A shirt dress sewing pattern is a timeless addition to your handmade wardrobe. Rather than a trend-based and fussy dress design, a shirt dress is a classic piece that will stand the test of time.
Here are 9 shirt dress sewing patterns with chic lines and simple cuts to last you for the long haul.
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1. With a waist tie belt
It doesn’t get more classic than this midi-length dress with a waist tie belt. The side slits are an elegant touch and makes the dress easy to move around in.
2. Vintage and ready for tea
For a design that truly stands the test of time, it’s hard to go past a vintage sewing pattern. This tea-length button down dress accentuates the waist and would look terrific on hour-glass figures.
3. Glamorous maxi length
Floor length with a centre split skirt—this pattern is perfect for fancy occassions. For a more casual look, you can wear it open—like a duster—over leggings or jeans.
4. Military style shirt dress
Big pockets and a strong collar makes this dress spell utility chic. I’d make this dress in a bigger size to your normal fit, to make the most of the design’s masculine understones.
5. Mandarin collar shirt dress
Sew in Love Patterns Haiku Shirt / Dress
For a unique twist to the classic shirt dress, this pattern has a Mandarin collar and bracelet-length sleeves. I designed this dress because I wanted a versatile piece that could be worn as a dress, tunic AND an open jacket. The Haiku dress is one of my most worn items in my handmade wardrobe!
6. Assymetric design
If you’re after a unique, modern take on a classic design, you might consider this sewing pattern with an assymetric hem.
7. Add lots of ruffles
A soft and feminine look is achieved with ruffled sleeves and a ruffled hem in this sewing pattern.
Love ruffles? Take a look at my ruffled dolman sleeve dress sewing tutorial!
8. Layered interest
How’s this for a interesting, layered dress? The tie front section can be made in a contrasting fabric to make it look like you are wearing a long vest over your dress!
9. V-neck and collarless shirt dress
If you prefer a more open neckline, this v-neck dress could be for you. By choosing interesting buttons, you can customise the pattern to suit your style.
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