Free Floral Day Dress Pattern from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book

on March 11 | in Books, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 128 Comments

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Update: We added sizing info for you below!

We have a treat for you! Gretchen Hirsch has a new book out, Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles! If you love vintage style you’ll love the mix-and-match patterns in the book, allowing you to make 23 different dresses.

From the publisher:

    Every vintage-obsessed sewist dreams of having a closet full of gorgeous dresses. The follow-up to the popular Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book is packed with all the information and patterns you could ever need to create a wardrobe filled with stunning vintage frocks. The book begins with all the essential techniques for dressmaking and includes instructions and patterns for 23 dresses for a variety of occasions. Elements of each pattern can be mixed and matched, allowing readers to customize the bodice, skirt, sleeves, pockets, and details of each dress for a truly unique creation.

Gretchen and STC Craft have a free pattern from the book for you, plus a giveaway! Learn how to make the Floral Day Dress from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles and be sure to comment for a chance to win a copy of the book. (U.S. + Canadian addresses only, please.)

The STC Craft blog has book tour dates where you learn more about the book and win Gertie-designed fabric. (There’s also info on a big contest too!– Don’t miss it.)

If you’re new to dressmaking, here’s a great first project (just don’t forget to make a muslin first to check the fit). This dress uses an easy-to-sew fabric, and doesn’t have any finicky inside details like a lining (though you can certainly add one if you’d like!). Despite its simple construction, this design gives off an elegant ease that will make it a favorite in your closet.

Basic Bodice and A-Line Skirt

Key Skills include:
– Sewing an all-in-one facing
– Sewing a narrow hem

Sizes: 2 (32″ Bust, 24″ Waist, 36″ Hips), 4 (34″ Bust, 26″ Waist, 38″ Hips), 6 (36″ Bust, 28″ Waist, 40″ Hips), 8 (38″ Bust, 30″ Waist, 42″ Hips), 10 (40″ Bust, 32″ Waist, 44″ Hips), 12 (42″ Bust, 34″ Waist, 46″ Hips), 14 (44″ Bust, 36″ Waist, 48″ Hips), 16 (46″ Bust, 38″ Waist, 50″ Hips)


  • 3 yds (2.7 m) 45″- (114 cm-) or 2 3/8 yds (2.2 m) 60″- (152 cm-) wide light- to mid- weight fabric. Suitable types include cotton lawn, shirting, voile, or heavier cottons like sateen.
  • Fusible interfacing
  • 24″ (61 cm) zipper
  • Thread
  • Six ¾” (19 mm) buttons (optional)

Pattern Pieces:
Print Pattern Sheets 1, 2, 7 and 8, and lay out following the fabric layout guide.
1. Basic bodice front: Cut 1 of fabric, on fold.
2. Basic bodice back: Cut 2 of fabric.
3. A-line skirt front: Cut 1 of fabric, on fold.
4. A-line skirt back: Cut 2 of fabric.
5. All-in-one front facing: Cut 1 of fabric and of fusible interfacing, on fold.
6. All-in-one back facing: Cut 2 of fabric and of fusible interfacing.

1. Staystitch bodice front and back necklines.

2. Stitch the darts in bodice front and back. Stabilize the zipper opening on the bodice back with fusible interfacing applied to the fabric’s wrong side.

3. Stitch the bodice front to the bodice back at the shoulder seams.

4. Apply interfacing to the facings. Finish the lower edge of the front and back facings.

5. Stitch the facing front to the facing back at the shoulder seams.

6. Pin the facing units to the bodice units around the neckline and armholes, folding the back zipper opening and the facings as for a lapped zipper. Stitch. Trim, grade, and clip/notch the seam allowances. Turn right side out by pulling the back pieces through the shoulder. Understitch the facings as far as possible at front and back armholes, and front and back necklines. Press.

7. Flip the facings up at the side seam, then pin and stitch the bodice side seams right sides together, stitching in one continuous seam from the bottom of the facing to the lower edge of the bodice. Tack the facings in place at the underarms.

8. Stabilize the zipper opening with fusible interfacing on both skirt back pieces. Stitch the skirt backs together up to the zipper opening notch. Stitch the skirt front to the skirt back at the side seams. Press all the seam allowances open.

9. With right sides together, sew the bodice to the skirt, matching side seams. Finish the seam allowances as one and press toward the bodice.

