Vintage dress pattern

Sew a swishy frock for all summer occasions with The Rosa Dress sewing pattern in UK sizes 6-20, a vintage-inspired sun dress style with an easy fit and ruffle hem detail.

The Rosa Dress sewing pattern

Say hello to your new favourite summer sewing pattern! Relaxing by the beach, exploring a new city, picnics with the kids…whatever your summer brings, you’ll need a Rosa Dress to do it in! This issue’s cover-star frock is vintage-inspired, oh-so-swishable and a breeze to wear, with a button fastening, lining, strap tabs (to create that pretty sweetheart neckline) and a gathered skirt – plus an optional hemline ruffle for added flounce!


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Summer dress sewing pattern

The Rosa Dress: digital sewing pattern

This pattern is available to download (PDF) in our pattern store.


UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18, EUR 34-38).

You will need:

  • Fabric: Dress A*: Main fabric: 2.3mx140cm (234ydsx55in), Lining fabric: 0.9mx140cm (1ydx55in)
  • Fabric: Dress B: Main fabric: 2.1mx115cm (212ydsx45in) or 1.8mx140cm (2ydsx55in), Lining fabric: 1mx115cm (118ydsx45in) or 0.9mx140cm (1ydx55in)
  • Buttons: 3 x 25mm (1in)
  • Clear elastic: 1.5m x 9mm wide
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit

*Dress A can only be made with 140cm (55in) wide fabric.

Vintage summer dress pattern

Fabric suggestions

Lightweight fabrics such as cotton, cotton lawn, crepe or rayon.



  • Sew princess seams
  • Make a sweetheart neckline
  • Add a ruffle detail to the hem
  • Sew buttons and buttonholes
The Rosa Dress pattern