Val — Backless Maxi Dress Pattern

The Val pattern is a stunning scoop-shaped open-back maxi dress with two adjustable ties and flattering princess seams. By following the curves of your body, these seams elongate your silhouette and create a figure slimming effect. We've added two front slits for a touch of sexy and ease of movement.

The secret to sewing princess seams that lie perfectly flat is to carefully transfer your notches, perfectly match them and clip along the curves after they are stitched together.

For our sample US size 6 pictured in this tutorial we used 3 yards of FS Luxury Yarn Dyed Medium Weight Linen. Any medium weight linen will suit this project. 

What you get with your pattern:

- Free PDF download for our registered customers.
- Print-at-home format on Letter/A4 paper.
- Layered PDF to print just the sizes you want.
- Most patterns available graded in size 0/2 to 28/30.
- Step-by-step instructions on The Thread blog.
- No licensing restrictions. Sew as many as you like for yourself, your family, even your sewing business.

Pattern specifications:

Type: PDF Pattern
Design Variations:
Sizes: 0/2 to 12/14, 16/18 to 28/30
Illustrations: Yes
Instructions: Yes

Qty: Digital Download

Free Download

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Cecelia profile image Beautiful pattern!
Reviewer: Cecelia

I love this free pattern, I made a muslin first and had a friend help me get the fitting perfect. I bought some beautiful IL019 Sulpphur softened linen from this site. I wore it to town and had lots of compliments. I biggest challenge was finding a color coordinating bra.

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Erin profile image Love it so much, I'll make multiple!
Reviewer: Erin

This was my second sewing project ever, and it was perfect! As a beginner, I was a bit nervous to make this with nice linen, so I made it with 100% cotton I had leftover, but I do think this dress is perfect for linen. My fabric was a bit shear, so I added a lining piece to the center front and center back pieces by simply cutting another piece of the same dimensions as the front and back, but shorter, and sewing them to the front and back panels before beginning the pattern. I made a 4/6 and did have to take in the bust a bit (which was an easy fix), but I think with linen the drape will be perfect, and I likely wouldn't need alterations. This pattern was so fun to make, and the directions were so clear. I definitely recommend, and I love the dress so much, I'll be making another one but with linen...stay tuned! Posted by Erin

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Timi profile image Perfect Fit
Reviewer: Timi

Downloads this dress and that the fit was perfect. As a transgender, I do have problems with getting the right fit for clothes. Absolutely no alterations were required. And the finished dress was wonderful.

Val — Backless Maxi Dress Pattern

I love this free pattern, I made a muslin first and had a friend help me get the fitting perfect. I bought some beautiful IL019 Sulphur softened linen from this site. I wore it to town and had lots of compliments. I biggest challenge was finding a color coordinating bra. I am an experience seamstress.

Posted by Cecelia
Val — Backless Maxi Dress Pattern

This was my second sewing project ever, and it was perfect! As a beginner, I was a bit nervous to make this with nice linen, so I made it with 100% cotton I had leftover, but I do think this dress is perfect for linen. My fabric was a bit shear, so I added a lining piece to the center front and center back pieces by simply cutting another piece of the same dimensions as the front and back, but shorter, and sewing them to the front and back panels before beginning the pattern. I made a 4/6 and did have to take in the bust a bit (which was an easy fix), but I think with linen the drape will be perfect, and I likely wouldn't need alterations. This pattern was so fun to make, and the directions were so clear. I definitely recommend, and I love the dress so much, I'll be making another one but with linen...stay tuned!

Posted by Erin
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