Penny Dress
Penny Dress
Penny Dress
Penny Dress
Penny Dress
Penny Dress
Penny Dress
Penny Dress
Penny Dress
Penny Dress
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Penny Dress

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PENNY 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 on-trend midi-length 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.

Main fabric:
Incredibly versatile, PENNY 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.

Notions & Supplies:
Matching thread
1.5m of 1cm wide elastic
0.6m of interfacing3 x 8mm buttons

Skill level: Advanced beginner to intermediate

Sizes: 8-20

Extras:See more examples of the pattern in the SOI Penny Dress Gallery.
Need a helping hand with your Penny Dress button placket? View an in-depth tutorial for this step over on the SOI blog.
Want to hack this pattern into a super easy tie-front shirt? Find a tutorial on the SOI blog.

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