Vintage Shirt Dress by Sew Over It

A collared, button-down shirtdress with a sleeveless option and gathered shoulder seam.

Pattern: Vintage Shirt Dress
Designer: Sew Over It
Categories: Knee Length Dresses, Shirt Dresses
Difficulty: Intermediate
Recommended Fabrics: Wovens, Rayon, Crêpe, Crêpe de Chine, Lawn, Seersucker, Shirting
required fabric: 21/2 to 4 yards
Sizes: 4 - 16
Paper Sewing Pattern$19.16
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The Vintage Shirt Dress by Sew Over it is a professional, yet playful shirt dress that can be worn in and out of the workplace. This collared dress can be made with elbow length sleeves or as a sleeveless dress. Both versions have a front facing providing a clean finish and a solid structure for the buttonholes that get placed down the front of the garment. Waist pleats provide a flattering shape, and if you're sewing the sleeveless version you'll get more practice with using bias tape for the armscye finish.

Pair the sleeved version with a pair of classic pumps for a stylish garment fit for any season. The sleeveless version is great for a warmer day in the park or wear a v-neck sweater over the top with the collar sticking out on a cooler day.

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Pattern Details

Intended Paper Size: Not Applicable

Pattern Size Chart (inches)


Finished Garment Measurements (inches)

Back Length3636 1/236 1/2373737 1/237 1/2

Fabric Required (yards)

45" Wide - Version 13 5/8444444
54" Wide - Version 13 1/83 1/83 1/83 1/83 1/83 1/83 1/8
45" Wide - Version 233 1/43 1/43 1/43 1/43 1/43 1/4
54" Wide - Version 22 1/22 1/22 1/22 1/22 1/22 1/22 1/2

Recommended Fabrics

Required Sewing Techniques

Required Tools

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

Optional Tools

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

Required Supplies

  • Buttons
  • Interfacing
  • Thread
  • Universal Needle

Optional Supplies

  • Bias Tape

Additional Notes

This paper sewing pattern includes all pattern pieces and step-by-step instructions with illustrations. Please note: the sizing listed in the tables above has been converted to US sizing. The sizing listed on the pattern packaging is in UK sizing.

I loved this pattern and look forward to making several different creations using it! The dress is a flattering and has a classic retro flair. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, the pattern was easy to understand assemble, and the markings were all very helpful and precise. I would not recommend this pattern to a beginner because of the many pieces, and wish it came in smaller sizing. I used the smallest which was a sz 8 and had to take it in a little on the waist. I found it to be such a great silhouette and am extremely pleased with the outcome.