Today, we are excited to introduce Penny, the classic shirtdress.
The shirtdress is an iconic style that has been reimagined by designers, decade after decade. And it is easy to see why—with its tailored details and flattering fit, the shirtdress is charming and wearable. Whether you choose to sew a shirtdress in a crisp cotton shirting for a classic daytime look, or an elegant viscose floral for an alluring, tailored piece, you are sure to have an enduring dress that you’ll love to wear for years to come.
The Penny dress offers all of the classic design details you love about the shirtdress.
This charming shirtdress features a fitted bodice, with traditional shirt details like a collar stand, button placket, and shoulder yoke. These thoughtful details allow you to learn new sewing skills or perfect existing ones. Feminine details, like the two skirt variations and the overlapping, gathered waist belt, will help you sew a one-of-a-kind dress.
Version 1 features a fitted waistband and full set-in sleeves that complement a gathered skirt. This version is perfect for honing in on your decorative stitching and tailoring skills.
Version 2 has a sleeveless bodice, a semi-circle skirt, and an overlapping gathered waist belt. The skirts can be mixed to match either bodice so that you can create a customized dress for your style. We used a gorgeous cotton lawn from The Fabric Godmother for this version.
Fabrics for Penny
The Penny dress is ideal for lightweight and medium weight woven fabrics.
- Quilting cotton
- Cotton lawn
- Cotton voile
New Split Sizing
Our new patterns now include two different size ranges. This means that you can choose our misses size range (0-16) or our curvy size range (18-26). Sizes 0-16 are drafted for a C cup and sizes 18-26 are drafted for a DD cup. By using two body types, we can create an enhanced fit for all sizes. You can read even more about these changes here.
If you purchase a printed pattern from our shop, you will also receive a digital pattern that includes all sizes. This allows you to print any sizes that you do not have in your printed copy.
Digital patterns include both size ranges.
Please pay extra attention in the shop to make sure you are ordering the correct size range. The product page has a drop-down menu so you can select the different size ranges all in one place.
Penny also features our new packaging, including full-color instruction booklets packed with helpful sewing tips, inspiring pictures, and our new fit guides.
All of our patterns will get updated packaging as they are reprinted.
Penny is 15% off until August 1st. We can’t wait to see your inspired makes!