How to Make a Quick & Easy DIY Summer Dress From Scratch

6 Materials
2 Hours

Here is a DIY summer dress that will keep you cool and comfortable all summer long. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make the summer dress pattern and then the simple steps to sew the summer dress itself. You may love this dress so much that you will want to make more than one!

Tools and materials:

  • Cotton fabric
  • Ruler
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing thread
  • Sewing machine with a buttonhole foot
Measuring the fabric

1. Cut your DIY summer dress pattern

Fold your fabric in half twice, so you have four layers of fabric, with the folded size measuring 90 x 45 centimeters (35 x 17.7 inches).

Making the summer dress pattern

From the double-folded corner, measure, and mark 10 centimeters (4 inches) down the short, folded side.

Measuring and marking the pattern

Then measure and mark 8 centimeters (3 inches) from the double-folded corner along the folded long edge.

Joining the marks with a curve

Join those two marks with a curved line.

Cutting along the curved line

Draw and then cut another curved line along the bottom of the fabric as shown in the image above. Also, cut out the upper-corner curved line.

Cutting out the neck hole

When you open the fabric, you can see that the small, curved cut-out is now the neck hole for your summer dress. 

Serging the raw edges

2. Hem the neck, bottom, and sides

Serge the raw edges

Folding and sewing the neckline

Then fold in and sew the neckline.

Hemming the dress

Double fold and sew the hem around all of the outer edges of the dress.

Measuring the armholes

3. Create armholes for your summer dress

With the right side facing out, fold your summer dress in half widthwise. Mark and measure 28 centimeters (11 inches) out from the folded edge, from just below the neckline to the bottom of the dress and join the marks into one straight line.

How to make a DIY summer dress pattern

Fold up the top layer of fabric on that line, and trace the line onto the next layer. Repeat on the third layer.

DIY summer dress tutorial

On the third layer of fabric, place a mark on the line, 25 centimeters (10 inches) down from the shoulder edge and 5 centimeters (2 inches) up from the bottom hem.

Pinning the layers of fabric together

Pin the third and fourth layers of fabric together along the line between the top and bottom marks.

How to make a summer dress

Repeat all of the lines, marks, and pin on the other side of the dress.

How to sew a summer dress

Sew along both of those lines just between the top and bottom marks.

Making belt holes

4. Create belt holes

Create 5-centimeter (2-inch)-long buttonholes on the outside of each of those seams, 40 centimeters (16 inches) below the shoulder. 

Making a waist belt

5. Create a waist belt

From your leftover fabric, sew a long tie for a waist belt and insert the belt through the buttonholes.

DIY summer dress

DIY summer dress tutorial

You can wear this simple DIY summer dress tied at the waist.

DIY easy summer dress

Or you can remove the tie and wear it loose and flowing. However you wear it, you’ll find it cool and comfortable for hot summer days. Try making this simple DIY summer dress for yourself and then leave a comment to let me know how it turned out.

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Suggested materials:
  • Cotton fabric
  • Ruler
  • Sewing pins
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