Flowy and lightweight, we all know that chiffon is the go-to fabric for special occasion garments. That being said, chiffon can also be great for everyday wear as well; try using chiffon for your next summer dress project! The Daffodil Dress free sewing pattern has plenty of eye-catching details like cold shoulders and a stunning, high neckline. Add a belt and throw on a denim jacket to carry this look effortlessly into fall. Mood Fabrics’ cotton voile or charmeuse are great options for the Daffodil Dress as well, particularly if you’d like to bring a whole new vibe to the silhouette. Are you going for a casual or formal look? Let us know!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 4 yards of Mustard and Black Paisley and Square striped chiffon
- 4 yards of Lucidum Dandelion Bemberg Lining
- 3 yards of .25″ White Elastic
- MDF157 – The Daffodil Dress Free 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.
First, with right sides of the fabric together, pin your back bodice pieces together. Starting right below your key hole opening, stitch together down the center back seam. Make sure to backstitch.
Now, pin your back and front bodice pieces together at the side and shoulder seams. Stitch to finish.
Next, fold each sleeve and stitch down the seam. With right sides of the fabric together, match the side seam of the bodice to the sleeve seam. Pin together and stitch in place along the lower edge of the cold shoulder opening.
Turn your sleeves right side out. Using a rolled hem, finish the outside edge of your cold shoulder opening.
Attach your cuffs and gather them at the wrist with your elastic trim. Measure your wrist to determin how much elastic to cut. Make sure it’s a comfortable fit.
Set aside the bodice for now to work on the bottom skirt portions. Assembling each piece is pretty straight forward. Attach each back section together first, then sew the backs to the front of each section at the side seams.
Use a basting stitch to gather the waist on the bodice and each tier of the skirt bottom.
Pin the top tier to the waist of your bodice and stitch in place. Apply your elastic to your waist as you did with your neck band and cuffs.
After gathering the bottom tier, leave 1/4″ edge exposed to create a ruffle effect.
Finish by inserting your lining and adding your hook and eye neck closure to the key-hole back.