When it comes to dress patterns, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, consider the style. Do you want a fitted dress or a more relaxed look? Is it for a specific occasion, or everyday use?

Once you’ve decided, it’s time to choose a pattern. Take some time to browse through them and find one that suits the look and fit you like most. With a little bit of planning and some patience, you’ll be able to sew the perfect dress for any occasion!

Types of Dress Patterns

One of the most popular is the A-line dress. This dress has a fitted bodice and then flares out from the waist, creating an A-shape silhouette. This style is flattering on all body types and can be dressed up or down, making it a versatile wardrobe staple.
Another popular style is the wrap dress. This look wraps around your body and ties at the waist, creating a figure-flattering shape. Wrap dresses are perfect for day or night, and can be made in a variety of fabrics, from light and airy cotton to heavier silk blends.
Whatever your preferred look, there’s a dress sewing pattern out there that’s perfect for you!

Shift Dresses

Halter Dresses

Slip Dresses

Knit Dresses

Wedding Dresses

Prom Dresses

Here are other ideas for dresses you could make:

Formal dresses | Vintage dresses | Easy dresses | Simple dresses | Summer dresses | Sundresses

Bestselling Dress Patterns

There are a few dress patterns that are best sellers and continue to be popular year after year. The embodiment of classic style, these never go out of fashion.

The first is the ‘little black dress’. Everyone needs a little black dress in her wardrobe – it is perfect for any occasion, whether it be a dinner date or a night out on the town! Another hugely popular one is the ‘wrap dress’. Wrap dresses are flattering on any body type and can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. And finally, the ‘maxi dress’ is a summer staple. Cool and comfortable, maxi dresses are perfect for days when you want to feel effortless and chic.

Here are our bestsellers… as voted for by our customers!

Dress Pattern FAQs

What are the easiest dress patterns to follow?

If you are a beginner, or looking for a quick sew, we would recommend either sewing a simple shift-style dress or going for a dress using knit fabric.

A shift-style dress pattern is quite loose fitting so it’s very forgiving. There’s generally only side seams, sleeves and hemming to do so it’s also quick to sew. 

A knit dress is stretchy so it’s much easier to fit to your body. While in a woven dress you’ll need to adjust for a larger or smaller bust for example, in a knit dress it’ll stretch around your body shape more easily.

Where can I download patterns for free?

If you are looking for free sewing patterns to download, we recommend our free RP Makers membership. You’ll get a whole heap of sewing patterns, including lots that are perfect for beginners. 

What patterns are timeless?

Simple silhouettes tend to be the most timeless sewing patterns. Shift dresses, a-line and classic styles mean they’ll be wearable year after year (and you’ll want to make them in multiple fabrics and colors!).

How many yards of fabric do I need to make a dress?

The quantity of fabric you’ll need for a dress pattern depends heavily on the style and size you want. For a simple a-line style dress for a child, you will likely need less than a yard. For a simple knee-length adults dress, it’s usually around 1-2.5 yards. For a dramatic maxi length style the pattern might require more like 5-8 yards.