Flora Dress PDF

By Hand London

£10.50

Buy the Flora Dress sewing pattern from By Hand London. Fundamentally feminine and universally flattering with her cinched waist and voluminous pleated straight or dipped hem circle skirt, Flora is the definitive party dress. Choose from two entirely different bodice variations: a classic sleeveless faux-wrap style or the more demure tank bodice, with her high square neckline and simple shoulder straps.

Suggested fabrics: The world of fabrics is your oyster with the Flora Dress! Pretty much all wovens will work a treat (and even some stable knits such as ponte and double knit), especially cotton lawn and quilting cottons, cotton voile, cotton poplin, cotton twill, seersucker, upholstery cottons, cotton silk, brocade, jacquard, taffeta, dupion silk, silk satin, silk crepe, silk habotai, wool crepe, wool tweed, eyelet lace, embroidered tulle, rayon.

Fabric requirements: 150 cm (60”) wide fabric: variation 1, 3 m (3.1 yards) // variation 2, 2.5 m (2.75 yards) // lining V1, 1.1m (1.2 yards) // lining V2, 0.5 m (0.55 yards).

Sizing: UK 6 – 20 (US 2 – 16). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: 22” invisible zipper; hook and eye.

This sewing pattern is available in PDF format. The PDF pattern will be available immediately for download after purchase.

PDF pattern includes: Digital pattern compatible with both US letter and A4 paper sizes; copy shop file; step-by-step illustrated instructions.

If you’re looking for more maker inspiration, check out the latest sewing pattern reviews from the sewing community. We also have a sewing blog to keep you up to date with all the news from the world of sewing.

Additional information

Fabric

Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Jacquard / Brocade, Silk / Satin / Sateen, Wools / Suiting

Size

UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

All day

Pattern format

PDF

PDF Printing

19 pages (bodice), 28 pages (skirt)

Please leave a review

4 out of 5 stars

7 reviews

Let us know what you think...

What others are saying

  1. Avatar

    4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I really took my time with this dress and love the result. I made two toiles of the bodice, hacked the back into a v-line. I made the v-neckline and dipped hem skirt. I lowered the front skirt a tad, and took some length off the back hem.
    I used cupro for maximum twirling!

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  2. Avatar

    Flora Dress

    SaraSykopat

    I made the flora for a wedding. The dress was fun to dace around in. I would say this is a advanced beginner project with the lined body and the invisible zip. Read more about the process on my blog: https://saramadethat.com/2017/08/11/a-flora-dress-in-floral/

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  3. Avatar

    Flora Dress

    redwsews

    This is the second time I’ve made this dress but I’m now quite a different size and shape to last time.
    The pattern is beautifully drafted but I would recommend making a toile of the bodice: I found I could size down more than expected and also that I needed to take wedges out of the front and back neckline to get a good fit.
    The skirt is gorgeous; I added in seam pockets and allowed the hem to drop for a couple of days. The lining and fashion fabric didn’t drop to the same point so I think this is a vital step.
    I made it up in a heavier stretch cotton sateen this time and love the finished result!
    Check out my blog for full details
    https://redwsews.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/floral-flora-wedding-guest-outfit/

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  4. CarolineJ16

    Flora Dress

    CarolineJ16

    A lovely dress for a special event.
    I made version one with the square front bodice and dipped hem using a beautiful viscose from Guthrie and Ghani. The instructions were very clear and well illustrated. If you get stuck you can visit the By Hand London blog where there are excellent step-by-step sew-alongs for both versions of the dress.
    I have written about it in more detail here:
    http://carolinejoynson.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/black-and-white-bhl-flora-dress.html

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  5. Avatar

    Flora Dress

    Chloebee

    I made the Flora dress for a friend’s engagement party (started the dress before finding out it was a western-themed party, hence the hat). It’s a combination of versions A and B – the tank bodice and non-dipped-hem skirt in cotton voile with silk lining. I made two muslins as I wanted to get the fit right before cutting the silk – I ended up lengthening the shoulder straps by 5/8″, doing an FBA and lengthening the bodice by 1″. I wish I hadn’t lengthened the bodice – lengthening the shoulder straps was probably enough, especially as it’s a LOT of skirt, that stretched the bodice slightly as the fabric is very light. I tried out a few new techniques on this dress, such as bra strap loops and a waist stay (which helped enormously with holding up the skirt!) and trimmed the lining hem with pink lace. It’s the perfect dress to go dancing in, the skirt is incredibly swishy, and construction was nice and straightforward, with the very helpful sewalong to refer to as well. Would definitely make again!

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  6. TheFoldLine

    Flora Dress

    Admin TheFoldLine

    Rachel: I love this dress, it’s probably my favourite make. The style of the dropped hem is so elegant and gives the skirt even more movement when you are out and about. I made the tank top version but there is also a wrap top too and straight hem option. I used a grey lace with tanned lining, so as not to distract from main fabric. It is my favourite dress to go out in, can’t recommend it highly enough. No alterations needed. As always the BHL instructions are great.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  7. Avatar

    Flora Dress

    redwsews

    I made my first version of this dress in a mid weight cotton, fully lined it with a very light lawn and it is my favourite home made dress! It feels beautiful to wear, and hangs fabulously.
    I made the tank bodice and the level hem skirt (which is quite short: I hemmed it by sewing a ribbon on the very bottom of the hem and turning up the bare minimum) I would rate this as advanced beginner simply because of the need to fit the pleats and to fully line the bodice: I wouldn’t have tackled that confidently a year ago. BUT the instructions are great and there is the sew along available which I found really useful.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

×

Login

Register

This will be how your name will be displayed in the account section and in reviews

By creating an account you agree to the website terms and conditions and our privacy policy.

Continue as a Guest

Don't have an account? Sign Up