Sewing with knitted (stretchy) fabrics is something that still scares some sewists, but we are here to tell you that there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. You just want to be extra careful when you are cutting your pattern pieces - you don't want to stretch your fabric out of shape. We also recommend using a ballpoint or stretch needle in your sewing machine and use a zig zag stitch when you stitch your seams and hems. You don't even need an overlocker, you can just use your normal machine!
Knitted garments are extremely comfortable to wear and a breeze to fit. We've put together a list of some beautiful dress patterns that are especially designed for knitted fabrics. Some are perfect for beginners, and some are for the more experienced sewists, so there is definitely something for everyone. Enjoy browsing and happy sewing!
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Pattern: Simplicity 8375.
This pattern is designed designed to put the creativity in your hands. Starting from basic shapes (which will be perfect for beginners) you can use this pattern and its instructions to create unique pieces and build your perfect wardrobe. It includes several hacking options, but you can also challenge your creativity to look for other unique ways to hack the pattern.
Pattern: Simplicity 8383.
This fashionable knit trapeze dress is easy to sew and it includes a variety of cold shoulder looks or a sleeveless option. You can also choose between a round neckline or a mock turtleneck with an invisible zipper.
Pattern: Burda 6485.
A figure hugging dress that is as comfortable as it is stylish! The cut is quite simple but the crisscross waistband is definitely an eye catcher. This design features a round neckline with a narrow skirt and you can choose between two skirt and sleeve lengths.
Pattern: New Look 6298.
This playful design is easy to dress up or down and can be worn all year round. We love this look with tights and boots! This pattern includes the choice of a V or scoop neck, long or three-quarter sleeve, pockets & different cut lines for length variations.
Pattern: Butterick 6449.
This fantastic maxi dress is a close-fitting, pullover design with front and back princess seams. The band around your midriff make it very flattering and it's a great design to play with different stripes or colours. The pattern includes a sleeveless and short sleeve version, and two different length variations.
Pattern: Burda 6531.
If you're looking for a comfortable dress to swish around in, this is the one! This pattern is easy to sew and it's the kind of dress that you'll wear over and over again. It includes two different sleeve en hem lengths and you can choose between a cute tie front detail or a gathered seam.
Pattern: New Look 6525.
This super fun design comes with a round neck or turtle neck option, different length and sleeve options, and the ruffles are what make this pattern bang on trend! With so many design options you'll want to sew this dress over and over again.
Pattern: Butterick 6241.
This cosy knit dress is perfect for this time of year. It features a high cowl neck with exposed centre front zip and side front seams which will make fitting easier. The draped pockets are a fantastic design feature that really make this design stand out.
Pattern: Butterick 6054.
A knitted wrap dress is an unmissable piece in your wardrobe! This design is incredibly elegant with the gathered front pleats and the beautiful shaped skirt. It features more advanced sewing techniques such as narrow facings, tie ends, and a narrow hem finish on the armholes.
Pattern: Butterick 5987.
You would never think that this beautiful gown is especially designed for knitted fabrics! It is so elegant, it's the perfect way to look and feel amazing. The pattern includes 3 different bodice variations including a semi-fitted bodice with a decorative ring, an a-symmetric design with a two piece sleeve and an a-symmetric bodice design with gathers at the shoulder seam.