10 Free Clothing Sewing Patterns

Sew clothes with needles and threads. View from above.
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Make your own clothes and save a little money when you start with one of these free clothing sewing patterns. Whether you want to try some simple garment sewing or construct something truly special, this collection of patterns gives you plenty of options to choose from.

Most include printable patterns to work with, but a few show you how to draft your own sewing pattern based on measurements or existing pieces of clothing. And as you visit these designers, be sure to look around at each site. You may just find a few more patterns that you want to sew next.

  • 01 of 10

    Easy Knit Maxi Dress

    Easy Maxi Dress Sewing Tutorial

    Sewing Rabbit

    This elegant maxi dress is easy to sew and easy to wear. Jess from Sewing Rabbit shows you how to use a long-sleeved t-shirt to draft the basic shape of the dress, and even create facings. If you love the style, you could even make a shorter version for a whole new look.

    Easy-Sew Maxi Dress Tutorial from​ Sewing Rabbit

  • 02 of 10

    Casual Kimono Jacket

    Kimono Jacket Sewing Pattern

    Caroline Hulse

    Looking for something stylish to throw on with your favorite jeans and t-shirt? Try this kimono-style jacket. It's a great way to show off a favorite fabric or add a pop of color to your wardrobe. Plus, the lace trim is a fun detail.

    Note: Although this is a free pattern, you do need to join Caroline Hulse's newsletter to access it. The good news is that you'll find lots more freebies when you sign up.

    Kimono Jacket Pattern and Tutorial from Caroline Hulse

  • 03 of 10

    Sorbetto Sleeveless Top

    Sorbetto Sleeveless Top Pattern


    This beautiful top from Colette looks great on its own, but would also work well as a shell under a jacket or cardigan. For a bit of color or pattern mixing, use contrasting bias tape trim. 

    Want even more options? The Colette blog offers tips for adapting this design to make a modern Sorbetto top, a knit version, one with a scallop, and a dress.

    Sorbetto Top Pattern from Colette

  • 04 of 10

    Knee-Length Dressing Gown

    Bath Robe Sewing Pattern


    Make a simple robe or dressing gown with this free one-size-fits-most pattern from Sewbon. Use lightweight cotton to create a drapey and luxurious robe that makes you feel fancy.

    Bath Robe Pattern and Tutorial from Sewbon

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  • 05 of 10

    Lace-Trimmed Shorts With Pockets

    Lace-Trimmed Shorts Pattern

    Melly Sews

    These shorts have a gym short style, but they look more delicate and dressed up. Plus, they have pockets. They look wonderful in linen, but a floral print would also be nice. Pair them with a plain tee or even a tunic, and you may just want to live in these shorts all summer long.

    Lace-Trimmed Shorts Pattern from Melly Sews

  • 06 of 10

    Reversible Linen Sun Hat

    How to Sew a Linen Sun Hat

    Mollie Johanson / The Spruce

    Dress up a simple T-shirt dress when you add a wide-brimmed hat. This easy-sew reversible hat protects you from the sun and looks great too. Plus, folks will be impressed that you made your own hat!

    Reversible Sun Hat Pattern from The Spruce

  • 07 of 10

    Summer Skirt With Pockets

    Summer Skirt With Pockets Tutorial

    Haley Pierson-Cox

    This may be called a summer skirt, but it's a wardrobe piece you can easily pull on any time of year. Haley from Red-Handled Scissors designed this skirt with pockets so it's useful as well as comfortable. Use your favorite fabrics and sew one for each day of the week.

    Summer Skirt With Pockets Tutorial from Red-Handled Scissors

  • 08 of 10

    Breezy Beach Coverup

    Beach Coverup Sewing Pattern

    Peppermint Magazine

    Simple lines, drapey fabric, and a high-low hem make this sewing project a winner. Peppermint Magazine calls this free pattern a beach coverup, but it would just as easily work as a dress or a tunic if you wear it over leggings or slim jeans.

    Beach Coverup from Peppermint Magazine

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  • 09 of 10

    Elise T-Shirt

    Elise Tee Sewing Pattern

    Fine Motor Skills

    There's nothing quite as basic as a T-shirt, and yet there's nothing basic about the Elise Tee sewing pattern. It has a great drape to it so you can dress it up or down. Try pairing it with your handmade shorts or lounge pants.

    Elise Tee Pattern from Fine Motor Skills

  • 10 of 10

    Pajama Pants

    Knit Lounge Pants Pattern

    iCandy Handmade

    For bedtime or just staying comfortable around the house, these pajama pants are cozy. The pattern includes sizes for adults and children, so you could whip them up for the entire family. The pattern has you cut the legs on a fold, so there are fewer seams to sew, which also makes them softer and comfier. Sew with a ballpoint needle on the knit fabric or use a serger for a faster finish.

    Pajama Pants Pattern from Life Sew Savory