Top Sewing Patterns – Sew a Dress

Sewing Your Own Dress

sewing a dressDresses are the one of the most practical sewing projects and also one of most popular for obvious reasons.

It is not as hard as you think to create your own style with your Janome sewing machine, you can have a wardrobe of stylish dresses, which will make you the envy of even most sophisticated fashionista.

Creating a Dress with Your Janome Sewing Machine

There is a great sense of satisfaction making your clothing. With practice and using a modern sewing machine, you can make perfectly fitting dresses that save you money. You are not limited to waiting for designers to bring out popular fashion trends either because being your own designer you can make your favourites anytime! You know what you like best, so make a dress that fulfils the requirements and style you desire, in a design that best fits you.

Don’t you hate when your favourite dress isn’t in the right matching colour for an event? Now you can fire up your Janome sewing machine and get stuck into redesigning your favs in the colour and design choices you want.

Over time, you will accumulate a large selection of dresses, having something ideal for just about any occasion, without breaking the bank account either.

There is a lot of pride in creating something from scratch like a dress. Even if you are a beginner, with a little practice, you can craft your own clothing that accompanies your store bought clothes.

So what are you waiting for?  Below are some patterns and ideas to help you get started!

Start with a sleeveless dress

Sleeveless Dress

sew a sleeveless dressA sleeveless dress is perfect for the warmer weather and climate. Without constricting movement that some sleeved dresses do, there is a reason designers love producing sleeveless dress designs. Now you can too! This sleeveless dress not only looks fashionable but is sure a winner amongst your other sleeved dresses.

Follow this link to get instructions on how to use the above pattern sizes to create this fabulous dress.

You will need:

  • Soft knitwear
  • 2 buttons
  • Fusing

Pattern size:


It always good to have a sleeveless dress option for those occasions where you require full mobility.

Summer wear - the Classic Halter Dress

Halter Dress

sewing a halter dressUsually described as a backless dress that is secure at the back of the neck and waistline, a halter dress comes in varying lengths and styles. Gaining popularity in the 1940’s, where they were considered somewhat risqué for the amount of skin they exposed, today they are now a standard in fashion industries around the world.

We have provided a longer, free flowing halter dress pattern that is ideal for the summer season. The lightweight sheer fabric makes it comfortable to wear in hotter weather, and is the perfect, casual addition to your wardrobe.

You will need:

  • A soft sheer fabric that would be suitable for dresses
  • Lining
  • Zipper
  • Fusing

Pattern size:


Whether it is a summer stroll or a day out at the beach, follow these instructions with the appropriate pattern size above to get started with your very own halter dress.

Flexible - A Sport Style Dress

Sport-style dress

sport style dressFashionable and trendy, this sport-style dress screams appeal, going great with high leather boots. Created from denim fabric and having a belt incorporated into the waist, this is a true fashion centrepiece while still being a casual, fun design that will turn heads.

You will need:

  • Denim
  • Fusing
  • Clasp
  • Zipper
  • Eyelets
  • Fusing

Pattern size:


Make a statement with your own denim sport-style dress. Sassy, modern looking, stylish – when you require a unique, interesting attire solution, it’s hard to go past this design

Choose your desired pattern size above and follow the instructions to create your very sport-style dress.

Perfect for Everyday - The Short Dress

Short Dress

short dressA cute, easy to make dress, for those times you don’t want to deal with longer styles, this short dress is a great addition to your collection. When you need an attractive, short style dress solution for that day out, this design is to be sure fire winner.

You will need:

  • Crepe-de-chine
  • Fusing
  • Zipper

Pattern size:


For instructions on how to design this adorable short dress, please follow this link and use with one of the above sizing patterns.

Add Some Elegance - a Ball Dress

Ball Dress

sew your own ball dressEvery woman should have type of elegant, stylish dress that can pretend to be Cinderella in. The ball dress is fantastic for those occasions and isn’t as complicated to make as you would think. For those times when you want to ‘dress up’ and exude elegance and beauty – a true showstopper dress.

You will need:

  • Satin fabric
  • Organza
  • Fusing
  • Zipper
  • 3 buttons

Pattern size:


Be sure you can re-enact those famous movie ball scenes without blowing your bank account. Choose one of the above size patterns and have fun designing your new ball dress! By following the instructions here, you will always have classy evening wear for those formal occasions.

For Advanced Sewers - A Tiered Dress

Tiered Dress

tiered dressFor the more advanced Janome sewing machine owner is the stunning tiered dress. Using five tiers of fabric layers, you are sure to stand out in a crowd wearing this eye-catching dress. Excellent for those special occasions when you need to make that big entrance.

You will need:

  • Lightweight fabrics of natural and blended fibres
  • Outer layer fabric
  • Invisible zipper
  • Trim fabric for front & neck trim
  • Tough tape (like for pants bottom)
  • 75 cm wide button

Pattern size:


Ensure you make a breath-taking first impression with your very own multi-tiered dress! If you up for the challenge in crafting this beautiful tiered dress, you can find the how-to instructions for the above pattern sizes.

We hope these dress patterns give you some ideas and creativity for your sewing, if you have any questions about your Janome sewing machine, see the sewing FAQ’s or contact the helpful team at the Brisbane store If you would like further help, you could book in for a Free unlimited sewing lesson on a machine you purchased through us, either in store or over the phone.


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