This ultra-cool shirt dress has an oversized, blousy bodice with bust darts, button front opening, two-piece collar and stand, and, of course, side seam pockets. The gathered skirt can be hemmed just above the knee, or add the midi panel for a trendy tiered look.

Choose between short sleeves for easy-breezy summer style or full length billowy sleeves with elasticated cuffs. Wear Lyra loose and floaty, or add an optional narrow tie to cinch you in at the waist. Endlessly versatile, pick a cooling cotton for the heat, cosy needlecord for the winter or a drapey viscose for added swish!

Lyra includes Tilly and the Buttons’ award-winning beginner-friendly instructions, with colour photos showing you each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.

SKILL LEVEL – Improver

FABRIC SUGGESTIONS – Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics, such as cotton lawn, voile, seersucker, chambray, double gauze, viscose (rayon), Tencel (lyocell), lighter weight needlecord.

SIZES (body measurements)

PATTERN SIZE BUST WAIST HIP
1 (UK 6 / US 2 / EUR 34) 76cm (30in) 61cm (24in) 84cm (33in)
2 (UK 8 / US 4 / EUR 36) 81cm (32in) 66cm (26in) 89cm (35in)
3 (UK 10 / US 6 / EUR 38) 86.5cm (34in) 71cm (28in) 94cm (37in)
4 (UK 12 / US 8 / EUR 40) 91.5cm (36in) 76cm (30in) 99cm (39in)
5 (UK 14 / US 10 / EUR 42) 96.5cm (38in) 81cm (32in) 104cm (41in)
6 (UK 16 / US 12 / EUR 44) 101.5cm (40in) 86.5cm (34in) 109cm (43in)
7 (UK 18 / US 14 / EUR 46) 106.5cm (42in) 91.5cm (36in) 114cm (45in)
8 (UK 20 / US 16 / EUR 48) 112cm (44in) 96.5cm (38in) 119.5cm (47in)
9 (UK 22 / US 18 / EUR 50) 117cm (46in) 101.5cm (40in) 124.5cm (49in)
10 (UK 24 / US 20 / EUR 52) 122cm (48in) 106.5cm (42in) 129.5cm (51in)

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

150cm wide fabric

MIDI VERSION WITH LONG SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 – 3.1m (3 3/8yd) Sizes 6-10 – 3.5m (3 7/8yd)

MIDI VERSION WITH SHORT SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 – 2.9m (3 1/4yd) Sizes 6-10 –3.1m (3 3/8yd)

KNEE-LENGTH VERSION WITH LONG SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 – 2.6m (2 7/8yd) Sizes 6-10 – 3m (3 3/8yd)

KNEE-LENGTH VERSION WITH SHORT SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 – 2.4m (2 5/8yd) Sizes 6-10 – 2.7m (3yd)

115cm wide fabric

THE MIDI VERSION DOESN’T FIT ON 115CM WIDE FABRIC

KNEE-LENGTH VERSION WITH LONG SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 – 3.2m (3 1/2yd) Sizes 6-10 – 3.7m (4 1/8yd)

KNEE-LENGTH VERSION WITH SHORT SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 – 3m (3 3/8yd) Sizes 6-10 – 3.3m (3 5/8yd)

SUPPLIES – 

  • Fabric
  • 0.5m (5/8yd) interfacing
  • Matching thread
  • 5 x 12-15mm (1/2-5/8in) buttons
  • Long sleeve version: Your wrist measurement x 2 in 10mm (3/8in) wide elastic, plus 2 safety pins
  • Sewing machine and basic tools, incl buttonhole foot
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