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.
Your body size:
XS waist: 26 in (66 cm) hips: 36 in (91 cm)S waist: 30 in (76 cm) hips: 40 in (102 cm)
Slacks are defined as trousers for casual wear. While we don’t hear that term much these days, we think it is time to embrace it again. The Free Range Slacks pattern is as easy to wear as its name. You will feel free to roam in the comfort of a stylish, elastic high waist when you wear these pants. Although they were designed with linen in mind, these pants are so comfortable that we think you will want to make them in a multitude of fabrics and wear them all year long in any season.
There are two options - a tapered leg version and a straight, cropped version. Both have an elastic high waist, side panels, front pockets that are topstiched in place from behind, and an optional back patch pocket(s). The tapered legs look great rolled up so the finished garment measurements show rolled and unrolled measurements and the instructions include options for French and flat-fell leg seams.
Options & Features:
- high waist with wide elastic waistband
- front slash pockets
- side panels
- optional back pocket(s)
- tapered leg OR
- straight, cropped leg
This is an advanced beginner pattern. Sizes 00 - 20
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.
A traditional pair of easy fitting dungarees. A hard-working wardrobe staple featuring classic detailing and optional top stitching. These dungarees are meant to be oversized, for example my measurements put me at a 12 – 14, but I went for the 12 and can still fit a jumper underneath.
Skill level – intermediate.
This is a printed pattern including sizes 6 – 18. All seam allowances are 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.
Suggested fabrics – medium weight woven cloth, 8 – 11 oz denim, cotton canvas, cotton drill, corduroy, yarn dyed linen. If you are using a thick fabric you may decide to cut the waistband and button fly pieces out of a thinner fabric to reduce bulk.
You will need:
1 x Matching thread
1 x Contrasting thread
2 x 40mm dungaree clips
2 x 40mm adjustable sliders
6 x 15mm hammer on buttons (or sew on buttons)
0.5M of lining fabric for pocket, fly and waist facing. If you fabric is light to medium weight you could use ‘self’ fabric for the fly and waist facing.
The balloon sleeves of this simple top and dress are the only detail that it requires to stand out. Less is more. The full sleeves are gathered with a tie which is threaded through a buttonhole, alternatively you can omit this buttonhole and insert elastic instead.
Skill level – intermediate. This is a paper pattern that includes sizes UK 6 – 18.
Suggested Fabrics: lighter weight woven fabrics, linen and linen blends, poplin, hemp and hemp blends, cotton chambray, rayon, and rayon blends. The more structured the fabric the more sculptural your top will look.
Fabric Requirements with or without nap (in metres)
A traditional workwear boilersuit with a gentler feminine fit. Thelma is a wardrobe masterpiece, loose enough to fit all shapes and can be interpreted in many different types of cloths, so make it your own.
Thelma will take time to put together, but make it well and wear it absolutely everywhere. Skill level – experienced.
This is a multi-size paper pattern including sizes 6 – 18. All seam allowances are 1.5cm unless stated otherwise and are included in the pattern.
We would suggest using the following fabrics – medium weight wovens such as sanded twill, 5 – 8oz denims, yarn dyed linens with some stability, and cotton poplin. If you are an experienced sewer you could try tencel, tencel/linen, corduroy, more floppy linens, prints and checks.
This jacket is made for the outdoors! Big pockets for dog walking, a large hood for windy coastal walks, and roomy to fit a cozy jumper underneath! It features a drawstring waist (optional), side and front pockets and a funnel neck with zip fastening.
The Landgate requires a fair amount of top stitching and accuracy so we recommend you have completed some intermediate dressmaking projects first. This is also an ideal make to gift someone as a present.
Level – Advanced
We recommend using oilskin (waxed canvas) or dry oilskin, but you could also use a cotton canvas or denim.
Please note this is a unisex pattern.
We will cover the following:
How to follow a paper pattern, learning about the pattern markings and what they mean.
Following a lay plan and cutting out your fabric correctly.
Learning the art of pairing fabric and pattern.
Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size ( we will have samples to try on).
Inserting a zip.
Working with heavier weight fabrics like oilskin, denim or canvas.
Lounge around the house in these True Bias Hudson Pants or wear them out for a comfortable but stylish option. This advanced beginner pattern is a pattern you can wear any time! The urban fit of these pants leaves a bit of extra room around the hips and then tapers into a skinny leg. This pattern is perfect for medium weight knits such as cotton lycra, french terry, ponte, and sweatshirt knit with a suggested stretch of approximately 40%.
View A is a full length pant and View B is midcalf.
In addition to the fabric you will need: Coordinating thread, 2 inch wide elastic (1 1/2 yds), 1/4” wide cording (2 yds), 2 x 1 inch scrap of fusible interfacing, ballpoint sewing needle.
This pattern by Deer and Doe is a subtly fitted blouse with Chelsea collar and shoulder yoke. You have two options for construction, version A with 3/4 sleeves and version B with short sleeves.
This pattern has a size range of 34 to 46.
This intermediate pattern recommends using lawn, chiffon, rayon or silk. When viewing fabric requirements consider that extra fabric should be allowed to match stripes of plaids in the case of directional fabric. In addition to the fabric you will need 25" of lightweight fusible interfacing.
Designed for chic lounging, the Carolyn Pajamas are thoughtfully tailored with a modern, figure flattering cut.
The Carolyn top features a classic notched collar, curved hem and breast pocket with three sleeve options. For a matching pajama set, choose between a straight legged pant (with or without cuff) or a cuffed short. Both pants and shorts feature an elasticized waist, pockets and a faux fly. Personalize Carolyn by adding contrasting piping details for an elegant finish.
Sewing Level: Intermediate
SUGGESTED FABRIC: Light to medium-weight wovens such as cotton flannel, linen, quilting cottons, shirting, lawn, double gauze, rayon challis, silk crepe or charmeuse. Intermediate
The Lela Tunic & Blouse are easy to wear and casual. The side vents on View B, Tunic provide style and ease. The Lela Tunic & Blouse feature dolman sleeves and the neckline and sleeve hem finish with bias. Use a contrasting fabric for a beautiful detail.