The Summer Maxi Collection

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This incredible bundle of summer dress sewing patterns includes the Eloise, Portia, Meghan, and Emma. They are all stunning dresses with multiple options to ensure they suit your style. Most are beginner friendly, with certain options more suitable for an intermediate level.

Instant download digital sewing pattern. Includes sizes XXS-5XL(Eloise, Portia, and Meghan) and Women’s sizes 1-10 & Women’s Curvy sizes 6C-15C(Emma).

Features & Options

Options

  • Eloise has four lengths: top, mid-thigh, midi, and maxi
  • Option of loose, elasticated, and shirred sleeves in short or three-quarter length
  • Option of elastic casing or sharing at neck and waist
  • Portia has four dress lengths: maxi, midi, knee, and above knee
  • Option fo open back to waist or stitched halfway
  • Meghan has three dress lengths: knee, midi, and maxi
  • Four sleeve options: sleeveless, short, three-quarter, and long sleeves
  • Emma has five length options: top, tunic, knee, tea, and maxi
  • Optional sash

Features

  • Beginner friendly
  • Off-the-shoulder top
  • Loose fitting
  • Wrap top
  • Tie waist
  • High neck
  • Tiered ruffled skirt
  • Packed with pro tips and expert advice
  • Includes full size, print-at-home pattern pieces
  • Includes step-by-step tutorial with photos
  • Instant-download digital sewing pattern
Sizing
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Supplies
Main Fabric – You can use nearly any light or medium weight fabric (woven or knit/stretch) for the body of this garment. However, your fabric choice will be critical in how the garment fits so please choose with the end look you are wanting in mind:
  • A woven fabric will give much more structure than a knit.
    • A light weight woven such as a chiffon, taffeta, organza, or georgette will be billowy and floaty looking.
    • A light to mid weight woven such as a silk, rayon, silk crepe, crepe de chine, or silk satin will drape and follow the contours of the body more.
    • A woven with structure such as a linen, poly cotton, or quilting cotton won't drape or follow the contours of the body so it will give a boxier look and will change the shape of the armhole slightly. It will also fold rather than gather at the waist if you use the sash. This is a very particular look and more suited to children or anyone wanting a very structured looking top or dress.
  • A knit or stretch fabric will drape more than a woven.
    • A fabric with 4 way stretch (stretches in all directions) will give more drape than a 2 way stretch (only stretches in one direction). It will also swing and swish around your legs more.
    • Light to medium weight stretch fabrics such as jersey, silk satin with elastine, or silk jersey with elastine will give a lovely drape and swing.
    • Generally knit/stretch fabrics are heavier than wovens. You may find that you need to hem your garment slightly higher if it stretches out in length while wearing it.
  • The Collar needs structure as it holds the weight of the garment (otherwise it will stretch and sag).
    • If you use a medium weight woven, you do not need to interface it.
    • If you use a light weight woven, or a knit/stretch for your main garment fabric, you will need to interface your Collar.
    • Alternatively, the Collar is 'cut 2'. One is for the outside of the Collar; one is the Lining of the Collar. You could use your main garment fabric for the outside, and a Lining fabric with more structure for the inside.
Lining Fabric -
  • The Collar and Sash can be made either with the same fabric on both sides, or with main fabric on one side and a lining on the other. The Collar lining will be hidden in the final garment. The Sash lining will be visible.
  • If your main fabric is sheer and you want to follow the lining option, you will also require lining for the top.
  • If you are doing the top, you will follow the lining to the same top hemline. If you are doing the tunic, you will follow the lining to the same tunic hemline.
  • If you are doing one of the dress lengths, the lining goes only to the tunic hemline. If you wish, you can add tiers of lining to your lining as you will to your dress so that your lining and dress remain the same length, however these are not included in the fabric requirements. Make sure to add additional fabric or these.
  • Any lightweight lining fabric will work. The most common is a polyester lining, usually just called 'lining fabric' in stores.
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You will also need:
  • Collar fastenings - 2x snaps, or 2x small buttons (maximum 1cm/ 1/2 inch wide), or 2x Hook and Eye.
  • Interfacing - You will need a small piece of iron on interfacing for the lining of your Collar piece. 1/4 yard will be more than sufficient. For medium weight woven fabrics, a light weight interfacing is best. However, if you are using a stretch or light weight woven fabric, use a heavier interfacing to give the Collar more structure/stiffness as it will be holding quite a bit of the weight of the garment.
  • OPTIONAL Bias tape - If you are doing any of the dress lengths and following the sewing machine option and not using a serger/overlocker you will need bias tape to enclose the gathered hem where the tiers attach. You can either use store bought bias tape or make your own following the instructions in our free DIY Bias Tape Tutorial. You will need double fold bias tape that is 1/4 inch wide when finished. Or you can buy/make 1/2 inch wide single fold bias tape and fold in half down its center line.
  • Thread to match
Tools
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins or clips
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Serger/Overlocker is optional but not required

Suitable for knit and woven fabrics.

You will also need:

  • Thread to match
  • Elastic or shirring elastic
  • Buttons
  • Zipper
  • Bias tape
  • Interfacing

A serger or overlocker is optional but not required.

FAQs

FAQs

How do PDF/ digital patterns work? Simply download, print, and sew. You’ll need a free Adobe Acrobat reader program and any home printer (or a nearby copy shop for A0 printing). Once you’ve printed the pieces, tape or glue them together. You’ll find an easy-to-follow how-to guide inside the pattern instructions, plus support in our Facebook group.

The trim-free pattern comes in A4 or US letter printable sizes and includes full pattern pieces and a detailed tutorial to guide you every step of the way. An A0 format (pattern pieces only) is also included should you wish to have your pattern printed professionally. PDF Layers allow you to select and print only the size/s you want/ need.

When will I get my patterns? You’ll receive a link to download your patterns immediately after purchase. If you haven’t received it, please check your spam/ junk folder. You can also find your patterns in your ‘My Account’ area..

What if I need help while sewing? Join our Facebook group and ask any and all the questions you have! We have a team of admins who know our patterns inside-out and are here to help at any point throughout your RP sewing experience. This wonderful community is friendly, knowledgeable, and always willing to help! You can share photos of your RP sews, enter giveaways, get sales information, and new-release updates.

“This is such a beautiful pattern! I’ve been seeing this style everywhere and I love that I can make it myself.”

Keeley Jones

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