Tempo Sundress

17 customer reviews


All Love Notions Sewing Patterns are digital downloads, you may print them at home or send to a copy shop. A physical pattern will not be mailed to you.

The Tempo Sundress is just what you need for hot summer days. This design is meant for woven fabrics and features a soft v neckline, thick straps to conceal bra straps and two tiers of skirt. In-seam pockets are included and are anchored at the waistline to keep them securely in place. The dress can be made with one tier that hits just above the knee or add the second tier for a mid-calf length.

The back of the Tempo features a panel that can either be shirred or elasticated to make this very easy to fit and fun to wear! No need to worry about what bra to wear- the thick straps and mid-back length bodice makes it easy to wear with just about any bra.

Tempo Sundress Features:

  • Meant for woven fabrics
  • 2 lengths: knee and midi
  • Optional inseam pockets
  • Full bust option
  • Back panel can either be shirred or elasticated

Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)

Skill Level: Confident beginner

Pattern Formats Included:

  • Print at home for US letter & A4 paper, trimless format with layers
  • Large format file for copy shop printing. This file will print on two A0 (33″ x 46″) size sheets. Be sure to instruct your printer to print actual size in black and white on their cheapest paper. We recommend PDFPlotting for printing the large format files.
  • A projector file is also included for those using projector technology.



The Tempo Sundress pdf instant downloadable pattern contains:

  • The Tempo Sundress pdf sewing pattern contains 2 dress lengths: knee and midi. A full bust option is also included.
  • 2 pages of inspiration photos from pattern testers.
  • Cutting guide
  • Bright and clear step by step color illustrations and photos.
  • 2 pages to customize the fit.
  • Included is a print chart to only print the pages you need for your style choice.
  • In addition to the print-at-home file, an A0-sized large format file for copy shop printing is also included
  • A projector file is included for those using projector technology
  • Optimized for most tablets with links to each part of the pattern. Print only the pattern pieces and use a tablet or computer to read the instructions to save on ink and paper!
  • This pattern has the ability to print just desired size(s) and in addition, features trimless pattern assembly! Open the PDF in Adobe, select the layer thumbnail on the left-hand menu and then select the size(s) to print. See this tutorial for more information.
  • Designed for both letter and A4 paper printing.
  • Because we value work at home business, feel free to use this pattern in your home sewing businesses.

Tempo Sundress Blogs

tempo straps neckline
Pattern Hack

How to alter the straps and neckline on Tempo Dress

Wanna change up the neckline, modify the straps, or install a button placket on your…
Tempo Bra Strap flutter
How To

Tempo Sundress Flutter Sleeve Strap Hack + Bra Strap Holder

Learn how to add a flutter sleeve to your Tempo Sundress.
How To

Tempo Hack: Full Shirred Bodice

Learn how to make a fully shirred Tempo Sundress hack!

More Resources for Tempo Sundress

Line drawing

Fabric requirements

Size chart

17 reviews for Tempo Sundress

  1. sewtosowjesus (verified owner)

    The minute I saw this pattern I squealed. It’s all I ever wanted in a sundress pattern. I just finished sewing my first one and it is just as I expected: fabulous! Great pattern and with a few adjustments to my body I have a beautiful sundress. I sewed the knee length version but added an inch in length ( I am 5’6″ approx). I used a lightweight rayon that is perfect for summer. Thank you for another great pattern. I can’t wait to sew more!

  2. Shaunell (verified owner)

    When I saw this pattern I knew I wanted to make it right away. The instructions are very clear and have great images to help make the steps easy to understand. I love the shirring detail in the back, the tiered skirt, and that is has pockets. I love that I can wear it with a bodysuit or t-shirt underneath. This is definitely a favorite pattern for me! I would 100% recommend!

  3. Jessica Vermillion (verified owner)

    I absolutely adore this dress and have enjoyed every bit of the sewing process in making this dress. I’ve made 2 thus far, but see more in my future makes. It’s the perfect sundress. The wide straps and design of the neckline make this style fit very well over a bra with no visible signs of your under garments, even with a wider strap bra. I had never shirred anything prior to this pattern. The process was very easy and turned out perfectly the first time. Love Notions instructions are always very well written and easy to understand. I highly recommend this pattern!

