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I’m glad to hear some of you liked the Margaret dress!

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

Here’s the pattern. Sorry it’s just a bunch of measurements. I don’t have a way to digitize patterns yet and probably won’t for awhile. But to make you feel better, I used these measurements to cut out the pieces too.  I didn’t have a paper pattern to use for myself.
You’ll need 2 yards of 60 inch wide KNIT fabric. The fabric should have lots of stretch. All seam allowances are 1/4″.
It’s pretty straight forward. Two skirt pieces, two non-cowl bodice pieces and one cowl bodice piece. Make sure the cowl piece is cut on the bias!

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial
Once you have your pieces cut out, sew with a stretch stitch up the sides of the skirt.
The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

The pin the two bodice pieces together at the neckline and sew with a stretch stitch. Then understitch the neckline.

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

Next, lay the bodice down with right sides out. Then you’re going to fold the cowl piece right sides together around the bodice piece matching the shoulder seams. The picture explains it better because you can see what’s going on. Pin all four layers together.

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

My bodice piece was a little bit longer than my cowl piece so I just stretched it to fit.

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

Starting at the neckline, sew all four pieces together at the shoulder seam. Do the same on the other side.

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

When you turn it right side out, it should look like this.

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

Turn it right sides in; pin and sew the side seams together.

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

My cowl piece was about an inch longer than my bodice piece. This is because the cowl piece was cut on the bias and stretches as you handle it. You can stretch your bodice piece to fit the cowl piece if you’d like or cut it off like I did.

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

With right sides together, sew the skirt to the bodice matching the side seams.
To finish the sleeves, I just rounded my edge a little and left it unfinished. I tried a couple different hems but it made it so the fabric didn’t drape well. You can finish the sleeves how you like.

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

The finished sleeve look

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

I finished the hem with a double needle. You can finish your hem however you’d like, even no hem to match your sleeves.

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

That’s it! It’s a pretty dress that comes together really quickly! Please ask me if you have any questions!
The finished circumference from just under the arm to the hem is 36″ plus the stretch in the fabric. I used the same width as this shirt so it does fit a non-pregnant body. I’m planning on belting my dress at my natural waist after the baby comes.

The Margaret Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

Author: Heather