Mood’s newest free sewing pattern pulls from both the maxi and ruffle trends we saw at fashion week last month. With a cinched waist and a double layer of ruffles, this silhouette creates a bold shoulder and a plethora of fabric options! Try contrasting cotton prints like our sample or go full retro with some lace. This dress is also easily altered; simply skip the bottom ruffle for an adorable day dress length that can transition through the seasons with ease!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 4 yards Mood Exclusive Apollo’s Disguise Burgundy Stretch Cotton Sateen
- 3 yards Mood Exclusive Apollo’s Disguise Beige Cotton Voile
- 1 868 Rich Brown 24″ Invisible Zipper
- MDF190 – The Heather 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.
First, sew the center front and center back panels together at the shoulder seams, like you see below. Repeat with the side front and side back pieces, matching up the respective sides. Since the bodice portion of this dress is lined, you can use regular seams here and press them open.
Next, fold your ruffle pieces in half along the length and press. Take each princess seam ruffle and evenly gather it onto your center front and back side seams, like you see below. This can be done by basting and gathering, but I personally prefer to evenly pin ruffles into place. Place the side front and back pieces over the top of your ruffle so the center and side faces are together with the ruffle in between and stitch. Press your seam allowances toward the center of your bodice so the ruffles lay outward.
Repeat the with your sleeve ruffles, gathering them in between the points marked on your pattern. Sew up the side seams to finish forming your main bodice.
Sew the lining of your bodice similarly, this time skipping the ruffles. Press all seams open and then set your bodice and lining to the side for the time being.
Attach the front and back panels of your upper skirt at the sides, this time using French seams. Repeat with the lower skirt ruffle.
Attach your bodice to the upper skirt, gathering the skirt into the waistline. Insert your invisible zipper at the center back seam and then sew down the remainder of your center back skirt.
Evenly gather your lower ruffle into your upper skirt and bind the seam allowance with bias tape.
Attach your lining at the neckline, clip your seam allowance and then press toward the inside of your garment. Sew at the armholes from the inside of the lining using your machine, or slip-stitch each armsyce closed.
Slip-stitch the remainder of your lining along the zipper and waistline, tucking in your seam allowances. Hem the skirt to your desired length and your dress is ready to wear!