I posted a while ago about the smock dress that I made a while ago from my own pattern, despite some trepidation I thought that I’d share it and add it to the blog as a free download, there still aren’t many smock dress sewing patterns out there and it’s one of the key shapes of the summer (not to mention it’s lovely and slouchy and hides a multitude of sins!). This is the first pattern I’ve ever drafted up in downloadable format so it’s pretty basic – be kind! You can download the pattern here: Smock Dress Sewing Pattern Free Download PLEASE NOTE: When you print; make sure that it prints to the actual size and doesn’t try to scale it to the paper. If I do any more patterns I’ll try and remember to put a scaling square so you can make sure it has printed to the right size. You’ll notice on the pattern that there is a fold line on the centre front and centre back pattern pieces. The centre front fold is to adjust the fit of the garment. I’m a size 10 and the wider fit (as per the floral smock dress image) is quite baggy and oversize. If you wanted it a bit more fitted round the bust just fold it along this line and place it along the fold of your fabric for cutting. The fold line on the back pattern piece is for adding a zip (as per the checked smock dress in my original post). A zip would only be necessary if you made the bodice more snug and your dress was in fabric with no stretch – unless you wanted to add one for decorative effect. Instructions for making the smock dress: 1. Download the PDF and construct matching the notches and letters (A with A etc.). You can stick the sheets together and cut or trace. 2. You’ll notice that the pieces included in the PDF are for the bodice and sleeves only. To cut the skirt cut 2 on the fold of the fabric in the following dimensions (please note the drawing is not to scale): This measurement gives light smocking around the waist – if you wanted a more gathered skirt add an additional 6 or 8 inches onto the widths. I’m 5’8″ and the length above came just above my knees, I love a short skirt so cut an extra few inches off once you’ve finished. This fabric didn’t require a hem – so bear this in mind if you are going to crop it. 3. Pin and sew the darts in the front bodice and press to the bottom. 4. With right sides facing, sew the front to the back at the shoulder seams and sides. The seam allowance is 5/8″. You will need to hem or bind the neckline at this point if you are using a fabric that will fray. 5.Sew one sleeve together against the long edge, right sides together. 6. With the longest stitch on your machine sew around the curved edge at the top of the sleeve. Leave a long tail and pull to gentle gather the fabric so it eases into the armhole of the bodice. Stitch into place with sleeve seam matching side seam of bodice. Repeat for the other sleeve. The sleeve has enough length to be hemmed and rolled over twice, it can be shortened if necessary. With the longest stitch on your machine sew two lines of stitching along the waist edge of the skirt close about 1/2″ apart. Leave long tails and pull these to gather the fabric until it fits to the waistline of the bodice, with right sides together stich the waistline. 7. If you are adding a zip – you will need to cut the back skirt piece in half, with right sides together sew together the centre back seam from the bottom to an inch above the end of your chosen zip. Using a zipper foot sew your zip into place. Your dress should now be ready to wear! Hopefully this is an easy to follow pattern, I’ve found that it produces consistent results every time. If you have any questions please ask! I’d love to have your feedback on my first attempt at pattern drafting!