Utility Dress - PDF Sewing Pattern by Cassandra Ellis

A slip over beauty that is both useful and beautiful. It’s purpose designed for working in the studio, walking the dogs or meeting for coffee. It’s a simple and elegant construction that can be belted or worn loose. With three length and two sleeve options, it’s an everyday and very good-looking dress for home or out and about.

Sewing Level Beginner +


Our passion is home, so our sizing is based on comfort and ease. Using a tape measure, take your measurements – it’s most accurate when wearing pants and a simple bra. Measure your bust around the fullest part. Measure your waist at the narrowest part. Finally, measure your hips at their fullest point.

UK Bust Waist Hip

8 82cm/32in 65cm/25in 91cm/36in 10 86cm/34in 69cm/27in 96cm/38in 12 91cm/36in 74cm/29in 101cm/40in 14 96cm/38in 79cm/31in 106cm/42in 16 101cm/40in 84cm/33in 111cm/43in

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If the pattern has several style options, these will be separate files so that you can print only what you need. The pattern can be printed at home on either A4 or US letter paper. We also include an option to print at a copy shop or on a wide format printer or plotter. The remaining support files can be printed, or viewed on your computer or tablet.

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  • PDF Women's sewing pattern
  • UK size 8-16 available
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Suitable for beginners

Materials you need at home:

Fabric Suggestions

Light to mid weight cotton and linen will work beautifully as will a soft fine wool. Silks that drape will also work well. The examples are in a mid-weight organic cotton and a dress weight linen.

Material Needs

Fabric @ 140cm wide Long – 3.0 metres, Medium – 2.6 metres, Tunic – 2.2 metres


Fabric @ 110-120cm wide Long – 3.8 metres, Medium – 3.4 metres, Tunic – 3 metres

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Our sewing patterns are created with home at the centre: beautiful and useful clothes, homewares and accessories that are simple in design and construction; contemporary shapes and silhouettes with well-thought through, practical details. They are items we all need and want around us. I hope you enjoy making them.

Each pattern is created with a team of professional pattern makers, digitizers and graders and are currently available as printable PDF's. All patterns are available as an instant download and include an option for wide format printers, as well as providing separate patterns when different design options are available.

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