15 Dress Patterns to Sew at Home

The Mallow Dress Sewing Pattern
Mood Fabrics

Love sewing and want to make your own dress? Whether you're looking to make your first garment or your fiftieth, you'll love the dress sewing patterns in this list.

There are lots of styles and size ranges to choose from, and all are from independent designers. Some are simple and perfect for everyday wear, while others are ideal for a night out or a special occasion.

Most of the patterns come as digital downloads you can print at home or take to a copy shop, and a few tutorials guide you in drafting some pattern pieces on your own.

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    Sew a Smock-Style Dress

    The Indigo Smock and Dress Pattern
    Tilly and the Buttons

    Pattern company Tilly and the Buttons proudly suggests "when in doubt, wear this!" That's because this is the kind of dress you'll want to live in. It has a smock-style look and fit, making it perfect to wear alone or over leggings or jeans, depending on how long you make it. Additionally, you can change up the sleeve length and design, or even add an optional pattern bundle that gives you more ways to make this your own.

    Indigo Smock Top & Dress Digital Pattern, $15, Tilly and the Buttons

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    Draft a Dress to Sew in a Day

    How to Make A Wrap Dress
    Simply Sewing Magazine

    Instead of buying or downloading a pattern, why not draft your own? This tutorial from Gathered (originally in Simply Sewing Magazine) shows you how to use your measurements to create the pattern to make this adorable dress. The sides of this dress can wrap to either the front or the back, then tie to give your waist exactly the fit you want.

    How to Make a Wrap Dress from Simply Sewing Magazine

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    Make a Summer Sun Dress

    Misty Top and Dress Pattern
    Sew Altered Style

    Do you know those garments that seem to put an extra spring in your step? That's exactly what this dress and top pattern from Sew Altered Style will do! With inclusive sizing and several ways to customize your project, you can make this piece your own. It's especially nice to see how the look changes with a little more length and a belted waist.

    Misty Top & Dress PDF Pattern, $13, Sew Altered Style

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    Soak Up the Sun in a Handmade Tank Dress

    Trapeze Tank Dress Sewing Pattern
    Sewing Rabbit

    Enjoy the breeziness of this tank style trapeze dress! This free pattern from Sewing Rabbit is the perfect summer staple. It will keep you cool as you run errands but is also great for a backyard cookout. It even works well as a swim coverup! 

    Trapeze Tank Dress from Sewing Rabbit

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    Mix it Up with a Reversible Dress Pattern

    Reversible Metamorphic Dress Pattern
    Sew Liberated

    If you like the layered look, you will love the Reversible Metamorphic Dress! Worn one way, the sleeveless dress shows a layer under an upper layer with a high-low hem and the option of patch pockets. Worn another way, you don't see the layers and everything is one length and you can have in-seam pockets. Add even more layers by wearing a tee or a longer dress underneath or pairing it with a cardigan or leggings!

    Metamorphic Dress PDF Sewing Pattern, $15, Sew Liberated

  • 06 of 15

    Sew a Dress for Every Day

    Everyday Shift Dress Pattern

    This half-sleeve reversible dress has some elements of shirt dress but without a button front or collar. It works as a simple shift (and looks wonderful in linen), as well as with a belt. Plus you can wear it with either a V or rounded neckline. The free pattern includes five sizes designed to fit a wide range of bodies, and they include extensive instructions for printing the pattern, cutting the fabric, and assembling the dress.

    Everyday Dress Pattern from Peppermint

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    Make a Mini Dress With Ruffles

    Sienna Shift Dress Sewing Pattern
    Sew This Pattern

    Sew this mini dress in a day! The Sienna shift dress is perfect for staying cool and looking cute in the summer. With an A-line shape and an empire waist, it's a style that looks great on most, but the real star of this dress is the sleeves. Delicate ruffles start at the empire waist before extending their width at the shoulder. That could make the armholes huge, but instead, the dress offers coverage between the ruffles, which you can finish with binding or leave raw.

