Kitty Dress PDF Sewing Pattern


Newly updated, the Kitty Dress is a button-down shirt dress with a huge variety of options. (Last time we counted there were ten!) With a vintage nod, all versions are feminine, fitted through the waist and oh so flattering.

Versions 2 and 4 feature a darted bodice with set-in sleeves and choice of beautiful shawl collar or notched collar. The darted bodice is finished neatly at the front with facings.

Versions 1 and 3 are fitted with princess seams and feature a sleeveless bodice with scooped shoulders. Choose between the shawl collar or notched collar, and between finishing the bodice with facings or a lining.

You can pair all bodices with a choice of panelled skirt (skirt 1) or gathered skirt (skirt 2), with both options featuring in-seam pockets. All versions are cinched in at the waist with a narrow waistband. And you can also make the skirt on its own!

Versatile, classic and just a little bit fun, Kitty makes a beautiful addition to any handmade wardrobe!

See what other people have been making in the Kitty Dress Gallery.

Sewing Level
The Kitty Dress is an intermediate level sewing pattern. We recommend you make a toile of the bodice in an inexpensive fabric to check the fit and make any adjustments before cutting into your selected fabric.

Fabric Suggestions

For the different versions of the Kitty Dress we recommend different fabrics, and this mostly comes down to the skirt. For all versions you’re looking for a lightweight woven fabric. For the gathered skirt we recommend light to medium weight cotton fabrics such as lawn, poplin, seersucker, double gauze and quilting cottons. These will create a full skirt, perfect for adding a vintage touch. For the panelled skirt (or a floatier gathered skirt) choose something lightweight with a good drape, such as crepe, viscose, rayon and cotton voile. This will result in a less full skirt with a great swish-factor! Linen and linen blends could be suitable for all versions depending on the weight and drape. To find the perfect fabric, have a look at our specially curated suggestions.

You will also need 11-12 buttons and a lightweight fusible interfacing.

Fabric Requirements
The Kitty Dress PDF sewing pattern is sized between UK sizes 8-20. See the chart for details on fabric requirements. 

Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.

What will I receive?
The downloadable pattern file contains:

  • printable pattern (in both tiled print-at-home and copyshop format)
  • fully-photographed printable instruction booklet
  • imperial/metric conversion size chart
  • copyshop permission letter

The tiled print-at-home Kitty Dress PDF sewing pattern is separated into a PDF for each bodice and skirt option, meaning you don’t have to print everything. The bodice PDFs are 17 pages long, skirt 1 (the panelled skirt) is 34 pages long and skirt 2 (the gathered skirt) is 27 pages long.

If you’d like to buy your pattern and have it printed all in one go, simply add the pattern to your basket and then head to our copyshop printing service to have it printed! When asked for an order number, simply state ‘Kitty Dress (version) – this order’

So what is a PDF pattern?
A PDF pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home. Simply download, print, tape together and let the sewing begin! When you print the pattern, print at 100% (you might have to uncheck the scale box). Print page 1 first, the square should measure 10cm x 10cm.

Never used a PDF pattern before and would like some help? Learn everything you need to know in our handy Guide to Assembling PDF Patterns over on our blog!

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A DOWNLOADABLE PATTERN WHICH YOU HAVE TO PRINT AT HOME. At the end of the checkout process you will receive an email with the link to your pattern and instructions.

Happy sewing!