A FREE PDF Pattern by In the Folds that is great for Beginners!
I now have two of these Jersey Dresses - a FREE pdf pattern by In The Folds in collaboration with Peppermint magazine. Its worth checking out their website as there are many free patterns to try. Both of my versions are black and they are just so warm and comfortable to wear in the Winter. Sometimes I’ll wear one with a turtle neck and warm chunky tights for extra heat!
The designer describes it as:
a simple and modern sweater dress with a comfortable and relaxed fit. It features raglan sleeves and in-seam pockets, along with neck band, hem band and sleeve cuffs.
The Jersey Dress is drafted to be sewn with mid-weight knit fabrics with at least 20% stretch. I made my Jersey Dress with a textured fabric - this gives a little more interest than just a plain jersey. You wouldn’t want to use a light weight jersey for this garment - it would become too flimsy and shapeless. I cut a size 14 and could get it out of two metres of 1.5 metre wide fabric. The sizing on this pattern is pretty limited, though, ranging from AUS/UK 8-16 which is US/CAN 4-12.
The Jersey Dress pattern tutorial is very detailed with nicely illustrated instructions. There are good tips for printing the pattern and preparing your fabric. There are shorten/lengthen lines on the main pattern pieces which is helpful. I actually took 4cms out of the length of the sleeves. That’s one of the things I like about making my own clothes - not having to put up with sleeves that are too long!
Construction of the Jersey Dress is quick and simple and this pattern is certainly suitable for a beginner. Construction is made even easier due to the pocket pieces being part of the front and back body pieces (rather than 4 separate pattern pieces that have to be sewn on). You can easily make this Jersey Dress if you only have a standard sewing machine (as long as you have the right type of needle) but sewing it up on a serger is super fast and gives a lovely finish on the inside.
Nice details are the raglan sleeves, the wide sleeve cuffs and the banding around the hem.
Final Thoughts: A great pattern to have in your collection. Easy to make and even easier to wear.