Fatima ruffle neck dress – Free PDF sewing pattern

Fatima ruffle neck dress - Free PDF sewing pattern

The Fatima ruffle neck dress is a design that I discovered when looking for inspiration for a dress that is both comfortable and elegant. It has a relaxed fit and falls right above the knees, features a cute little ruffle neck detail that gives the design a more feminine vibe. This dress is modest enough to wear to any place!

Let’s have a closer look at this design:

Fatima ruffle neck dress - Free PDF sewing pattern
Fatima ruffle neck dress - Free PDF sewing pattern
Fatima ruffle neck dress - Free PDF sewing pattern
Fatima ruffle neck dress - Free PDF sewing pattern
Fatima ruffle neck dress - Free PDF sewing pattern

As usual, 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.

My patterns are now made in both A4/Letter paper and A0 paper format so you can print at home or at any print shop!

For home printers, you can print this using your home printer and either A4 or 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. I was informed by a reader that you can also print the pdf as image to get the right scale, however I never tested it on my computer.


You will need

  • Fabric of your choice. This pattern is intended for woven fabric.
  • Some light weight fusible interfacing
  • Buttons
  • Some 1/3 inch (1cm) wide elastic for sleeves
  • 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.

Cutting instruction:

After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this:

Fatima ruffle neck dress - Free PDF sewing pattern

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 Dress: cut 2
  • Back Yoke: cut 1 on the fold
  • Back Dress: cut 1 on the fold
  • Sleeve: cut 2
  • Ruffle Trim: cut 1
  • Button Stand: cut 2 self fabric + 2 fusible interfacing
  • Tie String: cut 1 on bias

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, draw marks etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.

Sewing instruction:

1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling. Apply fusible interfacing to the corresponding pieces.

2. Gather the top edge of the Back Dress to match the bottom edge of the Back Yoke. You will get the Back Dress piece.

3. Place one piece of Front Dress and Back Dress right side facing. Pin and sew the shoulder and side seams. You can also add side seam pockets to the dress if you want. This is a tutorial on How to add an side seam pocket. Repeat with the other Front Dress piece to get the main garment.

4. Gather the cap of the Sleeve piece, matching the measurement of the armhole opening on the main garment.

5. Sew the under arm seam of the Sleeve. Fold the seam allowance at the bottom end of the Sleeve and sew the hem, leaving 1 inch opening. Measure a piece of elastic so that it fits nicely on your bicep and cut. Thread the elastic piece into the casing created by the sleeve hem and sew two ends of the elastic together. Sew to close the casing.

6. Turn the Sleeve right side out. Pin it to the armhole opening on the main garment so that the right sides are facing. Match the notches, pin and sew to attach the Sleeve to the main garment.

7. Fold the Neck Ruffle in half lengthwise, gather the fabric to match the measurement of the neckline.

8. Make the tie strap. This is a tutorial on How to make spaghetti straps/drawstrings.

9. Pin the Neck Ruffle to the right side of the main garment, the folded edge facing outward. Carefully turn the Neck Ruffle so that it makes a smooth curve at the ends. Sew to attach the Neck Ruffle to the main garment.

10. Place the Button Stand and the corresponding Front piece right side facing, put the Tie String in between two pieces, at the very top of the Button Stand. Pin and sew to attach the button stand to the main garment. Clip the corner, turn the Button Stand over and stay stitch the seam allowance to the Button Stand. Repeat with the other side.

11. Turn the Button Stand wrong side out, sew the top edge of the Button Stand to the neckline, trim off the excess fabric and turn the Button Stand back. Mark the buttonholes and button position, sew the buttonholes and attach buttons.

12. Staystitch the seam allowance of the neckline and the ruffle toward the main garment.

13. Fold and sew the hem of the dress. Give it a good iron and you’re done!

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. An advertisement may pop up, just close it and continue with your download. In case some ads attempt to make you enter your personal info, just ignore and close it. I do NOT require any kind of information to download my pattern files.

Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns or tag me on Instagram #tianasclosetsewingpatterns, I will be thrilled to see the garment in real life!


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