SHAY Dress Sewing Pattern by Chalk & Notch

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The Shay pattern is a maxi dress with a wide scoop neck and fitted bodice. The skirt has three gathered tiers. There are elbow length puff sleeves or a tank option for both views. View A finishes with a centre back invisible zipper. View B finishes with centre front buttons. 

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fabric Requirements
Rayon challis, rayon twill, rayon voile, cotton lawn, cotton voile, linen, chambray. This style is designed for a light to medium weight woven. The bodice is lined. It is recommended to use a medium to heavy weight bodice lining fabric to help maintain structure.

Fabric requirements:
Minimum fabric required is listed. If you think you will need more for shrinkage, directional print, pattern matching or print repeat, please purchase accordingly.

Main: 54″ (137 cm) wide fabric: With sleeves, 3 1/4 – 4 1/4 yd (3 – 3.9 m) // Tank, 3 – 4 yd (2.7 – 3.7 m).

Bodice lining: 54″ (137 cm) wide fabric: 3/4 – 1 yd (0.7 – 0.9 m).

Sizing: US 0 – 30 (approx. UK 8 – 30) with 4 bust cup options.* Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements. 

Use the high bust to determine your size, and the difference between your high bust and full bust to choose your cup size. If you are between sizes, size up and fit the pattern as needed. It is always recommended to sew a test garment to confirm fit.

*This pattern includes four bust cup options, and the cup size is determined by calculating the difference between the high and full bust. If the difference between your high bust and full bust is 1″ (2.5 cm) use the A cup. If the difference is 2″ (5 cm) use the B cup. If the difference is 3″ (7.5 cm) use the C cup. If the difference is 4″ (10 cm) use the D cup. If you have more than a 4″ (10 cm) difference, you may need a full bust adjustment.


  • 2 yd (1.8 m) of tricot fusible interfacing
  • Views A: 1 8″ (46 cm) invisible zipper for the centre back; hook and eye (optional) 
  • View B:  Fifteen to eighteen 1/2″ (12.7 mm) buttons for the centre front.

Please note: this product is a printed pattern. 

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