14 Easy Steps To Sew A Dress With Sewing Machine

Using a sewing machine seems like a big task to the beginners. But it is not like that as even those who are just starting their journey with sewing can achieve outstanding results. Crafting beautiful dresses with sewing machines is possible if you start with a simple yet stylish design, also an easy to use cloth material.

Ever passed a store flaunting a gorgeous dress with incredible lacing or beading? Or seen a model on the ramp wearing an awesome high low dress? Well, these dresses cost a hundred bucks which is a sheer wastage. Dreaming of spotting a fabulous dress with those expensive embellishments is possible in just few bucks if you know how to sew a dress with sewing machine. Yes, you heard that right! Hold on tight and here we present you the basic detailed instructions for dressmaking with which you will be able to do yourself a huge favour. Make prom dresses, flapper dress, gowns or short skirts or fitted dresses with utmost ease.

How To Sew A Dress With Sewing Machine

Step 1. Choose the fabric and pattern

Let us start with a simple dress! Browse the internet and find a simple looking pattern along with choosing the right fabric.

Step 2. Prepare the pattern

Prepare the pattern

Once you have selected the pattern you want your dress to look like, you should then draw it on a tissue paper for complete accuracy. For a simple shift dress, all you need is the front, back, sleeves, front and back neck facings etc. When you draw the pattern, iron it to remove the creased lines or wrinkles. It will make sure that the pattern lay flat on the fabric.

Step 3. Cut out the fabric with the pattern

Take the fabric and iron it. Lay it on the flat platform and using the pattern, keep prepping up the fabric. Place the drawn pattern pieces on the cloth and following the instructions, you might need to fold the fabric in half. Now if you have chosen a floral or striped fabric make sure to keep that in account as the fabric pattern must face the same direction to keep consistency.

Attach the pieces to the fabric and cut.

Step 4. Mark the lines and sew

Mark the lines and sew

Every pattern has some darts to make sewing easy by providing some shaping to the fabric. Transfer those mark lines to the fabric which can be folded and stitched from the edge to the point. Start sewing the lines and follow up to the next step!

Step 5. Sew the back

Now if your dress has a back zip, it is really convenient to sew a dress. Put in the zipper first before sewing the front and back of the dress.

Step 6. Sew the shoulders

Sew the shoulders

Once both the front and back are securely placed, sew them together at the shoulder. Seam by seam, start sewing the shoulders before moving on to the neck. It is to keep shape of the dress perfect so that while stitching the neck, the fabric doesn’t stretches out.

Step 7. Prep up the neckline

Now is the time to move ahead with the neckline facing. Keep the fabric laid down with the back, front and shoulders attached and then sew the back neck to the front neck at the shoulder seams. Now because the back of the dress has zipper, you will have to be careful to accommodate two pieces on the back as maintaining the shape is important.

Step 8. Attach neck facings

Now pin the neckline by matching the shoulder seams of the dress. You might observe that the neck facing is a little larger at the center back which is due to the zipper there. Don’t try to cut that extra facing as it can be concealed later on to give a clean finish to the final dress. While crafting anything, don’t ever cut the fabric or facings until you get the final outcome.

Fold the facing towards inside to hide it and it will reduce the bulkiness on the neck area.

Step 9. Under stitch neck facing

Next, press the neckline facing away from the body of the dress and under stitch around the neck edge. It is to make sure that the seams don’t get flipped down and by under stitching the neck edges, the whole dress will look finely sewed. While without under stitching, the neck sometimes get flipped when worn which looks bad so follow this technique and flaunt a smooth finished dress.

Step 10. Sew seams

By matching seam along the seam, sew the side seams following the exact same pattern your drawing indicates. Typically the sides need to be sewed first to ensure the shape of the dress remains intact. If you sew other parts first, chances are likely that you will lose track of your dress and may have to start all over again.

Turn the fabric inside out and start sewing by folding ¼ of an inch over on either side for alteration purpose later on. Keep ironing the fabric so the stitches look smooth. With the simple zig zag stitch, you can sew the front and back together where the neck can be attached afterwards to complete the whole body of the dress. To add a professional look, you need to be careful about putting the fabric on a flat platform.

Step 11. Sew the neckline

Sew the neckline

To finish off the body, sew the neckline after sewing front and back. Again, fold some of the fabric inside along the edge and iron it for a smooth look. With the straight stitch, sew the neck edges in place and adjust them with the shoulders by measuring the distance of how deep you want the neckline to be. Adjust the fabric according to your requirements as only you know how you want your dress to appear.

Step 12. Finish off the dress

Lastly to finish off, check if all the parts have been sewed together. Once you are done stitching them all, you will get a nice dress. Also, you can add laces, pearls, beads, ruffles or any other embellishments to lend a gorgeous look to your dress. Be creative by adding that extra touch and never leave a chance to showcase your style to the world. It’s your dress and you can do anything with that.

If you want to look more creative, sew the dress with a different colored thread to make a stunning contrast. As the clothing trends keep on changing, create our own trend and let the world follow you.

Step 13. Prom dress

Prom dress

You can make your own prom dress by learning sewing and stitching the basic dresses. Save your hard earned money and craft an evening gown at home by following a nice pattern and the right fabric. Toss up the pattern and fabric together to bring a pretty dress which people will definitely adore for your creativity, smartness and amazing sewing abilities.

Step 14. Added tips

  • For precisely accurate results, measure everything with an inch-tape instead of doing it manually.
  • Find free dress patterns to save money
  • Measure your body first before cutting the fabric or else you will have to do everything again.


I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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