The Leila Dress

The Leila Dress sewing pattern

Sew your new favourite summer dress! The Leila Dress is a comfy T-shirt style sewing pattern with a tie belt and faux wrap detail for easy wear.

Packing clothes for your summer break is so much more fun when they’re all me-made, right? If your holiday wardrobe is in need of a boost, though, you’re in luck – The Leila Dress is super-comfy, super-chic, and super speedy to sew.

With a relaxed T-shirt style, an optional tie belt and a chic faux wrap midi skirt that’s sewn in place for easy wear, this dress is going to be our go-to outfit for holidays, barbecues and parties. We’re going to need more than one, that’s for sure!

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The Leila Dress sewing pattern

The Leila Dress

This PDF dress sewing pattern is available as a printed pattern with issue 55 of Simply Sewing magazine and also as a PDF pattern in our Etsy store. 


UK sizes 6-20, US 4-18 and EUR 34-48

You will need

  • Fabric, for all sizes:
    3.5mx115cm (4ydx45in)
    3mx140cm (314ydx55in)
  • Clear elastic or flexible seam tape: 9mm x 8m (834yds)
  • Ballpoint needle
  • Twin ballpoint needle
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit

Fabric suggestions:

Light to medium-weight knit fabrics with at least 30% stretch.


  • Sew with knit fabrics
  • Insert an elastic waist
  • Make a belt
  • Insert sleeves

The Leila Dress sewing dress