10. Insert a lapped zipper.

11. Turn in the facing seam allowances around the zipper and pin in place. Slip stitch to the
zipper tape.

12. Allow the dress to hang for at least 24 hours and then mark the hemline as desired. Hem
using a narrow machine hem.

13. Sew three decorative buttons to each shoulder, if desired.

For more guidance and lots of new patterns, pick up a copy of Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles.

Posted with permission by STC Craft | An Imprint of Abrams.

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128 Responses to Free Floral Day Dress Pattern from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book

  1. Mary says:

    Hi! I feel like maybe I’m doing something wrong, but when I try to print this pattern, it is really small and all on one page. I have the bodice, arm, skirt, etc all there crowded in with one another. What do I need to do to get this pattern to print correctly? Thanks for any help.

  2. Brenda G. says:

    I’m new to dressmaking but I am a fast learner. I would like to share this with my sister because sharing is caring!

  3. Melody Pelton says:

    I love to sew and would like to have the pattern to Gertie’s Floral Day Dress. I love vintage woman’s clothing, I like to wear pretty dresses that make you feel like a lady. l love the feminine look that Gertie gives all of her lovely designs.

  4. simple dress pattern that can be used for different looks. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sarah says:

    Can’t wait to try the free pattern. Looks like a great book!

  6. cassie carney says:

    I love vintage styles and this book would be a great addition to my sewing library. Thank you!

  7. Helene Christensen says:

    I have been wanting to try my hand at a simple summer dress! This will be perfect!

  8. Rebecca K. says:

    I’m hoping to do more clothing sewing this year. I’ve added this book to my list!

  9. Heather says:

    This is a wonderful chance- thank you!

  10. Charlotte says:

    I’ve made just one of Gertie’s patterns before (Butterick 5882) and I love it, and I’m sure her book is even better! Thanks for extending the contest to Canada 🙂

  11. Gweneth says:

    Great dress I would love a copy of the book

  12. WyoDi says:

    Wonderful publication!

  13. Gina says:

    Just got a copy from my local library! Would love my own copy.

  14. Donna Doyle says:

    Would love towin this book Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles . I love vintage styles and have some funky fabric!

  15. Julie Rosenhan says:

    This looks like a great book! I love the dress on the cover and I love the free dress pattern. That’s incredibly nice of them to offer it free! Thanks for the giveaway too!

  16. Mary O. says:

    What a great book! Thanks for the dress instructions and thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Judi says:

    Lovely dress and lovely book!

  18. Oregon Mary says:

    The book looks amazing! Thanks for the pattern and the giveaway.

  19. Ramona says:

    I love Gertie’s books and patterns. I have this book on my wish list. Thanks for such a cool dress pattern..

  20. kim t. says:

    this book looks great! so does the dress!!

  21. Terrie Arnold says:


  22. Marilyn K says:

    That dress looks like it would look great on all body types. I am wearing more and more dresses so this book is a must “win”.


  23. Joanne says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a great looking book!

  24. dorothy jo says:

    I love Gertie’s books!

  25. Susan Ikin says:

    I love patterns made to mix and match

  26. Jansie Martin says:

    Super cute!! Thank you for sharing this!

  27. Mary M in upstate NY says:

    I am confused. There are only 4 pages in the PDF file and Adobe says the pages are 38 x 27.25 inches. How am I supposed to print that on 8.5 x 11 in paper?

  28. Orly says:

    Wow this looks great! Perfect for spring!

  29. Orly says:

    Wow, this looks great! Perfect for spring!

  30. Liz says:

    What a fantastic book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Kathy says:

    What a great Spring/Summer dress!

  32. Deb says:

    I love vintage dresses, and I want to start sewing a few this spring. This book would be the perfect place to start!

  33. Tina C. says:

    I love Gertie’s patterns and books! This is one I’ll definitely try to make.

  34. karen in CA USA says:

    This looks like a nice simple dress. Does the book cover sleeves?

  35. Susan says:

    Cute dress. This one would look decent on me 🙂

  36. Carmen says:

    Eeep, what a great pattern — thank you for sharing it! I’m going to have to eye up my stash and see what I have on hand to make this!

  37. Jan says:

    Very cute pattern. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Kind regards,


  38. thanks for the great free pattern- can’t wait to try it! I would also love to win the book!

