Perkins Shirt Dress and Top PDF



Buy the Perkins Shirt Dress and Top sewing pattern from Ensemble. This is a versatile sewing pattern with many options. It is an oversized silhouette with two distinct styles: basic and gathered. It can also be made in a smaller size to make it a little more fitted. It has four different lengths: cropped, regular, tunic, and dress (with side slits). The pattern comes with optional patch and inseam pockets. It also has a regular pointy collar or mandarin collar and, for some extra fun, you can choose to have the back yoke with some slits and a two-piece collar that ties at the back. Make it in a thin fabric like a rayon for a flowy look or opt for some thin shirting for a boxier style.

Suggested fabrics: Light to medium weight wovens with a soft hand and good drape. For a fluid and flowy style: Tencel, rayon, crepe, silk georgette, challis (note: if using a sheer fabric with a print on it, consider using a solid for the yoke and sleeve lining). For a more structured and boxy style, poplin, shirting, chambray, flannel, linen. Keep in mind that the style is oversized and can look frumpy if the fabric is too thick and structured.

Fabric requirements: 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: Basic (crop), 1.4 – 1.9 m (1.5 – 2 yards) // Basic (regular), 1.6 – 2.25 m (1.75 – 2.5 yards) // Basic (tunic), 1.75 – 2.75 m (1.9 – 3 yards) // Basic (dress), 1.9 – 3 m (2 – 3.25 yards) // Gathered (crop), 1.4 – 2 m (1.5 – 2.25 yards) // Gathered (regular), 1.5 – 2.25 m (1.6 – 2.5 yards) // Gathered (tunic), 1.6 – 2.75 m (1.75 – 3 yards) // Gathered (dress), 1.9 – 3 m (2 – 3.25 yards).

Sizing: 0 – 20 (approx. UK 6 – 20). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Lightweight fusible interfacing; 1/2″ shirt buttons (top = 5-6, tunic = 8-9, dress = 10-11); thread.

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

PDF pattern includes: Illustrated step-by step-instructions; letter/A4 print-at-home pattern (print just your size with the layers option); A0 copy shop pattern.

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Additional information


Chiffon / Georgette, Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Linen, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe

Make time

All day, Half a day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner, Intermediate


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

Pattern format


PDF Printing

65 Pages

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    5 out of 5 Multi coloured Perkins shirt


    A very nice oversized designed shirt. I made size 2 ( size chart it would have been size 6). Very pleased with the outcome. Well written sewing instructions with great illustrations. Print advice so you can print only the pages you need.
    I’ve made some changes. My version has fold over button plackets. A big advantage is that the three layers of fabric are firm enough so one doesn’t have to use interfacing. Another advantage of this method is that the front stil stays soft instead of stiff. My seam finish is also different from the one explained in the sewing instructions. The Perkins shirt has a inner and outer sleeve construction. I checked the fit after basting and found out that the double sleeve construction was to heavy for my type fabric. The front and back body moved upwards so I removed the inner sleeve.

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