I was inspired by my holiday memories of Athens when I created this Greek Goddess dress pattern. I travelled to Athens in 2009 and explored the ancient ruins and beaches with nothing more than the clothes on my back and a pair of sandals! This dress is just as easy and carefree. It is designed for comfort, with no buttons or zippers, and it looks good on every woman and body shape.
The Greek Goddess dress comprises two pieces: a top bodice and flared skirt. The stretch top is designed to fit to your body like a glove whereas the skirt is a circle shape to ensure a gorgeous, loose-fitting drape. Different colour combinations can really bring this design to life!
The Greek Goddess dress pattern is very easy to sew and suitable for beginners. Scroll to the bottom of the article for your free pattern download.
The skirt is based on a circle pattern and so it consumes a lot of fabric. For fabric width 170cm (66 inches) you will need approximately 1.8 metres (2 yards).
For fabric width of 110cm (45 inches) you will need 3.4 metres (3.7 yards). Ignore the grain line on the pattern and fold the material perpendicular to the selvage to cut each pattern piece.
For the bodice you will need 2 metres (2.2 yards) of fabric if you layout the bodice pieces side-by-side as suggested below.
Alternatively, if your fabric is wide enough, you can make do with half that amount by cutting the fabric width in half parallel to the selvage. Then, fold each half and place the pattern pieces per the below diagram.
- Spandex/lycra or cotton jersey for the bodice
- Challis, chintz, cotton, linen or silky fabric types for the skirt
- Bias binding, lace, tassels (optional)
- Seam allowance is 1.6cm or 5/8 inch unless stated otherwise
- I use French seams to tidy rough fabric edges as I do not own an overlocker. If you have an overlocker you can ignore these directions.
- Adjust the length of the skirt as needed
- Read more about how to download and print a paper pattern
- Read more about how to prepare your fabric before cutting
Watch the video tutorial or keep scrolling for written instructions.
Cut the pattern
Download and print the PDF Greek Goddess dress pattern. The links are at the bottom of the blog post. Cut two pieces of both the front and back bodice in stretch material. Cut two pieces of the skirt in a non-stretch material.
Front bodice darts
To sew the front bodice bust darts, with RIGHT sides together, fold the fabric through the centre of the dart by bringing the grey dart lines and dart notches together. Stitch the dart from the top notch to the dart point.
To prevent a bubble at the point, make the last few stitches right on the fold and tie a knot with the thread ends. Do not machine back-stitch at the point. Press dart flap down, away from the neckline.
If you are sewing a small size dress then you can skip this step. Bust darts are only in the medium, large and extra large pattern versions.
Shoulder seams and neckline
Stitch bodice front and back sections at the shoulder seams on both pairs of pattern pieces.
Lay the two sets of bodices together with RIGHT sides together and sew around the neckline. Clip and grade the neckline.
Turn the bodice out with RIGHT sides facing outwards and lay the bodice flat. Tightly roll one side of the garment towards the opposite armhole. Grasp the armhole edges and wrap them around the roll, then align them with RIGHT sides together and pin.
Sew the straight sections, i.e. the side seams, using a 1cm or 3/8 inch seam allowance, and the curved section, i.e. the armhole, using a 1.6 or 5/8 inch seam allowance. Take care not to catch the rolled up garment in the stitching. Clip and grade the seam allowances.
Carefully pull the rolled garment out. Perform the same technique for the opposite armhole side.
Watch the video tutorial at timestamp 4:57 for a demonstration on how to sew the armholes.
Lastly, with RIGHT sides together, stitch the sides of the bodice closed using a seam allowance of .6cm or 1/4 inch.
Greek Goddess Skirt
Stitch both skirt pieces together at side seams.
French seams: If you do not have an overlocker you can choose to apply the French seam technique here. This means sewing the raw edges together with WRONG sides facing first at a seam allowance of 1cm or 3/8 inch. Then flip the fabric, trim and iron and stitch along the seam using an allowance of .6cm or 1/4 inch for a tidy finish. Watch the video tutorial here.
Pin the bodice and skirt together, matching the side seams, and stitch. French seam technique can be applied if you do not own an overlocker.
Press hem under .6cm or 1/4 inch on raw edge. Stitch close to the inner pressed edge. Then press up hem along pattern marking and stitch again.
You can also finish your hem by applying lace, coloured bias binding, or even tassels. Feel free to use your own creativity to make the design your own! In the video tutorial, I have used a unique border print to decorate the hemline.
Greek Goddess Dress Pattern
Refer to my size guide and download the correct pattern size for your body shape.