  39. karen says:

    Thanks for the free pattern! I would love a copy of the book so I could fill my wardrobe with pretty dresses.

  40. Rachel says:

    Can’t wait to try this adorable dress! Book looks beautiful!

  41. Heather Hamblin says:

    I think I want about a dozen of these for this summer!

  42. Julie says:

    So cute! I love vintage style and hope to get the book soon.

  43. Jessie Hansen in NM says:

    Of all the dresses in my closet, the only ones people ever comment on are the homemade one. I should make more. I really should.

  44. Castle S says:

    Love this pattern! So many possibilities on how to make it your own. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  45. MelanieC says:

    Wow! Thank you for amazing dress pattern!!! Her book looks amazing!

  46. Carmen N says:

    I love vintage! What a great book – to be able to mix and match

  47. Aurélie says:

    Oh, thank you so much for the pattern and the give away! Looks like a great book!

  48. Lyndalee says:

    I would love to try a style from this book.

  49. Andie McBee says:

    The book I’ve been waiting for all my life. Bring on the petticoats!

  50. Lisa says:

    I can’t wait to check out the book! Thanks for the pattern and chance to win!

  51. Amy A says:

    I often think I was born in the wrong era, I love vintage clothes and I love dresses.

  52. Rachel says:

    I’ve been looking for a new dress to make…thanks for the pattern! 🙂

  53. Delia says:

    What a fun dress! I can’t wait to see all that is included in the book.

  54. Nancy says:

    Would love to learn more about garment sewing. I have not done garment sewing in years. Thank you for this super great giveaway.

    Have a super great day!

  55. Dawn Jones says:

    Thank you so much for the free pattern. This looks like a great book, it would be a great addition to anyone’s sewing room. Have a great day!

  56. Charlotte Lunsford says:

    Love this dress! The pattern looks straight forward and very easy. Maybe a nice Easter dress for myself this year…Thanks for the chance.

  57. Sarah says:

    Such a great classic dress. I love the mix and match aspect of the book.

  58. shannon bower says:

    Thanks for the free pattern and giveaway!!

  59. Amie Carlson says:

    Love it!!!

  60. Emilie P. says:

    Love these styles! And would love to win this book. Thank you for the giveaway

  61. --anu says:

    I think it is super cool that the dress has a lapped zipper, a rare find these days 🙂

  62. Alicia says:

    Great dress pattern. I just starting seeing garments and need all the help I can get. Thanks for the chance.

  63. Mandykatt says:

    This looks like a perfect summer dress.

  64. Ann says:

    Love Gertie’s style and books. Thanks for the pattern!

  65. Tara Sinclair says:

    Looks like the book will be full of great design options, and tons of fantastic instruction. Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. Alison says:

    Love this dress – thanks for the free pattern! I need some new dresses to add to my summer wardrobe. Thanks for the chance to win!

  67. Deb E says:

    Love both dresses — looks like a wonderful book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  68. Jennifer says:

    Such a lovely pattern and a wonderful book!

  69. Nita says:

    I love Gerties dresses! I have her first book…would love to add this one to my bookshelf!

  70. Charlie Lobbe-Gard says:

    Easy enough for even me to make. Would look great on me with my pear shaped body. Thanks!

  71. Megan in VA says:

    Thank you for the pattern. I just bought some fabric that is perfect for this. And thank you for the giveaway!

  72. Lorri says:

    Great book, great style!

  73. Tina in Montana says:

    I love Gertie’s style. Thanks for the giveaway.

  74. Paige says:

    Cute pattern! Thanks!

  75. Aimee says:

    Beautiful pattern–this book’s going on my must-buy list!

  76. Toni says:

    OMG, I can remember my beautiful Aunt Pauline in just such a dress as the one on the cover of the book in the 1950’s! She was a knockout in it!

  77. Debbi says:

    I love Gertie’s style sensibility!

  78. Mandy Smith says:

    Cute dress! Thanks for the giveaway!

  79. Pamela Jones says:

    Looks like what I have been looking for. I dream of the days of feminine clothes and especially dresses in the vintage style. Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely book.

  80. Tina L. says:

    Love the dress. It would be really comfortable on a hot day.

  81. Kathryn says:

    Love it!!

  82. fenna says:

    Wow! Would love to win her dress book!

