Vintage Shirt Dress

Sew Over It


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The vintage shirt dress sewing pattern from Sew Over It is perfect for an intermediate dressmaker. The dress features a notched collar, bust and waist darts. The pattern has both a sleeved and sleeveless version and can be made in most fabrics.

What we think: This is a classic vintage inspired dress that looks great on most body types.

Suggested Fabrics: A light to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton lawn, seersucker, broderie anglaise, rayon, viscose, crepe or lightweight wool

This sewing pattern is available to buy in PAPER format, UK sizes 8-20 (see images for full size chart).

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Silk / Satin / Sateen


8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

Sewing level


Make time

All weekend or longer

Pattern format


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  1. Vintage Shirt Dress


    I used a viscose mix of some kind, purchased from Fine Fabrics in Taunton.
    I bought the pdf version online. I’ve used ‘sew over it’ patterns before and find them just brilliant and this is no different- great instructions and pattern. I also automatically made this in a 12 although in my head I was planning to bring it out to a 14 on the bottom half but glad I didn’t- the style is fine for even large backsides like mine! Some changes I made:
    1. I ended up bringing in the waist a lot but knew I would have to do this.
    2. I didn’t use covered buttons but my own large vintage ones… I think they look good but it meant the button holes had to be quite big and my next one I will make cover buttons for.
    3. I didn’t hand sew the hem as instructed because I’m lazy! I would in future because of it being a curved hem, it does look a little messy and I may unpick and do it properly. Lesson learned.
    All in all I love the dress. My only real issues are with the sleeves being possibly a little tight and certainly not set quite perfectly but I’m still learning and over all I’m very happy with this make and none of my issues are really to do with the pattern!

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    I love this dress and made two already! The fit is really good and I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern. The sleeveless version is perfect for the summer months and I plan to make a winter version with longer sleeves in the coming weeks – a ‘must have’ in my wardrobe!

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    I used a voile from Cotton and Steel. I found the instructions to be very thourough and helpful. This is probably the most involved garment I have made, yet it went so smoothly. I made no alterations and cut a straight 14 based on ease measurements. I think my only complaint is that I did not realize that the width of the fabric needed to be larger for the larger sizes. I *barely * fit the skirt pattern on my fabric. Otherwise, this is my favorite make yet and am planning on sewing many more SOI patterns

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