Hello, new fave frock! This dress sewing pattern has an easy-to-sew kimono sleeves (make them with no fiddly setting-in, yay!), plus pockets, a pleated waist and V-neckline.


As the balmy days of summer drift into a cooler autumnal vibe, we're met with the same dilemma every year – what to wear? When it's not quite warm enough for our floaty frocks (sob!) but not quite cold enough for snuggling up in a cosy knit, we need easy-to-wear styles we can layer up.

The Adele Dress was our cover star for issue 34 of Simply Sewing magazine and is now available as a digital sewing pattern in our Etsy shop. This versatile tulip dress comes in UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-38), is the all-season, all-occasion dress our wardrobe has been waiting for, with two lengths to choose from. Chose a lightweight fabric that has some drape but is still crisp enough to hold those oh-so-pretty pleats – we used the swoon-worthy Rifle Paper Co. Wonderland rayon.

Tulip Dress sewing pattern – the adele dress

Tulip Dress sewing pattern – The Adele Dress

Get this digital sewing pattern today in our Etsy pattern store.

You will need

  • Fabric: Dress A: 115cm (45in) width fabric x 2.9m (21⁄4yds); 140cm (55in) width x 2.5m (23⁄4yds) for all sizes
  • Fabric: Dress B: 115cm (45in) width fabric x 2.6m (3yds); 140cm (55in) width x 2.1m (21⁄4yds) for all sizes
  • Iron-on interfacing: 30x60cm (11x24in), to match fabric weight
  • Invisible zip: 56cm (22in)

Fabric suggestions:

Light to medium weight fabrics, preferably with some drape, such as cotton, cotton lawn, rayon, crepe or linen blend.


Beginners tulip dress sewing pattern adele dress


  • Insert pleats to make a shaped skirt
  • Sew pockets
  • Have a go at kimono sleeves – they're really easy!
  • Add a zip
  • Dress-making basics: attach the skirt to the bodice
  • Practise your hemming skills along the sleeve and bottom edges.
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Zoe WilliamsLaunch Editor, Gathered.how

Zoe is the launch Editor of Gathered.how. She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for radiotimes.com, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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