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Damn Good Dress Paper Pattern Sizes 14 – 30

Can one dress do it all?
This one comes pretty darn close.

Featuring both a v-neck and crew neck, this dress is loose fitting while still being ultra-flattering at the waist thanks to a specially designed belt that includes elastic. Wear it over our pleated pants as a tunic or to your next socially distanced Sunday in the park, either way, this confident beginner-level pattern definitely ticks all the boxes. Simple dress pattern for beginners.

$20.00

SKILL LEVEL:

CONFIDENT BEGINNER

YOU WILL LEARN:

YOU WILL MAKE:

  • 1 dress
  • Optional sizes from 14-30

Purchase includes

  • A printed paper pattern on 16 lb., white paper
  • Includes sizes 14-30
  • Pattern ships folded in a 6″x9″ envelope
  • Printed instruction booklet included
  • Photo tutorial guide also available on our website
  • 1 3/8” (35mm) or 1 1/2” (38mm) width soft elastic
  • Matching thread to your fabric
  • Self fabric (your main fabric)

The Damn Good Dress will work in a wide variety of woven fabrications. The front bodice is constructed in a double layer of fabric which allows for more coverage of the bust area if you choose a lightweight, semi-translucent material. The more drape to the material, the more fluid the dress will hang around the body. You may want to add fusible interfacing to maintain the structural neckline if your fabric is very slinky. The stiffer the material, the boxier and more structured the dress will appear. Both will work beautifully; it is just a matter of the style you are going for! Light-Mid weight cottons, linens, and silks are recommended options for this pattern.

44” (112cm) FABRIC WIDTH

(includes 5% shrinkage)

14

16

18

20

22

24

26

28

30

SELF

yd

4

4

4.25

4.5

4.75

4.75

4.75

5.25

5.75

m

3.7

3.7

3.9

4.2

4.4

4.4

4.4

4.8

5.3

 

60” (153cm) FABRIC WIDTH

(includes 5% shrinkage)

14

16

18

20

22

24

26

28

30

SELF

yd

2.75

3.25

3.25

3.25

3.5

3.75

3.75

3.75

4

m

2.6

3

3

3

3.2

3.5

3.5

3.5

3.7

 

1 3/8” (35mm) or 1 1/2” (38mm) width ELASTIC

(includes 5% shrinkage)

14

16

18

20

22

24

26

28

30

ELASTIC

in

17

17

18

19

21

22

23

24

25

cm

42

44

47

49

52

55

57

60

63

The fabric requirements listed above include a 5% allowance for shrinkage. Keep in mind that if you are using a printed fabric or a material that must be cut in one direction, your fabric requirements may be higher.

The Damn Good Dress appears more fitted in the front than it truly is. There is plenty of extra volume in the back body to allow for comfortable movement and beautiful draping along the waist when you tie the elastic filled belt. The armholes are wide and open, which helps the overall shaping of the shoulders and relaxed fit across the bust. If you prefer more closed armholes, you can add bar-tacks after completing your dress at the point you wish to close the armhole to or follow our YouTube tutorial for how to sew the armholes smaller which is available on the video tutorial page of our website. The length is meant to hit at your mid-to-lower calf. Overall, the fit runs big and roomy with lots of voluminous drama in the back. Size down if you are in between sizes or if you are concerned about too much volume.

SIZE SELECTION

Find the size that corresponds closest to your personal measurements in the size chart below. Patterns are designed for a 5’8” (172cm) tall person. The following measurements are needed to determine your size:

BUST | The fullest part of your chest, often times across the apex

WAIST | The smallest part of your torso, directly underneath your rib cage and above your hip bones

HIGH HIP | Starting 3” below your waistline, around the circumference of your hips

LOW HIP | The widest part of your hips, patterns drafted for 8” below the waistline

 

SIZE CHART

14

16

18

20

22

24

26

28

30

BUST

in

42

43.5

45.5

47.5

49.5

51.5

53.5

55.5

57.5

cm

107

110

116

121

126

131

136

141

146

WAIST

in

33

34.5

36.5

38.5

40.5

42.5

44.5

46.5

48.5

cm

84

88

93

98

103

108

113

118

123

HIGH HIP

in

41      

42.5

44.5

46.5

48.5

50.5

52.5

54.5

56.5

cm

104

108

113

118

123

128

133

138

144

LOW HIP

in

44      

45.5

47.5

49.5

51.5

53.5

55.5

57.5

59.5

cm

112

116

121

126

131

136

141

146

151

 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

 

14

16

18

20

22

24

26

28

30

BUST

in

48  1/4

49 15/16

52  1/16

54  1/4

56  3/8

58  1/2

60 11/16

62 13/16

64 15/16

cm

122.6

126.8

132.2

137.8

143.2

148.6

154.1

159.5

164.9

WAIST

in

51  5/16

52 14/16

54 14/16

56 14/16

58 15/16

60 15/16

62 15/16

64 15/16

66 15/16

cm

130.4

134.3

139.3

144.5

149.7

154.7

159.8

164.9

170.0

HIP

in

56  1/2

58  1/16

60  1/16

62  1/16

64  1/16

66  1/16

68  1/16

70  1/16

72  1/16

cm

143.5

147.5

152.6

157.6

162.7

167.8

172.9

178.0

183.0

ACROSS FRONT WAIST LINE

(side seam to side seam)

in

20 13/16

21  9/16

22  9/16

23  9/16

24  9/16

25  9/16

26  9/16

27  9/16

28  9/16

cm

52.9

54.8

57.3

59.8

62.4

64.9

67.5

70.0

72.5

FRONT TOP LENGTH

in

14  9/16

14 15/16

15  7/16

15 15/16

16  1/2

17      

17  1/2

18  1/16

18  9/16

cm

37.0

37.9

39.2

40.5

41.9

43.2

44.5

45.9

47.1

FRONT FULL LENGTH

in

50  5/16

50 11/16

51  3/16

51  3/4

52  1/4

52  3/4

53  5/16

53 13/16

54  5/16

cm

127.8

128.7

130.0

131.4

132.7

134.0

135.4

136.7

138.0

BACK FULL LENGTH

in

51  1/8

51  9/16

52  1/16

52  9/16

53  1/16

53  9/16

54  1/8

54  5/8

55  1/8

cm

129.9

131.0

132.2

133.5

134.8

136.0

137.5

138.7

140.0

SHOULDER

in

10  1/4

10  5/8

11  1/8

11  5/8

12  1/8

12 11/16

13  3/16

13 11/16

14  3/16

cm

26.0

27.0

28.3

29.5

30.8

32.2

33.5

34.8

36.0

CROSS FRONT AT BUST LINE

in

21  5/8

22  7/16

23  9/16

24 11/16

25  3/4

26  7/8

28      

29  1/16

30  3/16

cm

54.9

57.0

59.8

62.7

65.4

68.3

71.1

73.8

76.7

CROSS BACK AT BUST LINE

in

26 11/16

27  7/16

28  1/2

29  9/16

30  5/8

31 11/16

32 11/16

33  3/4

34  3/4

cm

67.8

69.7

72.4

75.1

77.8

80.5

83.0

85.7

88.3

ARMHOLE

in

23 13/16

24  3/8

25  1/16

25 11/16

26  5/16

27      

27  5/8

28  5/16

28 15/16

cm

60.5

61.9

63.7

65.2

66.8

68.6

70.2

71.9

73.5

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