Spooky season has officially arrived and my wardrobe is loving it. The Spruce Dress free sewing pattern was the perfect silhouette to show off one of Mood’s new exclusive prints! With a flattering waistline and a partially pleated skirt, this pattern is perfect for Mood’s line of crepe, or even your favorite cotton print.
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 3 yards Mood Exclusive Night Side of Nature Stretch Polyester Crepe
- 1 yard Black Stretch Liverpool Knit
- 1 Mood Exclusive Italian Black and Gold T8 Open End Metal Zipper – 27.5″
- 1 Mood Exclusive Italian Large Gold Round Metal Zipper Pull
- MDF174 – The Spruce 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.
Once your pattern is cut out, begin sewing your dress by attaching your top back and bodice pieces along the top of the waistband panels. The front bodice should gather slightly into the waistband.
Do the same with the lower skirt panels, following the pleating guides on the pattern pieces.
I recommend using a serger or a stretch stitch on a regular machine for these seams.
Attach your front and back dress panels at the shoulders and sides seams. Be sure to notch your seam allowance along the curves, like you see below.
Sew each of your sleeve bands along the short side, faces together, to create a ring. Fold the band in half along the length and align the raw edges with your armscye, fabric faces together, like below. Sew, and flip your band so it’s facing right-side-out. Top-stitch your seam allowance down, if desired.
Next, create your neckline facing by attaching the front and back pieces at the shoulder. Fold the outer curve inward for a simple hem.
Sew the facing along the neckline of your dress, faces together. Notch the seam allowances, turn right-side-out and press.
Insert your zipper along the back seam of your dress, then slip-stitch the raw edges of your neck facing inward along the back of it. Stitch the facing down along the shoulder seams as well.
Lastly, close up the remainder of your back seam and hem your skirt with a basic rolled hem or some bias binding as I did!
Will you be giving this pattern a try? Let me know what fabric types you’re thinking in the comments!