Drop shoulder shirt dress


Let's draft the pattern for this shirt dress.

It features drop shoulder, oversized pockets and cuffs and it is fitted at the waist due to some pleats.

Start from a basic block without darts and a matching basic sleeve.

This version is stitched in cotton popeline - but any shirt fabric will work, or you can sew different versions in light to medium weight fabrics. The same pattern could also be used to sew something like a trenchcoat!

Step 1

Start from a copy of your basic block.

On back and front do as follows:

  • raise shoulder line by 1cm and extend it outwards by 6cm
  • drop armhole by 6cm
  • widen from side seam by at least 3cm (or more if you like)
  • redraw both armholes – notice that the new curve is much flatter than the original one.
Step 2

Focus on shoulder tip: Shape the shoulder sligthly by dropping 1cm on back and 2cm on front.

Redraw the shoulder line on both pieces.

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