As Spring flowers blossom and bloom, a handmade floral dress is just what you need to welcome the season in style. The five dresses below offer wonderful options for floral wardrobe delights. Choose one or several and enjoy stitching up the beauty of Spring!
Floral Swing Dress
As Tony Bennett sang, it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing! And, every Springtime dress wardrobe needs swing!! On the Sweet Red Poppy blog, I found an absolutely gorgeous handmade floral dress. Blogger Kimberly hacked this lovely dress from the Love Notions Laundry Day Tee pattern. You could use any favorite t-shirt pattern to follow Kimberly’s great tutorial. You’ll choose your size, then add a skirt with just the right amount of fullness after viewing her super helpful video. Be sure to follow Kimberly’s hemming method. It’s the same trick that I use and I know it works well! Click here for the Swing Dress tutorial.
Boxy Floral Shift
Merrick of the Merrick’s Art blog is a very talented and fearless sewist. Although, she hasn’t had formal sewing training, she skillfully self-drafted a handmade floral dress that you will love. Add to that the fabulous fabric she designed and had printed for herself and you have the perfect Spring dress! Merrick’s boxy shift design includes ¾ sleeves with a narrow cuff and a simple neck facing. As she says, “casual enough for the beach, but it can also be dressed up”. You’ll need approximately two yards of a lightweight knit fabric, matching thread and a ready to wear dress that fits well. Merrick outlines how to draft a pattern from the existing dress and exactly what you need to cut from your fabric. It’s a simple sew from there following her well laid out steps. Click here for the Boxy Floral Shift tutorial.
Maxi Tee Dress
A scrumptious knit fabric sewn into a handmade floral dress is definitely a thing of beauty! Autumn shares a wonderfully easy maxi dress tutorial on her It’s Always Autumn blog that’s perfect for a cooler Spring day. She used a brushed poly/spandex knit and modified a t-shirt pattern to create her comfy dress. You’ll re-draft your tee pattern to make it just slightly snugger and a bit shorter following Autumn’s clear instructions. Create the skirt and waistband from the measurements provided, attach them to the t-shirt bodice and you’ll be ready for hems. Autumn’s dress was stitched on her serger. If you’re using a sewing machine for construction or even just for hems, be sure to pick up a matching spool of Coats Eloflex Stretch Thread. It will make your stitching life so much better since it will keep your seams stretchy with just a straight stitch! Click here for the Maxi Tee Dress tutorial.
Fit and Flare Sundress
Every handmade floral dress wardrobe should include the always flattering fit and flare dress. Julia from the Bunny Baubles blog loves to draft her own patterns and shares how you can, too. She based her design from a purchased dress that she loves, created a pattern and added a little lace at the neck. There are just three pattern pieces needed and you’ll draw them following Julia’s directions for measurements. Be sure to scroll down to the comments on her post for additional drafting and sizing tips. The princess seaming, high neck and knee length of Julia’s dress all add up to her requirements for “colorful, comfortable and flattering”. Definitely a dress you’ll love making and wearing, too! Click here for the Fit and Flare Sundress tutorial.
Drop Waist Ruffle Hem Sundress
Melissa of the Melly Sews blog designed and sewed this charming handmade floral dress for a trip to Hawaii. She wanted a dress she could wear with a regular bra and it had to include pockets. Of course! The seaming in this dress is lovely, but hard to see in a print. Melissa includes a line drawing in her post so you can see the delightful design. You’ll need about two yards of 60” width lightweight cotton or rayon fabric. A lawn or challis like Melissa used would be perfect. Melissa’s very professionally drafted pattern and instructions are easy to follow and make construction simple. The dress includes a fully lined “burrito method” bodice. You’ll appreciate her clear steps for this clever method! Click here for the Drop Waist Ruffle Hem Sundress tutorial.