This Easy Breezy Lounge Dress pattern and tutorial will guide you through the steps of how to sew a Maxi Dress. This Summer Lounge Dress is perfect for keeping you cool and comfortable on hot summer days. The free pattern can be made knee length or you can add the optional ruffle to make it maxi-length. Even better, there are no buttons, hooks, zippers or special notions needed. It even has pockets!
Who remembers growing up, their mom’s and grandmas wearing “house dresses” like this one? I admit, I’ve never been a jeans or pants person and I too, love to wear casual, comfy dresses around the house. (I bet I have 5 or 6 of these little numbers in my closet. I usually find them at Ross or TJ Maxx for around $15, and I live in them, lol!) Although nowadays these dresses are mostly referred to as leisure wear, lounge wear or patio dresses. (or as I call them, “my comfy dresses.” )
I wanted to make myself a new dress, one that was casual enough to wear around the house but could also look good out and about. (Depending on fabric choices and dress length, of course.)
I am so pleased how this dress turned out! I love to wear anything that is flowy and easy, and this dress definitely fits that description. Let me assure you – I’ve tested this dress thoroughly! It sleeps wonderfully on the couch, makes me feel glamorous walking to the mailbox, looks beautiful hanging from the hook on the back of my bathroom door and is also flowy enough to allow the evening breeze to keep me cool while enjoying a frosty beverage as I watch the birds at the feeder on the back patio.
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The best part is, this dress is actually super easy to sew! There are no buttons, hooks, zippers or special notions needed. It even has pockets for all those misc. items that we tend to pick up around the house.
Because of the flowy-ness and way the bodice can be adjusted, the pattern works for many sizes. I’ve drafted and uploaded two pattern sizes for you to print. S/M (which is what I’m wearing) and Lrg/XL.
When sewing this dress, you’ll notice the dress pieces are not cut on the fold. I overheard a designer on tv say that the reason many garments have this center seam is that the seam helps the item drape better. Is this true? I don’t really know, but I thought this would be the perfect pattern to try it out on. This dress does drape and fall prettily, but it’s also has a lot of fabric and is very flowy, so I’m not sure if the center seam contributes to that or not.
Be advised, this pattern, with the added ruffle, uses a lot of fabric! The good thing is you can sew the length to whatever you like. The actual dress pattern I provided in the download falls just below the knee, (on me anyway and I am 5’4.) But I give the option of adding the ruffle in the sewing instructions.
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If you can find a good deal on fabric, definitely add the ruffle – It makes for an amazing dress! The ruffle does add over a yard to the amount of fabric needed. (FYI, this particular fabric I used is currently on sale at Girl Charlee for 1.80 a yard!)
The fabric in this version is cotton lawn, but I think a double gauze, voile, rayon, lightweight polyester/cotton blends would work great, as long as they are not to stiff. Certain knits may work too as long as they are not too clingy or thick. I’ve already hit Joann’s and found some cut rayon prints for my next version. (I also plan to make my missy a version with my leftover fabric, but it will have to be a knee length version since I only have about a yard left.)
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You can adjust the tie so the bodice is pulled up high.
Or slightly lower. Whatever you are comfortable with and is most flattering to you.
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