Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Flora Dress

on July 4 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Trends | by | with 161 Comments

Welcome to our Favorite Indie Patterns series, curated by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness! Sara selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long, complete with many pattern giveaways. Check back each day in July for lots of inspiration to update your clothing options with items that reflect your style and fit your body!

Name: Flora Dress

Brand: By Hand London

Description: Fundamentally feminine and universally flattering with her cinched waist and voluminous pleated straight or dipped hem circle skirt, Flora is the definitive party dress. Choose from two entirely different bodice variations: a classic sleeveless faux-wrap style or the more demure tank bodice, with her high square neckline and simple shoulder straps.

Format: Just print (for now!)

Skill Level: Beginner, and the sew along makes it even more accessible.

Techniques Involved: Basic sewing skills such as darts, seams, pleats (both knife and box), invisible zipper insertion, seam stabilising, lining your bodice and hand sewing.

Sizes: US 2-16 and UK 6-20

Recommended Fabrics: The world of fabrics is your oyster with the Flora Dress! Pretty much all wovens will work a treat (and even some stable knits such as ponte and double knit), especially: cotton lawn and quilting cottons, cotton voile, cotton poplin, cotton twill, seersucker, upholstery cottons, cotton silk, brocade, jacquard, taffeta, dupion silk, silk satin, silk crepe, silk habotai, wool crepe, wool tweed, eyelet lace, embroidered tulle, rayon, etc.

Price: £14 including VAT (UK Value Added Tax)

Customer Examples:

Marie from A Stitching Odyssey

WIN A COPY OF THIS PATTERN! Let’s hear it for the party dress! Have you made the ultimate dress? Are you searching for the right pattern for your elusive perfect dress? What worked/works for you in a dress pattern? Have you had success sewing your own dresses? Your comment enters you to win a copy of the Flora Dress pattern!

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161 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Flora Dress

  1. Manouela says:

    I’ve got a beautiful green silk fabric in my stash a gift from my aunt and awaits to be a Flora!!!

  2. Kristin says:

    I don’t have a favorite, but I’ve made a couple of Cambies recently and love them both!

  3. Andrea says:

    My only real preference in a dress pattern is pockets. I like the detail of the pockets on Deer and Doe’s Belladone, but that dress also is very detail oriented. Though I must say, I do tend to prefer a fuller skirt (A-line at minimum)

  4. Roxanne says:

    I don’t have a favorite dress pattern. Possibly because I always find NEW patterns that I like often enough that I never stick around with one pattern for that long. ;)

  5. Jessica w says:

    I’m still looking for a good dress pattern

  6. Lisa says:

    I just bought a bunch of really nice fabric last week. There are a couple of yards tht are calling out to be made into the faux halter style dress above:) I am so glad my search for the perfect pattern for it has been blessedly short: I don’t have to look any further than this dress!

  7. Bonnie MS says:

    Wow how did I not know this pattern existed?! My husband saw it on my screen and said every version would make a great date night dress and I totally agree! Sexy but still perfectly classy! On to my “Must Buy” list you go!

  8. Ula says:

    I love the design of this dress! I’ve not yet had success with dresses, those darts never work out for me!

  9. Betty says:

    I haven’t sewn a dress yet, but I bought The Staple Dress pattern recently and will give it a try. I love the fabric and look of this Flora Dress, especially the customer example. Is this really something a beginner can accomplish?! Gives me hope!

  10. Karrie Smith says:

    I don’t have a good party dress anymore! I would love to win this pattern!

  11. I have never make a dress but this one looks beautiful. Would love to try it out! :D

  12. ruby t says:

    Sadly, I have not made the perfect dress yet…sigh. Haven’t given up hope though and with the help of SewMamaSew, I am sure my focus will be directed to one just for me. This dress (Hand London’s Flora Dress) has some possibilities and I love the blue floral one…that got me thinking.
    Thanks

  13. Miet says:

    Love this dress! I haven’t made any party dresses yet, as my children are too young for me to go partying. But then again, who says you can’t wear a party dress to the grocery store?

