Tutorial | Easy Knit Summer Sundress

Summer is usually my favorite. But this year, I’ve had a bit of a falling out with summer as we don’t have air-conditioning in our circa 1902 rental. Every time the temperatures creep into the 90’s, our house thinks it’s an oven and gets and stays ridiculous hot. I’m nagging encouraging Andy to find us a window A/C unit soon, but in the meantime, simple summer sundresses are a necessity.

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com
Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.comEasy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.comAs a part of the Melly Sews sundress series, I’m sharing how to make this easy knit summer sundress. (Make sure to check out this post to enter a fabric giveaway and to see a running summary of all the sundresses in the series!)

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Want to make one too? Let’s get started.

Materials

  • Knit Fabric (mine is from Joanns)
  • Fitted Tank Top to trace
  • Tracing Paper
  • Pencil
  • General Sewing Supplies

Instructions

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

One: To create the front pattern piece, fold a fitted tank top in half and lay it on top of the tracing paper. Trace around the tank top adding about 1/2 inch around the outside for the seam allowance. In an A-line, flaired shape, add the desired length.

Two: To create the back pattern pieces, trace the front pattern piece that was created in step one, but with a higher neckline. Trim the pattern piece in half 3 inches below the armscyes, adding in an additional 1/2 inch for the seam allowance for each pattern piece.

Three: Using the pattern pieces, cut out the fabric.

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Four: With right sides together, pin the back pattern pieces together. Using a serger or a stretch stitch, sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Five: Press the seam allowance up and sew the seam allowance to the top portion of the dress.

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Six: With right sides together, pin the front pattern piece and the back pattern piece together at the shoulders. Using a serger or a stretch stitch, sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Seven: With right sides together, pin the front pattern piece and the back pattern piece together at the side seams. Using a serger or a stretch stitch, sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Eight: Cut out a strip of fabric 2.5 inches by the length of the neckline. This will be the neckband.

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Nine: Pin the neckband to the back center of the neck, right sids together. Gently stretch the neckband while sewing the neckband to the dress. Stop 1 inch short and sew the short ends of the neckband together. Trim the excess length from the neckband, press the seam allowance open, and finish attaching the neckband.

Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Ten: Press the seam allowance down.

Eleven: Hem the armhole and the bottom of the dress or leave it raw like I did. Since knit doesn’t fray and I liked the way it looked with my fabric, I left all my seams unfinished.

And that’s it! A simple sundress that’s perfect for a hot summer day. Now I just need to whip up about 5 more to tie me over until we get some A/C up in here.

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Easy Knit Summer Sundress Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography

  • erika

    How many yards of fabric did you use?

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      I had 2 yards on hand, but I wish I would have had 3. It was quite the challenge to get my pattern pieces out of just 2.

  • agnes

    It’s beautiful! Your choice of that fabric is great. Thanks for the tutorial!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like it! :)

  • Audrey

    Looks great Erin!! Will def try it, I live in dresses in the summer!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Would love to see yours if you make it!

  • Kim

    What a great looking dress! It looks easy and comfortable. Thanks for sharing a knit dress- something practical that will get worn!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks, Kim!! :)

  • Maeve

    Love the dress, I may use this as a guide to make a similar type dress for my daughter. But I’m curious. Why didn’t you just leave the back panel as one piece, instead of cutting it in two? :)

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Haha, you caught me, Maeve! I didn’t have enough fabric to cut the front and back in one piece each (mostly due to cutting without a plan first) so I cut the back in two pieces. But, then I decided I liked how it gave the dress a bit more interest and could be fun with a lace overlay or color blocking. :)

  • justine

    Gorgeous photos Erin!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Aw, thanks Justine! :) My sister’s pretty talented with the camera.

  • Melissa Mora

    Love it Erin! Thanks so much for sewing along this year.

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks for having me, Melissa!

  • Becca

    Erin, this is an awesome dress. I can’t wait to get to the fabric store to get the fabric…thank you so much for sharing your talent.
    Becca

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Yay! I’m so glad you like the dress, Becca! :)

  • Jess Abbott

    this is lovely Erin!!! As always, you look GORGEOUS!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Aw, thanks so much, Jess! :)

  • Sharlyn

    I love the dress! I like how you accessorized with it too ;-)

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thank you, Sharlyn! :) I’m glad you like it!