Day Dress

The Avid Seamstress


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Buy the Day dress sewing pattern from The Avid Seamstress, a fit and flair dress perfect for a confident beginner. The dress features a fitted bodice, gathered skirt and in seam pockets. With three ways of making the front bodice, your options are endless. All views have an invisible zip at the back. View A has a seam at the centre front. View B has buttons/button holes at the centre front. View C has no seam at the centre front.

What we think: This simple fit and flair shape looks great on most body types and with the simple construction you’ll have this whipped up in no time.

Suggested Fabrics: Lightweight to medium weight woven fabrics, like cotton, viscose or crepe.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

Details: scroll through the images to see pictures of the front and back of the pattern envelope.

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Additional information


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


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

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

All day

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  1. cortenaz123

    5 out of 5


    I’d actually made this dress once before for my son’s fiance and finally got around to making it for myself. This time I omitted the pockets as I don’t like the extra bulk at the hips. I mistakenly sewed the lower front skirt the wrong way around (vertical/horizontal) but luckily it doesn’t really notice in the fabric pattern and lengthwise it worked fine with a small hem which suited the fabric anyway. I was reluctant to unpick as the fabric was marking at the slightest touch. The only other thing I did differently was to apply interfacing to the neck facing and this has made it sit better than it did on my first make.

    It’s a lovely dress and I shall make it again. I cut it as a size 3 at the top graded to a 4 by the waist.

    The instructions are superb and there’s online tutorials if needed.

    Photos of both my makes of this included.

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    The Day Dress


    Really love this dress pattern. The instructions are easy to follow and it’s a great style – gathered waist with side seam pockets in the skirt. I used a chiffon but I’d recommend using a fabric with slightly more weight to it.
    More details on my blog

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    The Day Dress


    I simply love this pattern.
    The shape of the bodice is beautifully fitted but with the gathering on the skirt it is super comfortable. Perfect for wearing all day if your at work or at an event. I love the options with this dress but have just made view C (so far)
    I bought this pattern as a pdf and it came together as expected. The instructions are well written and clear and I had no issues.
    My favourite part is how you gather the skirt, it’s so quick and works brilliantly!
    The fabric I used on the dark navy dress had a little bit of stretch in it but the black and white had no stretch.
    Light to medium weight fabrics are recommended.
    I inserted an exposed zip rather than an invisible zip as that’s my preference.
    I have made two so far but I think I need at least one more lol

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    The Day Dress


    I made this dress in a size 3 using an awesome black crepe from Croft Mill. Apparently the fabric was originally just for the Kate Moss live at Topshop. It is a really nice crepe and not expensive at all either.
    I really enjoyed making this dress. It was quite straightforward and I didn’t have any bits that were too complicated or needed to be unpicked! It would be a good first dress for a beginner because the instructions come with lots of support and there’s an online tutorial too.
    I did need to alter at the waist and shorten the length considerably, but that is usual for me. I like the sleeves on this dress as well as the pockets. It’s a comfortable dress to wear too. More details on my blog at

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