Now that summer is in full swing, aren't you ready to stay inside during the heat of the day and sew? I know I am! Using these FREE downloadable sewing patterns found on Craftsy, you can beat the heat by making your daughter or granddaughter — and even their dolls — some great new dresses to wear all summer long!
The Good Deeds Dress
Photo via Craftsy member Elysium
The Good Deeds Dress by Elysium has a simple crisscrossed bodice and gathered skirt and includes sizes 12 months to 14 years! Bias trim eliminates the need for bodice linings or hemming along the neckline or arms and adds another element of detail to this adorable sleeveless dress.
Get the FREE Good Deeds Dress Pattern here.
And a matching doll dress!
Photo via Craftsy member Craftsy Notions
Matching girl and doll dresses are very popular, so once you've sewn your little girl The Good Deeds Dress, make her an 18" Doll Everyday Playdress. Although the doll pattern includes sleeves, you could easily omit them and hem the armscye with bias trim.
These doll dresses are also a great way to use up scraps of your favorite fabrics. Let the little girl in your life "shop" for the fabrics among your scraps and then sew her doll a unique outfit!
The Ella Dress
Photo via Craftsy member Punk Mom
The Ella Dress is offered in size 2T only and provides a single downloadable pattern piece for the bodice. All other measurements for the skirt, ruffle and sash are included in a separate tutorial on her blog. The link to the tutorial is on the pattern information page.
Get the FREE Ella Dress Pattern here.
Photo via sewVery
Next is the sewVery Sunny Dress by sewVery (that's me!). I recently challenged myself to design, draft and grade a dress pattern to offer for free as part of a blogging series. The sewVery Sunny Dress is a basic a-line style sundress with a neckline ruffle and straps that can be criss-crossed and tied in the back. Currently, the pattern pieces may be downloaded for free in sizes 5, 6 and 7 while the pictorial instructions may be found on my blog at the link included with the pattern.
The positive response to the free pattern has been overwhelming, so much so that I am adding additional sizes and options to the pattern and plan to sell it here on Craftsy in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
And a matching doll sundress!
Photo via Craftsy member Genniewren Designs
Genniewren Designs has an entire collection of 18" doll patterns for sale, but their Bonnie Sundress and Top is free to download. This simple pattern offers both an a-line style top and sundress that fits most popular 18" dolls. The design features tiny pleats along the bodice and uses bias trim to create the dress straps as well as hem the top or dress. The best part--these are great scrap buster projects and require as little as 1/4 yard fabric!
Photo via Craftsy member Daniela Gutierrez-Diaz
Craftsy designer Daniela has several free patterns for both girls and women offered on Craftsy. One of my favorites is The Amalia Dress. The Amalia Dress pattern includes a full circle skirt and halter style bodice. It's unique in that the back of the skirt and the lower back of the top are separate pieces.
The Amalia Dress is offered in sizes 1 through 8 and like most free patterns, the tutorial may be found on the designers blog.
Free patterns are a great way for you to try out a specific designer and decide if you like the fit of his/her designs and tutorial instruction. Free patterns are also a great resource for those just learning to sew. They are typically simple projects offered in just one size (sometimes more) and often include lots of step-by-step photos and written instructions to explain each step of construction.
Be sure to check out all the great free patterns offered by indie designers and bloggers on Craftsy!