Sew Your Style: Dress Sewing Inspiration

Have you ever come up short when deciding how to make your new dress? We know the feeling! Struggle no longer! 

We compiled some of the ways we and various customers have made their dresses. We may not have instructions for all of the ideas and a few of them may only have limited instructions but we hope you can find inspiration anyway! 

Happy sewing!

Girl’s Dresses

This adorable dress is made with Swiss Dot Fabric!

Instructions for olive dress below. Made with Rib Knit fabric. 

I laid my bodice and fitted skirt together on the fold overlapping at the waist to take out the seam allowance.

I measured the bottom of the bodice and took that times 1.5 and moved it away from the fold that many inches.

I also drew a straight line at the waist for my guide for the string elastic.

I sewed only one shoulder seam together and then sewed a casing at the neck and strung elastic through it. Sew the other shoulder seam and put on sleeves. Only sew one side seam and then sew your string elastic rows around the whole waist sewing over the one side seam before sewing shut the second side seam.

Try using elastic thread for gathering or smocking. Try it for the waist, bodice or sleeve!

Instructions for dress below.

I usually pioneer it with my ideas, so I didn’t have a pattern but I’ll try to explain it.

Cut a tapered ruffle, that lengthens in the center. Gather it and sew it on. The back of the sleeve, the part you sew on to the bodice is straight. It almost looks like an upside down sleeve before you have it sewed on.

This is a cotton muslin fabric dress! Super breathable and comfortable!

Below is and adorable dress with a tiered skirt made with the Sugar and Spice Pattern.

Make a coordinating vest!

This beautiful jumper dress is made with Waffle knit fabric!

Adult Dresses

Check out the Swiss Dot Fabric!

The striped dress below on the right is made with a Sew Basic Girl’s Pattern. It is size 14 eliminating the darts and adding elastic.

How to make a non-functional button down dress

When you cut out the bodice (or cape instead if your making a cape dress) about 1″ – 1.5″ wider depending on the button size. It is important to make sure you cut it wider by pulling it away from the fold, where the neck line is.

Keeping your skirt and top still folded, sew along the fold the distance you need to fit your buttons on.
Continue to see your dress normally, making sure the folds you sewed line up; top and skirt when you sew them together.

Now you’re ready to stitch the buttons on the fold, Tip: put two threads on your needle to make it go faster when stitching them on.

Brand new Single Brushed Poly Fabric!


Need a new dress pattern for you or your daughter? We have multiple styles for both adults and girls!

Girl’s Patterns

What is the difference between Sew Basic and Sew EZ girls patterns?

Here’s a comparison using girls size 6 in both patterns.

Sew EZ has a shorter skirt, smaller neck line, and a narrower waist. Perfect for small framed girls.

Sew Basic has a longer skirt, bigger neck line, and wider waist. Perfect for bigger framed girls.


I’m curious where I can purchase a sew EZ dress pattern?

Beth’s Creations

Hi Rhoda, they are available here on Beth’s Creations website. They are linked in the blog above, or you can look for them in the pattern category under the sewing supplies.

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