How to make a Simple Linen A-Line Dress Tutorial

How to make a Simple Linen A-Line Dress Tutorial


Even the simplest design can be transformed into something special. This cute little dress is a perfect example. With its loose-fitting trapeze silhouette, it features a couple of original details like the button loop opening at the back and “faux” patch pockets at the front, which make it special, feminine and very comfortable.

Cut from beautiful yarn-dyed Premium Finish 100% linen, this dress feels and looks great! It’s one of those timeless pieces that every woman should own so we thought we’d show you how to make one.



2 yards of  IL042 903 FS Premier Finish 100% Medium Weight Linen

Matching sewing thread, one button, fusible interfacing



Pattern paper, ruler, pen, scissors, pins, fabric marker, needle, chalk, sewing machine


3-4 hours




You can access the dress pattern by following this link HERE and the printable pocket pattern can be found HERE. Remember to add seam allowances as indicated in the pattern.

Note that you’ll also need to cut three 1″ (2.5 cm) large strips of fabric on the bias in order to make the bias tape for the neckline and the armholes. For detailed instructions on how to cut your bias tape please follow this tutorial.

The diagram shows the pattern for US size 6-8 (UK size 10-12). If you need help grading your pattern, please follow this tutorial.


Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, dry in room temperature. Iron the fabric so it is easier to work with.

1. Before assembling the front and the back together, you need to sew the back slit and the button loop closure. HERE is a step-by-step tutorial on how to do it.



2. When you finished sewing your back slit and the button loop (do not attach the button yet), you may assemble the front and the back of the dress by pinning the shoulder seams right sides together.


3. Sew the shoulder seams right sides together at 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance, remember to backstitch.


4. Trim the seam allowance down to 1/4″ (6 mm) and serge or zigzag the raw edges together to prevent the fabric from fraying. Press the seams flat folding the serged/zigzagged edges towards the back of your dress.



5. Bind the neckline following this tutorial. Make sure that when you attach the binding the serged/zigzagged shoulder seam edge is folded towards the back of your dress.


When you come to the back opening, tuck in the ends of your bias band as shown below:


Here’s what your finished neckline will look like:


6. Now is the time to attach the button.


7. With the right sides together and the pockets matching up, pin the side seams together.


8. Sew at 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance all along the pinned edges. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4” (0,6 cm) and serge or zigzag the raw edges together to prevent the fabric from fraying.


9. Take your ruler and draw a 4” line from the bottom of your pockets in the continuity of the side seam.


10. Stitch over that line to create a pocket opening. Remember to backstitch at both ends.


11. Turn the dress right side out and tuck in the pockets. Press the seams flat folding the pockets towards the front of your dress.


12. Working from the wrong side, pin the pockets to the front of your dress. Make sure the back is not caught.


13. Stitch the pockets to the front panel of you dress (make sure the back panel is not caught) just on top of stitched line that was used to assemble the pocket panels together.


14. Now topstitch the pockets again but this time about 1/8” from the serged/zigzagged edge. This second line should be parallel to the first one.


These two stitched lines will create a beautiful outline of your pockets on the right side of the dress. You can even use a different color of the thread for more contrast.


15. Bind the armholes using the same tutorial as in step #5.



The last thing to do is to finish the bottom edge with a rolled hem.

16. First fold and press the edge of the fabric 3/8” to the wrong side and then another 1/2” to enclose the raw edge within this second fold. Pin.


17. Stitch the fold from the wrong side as close to the inner edge as possible. Press.


Give the dress a good press and you’re done! Such a great everyday basic that will easily become your wardrobe essential.

Have a browse through our selection of linen and see which of our fabrics inspire you for this project. This dress will look great in any color!


  1. Susan

    I made a 4/6 tank and it fit perfectly. If I understand these measurements correctly, I will need to make this dress in a 12/14 in order for it to fit me. I have put the tank pattern on top of the dress pattern to compare, and it does appear that the 4/6 tank pattern is approximately equivalent to the 12/14 dress pattern. Admittedly, I have limited experience sewing, but this disparity confuses me.

    1. Susan

      I love the dress, but I am hoping it will fit my daughter because the 10/12 is too big. I think the 8/10 size would be perfect.
      Like Lori, I too added 2″ to the length, requiring me to cut the back in two pieces. 2 yards is not long enough to cut both front and back on the fold if you have added 2″in length to both pieces. Because I had a seam at the neck opening in the back I was able to finish the slit by turning under the raw edges in the seam twice and edge stitching all around, saving me the trouble of making the facing. The loop edges are exposed because of that, but I don’t believe anyone will notice. Instead of making bias tape I ironed under 1/8″ of the neck and arm openings, then turned under again and stitched a thin finished edge for all three openings. I am a casual (lazy) seamstress!

          1. Author
            Rima Khusainova

            Dear Susan! Thank you so much for sharing your sewing experience with us! I’m sure it’ll help a lot of sewists here! Finding the right size is always tricky! That’s why testing the patterns with muslin (before cutting into linen) is always a great idea!

  2. Stacy D

    I would love to know what the measurement in length when the dress is completed. I need to see if I need to add a little length to the dress. Thank you. Once again beautiful patterns and much appreciated multi-size pdf.

    This would be my 4th thing that I would make from your linen and patterns. I live in South Florida so warm weather and linen are a perfect combination.

    1. Lori

      Stacy, Did you already make the Trapeze Dress? I am 5’8″ and I added 2″ to hit just above the knee. The pattern length for size 8/10 is 35 1/2″ shoulder to hem. If you add length, you need a little more than 2 yards. I cut the back separately and made a seam up the back. It was easier to do the back opening. I love my dress! I made a mock-up in cotton and added an inch at the bust. I am very small in that area so I was surprised that it was tight. I am so happy with the fabric and the product. Hope your project turns out well too!

  3. Stacy

    I would love to see this pattern available in a pdf version, I’m not the best pattern drafter!….Can’t wait for it.

  4. Robin

    I’m feeling like I must be a bit thick – I can’t seem to find the yardage requirements. Looks like about 2 yards, but wanted to be sure.

    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Robin, yes, we are using 2 yards of Medium Weight Linen to make this dress. Check the “materials” section for the rest of the materials you’ll need.

  5. Taryn

    Just the classic, simple dress pattern I have been hoping for! Thank you for this tutorial Rima! I also like the choice of fabric and color selected. I have learned SEW much from your tutorials, from different ways to bind a neckline to adding an attractive side slit to my garments. Thank you for all your creative ideas and effort put into making these tutorials. They are an essential part of your website! Keep up the great work. 😀

    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Taryn! Thank you so much for your comment! I was very touched by your kind words, really and am so happy you liked the pattern and found our sewing tutorials helpful and easy to follow. Thank you!!!

  6. Christie

    It would be so very helpful to show the dress on the model STANDING so that we could see the lines of the dress and pocket application.

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