Penny Dress PDF Sewing Pattern

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The Penny Dress is a simple, easy-to-sew and utterly gorgeous shirt dress. Stylish, wearable and flattering for so many shapes, Penny is a summer wardrobe must-have.

Penny features a sleeveless button-up bodice, flat collar, pretty gathered shoulder panel, easy-fit elasticated waist and midi-length 3/4 circle skirt. The flattering dropped shoulder offers a nod to the 1950s whilst her simplicity will keep you looking contemporary and cool.

Though shirt dresses can often be fiddly, Penny makes for a refreshingly simple sew. With no darts, zips or collar stands to contend with it is a simple project, perfect for sunny summer days.

Want more from Penny? Turn her into a tie-front blouse or dress and even a playsuit with our Penny Dress Add-on Pack! Save 10% when you buy the Pattern and Add-on together with the Penny Dress Bundle!

See what other people have been making in the Penny Dress Gallery and on Instagram with hashtag #soipennydressgallery.

Hack your Penny Dress! We hacked the Penny Dress pattern into a super easy tie-front shirt. Find the tutorial on our blog!

Sewing Level
The Penny Dress is an Intermediate sewing pattern.

Need a helping hand with your Penny Dress? Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of our Penny Dress sewalongs over on our YouTube channel.
We’ve created in in-depth tutorial for the button placket over on the blog!

Fabric Suggestions
Incredibly versatile, the Penny Dress can be sewn in a huge range of woven fabrics. If you’re a beginner we recommend choosing a cotton lawn, seersucker or linen, whilst intermediate stitchers can have fun with drape, with rayon, viscose and lightweight crepes. With minimal interruptions on the bodice and skirt, there’s lots of scope to make a statement with a bold print for a trendy summer look.

Fabric Requirements
The Penny Dress is sized between UK sizes 6-30 and is split into two different blocks, sizes 6-20 (B cup) and sizes 18-30 (D cup). See the chart for details on fabric requirements.

Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.

What will I receive?
The downloadable pattern file contains:

  • printable pattern (in both tiled A4 and US Letter print-at-home format, and copyshop format)
  • illustrated printable instruction booklet
  • copyshop permission letter

The Penny Dress is either 43 A4 pages, 41 US Letter Size pages and 2 A0 copyshop pages (sizes 6-20), or 46 A4 /US letter pages, or 3 A0 copyshop pages (size 18-30).

If you purchase the PDF Pattern + Copyshop Printing option, you will also receive your pattern printed on A0 paper in the post. Find out more about our Copyshop Printing Service here.

So what is a PDF pattern?

A PDF pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home. Simply download, print, tape together and let the sewing begin! When you print the pattern, print at 100% (you might have to uncheck the scale box). Print page 1 first, the square should measure 10cm x 10cm.

Never used a PDF pattern before and would like some help? Learn everything you need to know in our handy Guide to Assembling PDF Patterns over on our blog!

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