Thursday, 16 July 2015

Free sewing pattern - Picnic Dress!

I've got a little freebie for you today - a pdf copy of my Picnic Dress pattern! For me, this is the perfect summer dress pattern -- it's simple, quick to sew, and is pretty versatile for achieving different looks with different fabric choices. 

This was the version I made last week: 
Self-drafted Free Pattern Picnic Dress Pink
And this was how my love affair with this little pattern began, and indeed where the name came from:

I've only used floral prints so far, but some bold, wide stripy prints could look super trendy, too. 

At the moment I've uploaded the pattern in my size only, but I do hope to grade it to a multiple sizes in the future. Do bear with me ;)

Sizing
To help you determine whether we are "body doubles" (hello!), and/or enable you alter the pattern to fit you, I am a little lady who is 5'3 tall (160cm), wear UK RTW 4-6, US 0-2, fit Simplicity patterns in 4-6, and Burdastyle 30-32, and often benefit from a slight small bust adjustment

What you'll need
  • 45'/112cm wide light/medium weight woven fabric - you will need 180cm. I think cotton works perfectly for this pattern, but I can also see this working with some cool, summery and drapey viscose/rayon prints. You could also achieve a smarter look with a taffeta, with some added boning in the princess seams. 
  • Interfacing is optional, and you'll only need a small piece (some scrap pieces perhaps?) for the small facing pieces only.
  • Invisible zip 16'+ 
Instructions
Firstly a word of warning, I didn't write instructions for this one. This is because it is quite a simple pattern, with princess seamed bodice and a rectangular gathered skirt and spaghetti straps, and I would expect that many of you could sew this up in your sleep ;) That said, if you would like to sew it, and would like some help with the steps then please do let me know and I'll write them up. 

To download the pattern, click on this link (if you haven't already clicked on the one at the  the beginning of this post). When you print, make sure you choose "actual size" rather than "fit to page", and do measure the test square before you start cutting. Then you are good to go :D 

Here is a close-up of the bodice
Self-drafted Free Pattern Picnic Dress Pink
Back view
Self-drafted Free Pattern Picnic Dress Pink Back
Enjoy the free pattern! I hope you like the pattern, and I can't wait to see what you make :) Any comments or questions, please get in touch. 

17 comments:

  1. This is a great dress! It's a bit too cold for it down here right now, but I'll save it and pull it out in a few months when it warms up. Just one question, what's the bodice length like? Are you short waisted, long waisted, or normal waisted? I'm the same shape but a bit taller than you, and am trying to work out if I'd need to add any length.

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    1. Thank you! Good question - I should have mentioned. I think I'm pretty normal waisted, so if you are not petite then I would suggest adding a little bit of length to the bodice.

      Hope this helps and I look forward to seeing your version in a few months' time :D

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  2. What a sweet dress and a great name! When I get the time, I will give it a go!

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    1. Thank you, and yes please do! It would be lovely to see what you make from it :)

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  3. This is a really cute and summery dress! Thanks for the pattern!

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    1. You are very welcome, and thank you for the kind words :D

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  4. Very cute dress! Love the fabric! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I am pinning it and might try it some time. Although I'm only 2 cm taller than you, I will have to add quit a bit to the width of the bodice. Shouldn't be too hard with princess seams, I hope.

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    1. Altering the pattern should be pretty straight-forward - with a princess seam you could even use wider seam allowances for a toile and adjust as you go along. You won't even need to tweak the skirt, as it's so full anyway. Good luck and let me know how you get on :)

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  5. Wow, the dress looks amazing on you - and you are giving it away as a free pattern!! How Great.

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    1. Yep! I am really happy to be able to do that :D

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    1. Oh hello hello!! How have we never met until now? I've been looking you for so long ;)

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  7. Thank you for this wonderful pattern! This dress is so lovely! I'm sewing it for my youngest daughter and it seems that it will be perfect. Unfortunately the invisible zip is too short, I'll have to buy a longer one. I will tell you when I put the pictures on my blog! Véronique (a french reader)

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    1. That's really great, and thank you for the feedback re the zip!

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  8. Done! My linen dress is perfect, thanks again for this great pattern!

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    1. It is amazing!! I think I prefer your version...! It suits your youngest daughter perfectly. Thank you for putting the faith into my little pattern, and it's so wonderful to see one made up!

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  9. So I made this dress last week and just posted it. It's been hot here already and looks like a hot summer, so I think I'll be wearing it a lot!
    http://antipodeanstitcher.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/bali-batik-picnic-dress.html

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