Portia Dress PDF Sewing Pattern

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Sew a knit dress with a twist with the slinky Portia Dress PDF sewing pattern!

The Portia Dress is a fitted dress designed for knits, giving you a stylish slinky silhouette with all the comfort of jersey fabrics. The focus point is the twist at the front which looks fancy but is so easy to construct. The twist sits just under the bust creating some beautiful draping in the fabric and the whole dress comes together really quickly.

The bodice features a dropped shoulder and the loose sleeve ends below the elbow, where it’s brought in at the hem with narrow elastic.

Make your Portia in a solid colour, or have fun with colour-blocking and go half and half both at the front and back of the dress.

Pick between two lengths: just above or just below the knee. The shorter version makes a great party dress, especially if you make your Portia Dress in a sparkly jersey like Rosie’s black glitter version (worn over a slip).

Portia can be as casual or as dressy as you want her to be, depending on your choice of fabric, footwear and accessories. She looks equally great worn with trainers or heels, as well as tights and boots for the colder months.

Have a look at our Portia Dress Pinterest Board for inspiration and see what everyone’s making on Instagram with the hashtag #soiportiadress.

Sewing Level
The Portia Dress is a Confident Beginner knit dress sewing pattern.

Fabric Suggestions
Light to medium weight knit fabrics such as viscose or bamboo jersey and lightweight cotton jersey.

Sizing & Fabric Requirements
Portia 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 (last 4 pictures in the gallery).

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 print-at-home and copyshop format) in all sizes
  • fully-illustrated printable instruction booklet
  • copyshop permission letter

The Portia Dress pattern is either 28 A4 pages, 35 US letter pages, or 2 A0 copyshop pages (sizes 6-20), or 37 A4/US letter pages, or 2 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 on A4 or US letter paper. Alternatively you can choose to have the copyshop files printed on large A0 paper, and posted to you at home. If you’re using the A4 or US letter options, simply download, print at home, 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!

Layered PDF pattern
The Portia Dress PDF pattern files are layered, meaning you can choose to print only the size(s) you need when printing at home. Find out more here.

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