One of the reasons we’re so hooked on sewing is that it’s not just a hobby, but a life-long learning experience. Every day is a school day when you’re a sewist! So we love projects that give us a chance to show off our existing skills and try out a few new ones, like this issue’s Shirt Dress pattern.
This must-have design is all about the fun-to-sew details, from a grandad collar and buttonholes, to an optional waist belt and sleeve cuffs and tabs. That’s at least five new skills to tick off our list!
This staple dress design comes with two length options to make. It’s easy to wear with a loose shape and belted waist for a flattering fit.
The Shirt Dress Sewing Pattern
UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18, EUR 34-38)
- Learn how to add a collar
- Sew buttons and buttonholes
- Construct a simple waist belt
- Make sleeve tabs
You will need:
- Fabric: Dress A: 3.3mx115cm (4ydx45in) or 2.7mx140cm (3ydx55in)
- Fabric: Dress B: 3.6mx115cm (4ydx45in) or 3.1mx140cm (31⁄2ydx55in)
- 14 x 10-12mm buttons
- 2 x 10-12mm buttons, for the sleeve tabs (optional)
- Lightweight interfacing: 30x150cm (12x59in)
- Matching thread
- Basic sewing kit
Light to medium weight fabrics such as cotton, cotton lawn or rayon.