Nancy Dress PDF Sewing Pattern

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Meet your new favourite swing dress sewing pattern, the Nancy Dress! Inspired by Lisa’s love of vintage style, Nancy is a 1960s icon with the ultimate swish factor. Cute and flattering, and with 60s style AND the comfort of a loose-fitting dress, Nancy brings the best of both worlds to your wardrobe.

The Nancy Dress is full of interesting design details with lots of new techniques to try. It is made up of unique panels which provide shaping at the bust and back of the dress. Extra shaping at the back with darts gives the dress a lovely gentle fit. She has three quarter-length sleeves, and a bias-bound neckline with the option of two different neckline shapes: a high neck or a slight scoop. There are no zips or buttons – the dress is pulled on and off over your head, closing with a hook and eye.

A lovely dress to take you from day to night, Nancy makes a casual weekend winner as well as the perfect understated party dress. Dress up with heels and a cropped jacket, or down with ankle boots and a big scarf; either way you’ll look fabulous! Nancy looks great with black tights in chilly weather or bare legs when the sun comes out! We think she’d make a great festival dress. You can really have fun with the styling with this one.

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

Sewing Level
The Nancy Dress is an intermediate level sewing pattern. With fairly simple construction, the difficulty comes mostly in working with lightweight, drapey fabrics, so we recommend you have some experience of sewing these. With its super simple design, our Silk Cami pattern is a great place to start.

Nancy is a swing dress sewing pattern, which means she’s loose-fitting in design. This makes for easy fitting, so you really have chance to master the fabric with this project.

Fabric Suggestions
For the Nancy Dress we recommend lightweight woven fabrics with lots of drape, such as rayon, viscose and lightweight crepe. With minimal seams, Nancy is perfect for those big bold prints, but is equally lovely in a plain fabric for a contemporary look.

Fabric Requirements
The Nancy Dress 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 Nancy Dress pattern is either 32 A4/US letter pages, or 2 A0 copyshop pages.

If you purchase the PDF Pattern + Copyshop Printing option, you will also receive your pattern printed on A0 paper in the post. Find out more about our PDF Printing Service here.

So what is a PDF pattern?
A PDF pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home on A4 or US letter paper. Alternatively you can choose to have the copyshop files printed on large A0 paper, and posted to you at home. If you’re using the A4 or US letter options, simply download, print at home, 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!