Women's Shift Dress + Top Sewing Pattern by Wiksten
A loose shift dress and top. Choose from three different lengths: a cropped top, above-the-knee dress, or calf-length dress with side slits.
This loose shift is both comfortable and elegant, the perfect wardrobe staple. Choose from three different lengths: a cropped top, above-the-knee dress, or calf-length dress with side slits. The top has a plain back, while the dress has added fullness from back gathers. Patch pockets, waist tie, and three quarter length sleeve options are included. Neck is finished with an easy-to-sew facing.
Sizes: US Women's sizes 0-22. Model is 5'11" tall and a size 4 and is wearing a 4 in the top and a 0 in the dress (dress has more ease than top). The oversized fit makes it possible to size down, but the bicep needs at least 3" ease for comfort. Finished garment measurements are included in the pattern.
Printed pattern: tissue paper pattern sheet and 6.5"x 8.5" instruction booklet with black and white illustrations and color photos in a 7"x 9"recycled paper envelope.
Materials (*yardage requirements shown in Size Chart*) -light to medium weight fabric with good drape, such as brushed cotton, gauze, voile, lawn, flannel, chambray, linen, silk crepe, charmeuse, silk noil, rayon -1/4 yd lightweight fusible interfacing to add structure to neck facing (optional).
Pants no. 1 is an elastic-waist pair of cropped pants with a relaxed fit. Make your handmade wardrobe complete with multiple pairs of fancy pants! The pattern calls for mid-weight fabric, such as linen, cotton, or natural fiber blend.
This pattern contains sizes XS through 4XL - See Below for measurements.
An instruction booklet walks you through the steps, from tracing and cutting the pattern pieces, to inserting the elastic waistband. The pattern is printed on two sheets of bond paper, with eight nested sizes.
This cleverly constructed smock will inspire a little one’s creativity with its oversized pockets for storing supplies and treasures. Make a top or dress, and choose between sleeveless or long sleeve. It’s a perfect project for learning more advanced techniques, such as binding a neckline and setting a sleeve.
Sizes: 2 years, 4 years, 6 years, 8 years, 10 years
Citronille's Difficulty Level: 2
This pattern is in English, translated from French.
Citronille sewing patterns are designed by the French designer Astrid Le Provost, who has published more than 100 patterns to date. She recently translated a couple dozen patterns into English. While the patterns are fairly simple, they do not offer the same kind of detailed help and instructions as you will find with some companies such as Colette, Oliver + S, and some of the translations are slightly unclear, so we do not recommend them for beginners. We carry all the English patterns at our shop and online. If there is a Citronille pattern you see in French that you’d love to sew, please let us know.Suggested fabrics: cotton poplin, lawn, linen, very lighweight wool, fine corduroy.
Notions: 1 10" zipper for 2 year, 4 year and 6 year. 1 12" zipper for 8 and 10 years.
These patterns were designed with 60" wide fabrics in mind. When using 45" width fabrics, additional fabric will be necessary.
A perfect combination for any mood, if Ellis is a gentle woman then Hattie is a blithe bachelorette.
Both feature four delicate neck darts, Ellis, who gets some more feminine shaping from bust darts, is waisted, with set in sleeves and inseam side pockets. Hattie has a lined bodice, dropped waist and bold patch pockets.
Skill level: Intermediate
Suitable for linen or light wools, light to medium weight woven cottons such as drill or sanded canvas.
This is a multi-size paper pattern in an envelope, including sizes 8 – 18. Both have 1.5cm seam allowances apart from the neck which has a 1cm seam allowance and these are included in the pattern.
The pattern piece for the skirt is quite wide so we have only specified fabrics that are 120cm. You can use narrower fabric on the following sizes:
This sweet and ﬂattering dress features a cut-out scoop neckline, an above-the-knee hemline, pockets, and shirring in the back for an easy, comfortable ﬁt. No zippers or closures are needed, making it a wonderful project for the intermediate sewist! The pattern can be made without sleeves, with a basic scoop neckline, as a tunic, or with a longer skirt to achieve a large number of different looks.
