The Matilda Dress

Simply Sewing matilda dress sewing pattern

Get autumn-ready with The Matilda Dress: a new- season essential dress sewing pattern in UK sizes 6-20, with a high collar neckline, waist tie, and two length and sleeve options.

Some garments are destined for big occasions, others for everyday wear, but we don’t believe the latter has to be boring! Featuring a high collar neckline and a waist-cinching tie with two sleeve and length options, The Matilda Dress is a crush-worthy, any-occasion kind of frock that will take you effortlessly from day to night, and season to season.

It’s designed for drapey fabrics, so don’t pack away your stash of floaty prints just yet! This swishy style’s blousey sleeves, relaxed fit and gathered waist make it perfect for rayons, crepes and cottons – and for elegant layering on cooler autumn days.

Grab a copy of issue 47 for fabric and occasion styling inspiration, and be sure to share your finished Alexa Dress tagged #simplysewingmag

The Matilda Dress

Only available with issue 47, Simply Sewing magazine


UK sizes 6-20, US 4-18 and EUR 34-48

You will need:

  • Main fabric: 115cm (45in) wide x 3.6m (4yds), for all sizes
  • Iron-on interfacing: 30x115cm (12x45in)
  • Zip: 20cm (8in)
  • Button: 10-12mm (38in-12in)
  • Narrow elastic: to fit each wrist (see instructions for details)
  • Ribbon or elastic: 3mm (18in) wide x 5cm (2in)
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Matching thread

Fabric suggestions:

Lightweight cotton, cotton lawn, rayon, crepe or linen.


  • Sew a high collar neckline
  • Practise two sleeve styles
  • Make a gathered tie waist for easy fittings


Simply Sewing issue 47 is available both in-store and online.

You can check our stockists’ details here to find your nearest copy, or if you’d rather shop online you can buy individual issues from our back issues website here.

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Matilda Dress sewing pattern