Do you need a new dress? Have you been invited to a party or a dance? If you enjoy sewing and being creative, why not sew your own dress? Whether you are a beginner with basic sewing knowledge or an expert seamstress, you can make a dress that fits you perfectly and looks amazing.
Below are 21 short dress patterns that you will love to make and wear. I have included patterns for every skill level and style.
1. Fitted Mini Dress Sewing Pattern by TransformedByTracy
This sexy, fitted mini dress has lace trim, a thigh slit, and adjustable straps. The dress is suitable for hanging out at the beach or clubbing.
Along with the short dress pattern, is a link to a step-by-step YouTube tutorial. The pattern is formatted for printing on US letter and A4 paper size. It is a fairly simple pattern that can be completed by a determined beginner to intermediate level sewer.
2. Babydoll Simple Short Dress Pattern by AlphaPatterns
The baby doll mini dress features puffed sleeves, a square neck, and an open back. It is a great dress for parties, holiday get-togethers, date nights, and shopping trips. The dress can be worn with the sleeves up or down over the shoulders.
This sewing pattern has layers, so you only have to print one size. Available sizes: UK 6-16 / EU 36-46, and US 2-12/ AU 6-16.
3. Kimono Mini Dress Pattern by My Handmade Space
This kimono dress would definitely make a wonderful addition to your summer wardrobe. The short dress has a high waistline and is very comfortable to wear. This dress can be worn as a beach cover up or just accessorise it for a date or a night out with your friends.
The dress looks great on anyone. It is suitable for all sizes, even pregnant women. Included are both a printable pattern and a step-by-step video tutorial.
4. Circle Skirt Summer Dress Pattern by KianaBonolloDesigns
Are you searching for classic short dress patterns? Here is a gorgeous dress that has a flirty design while being elegant. The dress would be a great choice for cocktail parties, weddings, festivals, and dances.
Detailed instructions are included to help guarantee you will understand how to make the dress. There is also a link to a video tutorial. The short dress sewing pattern is for sizes US 00-14 (EU 30-46).
5. Loose Gathered Ruffle Mini Dress Sewing Pattern by AuraPatterns
This mini dress features a v-neckline, spaghetti straps, a ruffle hem, and a loose fit. The dress is a staple piece for anyone who loves hanging out at the beach.
The short dress pattern is perfect for beginners and experienced sewists alike. It can be completed in as little as 2 hours. The designer recommends using comfortable woven fabrics for a relaxed fit. The pattern comes in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL.
6. OPHELIA Puff Sleeved Knit Dress Sewing Pattern by DressmakingAmore
Here is the modern-day version of the classic fairy tale dress. The dress has a fitted bodice and an A-line skirt, a square neckline, and puff sleeves. This is a beginner-friendly sewing pattern with a video tutorial. The pattern is formatted for A4, US Letter, and AO printers. The pattern includes sizes XS – 2XL
7. Bodycon Midi Dress Pattern by AlphaPatterns
Classic and simple, this sleeveless bodycon midi dress was designed to hug your curves. Wear this dress by itself or dress it up with a jacket. This dress is ideal for clubbing, date nights, proms, and New Year’s Eve parties.
This short dress pattern has layers, so you can print only the size you want. There is also a link to a YouTube video tutorial. The pattern comes in sizes US 0-14 (EU 32-46).
8. Cinched Waist Short Dress Sewing Pattern by SEV
Make this Bohemian inspired dress for everyday wear. It is a must-have item for warm weather climates. The low-key short dress is attractive and beautiful, while being extremely comfortable.
If you are looking for short dress patterns for dailywear, check out this free pattern. The pattern includes sizes US 4-16 (UK 8-20).
9. Pinafore Short Dress Sewing Pattern by AuraPatterns
This loose, pinafore dress is easy to make. It is the ideal short dress pattern for beginners and experienced sewists. The dress looks cute worn over a short sleeve or long sleeve top. It would be suitable for school, work, and everyday wear.
The pattern comes in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL. It is recommended to use a comfortable, medium weight fabric
10. Strapless Mini Dress & Corset Sewing Pattern by KianaBonolloDesigns
This sexy strapless mini dress is comfortable and super cute. Depending on the fabric you choose the dress can look elegant and charming or carefree and fun.
Sizes range from US00 to 14 (EU 30-46). Included with the printable pattern pieces are detailed instructions and a video tutorial.
