Summer is the perfect time to show off your sewing skills! Summer dresses are always adorable, comfortable and great for soaking up the sun. We know how expensive buying new dressed for summer can be so why not try some diy summer dresses. Try any one of these 13 free summer sundress patterns to show off your summer glow and your affinity for crafts!
McIntosh Knockoff Summer Dress
McIntosh has a very popular summer dress going for $54. What if we told you that you could make the same dress for less than $10? You can, thanks to this easy summer dress pattern! This summer dress is incredibly easy and quick to make — perfect for beginning sewers! Make use of an old long or short-sleeved shirt to make this pattern even easier both on your wallet and time.
Get the free McIntosh Knockoff Summer Dress pattern from Maybe Matilda!
Simple Maxi Sundress
Maxi dresses are very popular during the summertime with extra comfort, style and customization. While maxi dresses can cost anywhere from $20 to $80 in popular retail stores, this maxi summer dress can cost as little as $14! This maxi sundress pattern is super easy to follow and even easier to make. Use a lightweight material to stay cool in the sun, and try adding an embellishment for added uniqueness.
Tank Top Dress
Have a tank top that you never wear? You can turn it into a summer dress with this tutorial from Talk2theTrees. She loves hanging out in the ruffled comfortable outfit.Get the pattern from Talk2theTrees.
The One Hour 2 in 1 Maxi Dress
Have some fabric you don't know what to do with? Then this maxi sundress tutorial is perfect for you. As the name suggests, you can make it in under an hour. It is very easy and this one was made by Liz at Cotton and Curls for only $7! You can't really beat that.
This dress is a version of the free danielle dress pattern offered by Burdastyle. It is a great simple shape that can be altered in little ways to create a whole new look. Even using a different fabric makes it seem like a whole new dress. What bernie did to alter this version was that she removed the sleeves from the pattern and tweaked the waistline to sit higher on the body.
Convertible Summer Dress/Skirt
This free summer dress pattern from Craft Buds also substitutes as a skirt, making it a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. It utilizes ruching and a hidden drawstring for an adjustable, comfortable fit. Knit fabric works best for this sundress pattern, along with some elastic thread to accommodate the ruching. The pattern has easy-to-follow directions that guide you through measurement, optional hems and material selection.
Get the free Convertible Summer Dress/Skirt pattern from Craft Buds.
This sundress is best described as simple and chic! With a stretchy bodice, it's perfect for women of any size or shape, a characteristic that's hard to find in women's clothing. Helpful pointers and tips are included with this free sundress pattern, as well as advice on how to properly use elastic thread. This sundress is easily customized with a fuller skirt that can be hemmed at any length.
Shirred Border Print Sundress
Shirred sundresses are the perfect wardrobe item for summer. Wear it at the beach over your swimsuit, or under a shady tree for a picnic. This sundress is super chic, trendy, and can easily be sewn in a day with this simple tutorial. Use bright or bold patterns to make it more unique and lively, and accessorize with your favorite belt.
Strapless Yoga Summer Dress
Enjoy the combination of style and comfort with this super cute strapless yoga summer dress. This tutorial utilizes a skirt you have lying around as a pattern and pieces it together with a tube top to make a breezy, simple summer dress. Pair a whimsical print fabric with a solid color, or go for a full print dress for a little extra fun.
Get the free Yoga Summer Dress pattern from Sew Woodsy.
Summertime Fun Dress
This adorable summer dress pattern is perfect for any little girl. Keep the hem knee-length if your little one is constantly on the go, or leave it ankle length for older girls. This pattern works great with a variety of fabrics and prints, allowing for a unique look each and every time. Measurements for a variety of ages and step by step guidance makes this summer dress super easy to make.
The Blue Dress
This summer dress is a replica of the popular Gap strapless tie dress. This cozy sundress is simple and breezy, and perfect for those hot summer months. This dress works best with lightweight fabrics, and the pattern is designed for a size small. Be sure to alter measurements to suit your individual size.
Vintage Sheet Maxi
This maxi is the perfect example of why upcycling is one of the best concepts out there. This maxi was made from vintage sheets just laying around so the cost to make, only the thread! This pattern is great because its different than a simple maxi, plus it has pockets!
Image credits (from top): Maybe Matilda, Made it On Monday, Talk2thetrees, Cotton and Curls, Burda Style, Charm Stitch, Craft Buds, Heather Ross, Weekend Designer, Sew Woodsy, Sweet Emmelie, Kojo Designs, Running with Scissors.
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