Want to make your own 1960s-style minidress? Our free, downloadable sewing pattern is inspired by Mary Quant's classic A-line mini – the look that defined a generation.
This easy-to-use sewing pattern has been designed exclusively for us by Alice & Co Patterns. The design includes two neckline options, two pocket options, three collar finishes, and two sleeve finishes – all inspired by Mary Quant's iconic designs. It's a classic A-line mini which sits just above the knee – you can shorten it if you want to show a bit more thigh, or lengthen to turn it into a more 70s style maxi-dress.
You'll want to try this out more than once in lots of different fabrics and combinations!
The pattern is provided in two size ranges (UK 6 – 14 and 16 – 22), and in three page formats (A0/A4/US Letter). Download your chosen size and print it off in full colour. The A4/US Letter formats can be printed at home using a standard printer, or you can print the A0 files at your local copy shop or with an online service.
Pattern sizes 6 – 14
Pattern sizes 16 – 22
Tutorial and instructions
Don't worry if you don't know your 'facing' from your 'interfacing' – download the full instructions below and sew-along at home with our three-part video tutorial, which guides you through each stage of making the dress:
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Did you know?
Mary Quant is one of the most iconic designers of the 1960s. Her fun, young, innovative approach shook up British fashion, with eye-popping designs like hot-pants, playsuits and the era-defining mini-skirts and dresses – all in rainbow colours.
Quant was a self-taught designer and pattern cutter. Her first designs were adapted from commercially available sewing patterns, which she customised to make her own. Later, Quant produced a range of home sewing patterns so that women across the world could create their own versions of her famous designs.
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Once you've mastered the minidress, try your hand at Mary Quant's 'Georgie' dress, a bold and beautiful wrap dress with statement pleats!
Fabric generously provided by Ray Stitch.