The Nina Dress

Nina dress sewing pattern

Sew a new spring staple with Cotton + Chalk’s The Nina Dress sewing pattern, a classic shirt dress in sizes 6-20 with optional design details for you to mix and match. With spring on its way, this dress will see you through to summer and beyond, from work to weekend – just add a smart jacket, slouchy cardi or casual cover-up. She’s our new favourite wear-with-anything frock!

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With so many options to mix and match, the Nina Dress is a wardrobe-building pattern to add to your stash that’ll look different every time you make it. This design is all about the details – keep it simple with
a sleeveless version, add plain short sleeves, or pretty it up with a ruffled hem and sleeves; bring it in at the waist with the optional fabric tie belt or wear with your favourite waist belt; and raid your stash of notions for a set of contrasting or matching buttons.

The Nina Dress can be made in UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-48) and features flattering princess seams, a V-shaped neckline, button fastening and neat collar. Dress A has a collar, contrast sleeve, hem ruffle and belt, and Dress B has a collar stand, armhole facings and a plain hem.

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The Nina Dress

The Nina Dress sewing pattern **SOLD OUT**

Get it with: March issue 27, £5.99
Sizes: UK sizes 6-20


  • Sew curved princess seams for a flattering fit
  • Attach a collar with interfacing
  • Add buttonholes
  • Try optional ruffles at the sleeves and hemline

You will need: 

  • Fabric (same for Dress A and Dress B): 3.1 – 3.6m (318 – 378yards)
  • Dress A: contrast fabric: 0.8-1.6m (78 – 13yards)
  • Nine 16mm (5/8in) diameter buttons
  • Iron-on interfacing: 56x 120 cm (22x47in)
  • Matching thread

Fabric suggestions:

Lightweight woven fabrics such as cotton, calico, chambray, linen and challis.


Get the pattern: With issue 27 of Simply Sewing magazine.

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