Yes you can make your first ever dress! Karoline Dahrling’s simple jersey dress is a great first dressmaking project as you don’t need to worry about fiddly pattern cutting – you can make it using your favourite top as a size guide. We’ll talk you through how to make a dress for beginners, every step of the way.
This easy dressmaking pattern was first published in Simply Sewing magazine. To make this project simple we traced directly onto the fabric so there is no paper pattern to draw, cut and trace. We have traced directly on the fabric and cut out. If you are unsure whether the dress will fit, then cut it with extra seam allowance all the way around so you can adjust if necessary.
A dress up to a UK size 16 will fit on a fabric width of 140cm (45in) for larger sizes. For a longer length dress you may need to purchase wider fabric or increase the amount needed to 2m (2¼yd).
Use a 1cm (3⁄8in) seam allowance throughout. If you’re new to sewing, read our beginner posts to learn the basics:
Get ready to sew your very own first dress