The easy dress sewing tutorial

When I purchased this fabric, I was thinking of using it to make some art wall in my bedroom. Once back home, I realized that the pattern wouldn’t match in the room. I guess I was just looking for an excuse to buy this nice fabric coupon! Not a problem, the dot pattern and the vintage colors will work perfectly for a dress. As you like the easy shirt sewing tutorial, I tried to work the same way: simple shape and easy sewing. I hope you will enjoy it!

I choose some light fabric, it looks like lycra but it’s not stretch (I can’t remember how it’s call).
I bought a 7 feet long coupon. This dress is adaptable to the length you want to wear, from mini shirt to maxi dress.

First you need to take your shoulders measurements ( aka the distance between your shoulders)
Fold the fabric in the middle lengthwise, and mark the center with a pin. Report your shoulders measurements, centering them on the fabric.

To make the trapeze shape, trace two 2 oblique lines on each side.  Each line will joint the shoulder measurement point and the fabric edge. Cut along the lines. Use your first trapeze as a pattern. Place it on the fabric, pin and cut to have a second identical trapeze shape. Serger all edges.

In the scrap fabric, cut two rectangles, same length as the top part and 4 inches high. Serger the rectangles edges. Pin one rectangle on the trapeze top side, right side on right side. Make a seam on the top part to sew both pieces together. Repeat the same on the second trapeze piece. Iron the seams.

Put the two trapeze on top of each other, right side on right side. To sew the straps of the dress, make a 2 inches seam on each side, as close as the edge as possible.

Grab one of your tank top to make the arm openings. Place the top on the fabric and report the shape on one side then on the other. Cut out the shape on both side.

Open the dress and fold the fabric on the arm openings. Pin them and sew them.

Put back the two dress part on top of each other and sew the edge together.

Almost done! The last thing is sewing the bottom edge. The easier, is wearing the dress and ask someone to draw the bottom line on the fabric, at the high you like to wear it. Cut a little below the line, make a fold and sew.

Put the dress on, and wear it with a belt to mark the waist!

I choose to add pockets to the dress. I had to make several attempts before to position them correctly. It wasn’t as easy as I thought.

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30 Comments

  1. September 9, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Adorable! I love that you put in pockets. Great work!

    • September 10, 2015 / 12:27 am

      Thanks kath. I had a hard time sewing the pockets but I'm happy with the result! Every dress should have pockets…so useful!

  2. Anonymous
    December 27, 2015 / 12:22 am

    thanks for the instructions – you made it look so easy. Irene from Brazil

    • December 27, 2015 / 4:55 am

      Hello Irene, I'm glad you liked it! Have fun sewing!

  3. December 27, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Cute dress, easy to make, I'm going to have to give this a try! Thank you

    • December 27, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      You are right, very easy to make! Enjoy sewing it!

  4. January 11, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    super easy! Thank you for sharing your instructions and pictures – I have to sew one dress immediately!
    Greetings from Austria!

    • January 27, 2016 / 2:25 pm

      One of my all time favourite dresses completely died after many years of use, so I cut up the good parts for scrap stash and hung on to the pockets (which hung loose inside ) I have pre made pockets! I just trace the shape,sew and insert them into the side seam. Right at my wrist. Way too easy!

    • January 27, 2016 / 3:17 pm

      Very good upcycling idea! Thanks for the tip Margaret

  5. February 12, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    This is a gorgeous dress. I am thinking of making it breastfeeding friendly… do you think that would be possible?

    • February 12, 2016 / 3:05 pm

      Hi Beck, maybe if you put some buttons on the shoulders straps? The dress top is wide enough to easily be unbuttoned. Let me know how it works.

  6. April 16, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    I love it. Will be making one soon.
    Greetings from Victorville, CA.

    • April 16, 2016 / 11:15 pm

      Thanks Marifer, have fun sewing!

  7. Anonymous
    May 28, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Good job Ama, you're the best….Magali from Qro

  8. Anonymous
    June 4, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Hi Ama, lovely shoes as well, where are they from? Thanks, Kirstie.

    • June 5, 2016 / 5:19 pm

      Hello Kristie, I bought those shoes like 15 years ago…I guess they are kind of vintage now 😉 They are still in good shape because the heel is quite high and I don't wear them very often!

  9. Anonymous
    June 19, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    Bonjour Ama!

    Je viens de découvrir ton blog car je cherchais une jolie robe à coudre moi-même et que j’ai flashé sur la tienne!!
    Et en regardant ton blog j’y ai également trouvé d’autres beaux projets qui se trouvent désormais sur ma to do liste !! Merci pour ce partage !!!

    J’ai lu que tu vivais au Mexique avec ta famille – wow !! Est-ce que vous vous y plaisez ? Est-ce que ton mari est Mexicain ?Je trouve ca génial, car c’est très enrichissant, et du coup les enfants doivent eux aussi parler plusieurs langues ?! Pour ma part je suis Francaise, marié à un Allemand, et nous vivons en Angleterre. Nos deux enfants parlent les trois langues, et je trouve ca super pour eux !

