The Mimosa Dress has me dreaming of springtime and outdoor Sunday brunches. This simple sewing pattern features a loose t-shirt bodice that gathers into an easy-to-wear wrap skirt for a flattering silhouette. Made here in a luxurious bamboo jersey, this dress would look stunning in anything from cotton jersey to rib knit!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 3-4 yards Light Heathered Gray Stretch Bamboo Jersey
- MDF243 – The Mimosa Dress Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
Alternative Recommended Fabrics:
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, pin and stay-stitch the pleats into place along the bottom of the bodice front.
Attach the front and back bodice pieces at the shoulders and sides using regular seam and a stretch or overlock stitch.
Fold your neckband in half face-to-face, and stitch along the short edge to create the center back seam. Encasing the center back seam allowance inside, fold your band in half, wrong sides together to bring the raw edges together.
Pin and sew the neckband along the neckline of your bodice, stretching the band to ease it in evenly.
Create each of your sleeves by sewing up the inseam. Hem the bottom edge of each sleeve using a 1″ hem allowance.
Set each sleeve into its respective armscye on your bodice.
Pin your tie pieces together face-to-face and sew along the three longest edges using a stretch stitch. Turn right side out and press.
Attach your front skirt to the back along the matching curved edges, sewing the tie into the seam as well. The tie should lay about 1″ from the raw waist edge.
Pin and sew the bodice onto the skirt at the waist, face-to-face. Match up your side seams and notches.
Lastly, hem the remaining raw edges of your skirt. It’s recommended to hem using a stretch stitch as the skirt front/tie will stretch as you secure the dress to wear.
I just printed it out will be making it tomorrow
NICE … Thanks – FIESTA 🙂
It’s so cute im loving it ,i wanna make another one in a green jersey i have in my stash ,the patterns fits really good ,i made a size 8/10 im shor so i took some length out of the dress
I just made it. I love it. Thank you so much.
Could you do this dress in a woven fabric at all? Or just a stretch?
Hi Lauren! Due to the flowy design and lack of closures, a knit fabric is best for this pattern. 🙂
This looks wonderful! I wonder if you could add pockets at the side seams.
This actually only has 1 side seam, but I think you should be able to do an inseam pocket! 🙂
Will have to try this– it is speaking to me and saying “make me in LACE” so am off to look at stretch laces (line with stretch lining). Makes it more dressy– wear for a friend’s wedding!
Please post a photo. That sounds like a nice dress.
Has anyone made this in a print? I’m wondering if it would detract from all the nice gathers.
Could you make this with a lower neckline? That’s what I’d prefer for summer.
Hi, Iris! Yes, you definitely could. If you change the neckline at all though, just be sure to adjust the length of the neckline binding to match. For a jersey neckline like this, I usually make the binding about 90% the length of the neckline and ease the neckline in as you sew. I hope that helps!
Is stretch fabric required for this pattern? Or would it be possible to use a cotton to give it more of a structured look?
Hi Rachel! Due to the lack of closures and more relaxed silhouette, a knit fabric is recommended. However, if you would like to use cotton, you can always try a cotton jersey! 🙂
This is such a beautiful look and it looks comfy, too. Perfect combination.
I Love this dress. Is it possible to use a Lycra Spandex fabric?
Hi Baru! Yes, it should be possible to use a Lycra/Spandex fabric, as long as it is of a lighter weight and flowy drape. 🙂
The sizing chart was all over the place for me, but finally settled on a size that was way smaller than my normal sizing. I would also advise to use a fairly flowy jersey, for my first try I used regular t-shirt fabric and it was a bit stiff. A thin Tencel worked out the best for me!
Is there a seam allowance on the patterns? Or do we have to specify the seam allowance without cutting the fabric?
Hi! 1/2″ seam allowances are included on this pattern. 😀
As for sewing the front skirt to the back, does anyone have a good picture on how they did this?