Everyone has a classic white button-up shirt in their wardrobe, and with the popularity of the shirt dress rising, it’s likely you have one of those as well. Our free Lunaria Dress sewing pattern can be updated in a few ways, from shorter sleeves to different collars to pattern blocking! Grab your favorite poplin or shirting, and learn how you can alter this pattern to perfectly fit your style.
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- MDF038 – The Lunaria Dress Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
- 1.5 yards Premium Black and White Checkered Wrinkle Resistant Dobby Cotton Shirting
- 2 yards Premium White Checkered Cotton Dobby Shirting
- 9 Ivory Plastic 2-Hole Button – 20L/12.5mm
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 22.
Playing with contrasting prints or colorblocking is huge in fashion right now, and I absolutely love when it’s done in plain black and white. This version of our Lunaria pattern was switched up a little bit; I skipped the sleeve flounce and folded the regular sleeve up a bit instead, and I added the collar from our Melia Blouse!
Tip: If you do this contrast option, be sure to mirror your pattern cuts so you don’t accidentally end up with two panels for the same side!
You can’t go wrong with a plain white shirt! This last version of the Lunaria also got a collar update, this time from the Shirley Dress. I also sewed snaps to the inside of the button placket before stitching the placket down. This hides the closures for an even cleaner look!
Will you be giving any of these pattern tweaks a try?Let me know some other pattern hacks that you’ve successfully sewn in the comments below!