Classic tailoring blends with effortless style in the Lenox Shirtdress. This structured beauty features curve-friendly princess seams, a collar or banded neckline, and the choice of a pleated or gathered skirt. A V-neck button placket frames your face, while roomy pockets provide the perfect hiding spot for your phone and lipstick. Level up your sewing skills and turn heads with this sophisticated shirtdress!
Interested in making a sleeveless Lenox, one with long sleeves, or want full bicep sleeve options? Check out the Lenox Sleeve Expansion pack, available separately.
SEWING LEVEL: Intermediate.
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). See Sizing Guide.
Light to medium-weight woven fabric such as rayon, voile, lawn or chambray.
NOTIONS: Universal needle, 13 buttons size ⅜"- ½" / 1 cm, ½ yard (0.4 m) fusible interfacing.
Use the dropdown menu above to order either a Printed Pattern, which will be mailed to your address, or a PDF Pattern, which can be downloaded.
The PDF comes in three files (one for each bust size), so you only need to print your size. You'll receive files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 18 pages (8.2 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size): 46 pages (0.6 MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 2 pages for A0, 2 pages for US (0.4 MB each)
I have made this dress twice now, once in a slippery peach skin and once in an Oxford cloth. I love both versions. I think the fit is great for plus size ladies. I love that it's got a traditional collar option and how the sleeve is finished with a band. My peach skin version has a gathered skirt and a band collar. My Oxford cloth version has the pleated skirt and traditional collar. I really appreciate how versatile the feel of the dress is from the pattern based on the fabric I chose. Definitely a wardrobe winner for me.
This is the first Lenox I have made, and I'm really pleased with it. It's a lovely dress to wear, the sleeves are a nice length, the two collar options are both really pretty, and pockets, yay pockets! I used a soft rayon, which gives a nice swish through the full skirt. The princess seams are super flattering over the bust, and if you haven't sewn them before, not only are the pattern instructions nice & clear, there is also a sew along online to help. Now for a chambray version...
I've made two of these so far and will be making more, I'm sure. The instructions are very clear and Carrie offered great advice on fit questions. I am much larger through hips and waist than up top and the help I got from Cashmerette on how to alter the pattern was invaluable. I've gotten lots of compliments on this dress!