November 19, 2019

Alcott Dress Inspiration from Ready-to-Wear Fashion

Embrace your romantic side with the Alcott Dress! If you’re looking for a new dress pattern that can transition easily from everyday to special occasion, and that will turn up the drama in your wardrobe, the Alcott Dress is your gal. We love the stellar bust fit in the fixed-wrap bodice and the waist definition created by the elasticated empire waist. Plus it’s oh so easy to wear!

We’ve rounded up our favorite Alcott Dress ideas from ready-to-wear fashion to get you inspired to sew your first Alcott. Although we have to warn you: you may have enough ideas to fill an entire wardrobe by the end of this post. And if you’re not sure yet if you’re on board with dramatic sleeves, we think one or more of these looks might convince you to give it a try.

Want more Alcott Dress inspiration? Check out our Alcott Dress party featuring three fabulous sewists and fabric from our friends at Imagine Gnats.

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Either view of the Alcott Dress look lovely and elegant in a solid fabric. Opt for jersey for a gorgeous drape, or go warmer for winter with a stretch terry.

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We love a good floral print around here. Showcase a floral knit from your stash by turning it into a stunning Alcott Dress.

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The Alcott Dress works with a variety of prints! Choose a playful print like the dinosaur one for a fun daytime look.

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We weren’t thinking of the Alcott Dress as a natural choice for color blocking, but these looks have us rethinking that. How cool are those contrast ruffles?!

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The Alcott Dress transitions easily from an everyday casual dress to one that’s a little more glam. Throw one on to go shopping or for brunch with friends.


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With the right fabric, you can be the belle of the ball at this year’s holiday parties!  Add a little (or a lot) of sparkle, or opt for a print in deep, rich tones.

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We can’t wait to see the creative hacks you all come up with for the Alcott Dress! We’re sure there will be plenty of maxi Alcotts going around, but we’d love to see some tops too! And why not play with the sleeve options to put your own twist on this new dress pattern?

If you’re ready to start sewing your first Alcott Dress, then let’s get started! We so excited to see the gorgeous dresses you all make, so be sure to share them using the hashtag #AlcottDress on social media.

2 thoughts on “Alcott Dress Inspiration from Ready-to-Wear Fashion

  1. Liz says:

    For *years* I’ve been buying a similar dress style from Land’s End that was perfect, except that is it sleeveless. This dress pattern is the holy grail for me. Can’t wait to make one…or two…or…

  2. Cathy Filip says:

    This is exactly the pattern I’ve seen looking for, the butterfly like sleeve and a long wrap dress. This site has really got me excited to sew again and for myself. I was ready to just buy a burlap bag to cover my body, really hate my body image, but you have given me hope and inspiration.

Let me know what you think!