Springtime is finally rolling into the United States, which means my annual obsession with shirtdresses has begun. There’s something about warmer temperatures and all that sunshine that demands collars, buttons, and the casual tailoring of a good shirtwaist pattern. Whether made up in pretty cotton eyelet or floaty rayon challis, these are the garments I’m reaching for right now.
Luckily, shirtdress patterns are much more common than they were a few years ago. Every season seems to bring new releases from both major pattern companies and independents, giving us more design choices and broader size ranges. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorites, all of which work splendidly for a range of body types. No matter your style or your sizing needs, there’s a shirtdress pattern in this list for you!
These four patterns give us that iconic shirtdress look, with darted bodices, pretty collars, and those tailored details that make this style of dress a perennial favorite.
Let’s get this one out of the way, shall we? McCall’s 6696 is not only my tried-and-true shirtdress pattern, but a favorite among sewing bloggers across the world, with good reason. This pattern has all the details of a platonic shirtdress: stand collar, waistband with belt loops, separate button bands, and options for both a full pleated skirt and slim straight skirt. Even better, this dress comes with cup-sizes!
Size Range: Up to size 24 D-cup (48-38-48)
Since the success of 6696, McCall’s has added quite a few shirtdress options to its pattern line-up. Out of these upstarts, my pick for dethroning the reigning champ is McCall’s 7351, which debuted this spring. This shirtdress takes classic styling and elevates it, with a yoked bodice, circle skirt, camp shirt pockets, and multiple hem options. Personally, I’m swooning over the fabric-covered belt and shirttail hem of View A. Once again, this one comes with multiple cup sizes.
Size Range: Up to Size 22 D-Cup (46-37-47)
Specifically designed for plus sizes, BurdaStyle debuted a gorgeous shirtdress pattern in November 2015. Part of the Canal Walks collection, this dress has lightly puffed sleeves, a bodice with both darts and yoke gathers, optional neckline bow, and a gathered skirt. I adore the v-neck of this dress and its longer midi length.
Size Range: Up to size 52 (48-41-50.5)
Already a favorite with many CSC readers, Colette’s Hawthorn dress is a prim and feminine take on the classic shirtdress. This graceful dress features a partial collar, darted bodice, and floaty half-circle skirt. This dress also comes with a peplum blouse variation.
Size Range: Up to size 18 (46-38-48)
With graceful, curving seam lines, these four patterns bring a feminine flair to the shirtdress.
The Melissa Dress, from Muse Patterns, is a mid-century take on the button down dress. Featuring double princess seams, a notched collar, and v-shaped details, this dress would be a breeze to fit to your figure. It also comes with two cup-size options, B or D.
Size Range: Up to size 50 D-cup (52-44-54)
Part of the Amazing Fit line, Simplicity 1686 is an office-appropriate shirtdress. Instead of buttons, this dress features a cross-over neckline designed to be “gap free.” This dress is a faux-wrap, with a front overlay, simple lapel, separate waistband, and multiple cup sizes.
Size Range: Up to 24-D Curvy (46-39-50)
Butterick 6333 is, hands down, one of my favorite new shirtdress patterns! This dress has separate button bands, slim or full pleats skirt, sleeve options, and a wide bow belt. Though it doesn’t come with cup sizes, this dress is designed with shoulder princess seams, which are a snap to adjust for a large bust.
Size Range: Up to size 24W (46-39-48)
An often overlooked gem from Butterick’s pattern line-up, B6091 is a modern take on the princess-seamed shirtdress. This pattern features princess seams mixed with skirt godets, a hidden button placket, and three sleeve variations. I love how much movement those godets give the skirt!
Size Range: Up to size 24 (46-39-48)
Go fully modern with one of these tunic-style shirtdresses, relaxed and casual takes on the classic design.
The Italia Dress, from Style Arc, is a tunic-style shirtdress with all the bells and whistles. This pattern has a stand collar, roll-up tabbed sleeves, bodice yoke, and a mix of darts and princess seams for shaping. Even better, there’s a hem gusset in the shirttail hem, which provides freedom of movement and design interest.
Size Range: Up to size 30 (58-50.5-61)
HotPatterns, a favorite of CSC readers, has its own comfortable, pretty iteration of the shirtdress. The Weekender Summer in the City Dress features a stand collar, button band, three sleeve options (elasticized, ruched with ties, and tabbed), and shirttail hem. With shaping provided by bodice gathering at the yoke, this breezy dress is perfect for warmer weather and casual weekends.
Size Range: Up to size 26 (52-44-54)
Recently reviewed by our very own editor, Meg, the Liesl + Co Gallery Tunic Dress is a relaxed fit, pull on silhouette. This pattern is reminiscent of your favorite oversized popover, with a one-piece collar, cuffed sleeves, and inset front placket. Featuring a curved hem and gentle shaping, this dress is ideal for layering over leggings and staying comfy, while traveling.
Size Range: Up to size 20 (46-38.5-48.5)
So, friends, did I miss your favorite shirtdress pattern? Are you also fantasizing about collars and buttons, this March? From this list alone, I have grand shirtdress plans for the coming months.