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Elegant and Easy Dress

This elegant dress is so easy, it can be sewn in 11 speedy seams.




  • How-to diagram
  • About two yards of fabric (Note: If you choose fabric from a 45-inch-wide bolt, you may need 4 yards, depending on your body's measurements)
  • One yard of decorative cord or drapery rope or ribbon
  • Sewing supplies, including matching thread


  1. Step 1

    Cut material into 2 same-size rectangles. To determine width, measure body at widest point, add 7 inches, divide in half. For length, measure from top of shoulder to desired length (ours was just above the ankle); add 5 inches.

  2. Step 2

    Lay rectangles together with right sides facing.

Blueprint, Volume 1 Summer 2006



Reviews (10)

  • EmilyLouiseMinck 29 May, 2013

    I haven't tried the pattern yet but here is the proper URL for further Details -

  • winkblink 1 May, 2013

    the easy to follow diagram is a bad link

  • Chopstickknits 7 Jun, 2012

    Where are the directions? It stops at laying them together - no instructions for sewing or adding the straps!

  • Deannason 1 Mar, 2012

    I've sewn three of these shifts for summer! I love them. Easy and cute:) When the temperatures hit the eighties and up I'll be comfy and cool:)

  • vassia23 3 Aug, 2011

    I just made the dress and it's baggy at the back side. Is it me or someone else has the same problem?

  • misys 3 Feb, 2011

    This is another variation of a pillow case dress. The dress is simple to make but these directions do not make it easy to follow.

  • missdivineem 1 Oct, 2010

    I just started sewing and decided to tackle this dress. It turned out great! Definitely an easy sew if you're a relative newbie.

  • nic10 8 Aug, 2010

    I was looking for the rest of the instructions too! I found that if you click on the "easy-to-follow diagram" link, it shows you where you sew and how to put the pieces together. Hope that helps. :-)

  • Colleeny84 16 Jul, 2010

    You are missing something! The rest of the instructions are in her book, Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. I'm surprised they didn't post the rest of the directions. Seems kind of point less to post this craft if your not going to give the full directions, right?! Anyways, I did make this dress and I am just a beginner sewer. It was super easy and looks super cute!!

  • LindenBlossom 12 Jun, 2010

    Am I missing something here!? I realise this is a simple design and, as I have a little bit of dressmaking experience, I can figure out what to do, but I have to say these are pretty incomplete instructions. Is there another page I haven't found yet?