Cross My Heart – free easy dress pattern

Cross My Heart – free easy dress pattern


This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

You know sometimes how you look about and everyone seems to be wearing the same thing, the same styles, the same colors?  That’s especially true on a small island where there are only a few places you can buy clothes anyway, so it’s no wonder everyone has the same pieces.  So I set out to make myself a dress.  Something I could wear to dinner, or if I had to go somewhere smart, or heaven-forbid, ever get a job!

I was really liking the Simple Shrug pattern and wanted to see if I could incorporate the idea into a dress because I think it gives a really flattering look by having the fabric fall from the bust, making the waist look smaller – or at least I hope so!  I’m very rectangular through the waist, so anything that draws attention to the bust is a plus for me.

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

The Cross My Heart Dress – This dress has crossover pleated drapes from the shoulders that are caught into the side seams just under the arms.  It creates a modest v-neckline and frames the face, hanging loose from the bust to emphasize the smaller waist.  It’s certainly unique!  I’ll never come across another one like it – unless some of you sew it and then visit the Cayman Islands.  That would make my day!

Plus, it’s a very quick and simple sew.  Bonus!

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

Features:

  • Quick and easy to sew
  • Figure skimming fit
  • Pleated crossover drapes from the shoulders
  • Longer length – pick your own skirt length
  • Center back seam to help get a nice fit
  • Short sleeves
  • Sizes 29- 41 bust, 33-45 inch hips
  • For knit fabrics only – I used a ITY knit  (Read more about different types of knit fabrics here.)
  • Fabric needed for all sizes – 2 yards
This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!
This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

Download the Cross My Heart Dress pattern

You can download the pattern from my design account on Payhip.  Add it to your cart and check out – its FREE.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

How to sew your ‘Cross My Heart’ free easy dress pattern

1/2 inch seam allowances throughout unless stated otherwise.

Cut out your pattern pieces on a double layer of fabric, with the front on the fold.

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Turn a narrow 1/4 inch hem on the top and bottom curved edges of the front drapes and stitch close to the edge.  Press. Set aside.

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Optional – add a piece of tricot interfacing to the center front to reinforce the V at the neckline.

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Add a 1/4 inch snip at center front and then turn a narrow hem up each side of the center front and stitch close to the edge.  Press.

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Join the center back seam. Turn down the back neckline in a smooth curve and stitch.  Press.

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Add the front drapes to the shoulders.  Line up the inside seamed edges, then line up the outer edge of the drape 1/2 inch inside the outer edge of the shoulder.  This 1/2 inch is the seam allowance where the sleeve will be sewn.

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Create 3 even pleats in the fabric and pin them in place.

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Place the dress back over the front, RST, and match the shoulders.  Repin through all layers and pleats.  Stitch through all layers.  Reduce the bulk in the seam by trimming the pleated layer.  Press the completed seam towards the back.

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Repeat for the other shoulder.

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Match the center top of the sleeve with the shoulder seam.  Ease in sleeve, pin, and stitch. Take care NOT to catch the fabric from the front drape in the sleeve seam allowance.  It should only be caught at the shoulder seam. Repeat for the other side.

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Take the front drapes across the front of the dress, taking care not to twist them, and pin into the side seams matching the top of the drape at the point under the arm.

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Baste the drapes into the side seam of the dress front, within the seam allowance.

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Pin the side seams and check for fit.  Make alterations as necessary.

Pin and stitch side seams.  Press.

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Finish the bottom of the sleeves – twin needle finish is optional.  You may also simply turn in a 1/2-inch hem and stitch.

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Check for length and finish the bottom hemline with your favorite finish.

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Give the dress a final press and it’s ready to wear.

