fabric, some elastic, and a little imagination to create a stunning dress that can be worn in every season. 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. Make the ultimate dress in just 1 hour with this easy sewing tutorial.

What's your favorite style of dress to wear? Let us know below in the comments!

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I like loose fitting dresses that help hide my belly I'm a big girl, but kinda sexy, don't mind showing some cleavage. Summery like cause I'm always hot

Do you have any dress patterns for older people, I am 74 years old and every time I see something l kind of like my daughter tells me that it is for younger girls. I would love to have some patterns from the late 50's and 60's if you can find some for me.

I love the dresses from the 50's and 60's era too but do not see much of them worn today. There are some vintage clothing on if you go to the search bar and type it in. You can look around at these patterns and mix and match the top and bottoms and create your own. That is what I usually do and if you change the fabric to look vintage it may work. I love to sew my own things so I can get the look I want. Hope this helps some. If you find something thou let us know.

dear nprushinski, any woman over the age of 70 is entitled to wear whatever she wants to wear!! ignore your daughter's advice and use whatever pattern/s you want to use. carpe diem!!

I prefer v-neck, empire waist, full circle dresses.

I prefer patterns that hang from the bust so my big waist doesn't show.

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I'm really into swing dresses. As pretty as I think fitted dresses are, they weren't made with me in mind. P.S. I'm REALLY into that Mock Turtleneck Dress. Like... how cute is that?

How about some dresses for the large woman? Fitted dresses are not suitable for us. Being large means we have to make our own clothes, as shop bought never fits.

Must I understand that the measures are in inches? I'm sorry about the question but in my country we use centimetres and the figures doesnt fit.

I love a flared skirt!

My favorite style of dress is a simple shift with a jacket. I do not like extremely fitted dresses or ones with belts. I feel dressed with a jacket with no front closure. The color or other accent of the dress is able to show through.

My favorite style of dress is empire waist - loose and comfortable.

Being male I don't wear dresses, but I do wear kilts. I sew for my wife and daughter, but mainly make things like bags and carriers for the family.

I like to wear dresses in the warmer months, so I prefer sun dresses that are well fitted and have good support in the straps. I like black and white colors, but brighter colors like reds, blues and purples are lovely too.

I like to wear your basic little black dress. Plain and simple is my style.

I love a dress that flows, its not too long, and has a beautiful turquoise color!! (lace/fringes included is a plus)

My favorite style of dress to wear is classy, feminine and flowingly flared to fit flatteringly.

I love traditional wrap dresses. Flattering and easy to wear. Timeless!

I love casual dresses with pockets! I think fit and flare is my favorite cut of a dress, though, because it looks great on any body type.

I don't wear many dresses but I like a nice shift dress.

I love a maxi dress-can be worn anywhere!

I love fit and flare dresses. They're flattering on my figure and are flirty yet comfortable!

Any dress is my favorite dress as long as it has pockets! I love to wear them with leggings and a sweater (and my combat boots)

My favorite style of dress to wear is empire!

I love a cute summer dress, but in winter I'll definitely rock a comfy sweater dress.

I love A-Line dresses. I believe that's what they're called by the cinch at the waist and make you look like you have an hourglass figure!

I like to wear short and flowy dresses with a fun pattern! Shirt style dresses are also great... and agree that pockets are a huge bonus!

I love cotton sundresses - especially if there happens to be pockets sewn in!

I don't wear dresses very often but I like the vintage halter style with the flared knee-length skirts. So fun to wear.

I love classic A-line dresses. They'll never go out of style, they're universally flattering, and you can accessorize them to your heart's content.

I've recently gotten into maxi dresses. I LOVE them for the summer. You just throw one on and walk out the door.

I am a bigggg fan of maxi dresses in the summer and sweater dresses in the winter. I just like to be comfy.

I love wearing fit and flare dresses because they are flattering and cute!

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I'm looking for dance costume patterns like unitards and catsuit leotards and tutu

I am looking for jumpsuits or rompers patterns for average size women. Thanks

All these patterns are really cute for young thin girls/ladies. But what about us golden not so thin women?

I feel the same way, I've had a breast removed due to cancer and have problems wearing a bra now. Plus I am big in size and cannot stand hardly anything around my waist. So I make long and short moo-moo type dresses and add accessories like ric-rac, piping, and other things to make them a little more stand out so I don't feel so aweful. I would post pictures if I knew how only I don't. But they're not so hard to make if you have one or can get one and are creative.

I am looking for a standard pillow sham pattern for Christmas. Thanks jdbarnhart4

thank for nice pattern Lovelykidzshop

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I just love this site. I wonder though what happened to all the community vocation courses we had that we could just for fun like sewing, painting. The site is awesome but the interaction would be more inspirational...just thinking out loud.

I plan on making the caftan dress. I love easy and roomy, especially in the summer, but this looks like it would be great around the house in the winter if made from fleece, which also doesn't fray. Another way to cinch the waist is to include ribbon ties on either side which can be tied in the front, or to stitch the ribbon on the back to be tied in the front. An applique or flower can be added over the stitching to make it look like a design detail.

this site is very usefull for students who want make a career in fashion industry

love this site, but isnt there any magazines tht can send for in uk, they all seem to be usa?

im making the baby itsey bitsey dress cant ait to finish it and see my neice wearing it, thankyou for patterns

I love this site..

i looking for a pin up dress with tutu skirt.... can anyone help me find a pattern i cant seem to find anything myself... maybe you could send me an email on

Please send me any dress patterns: They can dress patterns for women size 16 and 18. Plus any baby clothes and for little girs of size 14.

I wish you had some patterns for lounging pajamas

I came here looking for patterns for baby dresses. I would like to see more options. The ones you have are cute, but there are just very few.

I agree about the pop-ups. The doggie dentures pop-ups have just about turned me off. I love the patterns and ideas. Just not so many crazy pop-ups.

Cute ideas but wading through the pop-ups is unbelievably annoying. I won't be a frequent visitor.

good more information about sewingneeded

Great ideas. I want to come back on the website when I have more time and really explore. Thanks for the ideas.



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