If there’s one trend that will come back year after year, it’s the sweater dress. In 2020, we’re seeing it at it’s most versatile. Labels are putting them out at every length and color and we can see why. Designed to be effortless, our free Citrus Dress sewing pattern can fit itself into any wardrobe. Go classic like ours with a dark and cozy rib knit or cut it shorter and try a liquid sheen jersey for an outfit that’s perfectly fit for a night out!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 2.5 yards Italian Black 2×2 Wool Rib Knit
- 8-9 Light Brown Faux Leather Plastic Buttons – 44L/27mm
- 1 spool of 10 Black 1000m Gutermann Sew All Thread
- MDF184 – The Citrus Dress Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
This dress is one of the simplest makes I’ve done recently and I can’t wait to make it over and over again.
To sew, begin by pinning your faux button placket to your front dress panel, following the guidelines on your pattern. Fold the raw edges inward 1/2″ as you pin and then top-stitch the placket down with the longest straight stitch available on your machine.
Using a stretch stitch, sew up your center back seam and attach the front and back of your dress at the shoulders and side seams.
Next, your sleeves are ready to attach! Sew up the inseam with a stretch stitch again, making sure to make two mirrored sleeves, and then set them into each of your armscyes. Match up all of your notches and attach with another stretch stitch.
To finish the actual dress construction, fold your collar piece in half to form the center back seam, like you see below, and then fold it in half again in the opposite direction (so it’s half as tall) before setting it into your neckline.
Add your buttons along the placket and your dress is ready to wear!