10 FREE Dress Sewing Patterns for Beginners

Most of us own dozens of different dress sewing patterns, and we paid a pretty penny for some of them. Now that the holidays are here, we have to be a little more careful about our budget. Helloooo, free dress sewing patterns!

These free dress sewing patterns are awesome basics that you can sew as-is or put your own spin on. The basic silhouettes make them easy to customize. Add sleeves to the sleeveless styles, mix patterns, or practice shortening and lengthening hems. It's the perfect opportunity to play around and be creative.

Maybe you blew all your savings on holiday gifts. Or maybe it's your New Year's resolution to be more thrifty when it comes to sewing supplies . No matter what your situation, download these free dress sewing patterns and start sewing right away.

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1. Simple Wrap Dress Pattern

This free dress pattern can be worn 20 different ways depending on how you wrap it. Check out the other photos to see just a few of the variations. You'll only need 2 yards of knit fabric to make it, so you might even be able to pull it out of your stash.

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2. Graffiti Dress

The length of this circle skirt can be shortened or lengthened depending on your preference. There's also an option for a contrast waist band. If you get stuck while you're making the dress, check out the how-to video that the designer made.

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Photo via Bluprint member  Nickiejc

3. Festival Swing Dress

You don't have to attend a festival to wear this breezy dress. The designer recommends this dress as a great first project for beginner sewers. You don't have to limit wearing the dress to summer; pair it with leggings and a cardigan on colder days.

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Photo via Bluprint member mellysews

4. Striped Maxi Dress

This pattern is perfect for sewers who want to give knits a try. If buying knit fabric isn't in your budget right now, the designer also suggests using a jersey bed sheet as an alternative. See our tricks for sewing with knits if you're sewing with knits for the first time.

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Photo via Bluprint member  NicolettaDNDC

5. Artemisia Dress

This flowing jersey dress can be sewn with a sewing machine or a serger. A belt adds a nice cinch to an otherwise simple shape that's easy to sew. Dress it up or down; the dress looks as nice with flats as it does boots and heels.

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6. Dress with Bow

Wear this dress to a fancy dinner or to the office. It's all about how you accessorize it. The sample above was made with satin, but this could work with a cotton too.

This pattern is gone, but check out her others here. 

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7. Triangle Maxi Dress

Download the free pattern for this dress, then head over to our easy maxi dress tutorial  right here on the Bluprint Blog to get full instructions for construction. Because the pattern is so basic, you can add embellishments or play with the design to get the exact shape you want.

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8. Mom's Raglan Dress

It's hard to be comfortable while also looking dress up, but this raglan dress pulls it off nicely. I love the sample dress's combination of striped bodice and floral sleeves! Dig through your scraps and see what kind of fun pattern combinations you can come up with.

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9. Brief Encounter Knit Dress

A breezy bodice with a circle skirt sewn in a knit fabric is no doubt a recipe for comfort. Add a belt for just a bit of extra embellishment, like the sample above. There's also a full video tutorial to walk you through each step in case you get stuck.

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Photo via Bluprint member mellysews

10. Colorblock V-Neck Dress

Here's another knit that will gladly help you get rid of those knit fabric scraps. Feeling adventurous? You could even add a colorblock border around the hem.

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December 13, 2015
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