If you are looking for free summer dress patterns, this is the right place! With all the patterns selected by a home sewing enthusiast and reviewed by a professional seamstress, you will be able to find what you are looking for. For this roundup, I handpicked the best free summer dress patterns from the internet. There's a little something for everyone – from vintage styles to modern designs and even some full-circle skirts. So get inspired and get sewing!
The summer season brings sunny days and warm nights, which means it's dress-making time. These free summer dress patterns are perfect for your next sewing project. From casual maxi dresses to simple shifts and spaghetti strap tops, you'll find everything you need to style your summer wardrobe. Whether you're looking to make a casual sundress in airy cotton, or a more formal look in silk charmeuse, you're sure to find something here!
Summer Dress Sewing Patterns
Love to sew but have no time? Love to shop but hate the price tags? This collection of summer sewing patterns for women is the answer! You don’t have to spend a lot of money on cute summer dresses if you know where to look! This series features some of my favorite free patterns that are easy to sew, fun to wear, and go together quickly. These free sewing patterns are great for beginners and advanced sewers alike! These make perfect handmade gifts (or keep them all for yourself!) with nice full skirts and cute details, such as pockets and flirty ruffles. Most of these easy summer dress patterns for women are beginner-friendly, so that you can start sewing today!
Summer Dress Patterns For Women
Nothing beats a beautiful summer dress. From vintage-inspired style to sweet & flirty prints, here are some of my favorite patterns for sewing a new summer outfit this year. Most of these summer dresses are beginner-friendly and should take you less than two hours to make from start to finish! For this roundup, I wanted to share a bunch of beautiful summer dresses that might suit your style and body. From crowd-pleasing must-sees (yup, I picked them all) to modest silhouettes and playful details, I’m sure you’ll find a perfect pattern for your wardrobe!
The summer dress patterns in this collection are all quick and easy to sew with little fabric requirements and simple construction. Whether you’re looking for a classic beach cover-up or an elegant evening gown, there is an option that will work for you. Each pattern comes in different sizes, from toddlers to women, so they will fit perfectly no matter who you make it for (or yourself). There are even a couple of choices of necklines in each pattern! Choose from casual dresses, formal dresses, and more – whatever fits your style.
Frayed Denim Sundress
Make a trendy sundress quickly and easily with this pattern. Learn how to make a dress using a well-fitting t-shirt as the template, removing excess fabric and creating a flattering fit that flatters your shape while adding plenty of style points. We've added some stylish details like frayed hems, pockets, and tie closures so you can make this sundress your own. Learn how to make your custom-fit and add elastic to the neckline so that you'll want to wear this dress repeatedly. Perfect for warm-weather events, picnics, weddings, and more!
Tie-dye Cap Sleeve Tiered Dress
This navy tie-dyed fabric is perfect for summer and lays the foundation for a stunning outfit in your wardrobe. It’s sleeveless, featuring a simple cap sleeve style and tiered bottom. Pair with sandals or wedges to complete the look! This floral tie-dyed top is perfect for a laid-back day, matching your favorite cap sleeve dress and white sneakers for a comfortable yet stylish outfit. The adorable tiers' draping adds to this one's femininity, making it an all-season favorite.
Make A T-shirt Dress
This easy DIY Dress Tutorial will show you how to make a dress using one of the t-shirts hanging out in your closet and a few basic sewing supplies. This dress is made with Grown-on sleeves and back straps, so there is no need to cut and sew extra sleeve pieces. This is a great place to start if you are new to sewing! The project will only use one t-shirt and other basic supplies and can be made in just one afternoon! Grown-on sleeves mean you don't have to bother with separate sleeves; this makes it very easy for the beginner sewist.
Trapeze Tank Dress
Make your feminine and flattering Trapeze Tank Dress that drapes easily over the body. The versatile pattern features a simple waistband, back wrap, and optional tie or ribbon straps. Constructed using soft knit fabric with ribbing at the bust, this versatile pattern can be made in any color, print, or solid you desire! The trapeze tank dress is perfect for wearing to work or in the evening and a beach cover-up or swimsuit cover-up. This pattern is sized from extra small through large with optional instructions for a slim fit.
