Free Summer Dress Patterns and Tutorials

We’ve found six pretty summer dresses – all with free patterns and tutorials for you to sew up for summer!

Summer feels like it’s here – it’s definitely time to sew yourself up a new summer dress.  We’ve found these lovely free dress patterns and tutorials to give you some inspiration for your new summer dress.

The great joy of sewing and dressmaking is that each time you sit at your sewing machine, you learn something new (usually by making a mistake!) More experienced dressmakers can look at a garment and begin to take it apart in their mind, thinking of ways they can create and adapt it to fit their shape perfectly.  We hope through all the great guides in our magazine all the sewing novices out their will be feeling brave enough to give making their own clothes a go!

Two of the patterns below come from BurdaStyle – they have an enormous library of free dress patterns to download – you’ll need to sign up to their newsletter or log in with your Facebook profile to get access to them all, but what a fantastic resource when you do!

Do you have a favourite free dress pattern you have found on the internet, we’d love to hear about it, or see a picture of your finished dress!  Share it with us on our Facebook page or tweet us a picture!

Free Summer Dress Patterns and Tutorials

free dress pattern

This ‘Coffee Date’ dress pattern is really pretty, we love the ruffle details (and don’t worry I’m sure you can wear it even if you haven’t got a coffee date!) – download the free pattern from BurdaStyle. – Coffe Date free Dress Pattern

free maxi dress tutorial

This Free Maxi Dress Tutorial can be found on Made it on Monday – we like the addition of the diagonals and stripes to break up the block of colour.  To make your pattern up you need a tank top that fits to trace around and then you can follow the helpful step by step photographs.

pretty summer dress tutorial

This dress on the blog “Culture of Thrift” is one of those brilliant shapes that can be dressed up or down, with the right fabric choice and accesories it could be fit for a summer garden party or just add sandals for a day at the beach! – Free dress tutorial


This free dressmaking tutorial is over on the Craftster Forum, Laura explains how to tailor your own dress pattern from scratch.  She’s added useful step by step photos for each stage and shows how to achieve the perfect fit.  We especially like the dragon fabric she has used, it’s cut beautifully!

free wrap dress pattern

This free wrap dress pattern on BurdsStyle is effectively a rectangle, it’s all about how the fabric is tied together – absolutely perfect for screwing up in your suitcase and wearing on a sunny beach!

free dressmaking pattern download

We couldn’t leave out the fabulous free Brigitte dress pattern! Free to download and you can even follow the very detailed step by step sewalong from Thread Carefully!

Download the Free Brigitte dress pattern

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