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

Download the Cross My Heart Dress pattern

You can download the pattern from my design account on Payhip.  Add it to your cart and check out – its FREE.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

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Tropical Wrap Dress maxi dress pattern hack

Tropical Wrap Dress maxi dress pattern hack


Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

The most downloaded pattern from So Sew Easy is the Wrap Dress. It came second in the Craftsy best pattern award some years ago when Craftsy was still a thing and at the time of writing has been downloaded more than 100,000 times!  If I had a dollar for each one….. 😉

Wrap dress pattern - free sewing pattern. Easy to sew and great looking wrap dress - everyone should have at least one of these. From So Sew Easy.

So when I wanted to sew a tropical maxi dress, this pattern immediately sprung to mind.  Sometimes you just don’t need to mess with a good thing!  I bought this amazing ITY knit print from Fabric Mart (sadly now sold out) and it’s just perfect for island life.  But I wanted to make just a few changes:

  1. Maxi dress rather than knee length
  2. Enough room to walk properly in the longer skirt
  3. Loose flutter sleeves
Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

We looked before at skirts when we made the Perfect Maxi Skirt.  If you take a straight skirt that is hip width and then simply extend it down to the floor, you won’t be able to walk properly, you’ll only be able to move your legs as wide as your hips.  This works OK in a knee-length skirt but not in a maxi.

How to make the perfect fitting maxi skirt without it being too flared or too tight.

At the same time, we don’t necessarily want to add a lot of volume to the skirt all over so there is more fabric at the waist and hip to be gathered in. So I used the same idea on the Perfect Maxi Skirt to extend and increase the flare slightly on the Wrap Dress skirt.  I also made sure to use the whole width of my fabric too.

Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

I changed the shape of the sleeves to give them a looser more summery look too.  Both are very simple changes you can make to this, or any pattern, to change up the look.  I’ll show you how to do these simple pattern hacks in the video below.

The video below covers the two different pattern hacks to convert the wrap dress into a maxi with flutter sleeves and also has the full sewing step by step too.  So if you’ve not yet made the original wrap dress, there are some pointers here that might be useful.  It’s a very quick and easy-to-sew dress, has optional elastic at the waist and I’ll be wearing mine everywhere!

Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

Pattern hacking the Wrap Dress into a Maxi Dress Pattern

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Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

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If you want to see the step-by-step sewing instructions in word and picture format, these are included in the pattern download and are also in the original article about the wrap dress here.

Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

Give this one a try, I think you’ll like it.  Or start out with the original Wrap Dress too.  Either way, please do come share what you sew in our sewing chat group on Facebook.  24hr sewing chat, inspiration and sharing – on all sorts of sewing activities!  We can’t wait to see what fabric you use for your maxi dress.

Download the free Wrap Dress Pattern

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Easy Dress Pattern for Summer – and it’s Free!

Easy Dress Pattern for Summer – and it’s Free!


You asked – you got it.  The next free pattern from So Sew Easy is an easy dress pattern for a great summer dress with option to shorten for a top. Made in just a few simple steps, I’ll hold your hand all the way with this one and show you some tips and tricks along to way to help you sew beautifully with knit fabrics.

Easy Summer Dress.  Free multi-size pattern and step by step photo tutorial from So Sew Easy.

Styling options – wear it strapless (it includes an elastic back so won’t fall), or with a center halter strap or two straps from the bust or sides.  You can also cut this off at hip length and wear it as a top too.  It’s up to you.

Easy Summer Dress.  Free multi-size pattern and step by step photo tutorial from So Sew Easy.

 

Download your easy dress pattern

The pattern is available to download from my design store account with Payhip.  You can tip something for it if you want, but that’s not necessary.  It’s free, quick, and easy.  Add the pattern to your cart, and then checkout – no payment is needed, no address details etc.  Then you can download the pattern in a PDF made of 16 separate sheets of paper.

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Download the Easy Summer Dress pattern

Download your Easy Summer Dress pattern pieces here.

Constructing your PDF pattern.

(Note – these instructions are written assuming you are fairly new to sewing and give plenty of detail.  If you have used digital patterns before, or have sewn similar garments, do skip on through and sorry its so long!  If you are new to sewing, take your time, and do leave a comment if you have any questions.)