    Sienna Shift Dress PDF Pattern, $10, Sew This Pattern

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    Enjoy Each Day in a DIY Dress

    Everyday Dress Sewing Pattern
    It's Always Autumn

    T-shirt dresses are a comfortable choice for every day, and this pattern from It's Always Autumn feels like an elevated version. Sewn from a stretchy knit fabric, it has an elastic waist, small t-shirt style neckbinding, and of course, pockets! This is a free pattern with downloadable pattern pieces, but it does only come in one size. If you're familiar with dress sewing and fit, you should be able to adjust the pattern to meet your needs.

    The Everyday Dress Pattern & Tutorial from It's Always Autumn

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  • 09 of 15

    Create a Dress for Your Inner Dancer

    DELPY Ballet Top and Dress
    Erin Little

    This simple shift dress pattern includes instructions for making it as a camisole and it's likely to be a basic you'll use again and again. The bust on both has a gather that's reminiscent of a ballet leotard and there are three ways to construct the straps. As a dress, the unique hemline curves up on one side to reveal just a little bit of leg.

    Ballet Top DELPY + Dress PDF Sewing Pattern, $12, Halfmoon Atelier

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    Sew a Faux-Wrap Dress

    The Mallow Dress Sewing Pattern
    Mood Fabrics

    Look to this free faux-wrap dress pattern from Mood Fabrics when you want to sew for a special occasion or simply because you want to look fabulous! Shavonne Cruz designed the Mallow Dress and originally showed it using a stretch bamboo jersey for a more casual look, but then she made one with gauze, giving it a much fancier flair. This is a simple style that will make you stand out from the crowd!

    The Mallow Dress Sewing Pattern from Mood Fabrics

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    Make a Simple Holiday Dress

    Cinema Dress Pattern
    Liesl + Co.

    When you wear this dress, you might just feel like you've stepped into a movie and are on holiday. Which should be expected with a pattern called the Cinema Dress! This easy-to-wear intermediate-level dress features a front and back yoke that you can use to show off a special print. And with different lengths, you can create several versions of what may become your favorite frock.

    Digital Cinema Dress Sewing Pattern, $17, Liesl + Co.

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    Create Your Own Little Black Dress

    The Camryn Woven Dress Pattern
    Style Sew Me

    Want to sew a good date night dress? Check out the Camryn Dress! This slim dress is like the little black dress, but you make it in any shade or fabric pattern you like. With a deep V in the front, this design is sexy while still providing coverage. The PDF includes versions that you can send to a copy shop or print at home, including instructions for printing and assembling the pattern pieces. Additionally, you get access to a helpful video for making the garment.

    Camryn Dress Pattern, $10, Style Sew Me Patterns

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    Sew a Stunning Special Occasion Dress

    Upton Dress Sewing Pattern

    Cashmerette specializes in sewing patterns for women with curves and each style is more flattering than the last. The Upton Dress has a fit and flare design that would be perfect for a special occasion, but also good for more everyday wear. The downloadable PDF includes options for different necklines, backs, and skirt styling, and you can also purchase an expansion to add three styles of sleeves.

    Upton Dress Pattern, $16, Cashmerette

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    Easily Nurse in a Two-Piece Dress

    Two-Piece Knit Wrap Nursing Dress Pattern
    Tricia Jones

    When you're nursing a little one, not all dresses are ideal, but this one is designed with new moms in mind! Working with cotton jersey fabric ensures that the dress is soft and stretchy for extra comfort. And the two-piece design, although not providing full coverage,  allows access for nursing.

    Two-Piece Nursing Dress Pattern & Tutorial from Pretty Prudent

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    Make a Swing Dress in Many Styles

    Groove T-Shirt Dress Pattern
    MadeIt Patterns

    The Groove Dress by MadeIt Patterns is a simple dress with versatile options. At its heart, this is a simple swing dress, but with just one pattern you can create enough versions to fill your closet! There are several size ranges to choose from, including kids, teen, and adult sizing, but beyond that, you can change up the hemline, sleeves, and neckline, including a cowl or a hood.

    Groove Dress PDF Sewing Pattern, $13, MakeIt Patterns