    Concernant la robe, je voulais te demander quelques précisions stp. J’ai besoin de la faire d’ici début juillet.

    1. Avant de mesurer la distance entre les épaules, je n’ai pas compris s’il fallait plier le tissu en deux dans le laize de facon à mesurer et couper les deux trapèzes et ainsi obtenir le devant et le dos en une seule fois, ou bien as-tu fait l’un après l’autre ?

    2. Je comprends bien le vocabulaire de ce que tu dis là: “Trace a line between the shoulders measurements point and the fabric edge. Cut along the line. Repeat on the opposite side. Cut along the fold to have two trapeze shapes. Serger all edges. »mais de quelle « opposite side » s’agit il ? Et de quel fold ?

    3. Faut il prendre les instructions et mesures telles que tu les donnes ou y a-t-il des marges de couture à rajouter, et si oui où ? (je pense que non mais je voudrais être sûre). Qu’en est il des facing (rectangles pour les deux parties correspondant au col) ?
    Et toi qu’as-tu pris comme marge de couture ?

    4. “To sew the straps of the dress, make a 2 inches seam on each side.”: À combien de distance du bord conseillerais tu de coudre?

    5. Et pour l’ourlet du bas, on voit sur la photo que la coupe est arrondie. Si je coupais droit, cela modifierait t’il le résultat final de la robe ?

    Je te remercie mille fois pour tes conseils !!
    À bientôt !!
    Laurence xx

    • June 20, 2016 / 2:56 am

      Salut Laurence,
      Waouh, trois langues pour tes enfants c'est quand même impressionnant! Merci pour tes commentaires, j'en ai profité pour détailler un peu plus le tutoriel….en espérant que ça clarifie les explications.
      Voici les réponses a tes questions, j’espère que ça t'aideras:
      1. Tu plies le tissu en deux pour être sure que la mesure des épaules est centrée sur ton tissu car tu vas employer toute la largeur pour le bas de la robe.
      2.En fait j'essaye juste d'expliquer comment tracer le trapèze. Il faut tracer deux lignes obliques, qui relie les mesures des épaules et les coins inférieurs du carre de tissu. Ensuite tu emploies ton premier trapèze comme "patron" pour en découper un second identique.
      3.Les marges de coutures sont comprises, mais les mesures sont a adapter en fonction de ta taille. J'ai fait des coutures de environs 1 cm.
      4. Le plus près possible du bord.
      5. Si tu le fais droit ça va être moche, l'ourlet de ta robe ne sera pas droit (plus long sur les cotés).
      Bonne couture, A+

  10. Anonymous
    July 3, 2016 / 12:36 am

    This dress came out so well…love it…classy! I do want to make this. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Anonymous
    September 14, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    This is such a classic dress. There are a plethora of ways to make this dress with fabric.

    Thank you very much.

  12. Anonymous
    March 13, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    Wonderful dress, I'll try it! 🙂
    One question though. Zippers are not needed at all? Is it easy to put on/off the dress? You mentioned that the fabric is not stretch.
    Thanks, Zsofi

    • March 17, 2017 / 11:16 pm

      Hello Zsofi, The dress is loose enough and you don't need any zipper to easily put it on and off. And it's nicer to wear it with a belt to mark your waist. Have fun sewing!

  13. April 24, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I tried this but unfortunately I took soo much out of the arm section and my my head doesn't fit.Trying to figure out how I can salvage it. Or maybe make a new one as this was so easy to follow.

    • May 4, 2017 / 11:28 pm

      Hello Diane, Too bad it didn't work, maybe you can turn you first attempt into a skirt and try to sew the dress again with a new fabric coupon? Let me know how it turns out!

  14. Anonymous
    May 9, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Thank you for the clear instructions and pictures. Love it. Will be making this! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Mermaid3011
    August 2, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Done!! My first ever hand sewn dress! I just have to find a belt that works with it (or make one?) The only adjustment I made was to use my leftover fabric and cut out the top twice as a lining, since the fabric I used is very thin. I also felt it would be easier than folding and pinning and sewing the seams. It worked like a charm. zip zip done. And the upper part of the pattern should work great as a flowing A-line top for those 1-2 yards of fabric I found the other day.
    Thanks so much Ama for taking my sewing to the next level!

    • amaryllis
      August 7, 2017 / 10:45 pm

      I’m so glad you made a pretty dress! I would love to see a pic, you can send me an e-mail at amaohoh@gmal.com if you like to share it!

  16. Moadie
    August 19, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Yay I finally made this – it has been sitting in the “to make” section of my brain for ages!! My son was busy playing minecraft so I thought I’d just get on with it and am really pleased with the result. Absolutely love that this has no darts, zips or anything complicated and love how the belt just pulls it all together. I think I’ll add some pockets next time. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial.

    • amaryllis
      August 20, 2017 / 11:24 pm

      Thanks for your nice comment, and good for you that you found time to sew for yourself.

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