Sofia Dress PDF Sewing Pattern

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Sew a stunning bra-friendly summer dress with the Sofia Dress PDF sewing pattern!

The Sofia Dress is a gorgeous strappy dress with a lower back cut-out and the choice of buttons or a bow for the back closure.

The bodice is lined and gathered at the centre front to create a gentle sweetheart shape over a wide waistband. Version one closes with a beautiful bow at the back (fully bra-friendly when tied the right way). Version two closes with buttons at the centre back and includes two different options to create a higher or lower back cut-out.

You can make Sofia with a simple gathered skirt or with three gathered tiers for more volume and for a chance to play with the print on your fabric – Sofia is a great one for stripes! The skirt is elasticated at the back and you can make the lower back more or less exposed by using a longer or shorter length of elastic.

Make your Sofia in cotton or chambray for a more structured look and a fuller bow, or create a flowy summer dress in viscose or crepe.

Have a look at our Sofia Dress Pinterest Board for inspiration and see what other sewists are making on Instagram with the hashtag #soisofiadress.

Sewing Level
The Sofia Dress is a Confident Beginner woven dress sewing pattern.

Fabric Suggestions
The Sofia Dress can work beautifully in a range of fabrics. For a more structured look choose light to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton poplin, cotton lawn, linen, seersucker or broderie anglaise. Due to the gathered nature of the skirt we recommend avoiding anything too bulky. If you would like something softer you can opt for a viscose or crepe. You’ll need a lightweight cotton lawn for the bodice lining or you can also line in your main fabric

Sizing & Fabric Requirements
The Sofia Dress is sized between UK sizes 6-30 and is split into two different blocks: sizes 6-20 (B cup) and sizes 18-30 (D cup). See the size charts (last pictures in the gallery) for details on fabric requirements.

Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.

What will I receive?
The downloadable pattern file contains:

  • printable pattern (in both tiled print-at-home and copyshop format) in all sizes
  • fully-illustrated printable instruction booklet
  • copyshop permission letter

The Sofia Dress pattern is either 62 A4 pages, 68 US letter pages, or 3 A0 copyshop pages (sizes 6-20), or 68 A4 pages, 78 US letter pages, or 4 A0 copyshop pages (size 18-30).

If you purchase the PDF Pattern + Copyshop Printing option, you will also receive your pattern printed on A0 paper in the post. Find out more about our PDF Printing Service here.

So what is a PDF pattern?
A PDF pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home on A4 or US letter paper. Alternatively you can choose to have the copyshop files printed on large A0 paper, and posted to you at home. If you’re using the A4 or US letter options, simply download, print at home, tape together and let the sewing begin! When you print the pattern, print at 100% (you might have to uncheck the scale box). Print page 1 first, the square should measure 10cm x 10cm.

Never used a PDF pattern before and would like some help? Learn everything you need to know in our handy Guide to Assembling PDF Patterns over on our blog!

Layered PDF pattern
The Sofia Dress PDF pattern files are layered, meaning you can choose to print only the size(s) you need when printing at home. Find out more here.

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