Pleated Beach Dress Pattern
This versatile dress features an A-line skirt with pleats on the front and back, a cuffed hem, and pockets. The bodice has a wide scoop neckline and shoulder straps that connect at the back of the neck. You can optionally add elastic to the top of the bodice for extra support or wear it with a regular bra. This dress is great because it can easily be dressed up or down and is suitable for a day at the beach or just running errands. This pattern is made from 2 layers of fabric, including instructions for a lined and unlined version.
This cute, easy-to-wear dress is excellent for a casual night out or a day at the beach! It's easy and fun to wear and perfect for summer! This faux wrap dress has a handy elastic waistband tied to the front. This relaxed and easy-to-wear wrap dress is perfect for the summertime. It can be dressed up with jewelry or accessories and worn to a party or dressed down by wearing it with flip-flops on your next trip to the beach. The elastic waistband allows you to keep it tied as you move around and play with your little one.
Pleated Summer Dress
Pleat to perfection! This summer dress is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Follow this exclusive Peppermint pattern created for us by In The Folds, and sew your linen or cotton dress in no time. There's nothing more pleasant than the cool fabric of a flowing summer dress on a warm summer day. It's comfortable and feminine with a fitted bodice and a full skirt made in linen or cotton. Follow our exclusive pattern designed by In The Folds and sew your own today!
Sleeveless Summer Dress Pattern – Bardon
Our Peppermint Bardon Dress is the perfect way to welcome summer! So beautiful and feminine, it’s easy to see why this is one of our most popular patterns – the bevy of pattern pieces, stylish pockets, and super-sweet gathered top ties combine to create a wardrobe staple that skims over the body providing a flattering shape on anyone. The addition of optional lining and optional ruffle means everyone has options! You can easily style this dress up or down by adding sleeves, keeping them off, or using different fabrics or trims to make it your own.
Scarves To Maxi Dress
This is an easy sewing pattern to make a maxi dress. You're sewing the sides of 3 scarves (or three fabric squares together). It's one of my favorites because it's such a unique piece and perfect for so many occasions! Perfect for summer or even as a cover-up over your swimsuit. The straps can work long or short, depending on if you want to wear them with flats or high heels. It's easy to make, with only three steps, and doesn't involve any tough measuring or sewing techniques. All you need are some scarves of your choice and a sewing machine!
Hi-low Summer Dress Pattern
The cool weather doesn't mean you have to turn off your social calendar. With our newest free sewing pattern, the Elderberry Dress, you can stay equally comfy and stylish for your next Zoom gathering or holiday party. This easy dress will please even the most fashion-conscious of us, made using a Ponte underlay and a lace overlay. We've included two variations: one with a back zipper and one without, so you can make it according to your preferences!
The Tropic dress is a staple of any summer wardrobe and features a classic design with a modern update. This lightweight dress is made with pure cotton and keeps you cool and stylish all season long. While maintaining its feminine lines, the shift style and contrasting fabric band at the hem give it a more modern look. It works from 100% silk satin, making it a smooth and supple fabric that drapes beautifully around the body. The dress's silhouette will best skim over the body with minimal fabric touchpoints.
The weather isn't cooperating, but you can make the most of it with our Rainbow Dress. This lightweight classic features a collarless neckline and a colorful rainbow print. Pair it with black tights and your favorite boots for those chilly fall days! The Rainbow Dress is a lightweight, flowing, and colorful summer dress perfect for warm weather. The dress features a necktie, making it easy to adjust the look of the dress depending on your mood or the weather conditions. Whether you're going to work or just lounging at home, this dress will add a splash of color to your wardrobe.
This dress quickly sews up and features elastic at the waist, sleeves, and neckline. It’ll be great to work just like an RTW that our customer has worn thin! The silhouette is loose-fitting and comfortable but fitted enough to wear without a bra if you want (like my daughter). The style is really pretty, and the fabric drapes nicely. This comfy and casual dress features large front pockets, elastic at-the-shoulder seams, and a small slit in the back. The garment is an A-line shape flattering for all shapes and sizes, with plenty of room in the bust and waist area for extra room!
