Simple Knit Dress Sewing Pattern & Tutorial For Beginners

Sewphilia Studio
by Sewphilia Studio
12 Materials
1 Hour

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to sew a maxi knit dress with a necktie, a collar, puffy cuff sleeves, and a side slit. If you’ve been looking for a knit dress sewing pattern, you’ve come to the right place.

For my fabric, I am using brushed cotton which has a one-way stretch, it has a medium weight and a bit of structure.

Tools and materials:

  • Sewing pattern
  • Pins
  • Knit fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Ballpoint needle
  • Regular needle
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Matching thread
  • Tape
  • Iron
Cutting out the pattern pieces

1. Cut the pattern

Cut the bodice from the pattern, tape the pattern pieces together, and cut out your desired size.

Check the size chart and the finished garment measurements to know which size to cut. Or, if you want to keep the full pattern intact, you can trace out the size you want on tracing paper.

Then cut out all the other pattern pieces; the pattern already has half an inch seam allowance included.

Pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric

2. Pin to fabric

Place the pattern on your fabric using the pattern layout in the sewing manual as a guide and pin them into place. Make sure you consider the stretch direction of your fabric. Also, do not forget to mark out the notches that are indicated.

Before you start sewing: change the needle in your sewing machine to a ballpoint one as we are working with a knit fabric, and this will not poke holes through it.

I also recommend using a zigzag stitch on your knit fabric to accommodate the stretch. Test your zigzag stitch to find the perfect length and tension for your fabric.

Sewing the center back seam

3. Sew center back seam

Place the two back pieces right sides together and pin along the length of the center back. Sew up the center back seam, leaving the half-inch seam allowance. Then, press the seam open with an iron.

Sewing the shoulder seams

4. Sew the shoulder seam

Align the front and back pieces with the right sides together at the shoulder seam. Pin the shoulders and stitch in place. Do this for both shoulders and press the seam open after sewing.

Sewing the side seams

5. Sew side seam

With the right sides together, align the front and back pieces at the side seam. You will not sew all the way to the hem. Make sure you’ve marked where the seam stops and where the sleeve starts. Proceed to sew the side seams but stop at the mark.

Pressing the side slits

6. Sew the side slits

Press the seam open and continue pressing so that the unsewn part close to the hem is pressed inward on both sides. Be sure to maintain a consistent seam allowance all the way down to the end of the slit.

Pin each side of the seam allowance in place. Mark 0.5 inches (1.3cm) up from where the slit starts. 

Starting at the hem, topstitch one side of the slit as close to the edge as possible. Once you reach the first corner at the top, pivot and stitch across. Then pivot at the second corner and continue down the other side of the slit.

Hemming the dress

7. Hem the dress

Now sew the hem of the dress. Fold up the fabric by 1 inch (2.5cm) and topstitch it in place.

Trimming the collar and necktie

8. Sew the collar and necktie 

Place one necktie piece on one end of the collar, right sides together, by matching the notches and pinning. Mark 0.5 inches (1.3cm) at the top and bottom of this piece and then sew them together.

Next, fold the necktie part in half lengthwise and pin along the edges. Sew with a straight stitch and stop at the opening. Trim the seam allowance and tips of the necktie.

Turn both tie pieces right side out by passing them through the collar piece and pressing. The seam allowance left on the collar should be on the outside.

Attaching the collar and necktie

9. Attach the collar and neckties to the neckline

Place the collar inside the dress, matching the center of the collar to the center-front of the dress, and pin it to the neckline right sides together.

Pin the ends of the collar to the center-back; you can overlap this part a little bit. Then pin the rest of the collar to the neckline and sew around the collar leaving a seam allowance.

Sewing the cuffs

10. Sew the cuffs

Create each of the lower sleeves by folding the pieces in half, right sides together. Pin along the v-shaped edge and sew to create a long tube.

Clip the midpoint of the fabric to remove the excess fabric and turn the cuffs right sides out. Then press the cuffs flat.

Sewing the sleeves

11. Sew the sleeves

Fold the sleeves widthwise and sew up the inseams, adding a seam allowance. Once sewn, press the seams open.

Next, gather the bottoms of each sleeve to fit the cuff. You can gather by sewing a long-distance stitch with your sewing machine, but because this is a rather short hem, I decided to hand-sew running stitches and then gathered this until it fit the cuff.

Attaching the cuffs to the sleeves

12. Join the cuff to the sleeves

Place the cuffs over the sleeves, making sure the right sides are together, and pin the threaded edge along the raw edge of the lower sleeve.

Attaching the sleeves to the armholes

13. Sew the sleeves to the armhole

To attach the sleeves to the dress, place them inside the dress with the right sides facing, and then match up all the notches. Pin in place and then sew together.

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