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Damn Good Dress PDF Pattern

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.

$16.00

SKILL LEVEL:

CONFIDENT BEGINNER

YOU WILL LEARN:

YOU WILL MAKE:

  • 1 dress
  • Optional sizes from 0-18 B Cup Range
  • Optional sizes from 14-30 D+ Cup Range
  • Purchase includes a digital pattern file with sizes 0-18 (B Cup) & 14-30 (D+ Cup)
  • Skill level: Confident Beginner
  • PDF pattern includes illustrated instructions, A0 copy shop file, and a print at home file prepared for A4 & letter size paper.
  • Photo tutorial guide available on our website.
  • You may download your PDF pattern files a maximum of 3 times after purchase.
  • 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.

 

Sizes 0-18 (B Cup)

 

44” (112cm) FABRIC WIDTH

(includes 5% shrinkage)

0

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

SELF

yd

3.5

3.5

3.5

3.5

3.5

3.75

4

4

4

4.25

m

3.2

3.2

3.2

3.2

3.2

3.4

3.7

3.7

3.7

3.9

 

60” (153cm) FABRIC WIDTH

(includes 5% shrinkage)

0

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

SELF

yd

2.5

2.5

2.75

2.75

2.75

3

3

3

3.25

3.25

m

2.3

2.3

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.7

2.7

2.7

3.0

3.0

 

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

(includes 5% shrinkage)

0

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

ELASTIC

in

13

13

14

14

15

15

16

17

18

19

cm

33

33

36

36

39

39

41

44

46

49

 

Sizes 14-30 (D+ Cup)

 

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 the YouTube tutorial for how to sew the armholes smaller here. 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

B Cup

0

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

BUST

in

32    

33    

34    

35    

36    

37.5

39    

40.5

42

44

cm

81

84

86

89

91

95

99

103

107

112

WAIST

in

25    

26    

27    

28    

29    

30.5

32    

33.5

35

37

cm

64

66

69

71

74

77

81

85

89

94

HIGH HIP

in

33      

34      

35      

36      

37      

38.5

40    

41.5

43

45

cm

84

86

89

91

94

98

102

105

109

114

LOW HIP

in

36      

37      

38      

39      

40      

41.5

43    

44.5

46

48

cm

91

94

97

99

102

105

109

113

117

122

 

D+ Cup

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

 

B Cup

0

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

BUST

in

39 5/8

40 5/8

41 5/8

42 7/8

43 7/8

45 3/8

47 1/8

48 5/8

50 1/4

52 3/8

cm

100.6

103.2

105.7

108.9

111.4

115.3

119.7

123.5

127.6

133.0

WAIST

in

42 3/4

43 3/4

44 3/4

45 5/8

46 3/4

48 1/4

49 3/4

51 3/8

52 7/8

55

cm

108.6

111.1

113.7

115.9

118.7

122.6

126.4

130.5

134.3

139.7

HIP

in

47 7/8

48 7/8

49 7/8

50 7/8

51 7/8

53 3/8

55

56 1/2

58

60 1/8

cm

121.6

124.1

126.7

129.2

131.8

135.6

139.7

143.5

147.3

152.7

ACROSS FRONT WAIST LINE

(side seam to side seam)

in

17 1/2

18

18 1/2

19

19 1/2

20 1/4

21

21 3/4

22 1/2

23 5/8

cm

44.5

45.7

47.0

48.3

49.5

51.4

53.3

55.2

57.2

60.0

FRONT TOP LENGTH

in

12 1/4

12 1/2

12 7/8

13 1/8

13 3/8

13 7/8

14 1/2

14 5/8

15

15 1/2

cm

31.1

31.8

32.7

33.3

34.0

35.2

36.8

37.1

38.1

39.4

FRONT FULL LENGTH

in

48 1/8

48 3/8

48 3/4

49

49 1/4

49 3/4

50 3/8

50 1/2

50 7/8

51 3/8

cm

122.2

122.9

123.8

124.5

125.1

126.4

128.0

128.3

129.2

130.5

BACK FULL LENGTH

in

48 1/4

48 1/2

48 3/4

49

49 1/4

49 1/2

49 3/4

50 1/8

50 1/2

50 7/8

cm

122.6

123.2

123.8

124.5

125.1

125.7

126.4

127.3

128.3

129.2

SHOULDER

in

8 1/4

8 1/2

8 3/4

8 7/8

9 1/8

9 1/2

9 7/8

10 1/4

10 5/8

11 1/8

cm

21.0

21.6

22.2

22.5

23.2

24.1

25.1

26.0

27.0

28.3

CROSS FRONT AT BUST LINE

in

17

17 5/8

18

18 3/4

19 1/4

20

20 7/8

21 5/8

22 1/2

23 1/2

cm

43.2

44.8

45.7

47.6

48.9

50.8

53.0

54.9

57.2

59.7

CROSS BACK AT BUST LINE

in

22 5/8

23 1/8

23 5/8

24 1/8

24 5/8

25 3/8

26 1/4

27

27 3/4

28 7/8

cm

57.5

58.7

60.0

61.3

62.5

64.5

66.7

68.6

70.5

73.3

ARMHOLE

in

20 3/4

21 1/8

21 5/8

22

22 3/8

22 7/8

23 3/8

23 7/8

24 3/8

25 1/8

cm

52.7

53.7

54.9

55.9

56.8

58.1

59.4

60.6

61.9

63.8

 

D+ Cup

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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