First time you’ve used a digital pattern?  Don’t worry, I’ll show you what to do.  Load your printer with regular printer paper, open the PDF file and print. Do not select any of the fancy printing options such as center, scale, fit to page etc.  You just want to print it out straight as it is.

If you are worried about printing out at the right size, then just print page 1 first, because this one includes a test box to measure.  The box is drawn at 5cm square, so print this one page, measure the box and if it’s 5cm you are good to go.  If not, then you might need to check your print settings to see what settings might need to be changed before printing again.

Once you have all 16 pieces, keep them in order.  Then set them out from left to right, 4 pieces across in a row and then another 4 underneath, and another 4, and the last 4 on the bottom row.  This is how the pieces will be assembled.  Each piece comes with a border that overlaps the next piece of paper, so you should cut off or fold over the top and the right-hand side of each piece lining up your cut or fold with the guideline on the printout.

Each piece is numbered so start with 1-4 on the top 5-8 on row two and so on.  Overlap your pieces, matching up the pattern lines, and stick them in place with tape. It should look very much like this–>

Easy Summer Dress. Free multi-size pattern and step by step photo tutorial from So Sew Easy.

Once you have your jigsaw completed you can read and note any instructions and directions, and then refer to the sizing chart below and cut out your pattern pieces.

What Size Do I Need?

The dress is made from a stretchy knit fabric and is intended to be skim the body and be fairly fitted.  The size I made for myself I am calling the Medium.  My measurements are high bust (around the back and over the bust high under the arms) 35.5, Bust 36, Waist 31, Hips/Thigh widest point 39.

The amount of stretch in the fabric will alter the fit and feel of the dress so use this table as a guide only.

  Bust Waist Hips
Small 32-34 27-29 35-37
Medium 35-36 30-31 38-40
Large 37-39 32-34 40-43

To make your own alterations to the pattern, increase or decrease at the center front and center back from the size closest to you above.    For the mid-section – increase at the side seam.  Always test the fit using the paper pattern pieces, or an inexpensive test fabric before cutting your expensive fabric for this dress.  If in doubt or between sizes, make the larger size and adjust for fitting at the side seams during construction.

Adjustments to length.  If you want the dress longer, simply add some length to the center back piece at the bottom, and add the same length to the front skirt piece.  To shorten and wear as a blouse, remove length from the bottom and chop off at hip length or where required.

Cutting your fabric

All main pieces for the dress are designed to be cut on the fold of the fabric.  If you prefer, you can print two copies of the pattern, stick the pieces together opposite each other, to double the pattern pieces and cut on a single layer of fabric.  This would be useful if you have a large design and want to see how the design will lie on the finished dress.

  • To cut on the fold – fold your fabric along the grainline, just folding over enough to accommodate the size of your pattern piece.  Then place the edge of the back pattern piece on the fold of the fabric and hold it in place there.  You can use proper pattern weights, pins, or even tins of tuna.
  • Take note of the stretch of the fabric and make sure your pattern pieces are lined up the right way.  The maximum stretch should go across and around your body not top to bottom.
  • Before you cut ANYTHING, make sure that you have enough fabric for all of the pattern pieces.  So fold in the other side of the fabric and place the other pieces on the fold too.
  • Once everything is laid out, cut out your pattern pieces.

If you need further directions for cutting out your fabric, follow the directions for the Summer Drape Top.

Now you have your fabric cut and ready, we can start to sew your easy dress pattern.  Come back for the full step-by-step construction tutorial in Part 2.

Easy dress pattern - the Easy Summer Dress.  Free multi-size pattern and step by step photo tutorial from So Sew Easy.