  83. Kate says:

    LOVE the button detail at the shoulders!! Thanks so much for the great pattern and the giveaway!!

  84. Cindy S. says:

    Thank you for the dress pattern. I love Gertie’s style! Putting this book on my wishlist.

  85. Amanda says:

    I’m in. I adore Gretchen’s work.

  86. Marsha Law says:

    This looks like such a perfect pattern to ease my way into making vintage outfits for myself.

  87. jessicac says:

    Love how feminine these are. A little beyond my skills, but something to strive for!

  88. Melanie says:

    That is such a fun, fantastic day dress. Perfect for summer work days 🙂 I love the idea of mix-and-match dress parts — the book is endless, then!

  89. Brooke says:

    What a lovely dress!

  90. Kathy G says:

    Wow, a great summer dress for my daughter and almost daughter -in-law!

  91. Jamie N. says:

    This book looks amazing! Thank you for the free pattern. ????

  92. Janet B. says:

    I need to make some summer dresses.

  93. Hélène says:

    Love the styling which makes this dress look classic more than vintage. Totally wearable on a daily basis.

  94. Elisabetta says:

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this amazing sewing book!
    And last but not least thanks for this free pattern, great to get into the right mood and start sewing something cute for us not only for our kids 😉

  95. Southern Gal says:

    This is fabulous! Thanks for the pattern and instructions.

  96. Mary Ann says:

    Would love to sew some of these awesome dresses

  97. ParisGrrl says:

    Thanks for the pattern!

  98. Cindy Smith says:

    Would love to win the book. I’ve been thinking I want to make me some dresses!

  99. Kathy says:

    The dress looks like a perfect spring project.

  100. MelodyJ says:

    I saw this book at B&N. the patterns look great.

  101. MelodyJ says:

    I saw this book at B&N. the patterns look great.

  102. Thank you so much. I love the day dress. What percentage do I need to copy the pattern sheets at from A4? Jo x

  103. Claire Ross says:

    Love the look of this book. X

  104. Marilyn says:

    Love the dress!

  105. Lisa says:

    So, what do sizes 2-16 mean for these patterns? Those size indicators mean something very different in RTW than they do on the back of a typical pattern envelope! Is there a chart somewhere?

    • Beth says:

      Added the chart measurements! Looks quite similar to RTW sizing…

  106. Michelle says:

    This is one book that I want so badly!! I love Gertie’s style and love her other books. This one looks right up my alley!
    Fabulous giveaway, as usual.
    Thanks for the chance!

  107. Carole M says:

    Oh I’d love how to learn to sew a dress!

  108. Nicole says:

    This is so fabulous. I love vintage style.

  109. Debby says:

    Love Gertie’s work. Her dresses are just gorgeous!! I would love to use this book to make something beautiful.

  110. Morgan says:

    This is my dream! To wear pretty vintage dresses all the time. Would love to win the book!

  111. Heather says:

    I love this!

  112. Marsha says:

    Thank you for the free pattern! Her book looks wonderful

  113. Logan says:

    Love the simple lines of the sample dress.

  114. Lindsay says:

    I love Gretchen’s style! Would love to win this book! Thanks for the free pattern too.

  115. This is a great dress!

  116. Jessie Johnson says:

    A perfect dress for spring! Thanks for the pattern and the opportunity to win a copy of your new book.

  117. Such a cute and versatile dress! Thank you so much for the pattern! (and I LOVE the fabric Gertie used for her version!)

  118. Deb Cameron says:

    Just wondering if you can amend to show a size chart or link to one, thanks. Love Gertie and her patterns would love to give this one a go ????

    • Beth says:

      Done! Sorry for the oversight!

  119. Cyndi says:

    Adorable! And perfect for spring!

  120. Julee Perkins says:

    Love these dresses! Another excuse to visit the fabric store….like anybody needs one!

  121. Daisy says:

    Thanks for the pattern and chance to win her book! Gertie’s pieces are like art to me, love her style and this dress is great!

  122. Tonia Jeffery says:

    I’m dying to make something from this book!

  123. Lee says:

    What a cool book!

  124. rhonna says:

    i love gertie’s books, i can’t believe i’m just catching on to them!! thanks!

  125. Kate says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  126. Margo in WA says:

    What a cute pattern! This book looks great and I can’t wait to check it out.

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