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I've been sewing for about 15 years now. Mostly clothes for myself but lately I've been experimenting with making historical costumes. I design my own patterns and teach sewing classes locally. I ...

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Ballet Dress Pattern

from Dixie DIY Patterns
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Ballet Dress Pattern
Ballet Dress Pattern
Ballet Dress Pattern
Ballet Dress Pattern
Ballet Dress Pattern
Ballet Dress Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sew a zig zag stitch or use a serger
  • Use basic sewing machine skills

Pattern Description:

The Ballet Dress was inspired by pretty and comfortable, knit practice dresses for ballerinas. With the three quarter length sleeves, elegant scoop neck and twirl-worthy semi circle this pattern makes the perfect everyday dress. Relax in comfort at home or dress it up with some tights and a scarf for a day out.

The Ballet Dress dress is designed for beginners and is a great introduction to sewing with knits! You'll learn how to add a collar, support your shoulder seams, add elastic to the waist, and use knit techniques like zig zag stitching and using a twin needle.

You don't need a serger to sew this pattern but if you have one, great!

This pattern was made in conjunction with an series on how to sew knits and includes a sew-along for the pattern which you can find on my blog at the link above.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 5 sizes ranging from finished bust size 34-42in
  • Because knits stretch to fit your body, you should choose a finished size close to your body measurements


  • 2 1/4 yd of 2-way stretch knit fabric (jersey, interlock, sweater knit, etc)

You Will Also Need:

  • Matching Thread
  • One package 3/4in wide clear elastic
  • Stay tape to give support to shoulder seams (optional)
  • Twin needle for hems (optional)

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