Materials: Light to medium-weight cotton or cotton-blend fabrics such as shirting, voile, double gauze, quilting cotton, poplin or cotton-linen blends 1 1/4 yard prepackaged single-fold bias tape (or cut your own 1 1/4" wide bias strips) Elastic thread Lightweight interfacing (for the bodice facings)
The Metamorphic Dress is a wardrobe-building dress for all seasons.
Featuring a high/low waist seam and complete reversibility, it's inspired by the possibility of layers - wear it with the tiered skirt and patch pockets, or flip it inside out and enjoy a basic, single-layer pinafore with in-seam pockets. Layer it over jeans, leggings, or a mid-length Stasia Dress, or layer it under your favorite woven tee or knitted cardigan. Wear it on the beach over your swimsuit or favorite short-sleeve, fitted knit tee.
The fit is easy, with no bodice darts and plenty of room for the waist. (It is drafted for a D-cup and below.) Learn how to use the fun "Burrito Method" for making a reversible bodice with the included video tutorial.
Choose a fabric with a nice drape, such as sand washed rayon or silk noil. For a more structured dress you can use cotton ikat or linen.
44"-wide fabric: 2.5 yards for the top layer and 2 5/8 yards for the under layer
54"-wide fabric: 2 1/8 yards for the top layer and 2 1/4 yards for the under layer
The Chloe Coat is a beautifully classic coat with simple details and an exquisite finish. With lined patch pockets, a pretty rounded neck and optional detachable scarf, it’s easy to wear, versatile and looks great with any outfit. For casual days pair Chloe with the Edie Top and Mia Jeans, or for a more dressy affair try her with a silk Ultimate Shift Dress or slinky Nancy.
The Chloe Coat fastens either with an open-ended zip, or press studs for a 60’s vibe. It’s tailored at the shoulders and fully lined for a beautiful finish on the inside and a perfectly structured coat on the outside. Designed to be semi-loose fitting yet flattering, the Chloe Coat is fitted to your shoulders, and shaped at the front with a long cut-away dart.
The Chloe Coat is a true year-round staple. Depending on your fabric choices you can wear this pattern all the way through from spring to winter. Choose from a myriad of medium weight wovens for your Chloe Coat; from wool to viscose linen, stable crepes and more, it’s easy to make this pattern your own. Go plain or choose a big print, Chloe is a blank canvas for you to play with as you like.
Sewing Level: Intermediate
Sizing & Fabric Requirements:For the Chloe Coat we recommend a medium to heavyweight wool fabric, such as tweed, boucle, boiled wool or melton. For a lighter coat, you could also try a jacquard, linen or viscose linen blend. If you are new to sewing coats we recommend avoiding fabrics with a very loose weave (such as boucle) as these fray easily and can make your sewing more tricky.
Chloe is fully-lined, so you will also need lining fabric. We recommend using something with a silky finish so you can get the jacket on and off easily, such as satin, acetate, or even silk charmeuse for all-out luxury. Crepes and lustrous viscose will also work nicely.
You will also need:
2x pieces of ice wool wadding (measuring 10cm x 23cm)
22″ open-ended zip for the zipped coat
OR 5 or 6 2.1cmpress studs if you’d prefer to close your coat with poppers
Inspired by the fisherman of Brittany this simple top or dress could become a wardrobe staple. Slim fitted top our A line dress with an inside breast pocket and pockets in the side seams.
Skill level: Advanced beginner
This is a multi-size paper pattern in an envelope, including sizes 6 – 18. 1.5cm seam allowance is included in the pattern unless otherwise stated.
We recommend using 5 – 10oz non stretch denim, cotton chambray, cotton weaves, linen and corduroy.
You will also need:
1 x button approx 15mm
A note about pre washing your denim if you are going to use a mid-heavy denim for your Francine:
We recommend pre washing your denim before sewing. Putting a large piece of medium-heavy weight denim into the washing machine can sometimes lead to white creases in the denim, this is because it is a stiff fabric so it doesn’t have room to move around. We recommend doing the following to help this not to happen:
Wash your denim on its own for the first wash. You don’t need to use detergent if you don’t want to.
Wet the fabric first before putting it into the drum.
