Posted on | November 7, 2013 | 19 Comments
I’m a firm believer that sewers can never have too many free patterns. With that in mind, here are 52 Free Dress Patterns, divided by style. Keep in mind the categories are not set in stone. With a fancier fabric, a different closure or a change in hem length, a pattern can easily change from fancy to work day to casual. You make the decision.
Notes about the patterns are listed for some of the dresses. Here are explanations for those pattern notes that are not self explanatory.
Patterns from existing dresses require laying out an item of clothing onto fabric, marking it, and cutting out.
No pattern needed usually means that the dress is made from a recycled shirt.
Drafting instructions means that you will have to make your own pattern, but the designer included all the information needed.
Free Dress Patterns - Casual Dresses
- Sundress With Free Pattern - sizes 0 to 16
- Sun Dress From A Dress Shirt - no pattern needed
- Celebrate Summer Dress - sizes 6 to 16
- Off-The-Shoulder Dress - pattern from existing dress
- Simple Dress - easy to make pattern
- Chemise Sundress Pattern - drafting information
- Shirred Border Print Sundress - drafting instructions
- Island Flouncer - drafting instructions
- Strapless GAP Dress Knock-Off - size s but adjustable
- Sleeveless Dress - sizes small to extra large
- Sonja Dress - from sized 4 to 16
- Easy Summer Sack Dress - drafting information
- Summer Shift Dress - pattern from existing tee
- Shirt To Dress Refashion - no pattern needed
Free Dress Patterns – Office Dresses
- Silk Summer Dress - available for all sizes
- Free 1- Hour Dress Pattern - drafting instructions
- Hope Wrap Dress - pattern size 34
- Free Museum Tunic Pattern - no pattern needed
- Dress With Raglan Sleeves - sizes small and large
- The Nautical Dress Tutorial - no pattern needed
- Dress Pattern With Side Tie - small to extra large
- Elegant & Easy Dress - pictured, no pattern needed
- Coffee Date Dress - pattern sizes 32 to 42
- Drawstring Halter Dress - easy pattern drafting
- Chic Sheath Dress - pattern from existing dress
- Coral Dress Pattern - all sizes, no pattern needed
- Wrap Dress Pattern - easy to make pattern
- Easy Lace Summer Dress - drafting how to’s
- Modern Shift Dress - pattern from existing top
- Eva Dress - sizes 6 to 20
- Long Dress With Short Sleeves - small to extra large
Free Dress Patterns - Dress-Up Dresses
- Mila Dress From Burda - sizes 34 to 46 pattern
- Convertible Dress Pattern - easy pattern drafting
- Halter Dress - sizes small to extra large
- Cute Dress From A T-Shirt - video
- Ruched Empire Dress - pattern drafting information
- Elsa Dress Pattern - size 36 pattern
- Burda’s Free Dress Pattern – C Dress - 36 and 38
- Couture Inspired Dress - UK sizes 10, 12 and 14
- Convertible Dress Pattern - drafting instructions
- Free Dress Pattern With Tiers - pattern drafting
- Make A Cocktail Dress (video)
- Dragon Dress Tutorial - pattern drafting instructions
- Skirt To Fancy Dress Tutorial - no pattern needed
- Pattern For Little Black Dress - small to extra large
- Cocktail Dress Pattern - sizes small and medium
- Danielle Dress From Burda - sizes 34 to 44
- Multi Length Dress Pattern – small to extra large
- Little Bias Dress Pattern - UK sizes 10/12
- Free Wedding Dress Pattern - small to extra large
- One Shoulder Knit Dress - sizes 2 to 10 pattern
- Flutter Skirt Dress - pattern drafting instructions
Posted on | November 5, 2013 | No Comments
Description: Though the actual sewing of the leggings looks straight forward, you will first need to follow the step by step drafting instructions. However, the how to’s are very detailed, which is always helpful when it comes to drawing your own patterns.
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Posted on | November 4, 2013 | No Comments
Description: Great tutorial, with lots of photos, on how to carve a stamp. You will need a large eraser, a sharp knife and a carving tool. With a little care, you can make some very intricate designs.
