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Dress patterns edit: Shirt Dresses

Shirt dresses are the evergreens of fashion – they are always in style! A shirt dress is a style of women’s dress that borrows details from a man’s shirt. These often include a collar, a button front, and/or cuffed sleeves. We want to show you a range of different shirt dress patterns that have different features and styles so you can decide what you are looking for in a shirt dress!

Which one is your favourite?

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Pattern: Simplicity 8014.

This classic vintage inspired shirt dress looks absolutely fantastic in a denim! Choose from 4 different length and seam finishes: a knee length dress with slim or flared skirt, and a mini dress with a straight or shirt tail hem.

Pattern: Simplicity 8140.

This beautiful shirt has a front and back yoke which is perfect for experimenting with different fabrics and see through fabrics such as lace and chiffon. The pattern is made for plus sizes and you can choose from knee or tunic length with side slits and shirt tail.

Pattern: Burda 6520.

This fabulous pleated shirt dress with lapel collar has got us dreaming of spring! The bodice buttons down to the waist and the pleated skirt can be made up in two lengths. Choose to add sleeve bands or cute short turned up sleeves.

Pattern: Simplicity 8546.

A shirt dress to impress! We love this maxi-length, but if this isn’t for you, this pattern comes with lots of options to make it your own. Choose from different lengths, sleeves with added ruffles, 2 different sleeve cuffs, 2 different collars and a fabulous cold-shoulder variation.

Pattern: Burda 6440.

Go for a sporty Safari look with this shirt dress pattern from Burda. Choose to add all the pockets for this look or leave them off for a cleaner (but still very stylish!) finish. The pattern also includes 3/4 length sleeves.

Pattern: Vogue 1511.

Designed by Rachel Comey for Vogue this dress is perfect to show off beautiful fabrics and big and bold prints. The design is simple, but stunning! It is fitted through the bodice with front princess seams and a shaped empire waistline. It features a flared skirt, side invisible zipper, a pointed collar and collar band, and long sleeves with button cuff.

Pattern: Kwik Sew 4155.

This princess seamed button down shirt dress has a flared skirt which creates this lovely voluminous look. The armholes are finished with facings for a beautiful finish, and don’t forget to add those all important inseam pockets!

Pattern: McCall’s 7433.

Isn’t this a beautiful tea-dress from circa 1943 a dream? This design has an inverted notched collar which makes it looks really different from other shirt dresses. It closes with a side zipper and you can add short sleeves with a contrast band or long sleeves with cuffs.

Pattern: McCall’s 7682.

Stand out from the crowd in this shirt dress with a high low hem and waist tie. It’s easy to make because of the loose fit and it’s easy to wear because of the waist tie. Choose from different length and hem finishes and different sleeve variations.

Pattern: Vogue 1559.

Last, but not least, this design by Guy Laroche for Vogue. It’s a more elaborate project which is perfect for the more advanced seamstress. It’s a close-fitting, lined dress with inserted waistband and two piece sleeves. The front features contrast panels, topstitching details and pockets.