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Top 10 Favourite Dress Patterns


Choosing the perfect dress pattern can be a daunting task; With countless options available, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. But fear not, as we've curated a list of our top-selling dress patterns that are sure to inspire your next sewing project.

Tessuti - Eva Dress

1. Tessuti - Eva Dress

The Eva Dress is a loose and comfortable style with a high-waisted bodice, lantern-shaped skirt, and side pockets. Available in short-sleeved or sleeveless versions.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Recommended Fabric: Linen, midweight crinkle linen, plain textured cotton, cotton blends and wool crepe.


Chalk and Notch Patterns - Fringe Dress & Blouse

2. Chalk and Notch Patterns - Fringe Dress

The Fringe Dress showcases a button-up front, elbow-length sleeves, and a sleeve tab. Alternatively, View B presents a pull-over style, a notched front, and a cuff detail.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Recommended Fabric: Light to midweight woven fabric with a nice drape, such as rayon challisrayon creperayon voilecotton lawncotton voilecotton shirtinglinendouble gauze.

Merchant & Mills - Factory Dress

3. Merchant & Mills - Factory Dress

The Factory Dress is a vintage-inspired, easy-fit dress with pockets, ready-rolled sleeves, and a slip-over-the-head design. Sizing is based on bust measurement for a comfortable fit, inspired by working women and the 1920s.
Difficulty: Beginner
Recommended Fabric: Linencotton drilllightweight denim, fine wool or corduroy.

Closet_Core Patterns - Elodie Wrap Dress

4. Closet Core Patterns - Elodie Wrap Dress

Elodie is a wrap dress offering various skirt and sleeve choices. The bodice boasts release pleats and a dolman-style sleeve, with short or elbow-length options. The skirt comes in above-the-knee, midi, or maxi lengths, with optional patch pockets.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Recommended Fabric: Light to midweight woven's such as linencotton poplin, batiste, voile and chambray. Or silkviscosetencel or rayon challis for a more drapey look.

Named Clothing - Kielo Wrap Dress & Jumpsuit

5. Named Clothing - Kielo Wrap Dress

The Kielo patterns offer chic comfort, customisable with or without sleeves. The dress features a neckband and back vent, while the sleeveless version has bias-bound armholes. 
Difficulty: Confident Beginner
Recommended Fabric: Use a drapey yet sturdy jersey fabric that has about 30-50% stretch.

Maven - French Dart Shift Dress

6. Maven - French Dart Shift Dress

The French Dart Shift Dress: Maven's top-selling pattern, praised for its versatility as a dress or tunic. With three sleeve options, it's effortlessly comfortable and adaptable.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Recommended Fabric: Light to midweight denimschambrayslinencotton twills, fine wools and brocade.

Liesl + Co - Fira Dress

7. Liesl + Co - Fira Dress

The Fira Dress is a charming pull-on style featuring a front and back yoke, a graceful raised V neckline, and delicate gathers at the front and back.
Difficulty: Confident Beginner
Recommended Fabric: Light to midweight woven fabrics such as voile, lawn, shirting, poplin, broadcloth and linen.

Tessuti - Bella Dress

8. Tessuti - Bella Dress

The Bella Dress is a graceful and flowing A-line dress that features full-length sleeves, optional pockets with stitching detail, and a centre back seam.
Difficulty: Beginner
Recommended Fabric: Woven fabrics such as midweight linen, satin backed silkcrepeviscosecottonlace etc.


Friday Pattern Company - Wilder Gown

9. Friday Pattern Company - Wilder Gown

The Wilder Gown features a loose and flowing silhouette with tiered skirt details, a neck tie closure and raglan sleeves with customisable options.
Difficulty: Beginner
Recommended Fabric: Viscose, silk, linen, Cotton voileviscose challis, or chiffon.

Sew House Seven - Romey Gathered Dress

10. Sew House Seven - Romey Gathered Dress

The Romey Gathered Dress has a keyhole neckline and relaxed silhouette, with the addition of an elegant empire waistline that gathers into a skirt or peplum, along with flowing gathered sleeves.
Difficulty: Confident Beginner
Recommended Fabric: Lightweight woven fabrics with a nice drape such as linen/viscose blends, viscose challissandwashedsilklinen or pima cotton lawn.

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