How to Make an A-Line Driftwood Dress

The A-Line Driftwood Dress has an easy, comfortable, slightly-flared silhouette that can be worn with or without a belt.  A nice feature of A-line dresses is that they tend to require less fabric than dresses with gathered skirts, so this might be a good option if you have a garment to upcycle or a smaller cut of special fabric. 

The A-Line is a "hack" of the original Driftwood Dress, and you can find the FREE A-Line pattern pieces here.

Fabric Requirements

The following chart gives the fabric requirements for a short-sleeved, a-line driftwood with a belt.  To make a long-sleeved version, or a neck frill, add on the fabric requirement in the Driftwood pattern tutorial (see page 12).  

Prem NB 0-3 3-6 6-9 9-12 12-18 18-24
 43"/110cm 27.6" 27.6" 31.5" 31.5" 33.5" 33.5" 39.4" 39.4"
70cm 70cm 80cm 80cm 85cm 85cm 100cm 100cm
52"/132cm 23.6" 23.6" 29.5" 29.5" 33.5" 33.5" 37.4" 37.4"
60cm 60cm 75cm 75cm 85cm 85cm 95cm 95cm

  3 4 5 6 7 8 10
43"/110cm 47.2" 51.2" 51.2" 53.1" 63" 66.9" 70.9"
120cm 130cm 130cm 135cm 160cm 170cm 180cm
52"/132cm 39.4" 39.4" 43.3" 45.3" 45.3" 45.3" 47.2"
100cm 100cm 110cm 115cm 115cm 115cm 120cm

Cutting Out

To begin, print and assemble the Driftwood A-Line Dress and belt loop pattern pieces.  Affix the A-Line Dress paper pattern piece to the Blouse front/back piece, aligning the underarm points.

  • Cut out the dress as per the blouse instructions including inseam pockets if desired
  • Cut 1 belt loop on the bias (45 degree angle to the grain line of the fabric)
  • Cut 1 belt


Sewing Instructions

Sewing the Belt Loops
1.  Cut out the belt loop piece.

2.  Press the long edges in 1/4" (6mm) towards the wrong side.

3.  Fold in half lengthwise and press.

4.  Stitch along the open edge with a 1/8" (3mm) seam allowance.

5.  Cut into two pieces, each being 10cm long.  Put these aside and we will come back to them later.

 Sewing the Belt

1.  Cut out the belt piece.

2.  Press in the shorts ends 1/4" (6mm) to the wrong side.

3.  Press the long edges 1/4" (6mm) to the wrong side.

4.  Fold in half length-wise and press.

5.  Stitch along the open edges with a 1/8" (3mm) seam allowance.

    Sewing the Dress

    1.  Sew the dress as per the blouse instructions up to step 30.

    2.  Before sewing step 31, baste the belt loops to the sides of the dress at the location indicated by the notches on the pattern piece.

    3.  Continue sewing the dress as per the blouse instructions until completed.

    4.  Thread the belt through the belt loops, and voila - a gorgeous A-Line Driftwood Dress! 

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    Read more about:
    The Driftwood Necklines and Closures
    The Driftwood Neck Ruffle
    The Various Driftwood Dress Options
    The Various Driftwood Sleeve Options
    How to make a Ruffle sleeve Driftwood Blouse or Dress
    How to make a Driftwood Maxi Dress
    How to make a Driftwood Vintage Dress

    Lovely cover image by Jocelyn Buggie ~