Indie, Darling : Best Shirtdress Patterns

Indie, Darling : Best Shirtdress Patterns

Posted by Helen | March 16, 2017 | Indie Darling, Sewing Inspiration
Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns

In light of the new #sewtogetherforsummer shirtdress challenge, I thought I would put together a little ‘Indie, Darling’ roundup post to provide some options to choose from! Personally, I am torn between the Named Reeta and the McCalls 6696, both of which I have been dying to try. Maybe I will have time to make both!! I know McCalls isn’t indie, but the 6696 seems to have a special place in the hearts of indie sewists and I want to see what all the fuss is about! Let me know your favourite in the comments below and be sure to check out the shirtdress challenge over on Sew Sarah Smith’s blog!

Psssst: just click on the images to go straight to the pattern details! 

Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns

Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Megan Nielsen 
Darling Ranges Dress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Cashmerette Harrison Shirtdress


Best Indie Patterns for Colour Blocking
Style Arc 
Blaire Shirtdress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Colette Patterns Hawthorn Dress 


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Named Reeta Midi Shirtdress


Best shirtdress patterns
Cashmerette Lenox Shirtdress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Sew Over It 
Vintage Shirtdress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Nicola Dress


Blank Slate Patterns Marbella Dress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Seamwork Magazine Adelaide Dress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Helmi Tunic Dress


Winter Wear Blithe Dress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Tilly and the Buttons 
Rosa Dress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Wear lemonade 
Leena Shirtdress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Blank Slate Patterns 
Marigold Dress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Hey June Handmade 
Sanibel Dress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Pauline Alice 
Cami Dress


Orangeuse Rome Dress



Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Muse patterns Melissa Dress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Sew Over It Alex Dress included in the City Break pattern e-book

Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns

Mimi G Cut Out Shoulder Shirtdress #8341


Itch to Stitch Bonn Shirtdress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
True Bias Southport Dress


Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Green Bee Patterns Frances Dress


I hope you enjoyed that roundup! Did I miss your favourite shirtdress pattern? Let me know! Remember to check out this shirtdress challenge, it’s gonna be so fun!

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This is a great roundup Helen; thank you soooo much!! Love it! And by the way, I’m doing the 6696 – just finished the toile for it – got to say I’m loving it so far… I will be tweaking it a bit if you want to compare notes!!!

Thanks, Sarah! It was helpful for me to do it, too, I get to see what it out there! The M6696 looks awesome, what view are you doing? I think I want to do the full skirt.

I’m doing View A; sleeveless and absolutely the full skirt…pockets too!!

I love a shirtdress and there are so many great patterns out there. I have the Rome shirt/dress pattern from Orageuse on my to make list so I will have to make sure I sew this up before the June 21st deadline!

I love shirtdresses, too! My favourite kind of dress, really, it is just so polished 🙂 I have added the Rome dress to the list, thanks for the suggestion! I have never heard of them before.

Great roundup of patterns, Helen! I made a flannel shirt dress as part of my Make Nine. I guess that’s not very summery. 😉 I have also been tempted by M6696…. maybe this will help me actually make it…

Thanks, Lisa! A flannel dress is not exactly summery, but it is 100% fabulous 🙂


I love this roundup! I will definitely be participating.

Yay! Cant wait to see what you pick, Anya!

Helen, you missed Itch to Stitch Bonn Shirt and Dress, which I tested and absolutely adore. Also, Blank Slate has the Marbella Shirtdress which is just for knit fabrics. And yes, a knit shirtdress is as brilliant as it sounds. Winter Wear Designs released the Blithe Blouse and Dress earlier this year.

Sleeveless options include Seamwork Adelaide and True Bias Southport, unless these don’t count as they don’t have shirt style collars.

Thanks so much, Abbey! I have added all of these to the list 🙂 I knew I was forgetting some! I love the bonn shirt, too, that neckline is fab.

That PDF I cut out yesterday? The Darling Ranges dress! 🙂 It’s proving a bit challenging to do a first one…but I think I’ve got it figured out.

Personally…there isn’t a pattern here that I don’t like here! I’d sew them all in a heartbeat! I have the McCalls 6696 pattern but haven’t sewed it yet.

What good timing, Sue! The first FBA is always a bit confusing, but it makes such an amazing difference, especially with shirtdresses! No more gaping or safety-pinning the front of the dress closed! hahaha.

What a great round up of shirtdresses, there really is a style for everyone, isn’t there? I´ve made three this year…in aid of the challenge, but another 2 are definitely germinating in my head…can a girl have too many shirtdresses???. Thank you so much Helen, this is wonderful. Suzy xx @sewing_in_spain

Thanks, Susan! There really are so many options, all different in little ways. I look forward to seeing your verions!

thank you, this is so fab! I want to make them all

I am cutting an Alder shirt dress this weekend! I have the Helmi in my plan for April– maybe I should make the McCalls in May?! I’ve been wanting to make it for a long time. I can’t wait to see what you and all the other participants make!

[…] The lovely Helen from Helen’s Closet has chosen her top Indie Shirtdress sewing patterns – 23 of them in fact! If you’re looking for inspiration for #sewtogetherforsummer you can read Helen’s blog post HERE […]

Ooh, I love shirtdresses! I recently made a plaid flannel one. I have also made the Marigold dress and really like it. I may have to join in on this shirtdress challenge.

Great round up helen, very impressive. Ive shared on my fb group ‘dressmaking blogging network’ 🙂

Nice group of dresses! One of my favorites is missing- the Frances Dress from Green Bee Patterns, which is on their site here: I’ve sewn it a couple of times and it’s really lovely.

Oooooo, thanks, Christine! I added it in 🙂

Great shirt dress pattern show. Lots of inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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Great post! I’m really looking forward to this challenge, I’ll be sewing (starting with!) the sew over it vintage shirt dress. How about the Colette Hawthorn too? So pretty!

OMG I cant believe I left out the Hawthorn, haha! I have added it in now, thanks for the tip!

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I have a fear of sewing buttonholes so I am going to force myself to take part in your challenge and face my fear! The Deer and Doe Bleuet will be my pattern of choice as I’ve had the pattern and fabric forever!

Yay! I’m glad you have decided to join in. Buttonholes are a great sewing milestone. Just so you know, I am not hosting the challenge, but you can find more information from Sarah at 🙂

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Such a great list – thanks for putting them all in one place.

What a great list! Makes the job of finding a pattern much easier but now how to choose between them?! 🙂

I was all set to make the Alex shirt dress but since I saw your blaire dress I can’t stop thinking about it. Seems much more like a dress I’d actually wear rather than enjoy making but never pick out my wardrobe…like most of what I make!!

[…] And also to Diane of Dream Cut Sew for her contribution to the buttonhole post and to Helen of Helen’s Closet for her Indie Shirtdress roundup. […]

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