The summer is almost upon us (I can barely believe it!) and I’m already looking forward to watermelon picnics, pool parties, and wearing my easy breezy summer dresses every day. I’ve made many dresses over the years, and these five simple summer dresses are all easy to make, easy to wear, and will become favorites in your closet.
Each post contains a full tutorial, with illustrations or photographs, walking you through the process of sewing them up. All of these summer dresses make great beginner sewing projects, because of their simple lines and minimal design.
This dress has been a long-time favorite of mine. I still get questions and comments about it every time I wear it, which is the sign of a good handmade piece. It’s best made from a lightweight cotton or gauze, and the tutorial teaches a pretty awesome little trick for finished interior seams.2. The Pocket Tee Shirt Dress
Of all things easy to wear, a tee shirt dress comes up high on the list. It’s cozy like your favorite tee, without the complication of adding something on the bottom! This photo shows it belted, but I usually wear it without. I love this fun chartreuse jersey knit with a chambray pocket, but any variation would be amazing. The tutorial shows another fun tee-shirt dress variation, too. Two-for-one!
3. Drop-Waist Dress
This little number uses some fun, unexpected materials to make a fun and feminine summer dress. The drop-waist and paneled bodice give it a tailored look, while keeping it comfortable and easy to move and play in. 4. Summer Chevron Dress
This was one of the first full dress tutorials I published, and I still love the finished look. Doesn’t it make you want to take a beach vacation? The lines are interesting, the elastic waist simple and comfortable, and the tabbed sleeves finish it all off. You don’t need a special pattern to sew this one, because you use one of your own favorite tees as a starting place!
5. Watercolor Caftan
Another simple sew, with big impact. I made this one last year and have worn it as a dress for a luncheon and a cover up at the pool. I love the lightweight fabric, and the loose, bohemian style. The interior tie helps keep some shape, and is a fun trick for other projects as well!
So there are some ideas to start your summer sewing off right! What are you going to make first?