  14. Catarina says:

    Luv lurf luv!!!

  15. marjolein says:

    i haven’t sewn a party dress yet.

  16. auschick says:

    Sewing dresses for me is currently on hold until I am done being pregnant and nursing babies! I can’t wait to be able to sew dresses for me again!!

  17. Catherine says:

    I have had some success with sewing dresses. I find that the top needs to be fitted and the bottom needs to flow to best flatter my body shape.

  18. Taryn B says:

    I’m dying to make my own dress. I would love the Flora!

  19. Meg says:

    I’d had some good luck with dresses, but not a par-tay dress like this yet- love the wrap top version of Flora!

  20. Tomboy says:

    This dress has great lines. I’d love to try a fun version with a crazy print and a more elegant one in a solid color. Two completely different dresses using the same pattern.

  21. Sarah says:

    Love BHL patterns so much. They are something else. Would love to win this. X

  22. Annika says:

    the flora dress seems so flattering. i would love to sew it and then to go to a nice summer evening date with my husband…

  23. Catarina says:

    I love this pattern – so wanted to try the v-neck version!

  24. Helen says:

    Just love this dress, fitted up top and flared from the waist down – just the choice of fabric makes it an everyday, dressed up or party dress!!

  25. Karen says:

    Oooh, I have had my eye on this pattern for some time, I love the sleeveless bodice version, would make the perfect party dress!

  26. sangeetha says:

    Ooh I made a dress like this sometime ago for a wedding unfortunately what I thought was a cool design feature ended up being quite silly looking so it ended up in the fail bin

  27. Melwyk says:

    I don’t really have a favourite party dress pattern yet…since I don’t get to many parties! LOL! But this one is so pretty.

  28. Mama Lusco says:

    I think fabric choice is key in dressing up a pattern. This dress is gorgeous!

  29. Jenny says:

    In my opinion… As far as party dresses go, if it doesn’t have polka dots, it’s not a party dress!!!

  30. Alli says:

    I haven’t managed to sew myself a dress yet, but I want to! :)

  31. Shannon says:

    I love the lace overlay! I just gave away all of my fancy dresses because they are too big. I would love a fantastic pattern to make my own!

  32. Jane says:

    I’ve been making a lot of loose dresses, using shirring or belts to cinch them in and create shape but recently made my first successful fitted dress – Christine Haynes Emery Dress. It’s such a great pattern and I learnt lots making it, including how to make an SBA and narrow shoulder adjustment. Can’t wait to make more and delve into making other fitted dresses! I would love to try the Flora, fingers crossed I win!

  33. krystina says:

    I have been dying over this dress!

  34. Raina DelRio says:

    I have only sewn two dresses for myself, and both I did not like after I made them. This dress is stunning, I could certainly see several in my wardrobe!

  35. Siobhan says:

    Hope I’m not too late to enter this giveaway. I haven’t made a party dress for myself yet, I’m still a beginner, but I woul dlove to try the Flora for the comapny Christmas party this year, I’m sure my skills woul dbe up to scratch by then!

  36. Tas says:

    Oh wow. What a gorgeous dress. My party dresses at the moment are all op shop vintage. Which I do love but it would be fantastic to sew up one for myself.

  37. Susan says:

    I adore the demure tank bodice.

  38. MeryeBeth Albert says:

    I’m loving the floral prints this summer, and this pattern looks like it would sew up nicely in a waxed cotton floral print.

  39. BJMarley says:

    I haven’t sewn a dress for myself in over 10 years, but I want to start sewing for myself again.

  40. Dita says:

    I’ve had a good luck with sewing dresses! I’ve recently made one that I just really love! However, I have not been brave enough to try and sew a fancy party dress! I’ve only sewn with cotton so I wonder whether I will be able to sew with other kinds of fabrics!

  41. Tina C. says:

    So far my best party dress was a simple pattern that worked its wow with the fabric — planets and star trek combined on the bodice and planets for the skirt.

