Chalk and Notch Shay Dress

Chalk and Notch


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Buy the Shay Dress sewing pattern from Chalk and Notch. Shay is a maxi dress with a wide scoop neck and fitted bodice. The skirt has three gathered tiers. There are elbow length puff sleeves or a tank option for both views. View A has a centre back invisible zipper. View B has centre front buttons.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PAPER (next working day dispatch on orders and FREE UK delivery over £50)

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: Rayon challis, rayon twill, rayon voile, cotton lawn, cotton voile, linen, chambray. This style is designed for a light to medium weight woven. The bodice is lined. It is recommended to use a medium to heavy weight bodice lining fabric to help maintain structure.

Fabric requirements: Minimum fabric required is listed. If you think you will need more for shrinkage, directional print, pattern matching or print repeat, please purchase accordingly.

Main: 54″ (137 cm) wide fabric: With sleeves, 3 1/4 – 4 1/4 yd (3 – 3.9 m) // Tank, 3 – 4 yd (2.7 – 3.7 m).

Bodice lining: 54″ (137 cm) wide fabric: 3/4 – 1 yd (0.7 – 0.9 m).

Sizing: US 0 – 30 (approx. UK 8 – 30, based on our standardised size chart) with A, B, C and D bust cup options. Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.

Use the high bust to determine your size, and the difference between your high bust and full bust to choose your cup size. If you are between sizes, size up and fit the pattern as needed. It is always recommended to sew a test garment to confirm fit.

This pattern includes four bust cup options, and the cup size is determined by calculating the difference between the high and full bust. If the difference between your high bust and full bust is 1″ (2.5 cm) use the A cup. If the difference is 2″ (5 cm) use the B cup. If the difference is 3″ (7.5 cm) use the C cup. If the difference is 4″ (10 cm) use the D cup. If you have more than a 4″ (10 cm) difference, you may need a full bust adjustment.

Notions: 2 yd tricot fusible interfacing // View A: 18″ (46 cm) invisible zipper for the centre back; hook and eye (optional) // View B: fifteen to eighteen 1/2″ (12.7 mm) buttons for the centre front.

PDF pattern includes: Step-by-step illustrated instructions; US letter/A4 print-at-home pattern (60 pages); US copy shop pattern (36″ x 110″); A0 copy shop pattern (3 sheets) // Layers: Yes // Projector file: No.

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Additional information


Cottons, Drape, Linen

Make time

One to two days

Sewing level



UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52, UK 26 / US 22 / EU 54, UK 28 / US 24 / EU 56, UK 30 / US 26 / EU 58

Pattern format

PAPER, PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

60 Pages

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