As Spring has moved into Summer we’ve had a quite a few days of sunshine in the UK, all in the last couple of weeks! That made us think about sewing shirt dresses, so we have scoured the sewing pattern database to find the top shirt dress sewing patterns to wear in Summer. Shirt dresses can be a bit intimating for beginners because of the fit and addition of cuffs and button holes so we’ve selected a range – you’ll be covered whether it’s your first shirt dress or you are a pro looking to take on a challenge.
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A favourite at Fold Line HQ, the Reeta Midi dress was released as part of the Spring/Summer Playground collection from Named Clothing. It’s bang on trend with the midi length finish to the skirt and deep side seam vents. It’s really easy to fit with a draw string waist but the pattern has lots of design features including a button down front with collar, yoke and facing so definitely one for an intermediate sewer.
The Flip Collar Shirt dress pattern from The Maker’s Atelier is an oversized pull-on shirt with grown on sleeves, cuffs and side pockets. The pattern is unique in that there are three options for the back, either plain, pleated or buttoned so you can make it as simple or as detailed as you want. Again with this shirt dress there are likely to be few fit issues.
Cashmerette designs modern patterns for women with curves in sizes 12 to 28. The Lenox shirt dress has all the classic elements you would expect from a shirt dress but with curved princess seams to give shape to the bust. You can opt for a pleated or gathered skirt, both with pockets.
The Rosa shirt dress and shirt from Tilly and the Buttons is fitted with gentle curved princess seams on the front and back. There are lots of options to add detail with this shirt dress including contrasting topstitching and inserting piping into the yoke seams. There is also a two-part collar, button stand and tabs for the sleeve cuffs. If you want step-by-step help with making a shirt dress then we’d definitely recommend you opt for the online class.
Shirt dress 8014 – Simplicity
This Simplicity shirt 8014 dress comes with four variations including full length dress, knee length or short skirt options with both slim line and flared skirt. There are patch pocket details and a mandarin or two part collars so you can mix and match lots of design elements to make it your own.
The Stoff and Stil shirt dress is a-line in shape but comes with an optional belt pattern piece to give shape to the waist. It has a button down front and French darts with classic collar. There is also a short shirt option too and both variations have a deeply curved hem.
Vintage shirt dress – Sew Over It
Inspired by the 1940s and 1950s, the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress has a feminine silhouette with sleeve and sleeveless options. It has a notched collar and button down front with pleated skirt. Colour blocking works really well with this pattern and the sleeve and sleeveless options allow you to make versions for summer and winter.
The Kalle shirt dress is the latest pattern from Closet Case Files. It is loose fitting with dress and top versions, both with a curved high low hem. You don’t have to insert sleeves with this one as it has kimono sleeves with arm cuffs. There are a number of design features you can add including standard or band collar, patch pockets, different pleats, and three types of placket – button, popover or hidden. The combinations are endless and we are a big fan of this one!
The Alder Shirt dress from Grainline Studio is an oldie but a goodie and it’s certainly been popular in the sewing community, just check out all the reviews below. It is loosely fitted and has a curve hem. You can opt for either a-line in shape or gathered at the sides and back (at the waist). It is sleeveless with patch bust pockets, button down placket and bust darts. This is a great pattern for different body shapes as you can make it emphasise the waist or choose a more minimalist silhouette.
This fitted shirt dress from McCall’s has both three-quarter length sleeves, capped sleeves or a sleeveless option. There is also the option to make it with a hem that dips at the front. It has a button down front, optional tie belt and pocket detailing.
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