  42. Ali M says:

    I have not had amazing success with dresses, but im making up Vogue 8280 this weekend I think it is, without ever finishing my muslin of it that I started over a year ago… But I’m feeling stubborn and want a dress I can wear in public! http://seamslikeparadise.blogspot.com/2011/06/dress-with-20-darts.html

  43. Diane says:

    Ultra feminine FLora dress. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win the pattern.
    I have just the pearl necklace to adorn it:)

  44. Ari says:

    Dresses are some of my facorite articles of clothing both to make and wear.

  45. Mary Jo says:

    I’m still searching for my perfect dress. I’ve done a few Japanese book styles and a Sew U stretch kind but still looking to find a flattering one for me.

  46. Kathy says:

    This is such a pretty and sexy dress pattern! What fun it would be to sew!

  47. Garilyn says:

    I wear dresses a lot! I have not made myself any dresses since my measurements are crazy, but as I continue to get rid of excess weight I will definitely need new dresses!

  48. sharon says:

    all of my nieces would look fabulous in this dress.
    I would love to make it for some proms or dances.

  49. Elizabeth says:

    I find that the dresses I love to wear usually have a scoop neckline and a skirt that skims or isn’t too full. Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. Mihla says:

    My 21-year-old granddaughter recently lost 70 pounds and is now a fit size 6. I’ve been looking for a dress pattern that would suit her, and since she’s full-busted (a family trait) but has a tiny waist, the faux-wrap version of the Flora would be perfect for her.

  51. Nancy Woodworth says:

    My daughter is getting married in June and this would be a great dress for the parties she will be going to. Thanks for the chance to win.

  52. bknaturally says:

    Thanks for posting a pattern that works for a busty chick. The alternative necklines mean that you can mix it up a bit.

  53. Shannon says:

    This pattern seems so versatile! Fingers crossed on this one…

  54. Karin says:

    What a lovely dress that is! I especially love the first version. Gorgeous!

  55. melissa says:

    I’ve heard wonderful things about this dress!

  56. Christine says:

    I really like the look of this dress!

  57. Karen H says:

    This is an adorable dress. I love the options the others took in making it. I think it would be so fun to make this for my daughter who just graduated H.S. She would love this!

  58. Judi B in VA says:

    Lovely dress! Would certainly have to make the high square neckline should I be so lucky to win this one.

  59. MelissaW says:

    I haven’t made the definitive dress yet. The Flora is super cute!

  60. Rachel says:

    I have made 5 dresses so far from the Go – To dress pattern by Tanya Whelan because the shape fits me perfectly and I love experimenting with different fabrics each time I make it.

  61. Karen says:

    What a pretty dress! Love the two neckline variations. I’ve only sewn party dresses for girls – does that count?! :) Maybe it’s time I tried to make myself one!

  62. Maddy says:

    I love this pattern. I have just the dabric in my stash waiting for something like this.

  63. Claire says:

    Have been enjoying making dresses since I started dress making always looking for the perfectly fitted dress. Mostly my sucesses have been in jersey would love to make this dress thanks for the giveaway

  64. shorella says:

    I love the By Hand London – Patterns! I love to sew Indie patterns (lots of dresses also), but haven’t tried BHL – I’d love to win the Flora!

  65. Santa says:

    I am a beginner, would love to win and sew this dress, thank you for the chance.

  66. Laura says:

    Dresses are the best for summer! The trick for me in right now is finding one I can nurse in. The crossover neckline option looks like I could make it work!

  67. Kara Moaratty says:

    I’ve never had much luck with dresses, odd since I make great tops, but this dress is spectacular.

  68. BJMarley says:

    I like fit and flare dresses.

  69. Susie Gomez says:

    I’ve upcycled skirts and shirts into dresses and I’ve done one dress pattern for my daughter and one fairy type dress for my daughter without a pattern. I love this style of dress. I have three that I’ve purchased but I would love to sew my own. Thanks for the giveaway!

  70. Tina in NJ says:

    I really like this dress. Not sure it would look good on me (pleasantly plump), but it would look great on my daughter!

