There are plenty of great ways to renew and freshen up your wardrobe. One of my favorite ways to do this is by revamping a pattern I simply love! I’m already familiar with how to sew it, so whipping up a new and improved version should be a snap. I’m going to show you how I used Mood Fabrics’ Lantana Maxi Shirt free pattern, to create the perfect springtime dress. With just a few small additions like pockets, sleeve tabs, and the most incredible linen ever, you’ll have a new favorite dress in no time! Try making your version in a beautiful tencel or chambray for breezy summer look.
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.
Here’s how to make the pattern adjustments:
After I cut out all of the original pattern pieces, I began to draft the new pattern update pieces.
- First I extended the sleeve about 7″ and added the seam allowance where it was needed.
- Next, I made a simple patch pocket pattern to be worn on the front of the dress (one on each side). My pocket measured about 5″ across and 6.5″ down. I added 1″ at the top for folding over and 1/2″ seam allowance all around.
- The last pattern piece I made was for the sleeve tab. It measured 3/4″x 4 1/4″. For this small piece, I only added 1/4″ seam allowance all around.