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Take The Chance Tiered Shirt Dress Sewing Pattern

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✔️ Relaxed fit.

✔️ Simple collar with the easiest instructions ever!

✔️ Learn to gather with elastic!

✔️ Includes traditional & modern techniques.

✔️ Mashable sleeves.

✔️ Size 4-30.

The Take The Chance Shirt Dress sewing pattern 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.

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.

    NEW SLEEVE PATTERN MASH!! You can now add the new Be Mine Balloon Sleeve Top pattern to this dress (& vice versa).

    • 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:

    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



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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 39 reviews
    Sandy B.
    Haven’t started yet.

    So far I haven’t tackled it yet. I looked at all the coloured lines on the pattern and got cold feet about printing it. How will I know which one to cut with them all overlocking each other. I can’t print just one size from my iPad. I would love to start making it but am nervous. Can you suggest how to make it easier to trace the correct pattern please.
    I read so many lovely comments that I really want to try your patterns.

    Sandy, have you taken a look at our video series for pdf beginners? It will guide you through printing just the size(s) you'd like to sew? You'll find the link in your download email or on the website here: https://patternemporium.com/pages/pattern-emporium-for-beginners

    I'd also recommend reaching out in our Facebook group if you're unsure about a step. Everyone is so helpful & encouraging. I'd pop in there & ask about printing from your iPad to see what other iPad users recommend.

    Toni h.
    Gorgeous sew

    Absolutely gorgeous pattern with plenty of options to choose from and great very easy to follow instructions.

    Sally H.
    Stylish summer dress

    I loved making the Take The Chance Dress. The instructions were easy to follow and the end result is amazing. There are so many options for length, sleeves and you can choose how many buttons you want to sew on!! I highly recommend this pattern

    Bernadette A.
    Endless options

    This pattern is easy to follow and use. The variety of options means that it is very easy to personalise. The fit can be adjusted to fit all shapes. I’m glad I found this pattern.

    Tiered perfection!

    Wonderful take on the tiered dress, with great options. I love the slightly relaxed fit that allows me to choose if I want operational buttons or decorative! I also love the design and sewing technique for the collar that makes it so simple to make. It looks lovely in a wide array of woven fabrics, and in length from Tunic to maxi dress.