Your Cart is Empty

Get 15% off this & other select patterns.
NO CODE NEEDED. Discount shows in cart.
Scroll down for the full list of patterns on sale.

Take The Chance Tiered Shirt Dress Sewing Pattern


The Take The Chance Shirt Dress has been designed with the relaxed structure of an easy fit shirt. It features buttons (or snaps) along the front opening, a simple placket & collar (with the easiest instructions ever!) & is finished with a tiered skirt.

SLEEVE PATTERN MASH: You can add the new Be Mine Balloon Sleeve to this dress (& vice versa).

WATCH THE VIDEO to see what's in our shirt dress sewing pattern:


  • Easy fit, button up bodice with back yoke.
  • Tiered skirt - add 1, 2 or 3 tiers. Button-up or plain.
  • Multiple lengths - mini, knee length, midi & maxi.
  • Collar (with the best instructions ever!). Sometimes called camp collar, Cuban collar or revere collar.
  • All in one placket (I show you how to keep this neat the simple way) with button or snap front opening. 
  • Loads of sleeves for winter, summer & in between - Long & 3/4 sleeve (plain or with elastic). Short sleeve - wide or narrow. Flounce sleeve.
  • Optional hidden pockets & waist ties for extra shaping.
  • Gather with the traditional or elastic method.
  • FBA instructions.
  • Print-at-home, A0 copy shop & large font projector file. 
  • Mash sleeves with Meet You There Dress & All In Shirt.
  • Size 4-30.
  • View the size chart here.
  • View fabric requirements for button through style here
  • View fabric requirements chart for plain skirt style here.
  • Designed for woven fabrics.
  • Fabric suggestions include: viscose, rayon, voile, flannel, lawn, crepe & linen.
  • Lightweight interfacing (fusing) to match your fabric. Do not go heavier.
  • 15mm (5/8”) buttons or small snaps. Super mini x 9, Mini x 10, Knee x 11, Midi x 14, Maxi x 15.
  • 10mm (3/8”) elastic long sleeve (optional).
  • 8mm (3/8”) soft clear elastic (Lastin) for gathering with elastic method (optional).

    Mix and match the sleeves on the following sewing patterns:

  • Be Mine Top
  • Smitten Jacket
  • All-In Shirt
  • Take The Chance Dress
  • Meet You There Dress

    View the Mashable Sleeves List here. Scroll to the bottom for woven.


    Projector files for this pattern include multi-coloured and black size lines, large text and full pattern pieces. Plus centre fold lines so you can cut on the fold if needed.

  • FORMATS: A4/Letter, A0 Copy Shop, Projector (2). 
  • LAYERED: Yes.
  • SIZES: AU 4-30. Size chart
  • SKILL LEVEL: Experienced Beginner.
  • FABRIC TYPE: Woven. 
  • MEASUREMENTS: All patterns are in metric (cms) & imperial (inches).
  • OPEN & PRINT IN: Adobe Reader. Get for free here


    You can access & download your patterns at any time by signing into your account on the website. Here's how:

    1. Sign in to your account on the website. Select 'My Account' or 'My Pattern Library' from the menu. 

    2. Click on the big pink button that says ‘Download Patterns’. This sends you to your pattern library.

    3. Click on the pattern/style you want to download. 

    4. Then click on the file (or files) you wish to download.



    If you need help accessing, downloading & printing, here is a link to our video series.

    There is a tutorial tour, we show you how to log in, access & download your pattern & tutorials. We also cover printing, determining your size & joining the print at home pages

    Watch the video series here or go to the menu under 'Help' > 'PDF Beginners Video Series'.

    Please note: there is also a large format A0 copy shop version & projector files for most patterns. If you're new to pdf sewing patterns, visit our friendly community on Facebook & ask to learn more about these options.



    You will find printing details in each tutorial. In most tutorials, this section includes a final layout of the pattern for visual help in joining the pages, a page print guide so you can just print the pattern pages you need, plus printing specs & FAQ. 

    Not sure what setting you should use for printing your pdf sewing pattern? You should find the answer in your Pattern Emporium tutorial in the printing section. But if you can't find it, here are the settings for you. 

    If you are having printing issues, visit the Printing FAQ page here or visit our Facebook group.

    Please note that we do not sell already printed paper patterns. 



    For help with your Pattern Emporium pattern, whether it be accessing, printing, downloading or help with sizing, click here to visit our Facebook Group.

    This is a downloadable digital PDF sewing pattern. As such, refunds after purchase are not possible. We do not sell printed paper patterns. Discounts cannot be combined.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 28 reviews
    Fantastic pattern

    A joy to make - and so customizable! Can’t wait to make my next

    Christina Dore
    Perfect Shirt Dress

    I was slightly worried about making my first shirt dress, but the instructions were clear and helpful. The method of adding the collar to the dress was a simple technique and my finished dress looks very neat and professional. I like all the options, and having purchased other PE patterns appreciate that I have even more sleeve options with my existing patterns. Would highly recommend.

    Bec T
    The Tiered Shirt Dress Wardrobe Staple

    This dress pattern is yet another winner from Pattern Emporium - the fit instructions are clear, concise and helpful. The tutorial feels like a one-to-one class with Kate.
    The resulting outfits are well loved rotations in my wardrobe.
    I love all the tips and tricks I learn from PE patterns - I freely apply them to all my other sewing patterns!

    I love this pattern!

    I was looking for a dress pattern to make using some gorgeous Lady McElroy print for a family event a couple of weeks ago. I knew I wanted a shirtdress but couldn't decide on the actual pattern until I saw this one! I started cutting into some liberty lawn I had been given for my 40th birthday some years ago and hadn't yet used in order to see what it was like but the fabric had this great huge stain through it and I just lost my gig. So I decided I would just make a bodice toile to check the fit and just go for it with the fabric I really wanted to use. I made the maxi and it turned out fabulous. The only thing I didn't do enough of was the buttons simply due to time and I can always go back in and do them. I did an FBA on the size 18. One thing I would do for a maxi next time is lengthen the long panels further as it wasn't really maxi enough. Still, It's a really comfortable dress, looks great, fits beautifully and I'm getting compliments. I doubled the yoke as I like a lining for the yoke and used the Meet you there dress sleeve. It's a lovely dress that I will have on high rotation I think this summer and going forward. I'll definitely make more!

    Glad I took the Chance!

    I love the process of sewing a woven garment, however often find them time consuming and challenging to construct, Take The Chance dress is none of these - fabulous, easy to follow tutorial with lots of photographs makes it easy to produce a Wow! garment. This on-trend dress comes with a variety of options that can be dressed up or down and I can't wait to make more!