If you can break up your denim fabric into half this will help. Or if you have your pattern already you may be able to break it into smaller parts by looking at the lay plan – leave some wiggle room!
For the first wash use a delicate 30 degree cycle with a low spin.
If any white creases develop ironing whilst still damp will help.
The Japanese inspired lines of the Gyo make a neat and decisive statement. Wear as an evening dress or as cool and beautiful summer wear.
Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Recommended Fabric: light to medium weight woven cloth such as linen, double gauze or cotton poplin. Using a crispy tightly woven cloth will make a boxy sculptural top, whereas linen will give you something much softer and flowing. Don’t use anything too thick as the skinny strap needs to be turned through. The top takes little fabric so it’s a great excuse to use something special.
This is a multi-size paper pattern in an envelope, including sizes 6 – 18. Seam allowances are 1.5cm and are included in the pattern.
Flattering and easy to wear, the Tea House is a great pattern with a variety of options for different looks. Use a silk or rayon fabric with some drape for a vintage inspired look while a cotton yarn dyed stripe can lend a more modern feel.
This is an advanced beginner/ intermediate level pattern sizes 0 - 20
The Tea House features: a V-neckline with front and back neck yokes, front seaming, in-seam angled pockets (for the dress versions), a back neck box pleat, cuffed dolman short sleeves and two different tie options.
Views A, B, & C feature wide under the bust, inseam ties that can be tied behind the back or doubled around to the front.
Views D, E & F feature a spaghetti waist tie that threads through a back tunnel and can be tied in the front or for just a bit of waist definition, tied behind the back.
There are three different length options - views A & D are hip length tops, views B & E are above the knee length dresses and views C & F are tea length dresses. There are no closures to sew - just slip it on over the head and tie!
The Dress Shirt is a lightweight, versatile dress with a relaxed and classic cut to be worn loose. Includes a rolled up sleeve or a short sleve. Choose a fabric with drape such as linen or lighter weight cottons.
Skill level: Beginner
This is a multi-size paper pattern, including sizes 8 - 18.
Tunic No. 1 is a dropped-shoulder top with two options for length, a cropped shirt or tunic. This relaxed garment is perfect for layering and stitches up quickly! The neck is finished with bias tape facing and there is an optional patch pocket. First published in issue 8 of Taproot Magazine.
Fabric requirements: 2 1/4 - 2 5/8 yards (2.1 - 2.4 meters) for the tunic length or 1 7/8 - 2/14 yards (1.75 - 2.1 meters) for the shirt length
The pattern is best suited to mid to light weight cotton, linen, or natural fiber blend fabric (no jersey or knits)
The instruction book takes you through all the steps, from tracing and cutting the pattern pieces, attaching the sleeves, to making and sewing bias tape. The pattern is printed on bond paper, with four nested sizes.
Dress No. 3 is a caftan with a V-neck front and center seam. The sleeves and body are one piece and side vents add to the freedom of movement. It's perfect for lounging inside or pool-side. You will want to wear this everywhere.
The pattern is best suited to cotton lawn and voile, light-weight linen and natural fiber blend fabric (no jersey or knits)
The instruction book takes you through all the steps, from tracing and cutting the pattern pieces, to making and sewing bias tape. Dress length is 42 inches (117 cm) - 45 inches (124 cm) from shoulder. The pattern is printed on bond paper, with four nested sizes.
Supplies: Three 10mm (⅜ inch) buttons, 40cm (½ yard) of 5mm (3/16”) elastic
Citronille is a French company, and most of their patterns are released only in French. We are excited to be able to offer this wonderful line to our customers. With permission from Citronille, we have made a complete translation of this pattern into English. We worked to make our translation easy to follow and as direct as possible from Citronille's pattern. We did not add to or take away from their directions.
When purchasing this pattern, you will receive Citronille's pattern directions and paper pattern pieces (printed on good quality white paper), all written in French. We will include two additional pages. One page will contain a complete translation into English of all the directions for the pattern. The other page contains the common directions that are found in every pattern, as well as a list of all the French you might find on the pattern pieces, translated into English. The pattern piece translations should be quite easy to use as the list is in alphabetical order in French, so you will be able to search quickly for any French terms you come across on the pattern pieces.