Free Sundress Pattern
Our Free sundress pattern is a breezily stylish summer dress that will take you anywhere this season. Styled for comfort and practicality, with a halter neckline and shorts detail at the hem, it features a notched hemline and a flouncy skirt. It’s the perfect free pattern for those fresh spring days or balmy evenings with friends! With a step-by-step guide to making this dress, whether you’re new to sewing or a more experienced sewer, you’ll create the perfect summer wardrobe in no time.
Flirty Paper Pieced Dress
This Flirty Paper Pieced Dress is perfect for any occasion that requires a classic dress with a modern twist. The patchwork is paper pieced, and the skirt comprises four quadrants, each made up of six pieced strips. The skirt strips are placed differently in each quadrant to create a graduated pieced effect. All the piecing is done by hand using paper, and the skirt is constructed out of small patches sewn together to create an eye-catching graduated piece. The dress closes with one button at the side and can be made in various sizes and colors to suit your personal preference.
Halter Sundress Pattern – Ava
Accompanying the girls to a special party or just enjoying a tasty cold drink at the cafe, this special halter sundress pattern will be a great hit for you to try this summer for an excellent outlook and enhance the beautification of your wardrobe. This unique halter sundress pattern is a must-have for you to give your summer a great outlook. You can choose different design elements on this halter sundress pattern, such as the neckline, sleeve length, and width. Wear this halter sundress to show your lovely figure off!
This inspiring and modern patriotic sundress pattern will be a valued masterpiece for your summer wardrobe. Made from some blue and white striped knit and a blue t-shirt I had on hand, this is a perfect go-to outfit for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, the weekend after Labor Day, or anytime you’re in the mood to bring a little patriotism into your life. The top of this dress has an open V-neck bodice and sleeves above elbow length. The skirt is gathered at the waist with a tie belt added to give it a flattering fit while still showing your curves! A wide border print completes the look. Get ready for the summer sunshine!
Romantic Ruffle Maxi Dress
Learn how to make this Romantic Ruffle Maxi Dress with a silhouette similar to the Strapless Maxi Dress I shared with you a few months ago. I used a pattern when I first made this dress but in this tutorial. You'll customize it to fit your measurements and make your unique garment. It's soft and comfortable, perfect for showing off your feminine side. We'll draw up the pattern based on your unique measurements, which should fit right.
Easy T-shirt Summer Dress
This easy t-shirt dress is going to be your summer essential. It's a quick sew that you will enjoy making! The pattern comes in sizes 10 - 20 and includes many pictures to help guide you through this simple project. If you are looking for simple and sweet, this is the pattern! This easy t-shirt summer dress is perfect for beginners. It has a very simple construction and can sew in an hour or less! The comfortable knit fabric is forgiving, drapes beautifully, and skims over lumps and bumps while still stretchy enough to fit snuggly. Adjust the length easily by adjusting the straps on the back of the bodice.
Vintage Gathered Bust Slip Dress
The gathered bust slip dress is a wardrobe essential! This dress has been making a big comeback in all kinds of styles. The satin finish has an elegant nighttime feel, whereas the floral cotton (ex bed sheet) dress is the perfect farmers' market or picnic companion - the best of both worlds. Whether you're looking for something to wear when lounging around the house on a lazy Sunday afternoon or for something that can easily transition into the night when you go out and socialize, this dress will do just that.
Off-shoulder Dress With Ruffles
If you love the look of off-shoulder dresses but hate how difficult they are to sew, this pattern is for you. It's cut on the bias and is simple to sew. The dress is designed in three pieces with a side seam zipper closure. The off-shoulder dress pattern is a great beginner sew because it is straightforward to follow and quick to complete. The sleeves are designed as sashes tied at the waist for maximum comfort and style. This is an easy off-shoulder dress pattern you can easily create in any fabric choice.