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Posted on | October 31, 2013 | No Comments
Description: I found this great tutorial over at a blog called Cola Cola. I love the little belt Nicole designed for the front of the cardigan. So cute! No process pics, but lots of photos of the finished result.
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Posted on | October 25, 2013 | No Comments
Fancy dinner parties are dying out. Due to women working, the economy, and a ton of other factors, people have found other, easier ways of entertaining. It seems like there is never enough time or money to make big, elaborate meals anymore.
Stop! Wrong! Party meals can actually be quite easy, as long as they are done systematically.
I have made and served two fancy, company meals a week, for 31 years.
Please keep in mind that my husband and I work over 80 hours a week combined, don’t have a car, have very limited cooking facilities and a moderate income. In addition, we live in Israel, where most fresh foods (including grains) need to be soaked, checked, and cleaned carefully before using. So if we can do this, anyone can.
The two meals are made and served to celebrate the Sabbath so the foods are mostly traditional Jewish dishes. In addition, the menu rarely varies since over the years these are the dishes we have grown to love.
If some of these dishes don’t appeal to you, Eggs and Onions can be substituted for the Deviled Eggs and Sweet Challah Kugel can be cooked instead of the Apple-Raisin Kugel. Coleslaw, Quick And Healthy Tomato Salad, and corn salad ( 1 can drained corn, Italian dressing to taste, 2 heaping tbsp. diced red onion, 2 heaping tbsp. green pepper) are all easy sides, if you don’t care for the green salad or the Israeli salad.
Vegetable Salad: Made with prepackaged greens. I add cut up cucumbers, sliced carrots and cherry tomatoes. Served with a wide selection of dressings.
Hummos and Crackers: Purchased
Deviled Eggs: Boil one egg per person. Cool and slice lengthwise. Remove the yolks and combine with mayonnaise, mustard and black pepper to taste. Scoop the mixture back into the whites using a watermelon scoop. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.
Vegan Tastes Just Like Chicken Soup: Recipe will be added later this week.
Low-Fat Matzoh Balls: Recipe will be added later this week.
Chicken And Soy Cutlets: Delicious but very inexpensive to purchase
Beef or Vegetarian Cholent (on special occasions)
Potato Kugel: Purchased
Low-Fat Apple Raisin Kugel: Recipe will be posted in a few weeks.
Cake or Cookies: Purchased or gifted from guests
Coffee Flavored Hard Candies: Purchased
After Dinner Snacking
Annette’s Almost Fat-Free Popcorn or purchased popcorn: I hate our hot-air popcorn maker so lately I’ve been buying an enormous bag of popcorn
Bag of Pretzels
Time and Money Saving Tips For Entertaining
Save work wherever you can. Notice we used prepackaged greens to avoid having to soak and check our lettuce.
Combine cheap foods with expensive foods. We added lots of inexpensive carrots and cucumbers to the expensive, prepackaged salad to make it go a lot further.
Serve small only amounts of expensive foods. American crackers are pricey in Israel, so we only serve a handful.
Share the work. My husband does the shopping, makes the soup, the bread and the muffins. My son helps with the serving and cleaning up.
Double up on the food. Since we usually have different company on Friday night and Saturday lunch, I can serve the same dishes twice.
Don’t wait till the last minute to prepare. By early Friday afternoon, my house is clean, the food is purchased and easy prepwork is well underway.
If someone offers to bring a dish, always say yes. We frequently skip purchasing a dessert because a guest tells us they will bring a cake or a plate of cookies. However, as plans sometimes change at the last minute, we always have the ingredients to make a fruit salad as a backup.
Buy premade when necessary. I have lived in Israel for nine years, and I still have been unable to master dessert making with the local ingredients. Therefore, all my cookies and cakes all have to be purchased. I also buy potato kugel, since I don’t own a food processor, and hand grating depresses me.
Don’t schedule any other big projects for the day. Dinner parties are quite doable, but they do take time to prepare. Save your errands, home repairs, etc, for another day.
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Posted on | October 22, 2013 | No Comments
Description: A nice little shrug makes a stylish alternative to a lumpy sweater. The shrug in the photo can be put together in less than an hour by an experienced seamstress.
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Posted on | October 16, 2013 | No Comments
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