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Crushed Velvet Dress – An Easy Project For Your Fall Wardrobe

Crushed Velvet Dress – An Easy Project For Your Fall Wardrobe


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A crushed velvet dress is all the rage this fall.  This style usually means dressing in layers.  Stockings, light coats, long vests, short dresses worn as tops –the possibilities are endless.  The short dress for autumn is an essential piece of clothing that can take us from morning to night time.  It is easy to add to if the temperature drops and easy to wear during the warm hours of the day.

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Autumn and spring really are when northern and southern hemispheres actually have similar temperatures, so this design should work for everyone.  This particular dress is one of my favorites because of the flexibility that it provides –worn with high boots, stockings, and ankle boots, over skinny jeans, leggings, or just a scarf.  It is the perfect piece of clothing for your wardrobe.  Layer it any way you want and you’ll have a super outfit.

crushed velvet dress

This dress is incredibly easy to make.  I hope it will make a great addition to your fall or spring wardrobe.

Key Features:

  • Easy to make
  • Can be worn as a top or mini dress
  • Comfortable yet elegant style
  • Stand-up bow collar
  • Ideal for women with small shoulders and wide hips
crushed velvet dress

Materials:

  • Crushed Velvet or Panne Velour, 60″ wide, 1-2 yards depending on size
  • Soft satin fabric (silk or polyester), 1 yard
  • Fusible tricot interfacing

Tools

About Crushed Velvet

Crushed velvet or sometimes known as crushed panne velour is one of 16 types of velvet.  Normally made out of polyester, it is possible to find velvet made from silk if your budget allows.  Velvet is a type of tufted woven fabric with evenly distributed cut threads giving the fabric a dense short pile and a luxurious and distinctive feel.  The fabric is actually woven as two layers which are then cut apart thus creating the pile.  This is a pretty complex and expensive process, or at least it used to be, so this type of fabric used to be reserved only for royalty.  It’s only been the invention of polyester and the development of modern manufacturing techniques that this type of fabric is now affordable to almost everyone.

Notoriously difficult to handle, but certainly worth the effort, it is imperative to find the grain of the velvet and cut all pieces strictly on it.  Use a ball point needle when sewing.  If you do not have a serger, use a small zigzag when hemming if you want to preserve the stretchability of the fabric.  However, in this pattern, a plain stitch is also possible.

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Pattern Layout

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Pattern Download

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You can download the pattern for this Crushed Velvet Dress from our account at Payhip.

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Step One: Cutting the fabric

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The fabric must be laid on a flat surface and let it rest overnight.  Fold the fabric on the grain line and cut the pieces one at a time.  Apply fusible tricot interfacing to the sleeves and hem.  Mark the center of the back and the front of the dress.  You will need this to make the pleats latter.

Step Two: Sewing the shoulder seams

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Wrong sides together, pin the shoulders and sew at 3/8″.   Serge or use a zigzag stitch.

Step Three:  Sewin the sides

Pin the sides, start to sew from the bottom to the sleeves.  

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Serge or zigzag the sides.

Step Four: Making the pleats

There are two pleats one in the front and one in the back of the dress.  Find the center of the dress and fold to the right 1 1/2″ from the center. Fold another 1 1/2″ to the left and pin in place.  Zigzag the edges of the neckline to set the pleats.

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crushed velvet dress

Step Five: Making the neckline with a sash

Cut a bias strip 54 to 60″ in length and 3 1/2″ wide.  Fold the strip right sides together and sew at 3/8″.

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Use a loop turner to turn the sash inside out.  Find the middle of the sash and pin it to the middle of back of the dress.  

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Pin one side from the back to the front, stopping at the center of the front pleat.  Then pin the other side from the back to the front stopping at center of the pleat.  Sew the sash at 3/8″.  

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crushed velvet dress

Top stitch the sash so it will look like a stand-up collar. 

crushed velvet dress
crushed velvet dress

Step Six: Hemming the crushed velvet dress

Apply fusible tricot interfacing to the hem.  Cut a strip of interfacing long enough to go around the hem and 1″ wide.  Using an iron on nylon setting to fuse it to the hem.  Fold the hem 1/2″.