  4. Heather Hahn (verified owner)

    This is the first non costume dress I have ever made. It was so fun to put together, the shirring detail was easier than I thought. I did end up putting in underbust darts as there are 10 inches between my bust and waist measurements, so thus allowed some shaping in my case. The skirt has the perfect amount of movement. Have gotten compliments each time I wore it!! One of the things I like best about love notions is how well the pattern peices fit together .

  5. Shirley Jarrett (verified owner)

    I made 2 dresses from this pattern, the wearable toile & the one in a fine cotton fabric. The shirred panel in the back gave me some issues but was resolved when I adjusted the machine tension. Love Love Love this dress.

  6. Dawn Arnott (verified owner)

    I have just finished making this dress, ready for our English summer. I used a cotton batik fabric and love this dress. I will be making more. Thank you for a great pattern.

  7. Veronica Whelan (verified owner)

    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I’ve made it up in a gorgeous navy linen, and just adore wearing this dress.

  8. kj.broady (verified owner)

    Love this dress. Not as hard as I imagined. Made my test out of a colorful bedsheet and it actually turned out good enough to wear!

  9. emily.nucaro (verified owner)

    I love this dress pattern. I had just the right amount of ease and the elastic back ensures that it’ll be comfortable no matter what you’re doing
    It also works well with quilting cotton/poplin, which I always appreciate.

  10. vh_scott (verified owner)

    Such a fun sundress! I made this in a boardshort material to have a quick-drying, airy dress for the summer, and this design lends itself to that perfectly. Love that there’s a full bust option built into the pattern, it makes it so much easier. I did have some trouble with the elastic thread shirring, but the elastic panel method worked great for me and I’m glad it was an option!

  11. laurak4035 (verified owner)

    I love this pattern! It looks great on and is so comfortable and easy to wear. I have several tempo dresses so far and they are in constant rotation all summer long.

  12. Joanne Creech (verified owner)

    My all time favorite sundress’ and it comes together easy despite it looking difficult. Learned a lot doing this pattern and really enjoyed it! Fits great and flattering!

  13. danitajc (verified owner)

    One of the testers helped me make my Tempo Sundress by suggesting I could buy the back fabric already shirred. As I wasn’t ready for that skill I did as she said and my dress came out perfect! I’m keeping this dress pattern in my back pocket until I’m ready to up my sewing game even more! Until then I have a way to make beautiful summer dresses!

  14. Rene Lewthwaite (verified owner)

    Such a cute sundress pattern (and it has optional pockets!). It’s so comfy and easy to wear. Love that you have the option to choose whether you want a shirred or elasticated back panel! As always, the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

  15. Chantal Da Fonseca (verified owner)

    An interesting pattern love the neckline and shirring was super fun to do. The busy dart was high on me and I added the extra challenge of trying to line my version. Despite the challenges my lemon Tempo is my fav summer dress and everytime I wear it I get a ton of compliments!

  16. Dolores Bodnar (verified owner)

    This is the sweetest summer dress ever, simple ,stylish and so easy to sew. I even challenged myself to do the shirring option. I Lone Love Notions patterns for so many reasons, the styles, the options , the detailed instructions, and ease of taping the pattern sheets. And best of all LN is a small family business that support their customers thru classes,you tube video, blog tutorials and direct emails . Rock On Girls!

  17. Billiruth Wickey (verified owner)

    I’ve been using my kids old bedsheets for toilets & this wonderful sundress was no different. I’d just finished tacking the straps for the final fitting when my youngest and her family dropped by so I put it down to play with the grandkids. Next thing, my daughter is twirling through the living room, telling me how much she loves her new dress. 🙂 She was thrilled to tell people ” my mum made it for me” whenever anyone complimented her dress.
    Thanks for your amazing patterns that make it easier to make my loved one’s heart’s happy.

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