Every fall and spring, we go a little shirtdress pattern crazy around here! These days, there are so many design and silhouette options to consider – the right shirtdress pattern can be a workhorse in your handmade wardrobe. And we’re pretty sure you need more than one! Here are our top shirtdress sewing pattern picks.
Alder Shirtdress by Grainline Studio
The Alder is a classic but with lots of options, including a version with a gathered waist. This modern option is perfect in any season – I can’t wait to layer it up for fall. Bonus points: it’s super easy to shorten this design into a blouse!
Kalle Shirtdress by Closet Case Patterns
The Kalle is a modern take on the shirtdress, with a high-low hem and a dramatic curved hemline we can’t get enough of. The pattern features a drop sleeve with cuffs but a pattern expansion is available for long sleeves.
Penny Dress by Sew Over It
If you’re looking for subtle vintage flavor, try the Penny Shirtdress. This design features the perfect amount of collar while remaining feminine. And talk about easy to wear! Plus, there’s a sweet hack to turn the top of the dress into a tie-front top.
The Katie by Mimi G Style
Once you’ve got a few basic shirtdress patterns in your library, it’s time to branch out. I haven’t sewn the Katie but I love the high-low hem and the swingy silhouette. In the right fabric, it could go easy breezy or totally chic.
Perkins ShirtDress by Ensemble Patterns
Another option for something a little bit different, the Perkins features a petite collar and an option for the cutest tie at the back neck – such a fun surprise! I love the boxy silhouette and the shoulder panels, drop sleeves and gathering across the bodice means this one will stand out among the other shirtdresses in your collection.
The McCalls #6891 shirt dress is classic in its styling. It has a fuller skirt and comes with standard options like length and sleeves. If you’re looking for a classic, can’t-go-wrong dress this is it. It looks great on many body types and is a closet workhorse.
This shirt dress has lot of ‘shirt’ details and has a look of jean jacket styling. If you don’t like a lot of flair to your skirt potion, this might do the trick. BurdaStyle has a shirt dress it seems in every issue! This is from the latest issue and the soft details are beautiful. The long sleeves make it a great transition piece. Pick a soft, drapey fabric in fall colors and you are good to go.