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Stitch using a small zigzag or a straight stitch.  Test on a piece of fabric to see what look suits you best.

Dressing up in autumn is always fun.  The days are warm and cooler nights mean we can be a little more creative with our clothing by dressing in layers.  Be sure to stay tuned for our next style of autumn dresses.

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Raglan Sleeve T-shirt Dress Pattern: An Easy Project for All Seasons

Raglan Sleeve T-shirt Dress Pattern: An Easy Project for All Seasons


raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

The raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern is a project suited for nearly every occasion. It is also one of the easiest dresses you can make, only needing a couple of hours at most.

This is a request from a young 23-year-old creator who is just starting to sew, HappySunnyCalifornia, who sent me an email asking for an easy pattern that she can use to make a dress for an evening wedding (the wedding has a ’70s disco theme as well).

This week’s project is sure to end up being a staple of your wardrobe for many seasons to come, while hopefully helping young people to take up the wonderful craft of sewing.

Wide sleeves with elastic at the wrists.

raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern
raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

Elastic neckline.

Comfortable slimming lines to follow your curves.

Material

  • 2-2 1/2 yards of lurex stretch knit or lightweight stretch velvet 54″ or wider
  • thread to match
  • 1 yard of 1/4 ” to 3/8″ wide elastic
  • 1 to 1 1/2yards of foldover elastic for the neckline and optional keyhole

Tools

  • sewing machine with a zigzag stitch
  • stretch needle

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Print and assemble the pattern before you cut the fabric.

How To Get Your Raglan Sleeve T-shirt Dress Pattern

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Pattern Layout For The Raglan Sleeve T-Shirt Pattern

raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

Body Measurements

S M L XL 2XL
Bust 34-36″ 38-40″ 42-44″ 46-48″ 50-52″
Hips 34-36″ 38-40″ 42-44″ 46-48″ 50-52″
Waist 24-26″ 28-30″ 32-34″ 36-38″ 40-42″

Sewing Level: Advanced Beginner

Prior use of stretch fabric. Essential reading https://so-sew-easy.com/sewing-stretchy-knits/

Sewing Instructions

This raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern is for four-way stretch knits only and has a width stretch percentage of 75% and above.

Step One

Fold the sleeve matching the sides and sew using a small straight stitch, a small zigzag or your serger using 4 threads.

raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

Step Two

Place the back of the raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern piece print facing up. Place the front of the t-shirt dress print facing down. Sew the sides using your sewing machine or your serger.

raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern
raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

Step Three

Join the sleeves with the bodice aligning the side seams of the sleeves with the side seams of the body. Right sides facing each other.

raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern
raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern

Join the dots on the top of the sleeves making a box pleat.

Step Four

Apply elastic tight enough to keep your raglan t-shirt mini dress from falling off your shoulders. Add elastic to the bottom of the sleeves.

Step Five

Serge the bottom of your mini dress fold one inch and sew.

Step Six Optional Keyhole

I will share this technique for a keyhole neckline in a separate tutorial because I think a keyhole is one of the easiest ways to make a neckline for a beginner.

Additional ways to transform this pattern

The simplest way to transform a pattern is using a different fabric. By simply using a print with light colours this raglan sleeve t-shirt dress pattern will give you a t-shirt to go over linen pants, a straight skirt, or a new look for summer as a mini dress.

Check out Laura below does she looks great? She used the largest size, raised the neckline by one inch, gather rather than make a pleat the neckline, and added a small keyhole with a button.

In the comments section below let me know if you would like step-by-step instructions on how to make all these pattern transformations.

The sky is the limit, I hope to see your creations on Instagram. Please use #soseweasyoffical so I can see when you post your take on this very easy pattern. Until then, “Let’s keep the world together one stitch at a time”.

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