Effie Shirt Dress – Pattern Information

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Difficulty / skill level

This pattern is an intermediate pattern. The skills you will acquire/practise on this project are:

  • Sewing a hidden button placket. 
  • Sewing and attaching a shirt collar.
  • Attaching a back yoke and yoke facing.
  • Sewing buttonholes and buttons. 

Fabric & notions

Recommended fabrics:

Medium/dress weight viscose/rayon, crepe, linen, cotton and chambray. Choose a lightweight or medium weight interfacing suitable for your chosen fabric.

View A fabric requirements:

(You will be able to use less fabric if you omit the belt.)

SizeFabricLength
6-20 Range (all sizes)Main (60″ / 150 cm)3 m / 3.25 yards
Interfacing (35″ / 90 cm)1.5 m / 1.75 yards
16-30 Range (all sizes)Main (60″ / 150 cm)3.75 m / 4.25 yards
Interfacing (35″ / 90 cm)1.5 m / 1.75 yards

View B fabric requirements:

(You will be able to use less fabric if you omit the belt.)

SizeFabricLength
6-20 Range (all sizes)Main (60″ / 150 cm)1.75 m / 2 yards
Contrast (60″ / 150 cm) 1.25 m / 1.5 yards
Interfacing (35″ / 90 cm)1.5 m / 1.75 yards
16-22 (16 – 30 Range)Main (60″ / 150 cm)1.75 m / 2 yards
Contrast (60″ / 150 cm)1.25 m / 1.5 yards
Interfacing (35″ / 90 cm)1.5 m / 1.75 yards
24-30 (16 – 30 Range)Main (60″ / 150 cm)2.5 m / 2.75 yards
Contrast (60″ / 150 cm)1.25 m / 1.5 yards
Interfacing (35″ / 90 cm)1.5 m / 1.75 yards

Notions:

All views: Small buttons (3/8″ – 1/2″ / 1-1.2cm). 10 buttons for the 6-20 size range, 11 for the 16-30 size range.

View B: One pair of 1 1/2″ (3.8 cm) D-rings for the belt

Available size ranges
  • Sizes 6-20
  • Sizes 16-30

These size ranges are based on different body proportions and bust cup sizes, but for the same height of 5’6″. Our 6-20 size range is drafted for a sewists’ B cup, which means a difference of 2″ / 5 cm between your high bust and your full bust measurements. Our 16-30 size range is drafted for a sewists’ D cup, which means a difference of 4″ / 10 cm between your high bust and your full bust measurements. (In sewing terms, your cup size may differ from the cup size you would buy in stores!).

For this pattern, please choose the pattern size for which the Bust measurement is nearest to your full bust measurement, and if that is a size between 16 and 20 (inclusive), use your high bust measurement to select the appropriate size range to purchase.

Finished garment measurements and intended fit

The Effie Shirt Dress is semi-fitted but with a boxy fit through the waist, which is designed to be cinched with a belt, and has a below-knee length. There is roughly 5-6″ (13-15 cm) ease at the bust, 12.5″-15″ (32-38 cm) ease at the waist, and 4.5-5″ (11-12 cm) at the hip.

Choose the pattern size for which the Bust measurement in the table is closest to your full bust measurement, then grade up or down between sizes to suit your waist and seated hip measurements.

The measurements below are the approximate finished garment measurements. For body measurements, see our Size Charts.

Size 6-20

Size / Measurement68101214161820
Garment Bust (in)3638404244464850
Garment Waist (in)36.538.540.542.544.546.548.550.5
Garment Hip (in)38.540.542.544.546.548.550.552.5
Garment Bust (cm)91 cm97 cm102 cm107 cm112 cm117 cm122 cm127 cm
Garment Waist (cm)92 cm98 cm103 cm108 cm113 cm118 cm123 cm128 cm
Garment Hip (cm)98 cm103 cm108 cm113 cm118 cm123 cm128 cm133 cm

Size 16-30

Size / Measurement1618202224262830
Garment Bust (in)4951535557596163
Garment Waist and Hip (in)5052545658606264
Garment Bust (cm)124 cm130 cm135 cm140 cm145 cm150 cm155 cm160 cm
Garment Waist and Hip (cm) 127 cm132 cm137 cm142 cm147 cm152 cm157 cm163 cm

Available pattern formats
  • PDF: A downloadable PDF file containing the instructions booklet and your pattern pieces. Pattern piece files are provided in the following formats:
    • A4/US Letter size for printing at home. The 6-20 size range requires 40 pages. The 16-30 size range requires 52 pages.
    • Copyshop/A0 format for printing at a copy shop which handles large format printing. The 6-20 size range requires 3 A0 sheets. The 16-30 size range requires 4 A0 sheets.
  • Paper: A printed pattern folder containing your pattern pieces printed onto large sheets of tissue paper, and an A5 instructions booklet.