  71. Julie says:

    Cute dress!!

  72. Amy B says:

    I actually just pulled my sewing machine out of storage after several years of small projects and have been looking for a great beginning dress pattern.

  73. Lindsay H says:

    I’ve only sewed skirts so far, but they have turned out so cute I definitely want to make a dress sometime too!

  74. Nancy says:

    Looks like a great dress for a short, buxom wench such as myself.

  75. Terry says:

    This pattern is perfect for almost any fabric and makes the models look so feminine #!}

  76. Amber Hunter says:

    Dresses are my jam! If I never had to wear pants I would be a happy gal. Although I have sewn quite a few so fear I am still looking for that TNT bodice, something that fits like a glove…maybe the flora is it?!

  77. Marilyn says:

    this dress pattern looks fabulous. I have never sewn a dress for myself but this pattern would be a good one to start with.

  78. Sox says:

    My favourite dress patterns have a fitted top with a fuller, a-line skirt, but not gathered. The Flora dress has such a nice skirt, I’ve been admiring it on others for ages.

  79. Beatriz says:

    starting to sew dress and this one looks like a perfect project!

  80. Liz says:

    This dress is so versatile and has so many options. I love to wear my self made clothes especially when selling my own handmade items at craft fairs and farmers markets. This would be a beautiful dress to make. The wrap bodice is my favorite!

  81. Betsy N says:

    I love dresses! I haven’t made one in a while, but this pattern is very pretty. I love the white lacy one so much.

  82. Katie says:

    Love this pattern and have the perfect fabric for a festive frock! Thanks for the giveaway

  83. Sarah says:

    I haven’t sewn a dress in a long time, since my body has changed shape. I don’t really know what looks good on me anymore, but I’d really like to start sewing them again.

  84. cris says:

    I love dresses and this is a very femminine one. I tried with some lady skatter and used it a lot. Please, enter me in your giveaway!

  85. Shannon says:

    If I could conceal some pockets in this dress, it would be perfect. Classic style meets practicality!

  86. Deborah says:

    I’ve been making dresses for my daughter and her doll… Maybe it’s time to make one for myself?

  87. Lisa says:

    I look but don’t attempt, however I am slowly working up my courage to try sewing a dress for me :)

  88. Angie H. says:

    I’d love to win a pattern to make my own party dress!

  89. S Carpenter says:

    I have tried to make my own dresses ( I’m working on one right now), but getting the fit right is so difficult. This pattern looks like it would be great for my next try!

  90. Sash says:

    I’m still looking for the perfect party dress… Love the hemline on this one!

  91. Ellyn says:

    this is adorable! I do love to make dresses & would love to make this one

  92. Colleen says:

    Wow! I want to look as good as the model in this dress. I’m excited that’s its beginner skill level, perfect for me.

  93. Judy says:

    Beautiful circle dress. I made a circle dress for my daughter a few years ago. She loves it.

  94. Jane S. says:

    I love that fitted bodice and flared skirt! Thanks so much for the chance to win a pattern. :)

  95. Mary Kaye Cole says:

    I haven’t made a dress yet…I’m somewhat of a newbie. This dress is beautiful!

  96. Tammie says:

    I love the green dress in this post. It might even look ok on me!

  97. Amanda Renea says:

    I’ve never been much of a dress person, as I always just found jeans and sneakers to be so much more comfortable. But, now that I’m sewing, I can make dresses that are just as comfortable, and it’s great! I’d love to be able to make this one!

  98. I’ve been looking for just the right dress for my eyelet fabric. This might be it.

  99. Liz says:

    I’m looking for the ultimate dress pattern. I’m a beginner sewist and I love classic silhouettes. This dress would be perfect for weddings too!

  100. donaji says:

    This dress is so pretty, I was looking for a the perfect party dress pattern for a wedding my mother attended last week and this would have been perfect!! It’s now on the list to sew!

  101. Nita says:

    I am a fairly new beginner…still working in perfecting a dress. Just made my first one, but the darts are too high. So I will unpick it and move them down a bit. Crossing my fingers!

