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How To’s Day: Boxy Dress Tutorial

November 11th, 2014 by Camelot Fabrics

Hi everyone,




Happy Tuesday! We hope everyone is having a splendid day. We want to take a moment today to commemorate the incredible and brave men & women for protecting our country. We thank you for all that you have do. Happy Veteran’s Day & Happy Remembrance Day!


It’s time to share another project with you, for this week’s How To’s Day! Today we are sharing our Boxy Shift Dress Tutorial. This simple, but elegant dress is the perfect thing to slip into for your next cocktail party! The shift-style of this dress is chic and pretty, and also super comfortable so you’ll be able to dance the night away…and try all the yummy food. The dress is perfect for wearing to the office, and then quickly switching it into a nighttime outfit with some fun accessories! As well, the accented trim adds an extra bit of pizzazz!
We absolutely love this dress with our Nightfall Collection; the gold and black combination will make you feel so glam in your Boxy Dress and you will definitely stand out, in the best way. Complement your outfit with a matching Foldover Wedding Clutch in white and gold, and you will be the ‘belle of the ball’.
Want to make your very own Boxy Dress? Click MORE to see the full tutorial! :)

Boxy Dress Tutorial
Free Project by the Camelot Design Studio
Featured with: Nightfall by Camelot Design Studio Collection

– 2-1/2 yards of Nightfall quilting cotton (44” wide) in 2141101 #1 for the Main fabric
– 1/2 yard of Nightfall in 2141111 #1 for the Accent fabric
– Paper printer
– Basic sewing supplies: Sewing machine, Needle & coordinating thread , Iron & pressing surface, Scissors & fabric shears, Straight pins, Fabric marker, Measuring tape & yardstick/meter stick

– Please wash, dry & iron your fabric before beginning, and trim the selvages.
– Unless otherwise directed, sew all seams with a 1/2” allowance and the fabrics’ Right Sides facing, and press seams open as you go.
– WOF = width of fabric


1. Print the Boxy Dress Neckline & Facing Template PDF at 100% of actual size, and cut out the pattern pieces. Tape the (2) Front Facing pieces together, matching up the notches on the template. Set the templates aside for now.
2. Cut (2) 36” x WOF rectangles from your Main fabric. Fold them in half on the vertical axis Right Sides together (so that the 36” edges meet up) and press a crease down the fold line.
3. 12” from the center crease of each piece, draw a vertical line beginning 12” from the fabric’s top edge and ending at its bottom edge. This will be the side of the Body piece.
4. 8” from the top edge of each piece, draw a 1/2” line extending horizontally from the fabric’s outer edge. This will be the seam allowance for joining the cuff to the sleeve.
5. Join the end of these (2) lines as shown; this defines the inner edge of the sleeve. A-015_directions-01
6. Trace the Front neckline template onto (1) Body piece as shown, and the Back neckline template onto the other Body piece. The dashed “fold” line on the template should be aligned to the fabric’s fold, and its top edge aligned to the top edge of the fabric. Cut along the traced lines. Note: the templates define the empty space of the neckline, so the corners of fabric which were covered by your patterns will be discarded.


7. Cut a 18” square from your remaing Main fabric. Fold this square in half along its vertical axis and press the crease. Trace (1) Neckline Facing template piece along each crease, with the “fold” line of the pattern piece lined up to the fabric’s fold. Cut out these pieces.


8. From your Accent fabric, cut (3) 6” x WOF strips.Cut (1) strip into (2) 15” x 6” rectangles for the Cuffs. Cut (2) strips into (2) 23-1/2” x 6” rectangles for the Hem.




1. Edge-stitch around the edges of your fabric pieces with a zig-zag stitch to stabilize them, except for the bottom edges of your Cuffs & Hems, and the neckline edges.
2. Sew the top edge of each Hem piece to the bottom edge of a Body piece as shown.
3. Sew the Bodies together at their shoulder seams. A-015_directions-05
4. Sew the Neckline Facing pieces together at their shoulder seams as shown. Turn the Facing Right Side out.   A-015_directions-06 5. Fit the Facing into the neckline of the Body, Right Sides together, making sure that the shoulder seams are lined up. Pin & sew the Facing to the Body all around the neckline. A-015_directions-07 6. Line up the center crease of the Front Facing with the center crease of the front Body. Insert a pin across the crease as shown, 5-1/2” from the edge of the neckline.
7. Draw & sew the edges of the neckline slit as follows:- Begin at the edge of the neckline, 1/2” to the right of the center crease.- Sew down toward the pin, with the line ending very slightly to the right of the center crease.- Sew 1-2 stitches horizontally across the crease.- Sew up toward the neckline, ending 1/2” to the left of the center crease.

A-015_directions-08 8. Cut down the center crease between the lines of stitches, stopping just above the 1-2 stitches running across the crease.
9. Clip the corners & curves of the neckline, and turn the dress Right Side out. Poke the corners at the top of the neckline slit all the way out with a knitting needle or pencil. Press the neckline seam, rolling the Facing slightly to the inside. A-015_directions-09 10. Topstitch the Facing to the shell at the shoulder seams, stitching “in the ditch” (directly over the existing seams). Turn the dress Wrong Side out. A-015_directions-10 11. Sew the zig-zagged edge of each Cuff to the end of a sleeve as shown. A-015_directions-11 12. Sew the front & back of the dress together as shown, along the bottoms of the Cuffs & sleeves and the outside edges of the Body & Hem. 13. Turn, press & topstich a 1/4” rolled hem at each Cuff and the bottom edges of the Hem pieces. 14. Turn the dress Right Side out – all done! A-015_directions-12




We hope you have enjoyed this week’s How To’s Day! We’d love to know what you think. If you decide to give this Boxy Dress Tutorial a try, we’d love to see! You can always send your project pictures to Have a fantastic day!!





Happy Sewing!

4 Responses to “How To’s Day: Boxy Dress Tutorial”

  1. November 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm, Pauline said:

    Love this dress for my granddaughter but I cannot see what size this pattern is for – help

    • November 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm, said:

      Hi Pauline! This dress would fit a small :)

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  3. December 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm, Kay Hufford said:

    Great pattern but the dress shown was not made using the pattern given… Can you see the seam down the front? The pattern doesn’t have that… The pattern also fits way bigger than a small, more like XL. The neckline is lower in the front which causes the V cut to be extremely low… But I actually do really like the pattern and I am in the process of making my second dress, however there will be some minor modifications… Thank you!