11. Dress Pattern for Women by EKsewingPatterns
Lightweight, flowy, and elegant, this flattering A-line dress is perfect for dances and date nights. The princess seam bodice dress has a double full circle skirt. You get to choose from short or 3/4 length sleeves.
This dress can be made with faux suede, cotton, satin, or linen. It is an intermediate level sewing pattern.
12. Ruby Short Dress Pattern by My Handmade Space
Here is another one of the amazing short dress patterns I absolutely love. This Ruby Dress has a fitted, lined bodice and a circle skirt. There are both exposed and invisible zipper options. The dress is ideal for all occasions.
This download includes ladies’ short dress patterns for sizes 0 to 20. Each size comes in A, B, C, D, and DD cups.
13. Cami Mini Dress Sewing Pattern by ChikafrikPatterns
The cami dress is ideal for hot summer days. It will help you keep cool while staying stylish. It has a loose fit and adjustable spaghetti straps.
The short dress pattern includes 7 sizes from XXS to XXL. There are also 3 length options. You will receive a book of instructions: with recommended fabric, dimensions, pattern assembly, and sewing instructions.
14. RUBY Fitted Long Sleeved Dress Sewing Pattern by DressmakingAmore
Make this form fitting dress to wear to your next party. It has a simple and classic style. The cute dress features long sleeves and a soft neckline.
Included are 10 sizes that range from US 2-20. There are photos and written instructions. It is an easy short dress pattern that can be completed by a beginner.
15. Bishop Sleeve Leather Mini Dress Sewing Pattern by KianaBonolloDesigns
Featuring puffed long sleeves and a high neck, this mini dress makes a statement. The A-line design makes it easy to get a great fit.
Included are detailed instructions, printable pattern pieces, and a video sewing tutorial. The pattern is available in sizes US 00-14 (EU 30-46). The designer suggests using a medium-weight fabric such as faux leather. However, you can use a wide variety of materials, which will change the final silhouette of the dress.
16. Perfect Beach Dress for Summer Fun by So Sew Easy
This A-line dress is perfect for the beach. It was designed to be worn over your swimsuit. It is great relaxing by the pool or sitting at a beach bar. The pattern is super easy to follow and sew.
The free short dress pattern is available in sizes XS to XXL. There are step-by-step that will walk you through the complete process.
17. Slip Mini Dress Sewing Pattern by AlphaPatterns
The back straps make this mini dress adjustable in size. It is a beautiful dress that is soft, lightweight, and elegant. You will definitely turn heads when you walk into a room wearing this stunning piece.
When making this dress, you can choose silk or satin. You can even use crepe fabric to make a summer dress. Included with these printable pattern pieces are videos to help you assemble the pattern pieces and sew the dress.
18. Laced Up Mini Dress Pattern by THISISKACHI
This lace up mini dress is stylish and fun. It has a lace up back, so you can get the perfect fit without all the measuring. The dress is suitable for Christmas parties, club wear, and formal dances.
This short dress pattern is suitable for intermediate level sewers. The pattern includes short dress patterns for sizes XXS-3XL. There are printing instructions and sewing instructions.
19. Sheath Bell Sleeve Mini Dress Sewing Pattern by KianaBonolloDesigns
Perfect for parties, clubbing, and cocktails, this bell sleeve dress will surely impress. The streamline body and keyhole neckline will flatter all curves perfectly.
Detailed instructions and a video tutorial are included to guarantee you know exactly how to construct the dress. Included in the download are 9 sizes: US 00-14 (EU 30-46).
20. Flirty Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress by Creative Fashion Blog
This cute ruffle dress has a waist sash that defines your waist and provides a comfortable fit. You can use this free pattern to make a midi dress, maxi dress, or a mini dress.
Are you looking for free short dress patterns? This dress is super-simple to make and can be completed in about 2 hours. The tutorial includes step-by-step instructions.
21. Winter Simple Short Dress Pattern by AlphaPatterns
Suitable for spring, summer, fall, and winter, wear this mini dress over a lightweight tops, a long sleeve shirt, or sweater.
This short dress pattern has layers, so you can print only the size you want. There is also a link to a YouTube video tutorial. The pattern comes in sizes US 2-12 (EU 36-46).
Do you enjoy making your own clothes? Try your hand at some of these short dress patterns.
No matter your body size or type, it can be difficult to find dresses that fit perfectly. Instead of wearing something you are uncomfortable in, make your own with one of these short dress patterns.
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