Our Designers’ Favorite Easy Summer Dress Picks!

It can be hard to keep up with your usual sewing routine during the summer, especially when the weather is beautiful and your family vacation is right around the corner. Eek!! So instead of spending hours planning out your designs, we’ve put together a list of our Vogue Patterns, Butterick, and McCall’s designers’ favorite easy-to-sew summer dress patterns to inspire you to continue getting those summer outfits knocked out, only in less time! Let the sewing commence, and don’t forget to leave a comment letting us know your favorite pick!

Vogue Patterns designer Carlos Correa’s top picks:

1) This best-selling, Very Easy Vogue pattern #v9371 has an easy fit and classic styling. Better yet, you can make this button-front shirtdress six different ways! Try it with a flared or straight skirt, with or without sleeves, and with contrasting left and right sides. The possibilities are endless!

Features include: collar, neckband, built-on placket, carriers, and tie belt

Make it in: broadcloth, poplin, rayon challis, or chambray

2) This #v9373 halter-style dress with a trumpet skirt is sleek and sexy. The close fit through the bust and gorgeous neck detail make it a perfect match for special occasions. For those of you who like to find a pattern and stick with it, this is it! We just know you’re going to want to make this one over and over again in varying fabrics and lengths :).

Features include: high collar with pleat detail at neck, fully lined, and center-back zipper

Make it in: rayon challis, crepe, or georgette


Butterick designer Doree Epstein’s top picks:

1) #b6677 is a lovely summer dress that comes in two lengths. You can choose to make it sleeveless for a more casual look or add some volume with flounces around the armholes. Best of all, this pattern looks fantastic in both solids and prints!

Features include: elasticized waist, back opening with button and thread loop closure, side slant pockets, and sash

Make it in: crêpes, challis, silk, or cotton blends

2) This classic style wrap dress #b6675 is simple, elegant, and super flattering. Keep it casual with a straight hemline and cap sleeves, or dress it up by adding a neckline flounce, elbow-length sleeves, and an asymmetrical hem. This dress is truly timeless and is sure to be a summer go-to!

Features include: tie closures and asymmetrical hem (optional)

Make it in: crêpes, challis, rayon, or double georgette


McCall’s designer Jackie Polikoff’s top picks:

1) This trendy summer dress pattern #m7950 has so many fun variations. Opt for a tie-bow front or tie-bow straps, side seam or patch pockets, or mid-knee/lower-calf lengths. Better yet, use a border-print fabric to make this dress with a pre-finished hem for the ultimate time-saver!

Features include: self-faced bodice, gathered skirt, shoulder straps, and pockets

Make it in: cotton blends, gingham, poplin, or linen

2) Although this isn’t fully a dress pattern, it does have two beautiful dress options. #m7953′s views A and B are mock wrap dresses that are flattering on so many body types and can easily transition into fall or spring garments, depending on the fabric you choose. Bold prints, such as ikats, work especially well with this design.

Features include: front tucks and mock wrap style

Make it in: chambray, crêpes, linen, or twill


What’s on your summer sewing list? Let us know your favorite summer dress pattern in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget to enter our #summerdresscontest now through August 9th, 2019, for a chance to win five FREE patterns of your choice!

To enter:
1) Post one or more photo(s) on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, of you wearing a summer dress you made (at any time) using a current McCall’s, Vogue, Butterick, Kwik Sew, Simplicity, or New Look pattern. The pattern must still be available for purchase on one of our websites, and the finished product must closely resemble the initial pattern. No mixing and matching patterns please!
2) Tag your photo(s) with #SummerDressContest
3) Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

Three winners will be announced the week of August 12th and will be selected based on the following criteria: execution, fit, choice of fabric, representation of the sewer’s own style, and photography of the finished piece. Best of luck!

Click here for contest rules and full details: https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/summer-dress-contest

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