Jenna Dress PDF

By Hand London


Buy the Jenna dress sewing pattern from By Hand London on The Fold Line. The dress is  empire line with a bias cut skirt. Featuring a darted bodice with two different neckline and sleeve options that are entirely interchangeable, you can choose from a low square neck with short sleeves and a pretty tie cuff, or a demure jewel neck and optional Peter-Pan collar with slim bracelet length cuffed sleeves, or any bodice-sleeve combination and skirt length you prefer.

Suggested fabrics: The bias cut skirt will benefit from a light to medium weight woven fabric with a bit of body. Opt for crepe, floaty or drapey silks and rayons, silk noil, flannel and soft cottons or linen. However, we have also seen this dress beautifully made in more rigid fabrics such as silk organza and lace and she’s just as pretty.

Fabric requirements: See image for fabric requirements.

Sizing: UK 6 – 24 (US 2 – 20). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: A 22″ invisible zipper OR a 16″ invisible zipper (if you can still get your dress on over your head unzipped to the waist)

This sewing pattern is available in PDF format. The PDF pattern will be available immediately for download after purchase.

PDF pattern includes: Digital pattern compatible with both US letter and A4 paper sizes; copy shop file; step-by-step illustrated instructions.

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Linen, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Silk / Satin / Sateen, Wools / Suiting


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, 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

Sewing level


Make time

All day

Pattern format


PDF Printing

28 pages (bodice), 29 pages (trousers), 7 pages (waistband)

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    5 out of 5 Jenna Dress


    I made this dress as a pattern tester. It is a real beauty and the fit is great. I had to make a small bust adjustment but after that, the bodice fit perfectly and there is no gaping. I had some small issues with the armhole but managed to solve it with making the seam allowance wider in the upper part around the shoulder.
    I used lightweight cotton for it and it worked out great for this pattern. The fabric choice makes the skirt hold a firmer shape than it would with viscose for example. I love the sleeve detail on this version and it is so easy to construct.
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    • Woodland63

      That is beautiful

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    4 out of 5 Gorgeous with a few finicky things


    I made my Jenna dress as a pattern tester, and I chose a gorgeous, slinky rayon satin (I didn’t even know such a thing existed) – Jenna is made for slinky fabrics, but this one caught a lot of puckers in the bust dart area which were highlighted by the shininess of the fabric. The skirt is cut on the bias, which makes it a bit difficult to install an invisible zip without it poking out like a little tail when you move your hips. You want to make sure to stabilize the zipper seam with some interfacing.
    In terms of fit, I found Jenna to be very well drafted and didn’t have to make any fit adjustments (though I think I would need to make the neckline a bit more open, as the jewel neck option pulls a bit and I have very prominent collar bones). I love the versions that use a bit of a more crisp fabric, and I especially love the tie sleeves. A great pattern just be thoughtful with your fabric choices!

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    • Woodland63

      Beautiful. What fabric would you recommend then so as not to get the zip problem and why do people sometimes interface the zip?

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