Cabin by Blueprints for Sewing

A shirt or shift dress with darts, dolman sleeves, back pleat, bias finished hems and pockets.

Pattern: Cabin
Designer: Blueprints for Sewing
Categories: Shift Dresses
Difficulty: Intermediate
Recommended Fabrics: Chambray, Rayon, Gauze, Lawn, Linen, Quilting Cotton, Shirting, Silk, Voile
required fabric: 1 3/4 to 23/4 yards
Sizes: 0 - 22
Digital Sewing Pattern$13.00
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Often the perfect fabric can only be showcased by a simple dress. The Cabin sewing pattern by Blueprints for Sewing is a loose, swingy dress or top perfect for your favorite, eye-catching fabric. This unique pattern has French darts and front, "weltless" pockets. A back pleat and bias-bound hems make this pattern totally professional. Sew your Cabin shift dress in rayon challis and pair it with leggings and clogs for an easy everyday look. Or sew up the top in chambray and layer it under structured jackets.

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Pattern Details

Intended Paper Size: Letter (8.5in x 11in)
Number of Files Included: 4
Total Number of Pages: 49
Copy Shop Version Included: Yes
Pattern uses layers to select size: Yes

Pattern Size Chart (inches)

Bust32333435 1/23738 1/2404244464850
Hips35363738 1/24041434547495153

Finished Garment Measurements (inches)

Bust37383940 1/24243 1/2454749515355
Hips46474849 1/25152 1/2545658606264
V1 Length272727 1/227 1/2282828 1/228 1/2292929 1/229 1/2
V2 Length3636 1/23737 1/23838 1/23939 1/24040 1/24141 1/2
V3 Length4141 1/24242 1/24343 1/24444 1/24545 1/24646 1/2

Fabric Required (yards)

Version 11 3/41 3/41 3/41 3/41 3/41 3/41 3/41 3/41 3/41 3/41 3/41 7/8
Version 222 1/82 1/82 1/82 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/42 3/82 3/82 3/82 3/8
Version 32 3/82 3/82 3/82 1/22 1/22 1/22 5/82 5/82 5/82 5/82 3/42 3/4

Required Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • Fabric Scissors

Optional Tools

  • Serger
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Tailor's Chalk

Required Supplies

  • Bias Tape
  • Interfacing
  • Thread
  • Universal Needle

Additional Notes

This pattern includes step-by-step instructions with illustrations.

I sized mine down as well, and the sleeves are way too tight (I am not a big person either).
The pockets were bit tricky to follow (the finishing at the end it is basically a french seam) I would leave these off next time.

The pattern is made to be very loose, aka wide especially towards the bottom, so I went a size lower than I usually do + an FBA, but it meant the sleeves were a little more tight than I would have liked. If I made it again I would cut out a lot of width from the waist down, and make it sleeveless.

I'm very pleased with this blouse. It's a little tight in the sleeves, so I might widen those a bit the next time I make this blouse/dress.

Very detailed and complete instructions. I am 5' 10". I lengthened the dress 7" and it ends about an inch above my knees. I am very pleased with my first dress and will use this pattern again. I believe it would be flattering on many body types.

Beautifully drafted and a gorgeous finished garment.

The pockets we're extremely difficult to do and were not clear at all - otherwise the instructions were extremely clear.

The directions were clear.

I love the inclusion of instructions for a full or small bust adjustment and will totally do a SBA my next Cabin!

I love the added instructions for doing a full or small bust adjustment and will do a small bust adjustment next time!

Great pattern that fits well and has lots of good details!

this dress looks much better on then it does on the hanger. Also the length is very short, almost tunic length so for you tall torso gals, you might want to consider adding some length.