Flirt and flounce with gorgeous 3D retro summer dresses, created entirely in cross stitch on perforated paper! These cross stitch dress patterns were designed by Rhona Norrie for Cross Stitch Crazy magazine. This set of 4 free cross stitch dress patterns to sew includes a striped seventies-style maxi dress, a lemon-retro frock, and two 1950s-style tea dresses – with polka dots, collars and bows.


Fashion has changed a lot over the last few decades debatably for better or worse, but one thing we know that we'll always love vintage dresses! Different eras of style always come back around in fashion, meaning we still see styles like this worn occasionally today. And we all know someone who is obsessed with all things retro, so create them one of these cross stitch dress cards and let them know you are thinking of them. Although they are designed with greetings cards in mind, they're so pretty that you could even make the set and display them in a frame, it would make a special gift for any fashion fans out there.

If you are new to cross stitch or you need a little refresher, head over to our how to cross stitch guide for everything you need to know to get started on your cross stitch dress. If you arent too sure about needle sizes, we have a guide for that too take a look at this cross stitch needle sizes guide.

Free vintage cross stitch dress pattern

cross stitch dress

For the cross stitch dress, you will need

  • Fabric: Zweigart 14-count white perforated paper, measuring 15x10cm (6x4in) for each design
  • Threads: Stranded cotton as listed in the key
  • Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Extras: Mini wire coat hangers (available online)

Maximum stitch count

57 high x 45 wide

Design area

14 HPI (28-count evenweave) – 10.5x8cm (4x3¼in)

Download the cross stitch dress pattern

Free cross stitch dress pattern

cross stitch dress

Did you love the free vintage cross stitch dress pattern? If so we have plenty more where that one came from! If you're a lover of all things retro, take a look at these lovely cross stitch cake patterns, depicting the classic vintage high tea. Or the free stylish belle cross stitch pattern, to create this beautiful vintage lady. If you'd like some more inspiration head over to our free cross stitch patterns, for 100s of free patterns, we're sure you'll find something you love for your next cross stitch project.


Rhona NorrieCross stitch designer

Rhona Norrie is a prolific and popular cross stitch designer from Scotland who now calls New York home. Her work is regularly featured in magazines including The World of Cross Stitching, Cross Stitch Crazy, and Just Cross Stitch. Rhona is a total cross stitch addict! If she doesn’t have a needle in her hand, then it will be a camera that she’s carrying to capture the wonders of nature and she shares her nature pictures (and cross stitching!) on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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