Pleated shirt dress with dolman sleeves


Let's draft the pattern for this shirt dress. It features dolman sleeves, pleated bodice, elasticated cuffs and a 2-pleats skirt.

The inspiration is sewn in cotton fabric, and you can see our version here  (it is realized on a 1/4 measurement mannequin).

You can sew your version in any shirt fabric or even lighter versions in viscose or more formal ones in silk. It is such a versatile pattern!

Step 1

Start from a basic block without darts and minimum ease allowance 10cm at bust circumference.

Widen the neckline on front and back by 3-4cm on shoulder line.

Step 2

Get front and draw the dolman sleeve. The horizontal line starts from high point shoulder and extends by shoulder measurement + sleeve length (3/4 sleeves). Square down from this point to reach armhole level.

Step 3

Here is the front with dolman sleeve.

Add 1,5cm to center front for button stand.

Draw the slash lines for pleats every 5-7cm (spread them evenly through center front).

Step 4

Extend the front piece drawing the skirt part and flaring it by 6-8cm at hem.

Draw a slash line at last pleat and a vertical slash line in skirt. Cut through both lines to separate pieces.

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