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Get to know the Nicole Dress
Meet the Nicole Dress: a timeless shirt dress sewing pattern for all seasons.
The Nicole Dress is a woven shirt dress with huge fabric versatility and a design that will always be in style. Make it in cotton, viscose, crepe, linen, chambray. Most light to medium weight woven fabrics will work!
Nicole is a classic shirt dress with all the trimmings: buttons all the way down the front, collar and collar stand, and a midi A-line skirt with a gently curved hem. And yes, she has pockets!
Wear Nicole with or without tights, with trainers, heels, boots or flats.
She’s the perfect dress to make now and wear throughout autumn and winter.
The button-up front, collar and collar stand give Nicole the classic shirt dress look, and bust and waist darts add beautiful shaping to create a feminine silhouette. Choose between two skirt styles: gathered or flat-fronted with darts at the back.
We’ve given you two sleeve options to make this a pattern that can serve you well throughout the seasons. The short sleeve is finished with turn-ups, which makes for an easier sew, and the long sleeve features traditional shirt cuffs with a bound opening for a neat finish.
Our Pattern Insiders have made some truly wonderful versions of the Nicole Dress, using a great variety of fabrics. What will you make yours in?
Find some useful tutorials on Stitch School, our online sewing classroom, to help you make/alter your Nicole Dress. Learn how to sew a collar and collar stand and let us show you how to lengthen a curved hem like Nicole’s, without altering the style lines of the pattern. Try making a maxi Nicole!
And if you pick the long sleeve version, check out our tutorial on how to sew a cuff binding.
Head over to YouTube to find out more about the the pattern from Rosie and Lisa.
Get inspired by our Nicole Dress Board on Pinterest and see what other people have been making on Instagram by browsing the hashtag #soinicoledress.
Watch our styling reel on Instagram for ideas on how to wear your Nicole Dress in autumn!
The Nicole Dress is available as a PDF pattern in our full range of sizes UK 6-30, split into two different blocks: sizes 6-20 are drafted for a B cup, sizes 18-30 are for a D cup. Nicole is an Intermediate pattern, but made in a stable cotton, especially with the short sleeve option, it can definitely be made by a confident beginner!
Buy the pattern and make yourself the perfect shirt dress!