Today, let’s dive into the world of the sleeveless loose fitting linen sundress and explore some fabulous styling ideas. This dress is an absolute must-have for those hot summer days when you want to feel comfortable and effortlessly stylish. Here are some tips to help you rock this versatile piece with confidence:
Belt it Up: Enhance the shape of your loose fitting linen sundress by adding a belt. It instantly creates a more defined waistline, giving your outfit an elegant touch. You can choose a slim belt in a contrasting color or opt for a wide statement belt to make a bold fashion statement.
Layer it Up: Layering is the key to adding depth and dimension to your ensemble. Consider throwing on a light denim jacket or a lightweight cardigan over your sundress for a trendy and relaxed look. For a boho vibe, pair it with a cropped jacket or a flowing kimono.
Accessorize Wisely: Accessories can truly elevate your sundress game. Consider adding a statement necklace, a pair of oversized sunglasses, or a fashionable wide-brimmed hat to amp up the style factor. Don’t forget to pick out a cute pair of sandals or wedges to complete your look.
Play with Patterns: Linen sundresses often come in a range of colors and patterns. Embrace your playful side by choosing a striped, floral, or geometric patterned sundress. Just remember to select patterns that flatter your body shape and complement your skin tone.
Keep it Casual: For a laid-back and effortless vibe, pair your sundress with comfortable flat sandals or canvas sneakers. This combination is perfect for running errands, exploring the city, or meeting up with friends for a casual brunch.
Remember, the key to styling a sleeveless loose fitting linen sundress is to embrace its relaxed and carefree nature. Let your creativity shine and have fun experimenting with different accessories and layering options. Whether you’re strolling along the beach or attending a garden party, this dress will make you look like a summer fashion icon. So go ahead and rock that sundress with confidence!
Now let’s get to the main topic – the Coco button front sundress pattern! It features a V neck design with button detail, a relaxed fit and just about the knee length. It was inspired by a product sold on Etsy, and I though wow I could easily make it!
My pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL so you may find a suitable size for yourself. If you are not sure which size suits you, take a look at the measurement table before doing anything here: SIZE GUIDE.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
You will need
- Fabric of your choice. This pattern is made for woven fabric, I recommend pure cotton or linen fabric for a comfortable summer day.
- Bias tape for neckline and armhole binding
- Some buttons
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern piece. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
The fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front: cut 2
- Back: cut 1 on the fold
- Skirt: cut 2 on the fold
- Pocket: cut 4
- Bias tape for neckline and armhole binding
Place the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin the pattern pieces to the fabric to secure them in place. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the fabric pieces along the outer lines of the pattern. Take your time to ensure precise and clean cuts, as this will affect the fit and overall appearance of your garment.
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge/zig zag stitch the edges of the fabric pieces to prevent fabric from unraveling.
2. Fold the seam allowance at the center front and staystitch 1 inch (2.5cm) from the folded edge to get the button stand.
3. Place one Front piece on top of the other piece, the button stand overlapping each other. Pin and baste to hold it in place.
4. Sew 2 parallel lines using longest stitch length ½ and ¼ inch from the top edge of the skirt. Pull lower threads to gather the skirt piece to match the bottom width of the Front and Back pieces respectively (remember to match the center of each piece). Distribute the gatherings evenly.
5. Place the Front skirt piece and Front bodice right side facing. Pin and sew to join to get the Front Dress. Repeat to get the Back Dress.
6. Place the Front Dress and Back Dress right side facing. Pin and sew the shoulder seams.
7. Attach the pocket to the skirt. Tutorial on how to sew side seam pocket here. Also finish the side seams of the dress.
8. Use bias binding to finish the neckline and armhole of the dress.
9. Hem the garment. Stitch buttonholes and attach buttons to the garment.
And here is the download link:
To download just click on the link above and choose “Save link as”. The PDF file will be downloaded to your device.
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns