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Sew a wardrobe of summer dresses with this collection of over one hundred free summer dress patterns for women gathered from all over the web. Sew sundresses, flowing maxi dresses, sporty tank and t-shirt dresses, strapless dresses, simple sheath dresses, and more!
And if you're a beginner just learning how to sew, a summer dress can make a great first sewing project. Choose a sleeveless or strapless style and you won't have to worry about setting in sleeves, which can be quite tricky and frustrating for a beginner. Also, many summer dress styles are designed to be loose, flowing, and unstructured, which means they'll be more forgiving if the final fit is a bit off, plus you'll have fewer seams to sew.
Summer is time you can feel free to experiment with fun, bright, festive prints. And again, if you're new to sewing, a non-directional print fabric can also do a great job of hiding any sewing mistakes you happen to make.
Choose lightweight, natural fiber fabrics for your summer dress such as 100% cotton. Poplin, seersucker, madras, eyelet, crinkled cotton, gauze, and stretchy lightweight knits are popular cotton fabric choices. Crisp linen and linen/cotton blends also make great warm weather fabrics. Avoid man-made fibers for the most part, which are likely to retain heat and feel uncomfortable in warmer weather (exceptions would be rayon and microfiber blends, which are more breathable). And choose fabrics in light colors, which will reflect, rather than absorb heat. Loosely woven, light and airy fabrics in any fiber will help air circulate better and keep heat from building up. And if you plan to launder your finished dress (as opposed to having it dry-cleaned), just remember to pre-wash your fabric to prevent your finished garment from shrinking.
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