Top Summer Dress Sewing Patterns


Summer dresses… you can’t beat them. But where to start when there are so many summer dress sewing patterns to choose from? We’ve done some investigative work and had a look into your favourite summer dress sewing patterns on the site and a few new ones in here too for good measure! Maybe you own a couple of them already? Do let us know what you think by leaving a sewing pattern review. These are really helpful for the sewing community, as there is nothing better than getting top tips from a fellow maker before you start a project.

Whether you are after a dress to fling on to go to the beach or wanting to make something for a special event, we’re sure that you will find what you are after here. As we head into summer in the UK, you might be looking at what gaps there are in your summer wardrobe or want to treat yourself to a new outfit for a staycation. We have included dresses that are on trend right now and can be found on the high street plus wardrobe classics that you will want to make again and again. After some thought, we have split them into different skill levels so that it’s easy to find the perfect sewing pattern for your next sewing adventure. All the sewing pattern images are linked so if you see something you like just click to find out more…

Beginner Summer Dress Sewing Patterns:

All the patterns below are designed for someone who’s made a couple of garments before, or if you fancy a simple sew as a more advanced maker. The reason that the sewing patterns are in this section is because they either have a really simple construction or that they are a looser fitting. The less fitting that needs doing for a sewing pattern, the easier the sew and this means you’ll be wearing it in no time! A looser fitting gathered waist and ruffles all add detail while keeping you cool in the hot weather. For a more fitted look add an optional waist tie to these makes. Many of these dresses are midi in length, which is very much still on trend on the high street and gives a flattering look when paired with summer sandals.

We have included sewing community classic such as the Stevie Tunic and Dress by Tilly and the Buttons, which have detailed instructions for beginners and one of the best selling patterns of all time the Kielo Wrap dress from Named Clothing. For the ultimate beach outfit, it has to the the Charlie Caftan by Closet Case Patterns. Anyone looking to try a new release hot of the press both the Marcel dress and tank by Chalk and Notch and the Olive dress and top by Megan Nielsen. Last month we were thrilled to add Style Arc patterns to the shop as they have become available for the first time in print in the UK, if this isn’t a designer you’ve tried before do have a look at the Montana Midi Dress and Nova Midi Dress.

Intermediate Summer Dress Patterns:

For this section you need to have a few makes under your belt, the construction is a little harder and you’ll need to do a bit more fitting. There aren’t really any advanced patterns in this section as we thought full on evening wear might be too much, especially this summer. Again there are several dresses finishing midi length, ruffles galore and several classic shirt dresses.

If you are looking for a show stopper than the popular Vogue Patterns 9253 is a must but if you’re after a more classic strappy summer dress then the Sun Dress by the Avid Seamstress will be perfect for a stroll about town. One of the most popular summer dresses over the last couple of years is without a doubt the Myosotis dress from Deer and Doe, which sleeve and dress length variations. The Wilder Gown by The Friday Pattern Company has been on the best selling patterns of the year and we can see why, with it’s gorgeous gathered tie neckline and plethora of tiered gathers. If wrap dresses are more your thing the Mathilde Wrap dress by Untitled Thoughts has just been re-released with lots of new options.

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