Kelly - Shirt Dress (PDF pattern)


The Kelly shirt dress is designed for woven fabrics, with a fitted darted bodice and lightly gathered skirt. 
It features inset diagonal style lines on the front and back which you can sew plain, or add the optional ruffle into the seam for a playful extra. 
The darted bodice also includes three different bust fit styles so you can spend less time fitting and more time enjoying sewing! 
The tailored elements such as the stand collar and seamed-on button band are balanced with more simple gathered puff sleeves and a gathered skirt. Choose from short puff sleeves or three-quarter length, and two length options for the skirt. 
This is a great skill-building pattern, with lots of core sewing techniques to practice and perfect with our thorough instructions. We hope you love all the details!

Note from Jo, designer: You may be wondering why we don't have a beautiful photoshoot to accompany this pattern. I am currently suffering from severe Long Covid and have had to suspend many activities, including sewing.
In the meantime, thank you for your patience and support in this extremely trying time. 🤍

For inspiration, you can see the blog post featuring tester makes here.

What you get:

This product is a digital download and includes printable PDFs of the pattern in both A0 (for large format printing at copy shops), A4/US Letter size (for printing at home), and a projector file too!

Included with the pattern is a fully illustrated instruction booklet with step by step directions to achieving sewing success.

Special features:

- Your PDF files are layered! You can choose to print only the sizes you need.

- Yes, there is a projector file included with this pattern (and a separate file for each bust fit style to make it even easier!)

- Learn to sew tailored elements such as a stand collar and seamed-in button band, with step-by-step instructions and diagrams.  

Find all the extra inspiration and info on sewing this pattern at our Kelly page.

Check out customer makes on Instagram here.



Kelly is designed for light to medium-weight non-stretch wovens, such as chambray, poplin, shirting, flannel, double gauze, swiss dot, stable viscose/rayon, and linen.


1.1m (1.2 yards) of lightweight woven fusible interfacing.
0.5m (0.6 yards) of lightweight soft flexible interfacing.


Thread, thirteen buttons with a diameter of 1.3cm (1/2”) to 1.5cm (5/8”). Some views will require less buttons (see buttons table in materials chart).

Fabric requirements

Allow extra fabric if lengthening the garment, or cutting large scale prints.

See image slideshow for the fabric requirements charts.

Skill level

Kelly is labeled as an advanced pattern, but is a great choice for intermediate sewers that want to upskill themselves. The detailed instructions will help with the tailored elements such as the stand collar and button band. For an easier sewing experience, pick a stable, opaque fabric. 


Available in sizes 28 - 56, with small, medium, and full bust options. 

Forget-me-not patterns are designed for a height of 5’6” (168cm).

See image slideshow for the sizing charts. There is also a full explanation of how the bust sizing works in the pattern instruction booklet. See our sizing page for additional information on Forget-me-not sizing.