  102. Sophie says:

    I can see how this dress is universally flattering. It’s something I would choose to try … and so, I’d love to win! Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

  103. Lauren Hannon says:

    Too cute. What a great dress.

  104. Heather says:

    I am in need of a good dressy dress! This looks like a perfect pattern!

  105. Amy says:

    Always have had a focus on sewing for children. Would love to sew a dress for myself, dresses are so in right now, love it!

  106. Trinh says:

    Lovely dress! Would love to try one of their patterns!

  107. lielebeesje says:

    I’m looking for the perfect dress to go to a wedding. Maybe this is it?

  108. Rebecca says:

    I love the By Hand London patterns! I haven’t gotten a chance to make this one yet but it looks perfect for summer :)

  109. Jenna says:

    I love this dress!! There are so many cute versions out there!!!

  110. Teri says:

    I love this dress and I’d love to win the pattern. It’s so pretty!

  111. Nicole says:

    I’ve sewn a few dresses for myself but am ever searching for the perfect pattern. Would love to try this one out. Please and thank you!

  112. Rachael K. says:

    This high square neck, face framing bodice has had me eyeing this pattern for a while. Love!

  113. Rachael K. says:

    This high square neck bodice has had me eyeing this pattern for a while now. Love!

  114. Ramona says:

    I have not sewn myself a dress in a long time but a fit and flare dress looks the best on me. I love this pattern and would love to make this pattern.

  115. Becky says:

    I love the skirt of this dress. I haven’t made a dress yet but I’d like to have a go.

  116. Megan says:

    I’m still struggling to make dresses that fit well. I am really small on top, so pretty much all dress patterns need to be adjusted., but since I’m a beginner I am still trying to figure out how to do it.

  117. Whitney says:

    So lovely! Would love to try this one

  118. Jess says:

    I’ve made a few that I like. The key seems to be a fitted top and an a-line skirt.

  119. Michelle says:

    I dont have a go-to dress pattern yet…but I have been lusting for the By Hand London Victoria Blazer. Lusting….. :) Woot woot for giveways and indie patterns.

  120. Kate says:

    I have only attempted a dress once, and it turned out badly. I’m a better sewist now, though! I’d love to give this pattern a try.

  121. I have only sewn one party dress before. Hopefully more soon!

  122. Barbara says:

    I recently bought a new dress pattern. It needed a lot of adjusting the first time around, but I now have a “corrected” pattern for a dress that fits me perfectly. It was well worth the investment. i know I will use it again with a different fabric.

  123. Suzanne says:

    I am still afraid to make myself a dress: made dresses for my kids, friends and nieces. Now one for me!

  124. Catriona says:

    It’s so weird, I was just looking at By Hand London’s patterns earlier today. I loved this one but thought the Anna looked more practical. I told myself I’m not allowed to buy another dress pattern until I sew my Cambie, but winning one would be ok!

  125. Rebecca says:

    I’m always interested in trying new sewing patterns. I’m trying to wear more dresses because they are easy, but even in the summer I’m always cold indoors. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  126. Larissa says:

    I’ve never made a dress, but this would be perfect for a first one! I’ve been wanting to get into making clothes and this would be a great start.

  127. Cathy says:

    I’m still looking for a dress pattern to become my TNT dress. I love the bodice options on Flora and would like to try it.

  128. Stacia says:

    This dress is lovely! It would be perfect for so many things!

  129. Allie says:

    Such a pretty dress! :D

  130. Julie says:

    I’ve been dying to try this dress. I think it could make a fun casual dress too depending on fabric!

  131. Angela Wicentowich says:

    Ever since this pattern has been released, I’ve been coveting the examples I’ve seen swirling around the internet. I would love to win this pattern so I can finally have it added to my collection.

  132. Mandi says:

    Yay! I love making dresses – especially summer dresses. I like patterns that offer different necklines, so I can choose which type to make.

  133. Rox says:

    I love fit and flare dresses!

