Penny Dress


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Buy the Penny dress sewing pattern from Colette Patterns, it features a classic design with feminine details. This charming shirtdress has a fitted bodice, with traditional shirt details like a collar stand, button placket, and shoulder yoke. These thoughtful details allow you to learn new sewing skills or perfect existing ones.

Version 1 features a fitted waistband and full set-in sleeves that complement a gathered skirt. This version is perfect for honing in on your decorative stitching and tailoring skills.

Version 2 has a sleeveless bodice, a semi-circle skirt, and an overlapping gathered waist belt. The skirts can be mixed to match either bodice, so you can create a customized dress for your style.

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Jersey / Knits / Scuba, Linen


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, UK 26 / US 22 / EU 54

Sewing level


Make time

All weekend or longer

Pattern format

PAPER 18 – 26

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    5 out of 5 Dream Shirt Dress


    I made the Colette Penny dress in Version 1 using my beautiful Atelier Brunett Stardust Ochre Fabric.

    I’m very pleased with my results. I had to do minimal adjustments to the bodice since I’m long waisted, but overall the fit was spot on. Version 1 does have a big gathered skirt, so in hindsight I wish I would of used version 2 skirt instead. It was a little too much skirt for my taste, but I still love my dress.

    The construction is straight forward, but can be a little tricky if you’ve never attached a collar before. Luckily the sewing community is a wealth of knowledge. Closet Case Patterns has a fantastic tutorial on shirts! Highly recommend giving it a read if you’re making a shirt.

    More photos on my instagram

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    I made the Colette Penny dress (view B) in a Liberty tana lawn as part of the #alittlelawnparty challenge.

    I chose to make view B, which is sleeveless and has a kind of cummerbund style belt across the waist seam. The skirt is a midi length and has pockets (who doesn’t like pockets?!)

    I found the pattern went together easily and was well drafted, with the only adjustments I made being to grade between a size 6 and 10 and my usual hollow chest adjustment which involves dropping the front bodice shoulder seam down at the neck by 1cm and doing the same the CF point.

    The dress used some nice techniques, such as the burrito method to finish the yoke, and the pattern was clearly explained for the most part. I’d say this would be a good pattern if you’ve some experience of making shirt styles already or one to stretch yourself on if you’ve not tried before. I can’t really comment on the collar insertion method though because I totally ignored in favour of the one on Sew Sarah Smith’s blog!

    A full review is on my blog at

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    Colette Penny is the first shirt dress I’ve made and I am incredibly pleased with the result. This is version 2 (sleeveless with a two-piece overlapping waist band). It is fitted at the bust and waist with pockets in the skirt and facings to finish the arm holes.

    The collar and placket make this an intermediate make but if you’ve made a collared shirt before this pattern should be fine for you. The gathered belt is a bit tricky as well. The gathers are only held in place with pressing. I will have to see how it wears and may do more to tack the gathers down later.

    Be sure to read the instructions carefully with this make. The version 1 and 2 instructions are combined but differ in some very important ways. I would recommend highlighting your version before you start so you don’t accidentally follow the wrong ones (like I did).

    I’ve included more notes about some things to watch out for and more photos on my blog:

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    Penny Dress


    The Colette Penny Dress is a brilliant pattern. This version is made in a light cotton lawn, which was perfect for version 2 of the pattern.

    I would definitely recommend getting the paper pattern, rather than the PDF as it is a huge file and costs a lot to print. I made a size 6 and it fitted well around the waist, however I had to adjust the fit at the bust and shorten it after making a toile.

    There are a lot of pieces, allow for the tracing of your pieces and cutting of your fabric to takes ages. Also, the order of construction and switching between versions is also little unusual, but just trust the pattern – everything is covered. When the dress was finished, I had to alter the suggested position of the poppers as the upper waistband was hanging loose, and I also added a popper at the top of the placket as there aren’t any fastenings here at all!

    But honestly – in my opinion this is the best shirt pattern release of the summer. Have a round of applause, Colette!

    For more pics and more detailed review visit:

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