  134. Kim says:

    My most successful dress so far is the Anna Dress (also By Hand London), can’t wait to try more patterns from them!

  135. Diana says:

    Such a cute dress! I love the full skirt and it IS the perfect party dress!

  136. Oh yes please! This is a pattern I covet. I love the silhouette of this dress, and would have fun putting my personal stamp of individuality on it!

  137. Kerry says:

    I love a dress even if there aren’t that many times in my life to wear one. Simplicity have produced some great dress patterns. I also love Deer and Doe Bleuet and Megan Nielsen’s Darling Ranges. I like the apron front version of Flora too!

  138. Liz says:

    I’ve been itching to try this pattern! Such a cute silhouette

  139. Vicki says:

    I love the dress. Being slightly larger up top, it can make finding a flattering dress really difficult, and some patterns can be confusing, so a beginner pattern for such a lovely dress is a real find. I have just the right fabric for it too, in a fantastic orange!

  140. Samina says:

    That’s the perfect summer dress!

  141. Nancy R says:

    My favourite dress pattern was a wrap around and mid calf. Sleeveless. It is nice because it looks good no matter how my waist changes! The flora dress looks like it would suit my body type as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win it

  142. Bettina says:

    Me! Me! I’ve been dreaming about the flora dress ever since I saw the amazing Dolly Clackett and some of the curvy sewing collective making these- I think this is an incredibly flattering pattern for little round people like me:)

  143. Bonnie R says:

    I’ve had good success with April Rhodes’ Staple Dress pattern. It’s simple enough to allow for lots of embellishments if you choose, or you can show off a bold print! Thanks for the chance to win.

  144. Jill says:

    I have made party dresses for others but always give up and buy something when it comes to myself. Maybe this dress can turn that around. :)

  145. Heather L says:

    Love dresses! I recently made simplicity 2444 and it turned out great!

  146. Margo says:

    I just made the Emery dress and I like the look of the fitted bodice with the flared skirt. This dress looks like a great version of that look!

  147. Debbie says:

    This is the little black dress pattern I’ve been seeking.

  148. Manette Gutterman says:

    I’ve had great success with dresses & would love to try this pattern.

  149. Mel says:

    Such a pretty dress! Love the dipped hem.

  150. Helen siddon says:

    I love dresses, they are so easy to wear as you don’t have to think about coordinating things like you do with separates. Would love a copy of the flora dress, both bodice options are really cute!

  151. Wedy Gomez says:

    I really love that Flora dress. I’d like to get up the courage to make it this summer!

  152. Serena says:

    I haven’t made the perfect party dress yet, but I’d love to try this pattern to see if it’s the one.

  153. sameeha says:

    I haven’t yet tried any. But would love to give it a go. And it looks fabulous!!!

  154. Jessica says:

    I’m still pretty new to sewing and haven’t made a dress yet, but this pattern looks sooo pretty. I would love the opportunity to win!

  155. Brooke says:

    Love this dress! Pick me, pick me!!

  156. LMR says:

    Just getting back into sewing for myself! This looks like a wonderful place to start!

  157. Shannon says:

    I’m ready to taker dress sewing game up a knotch. Feel like I need a dress form for best results, but till now dresses have been a satisfying self-sew item. My first “for-me” seeing was a vintage styled halter dress. I just love the cut of the skirt in the above pattern and I’d sew myself one to wear to one of this seasons many weddings.

  158. Laura says:

    This dress is gorgeous! I think I am going to give it a try for a wedding I am going to in the fall. Wish me luck – it’ll be my first dress!

  159. jeanine says:

    I LOVE sewing dresses! I’ve had great success with Sisboom patterns! The only paper I’ve tried is the “big 4″ and was very much disappointed with those/

  160. Jolien says:

    I love dresses and gave myself a challenge to not-wear-pants this summer. ;) Always searching for great new patterns, thanks for highlighting this one. Especially the lacy white one looks stunning!

  161. Sharla says:

    Enter me in your giveaway! Thank you too!




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