Kathryn Top & Dress Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

(8 customer reviews)


Kathryn Top & Dress can be made casual or slightly more formal depending on the fabric used. When made with a cotton jersey or interlock fabric, the top can be paired with your favorite shorts or jeans for a perfect summer outfit. When made with a slinky knit, Kathryn can be your go-to dress for a date night out. The three sets of pleats along the round neckline provides interest to an otherwise simple garment. An empire-waist seam visually elongates your legs, yet the natural waist is shaped so your curves are not buried. There’s no sleeve to sew, but your upper arm is covered by the extended shoulder.

Kathryn Top & Dress features:

  • Wide, round neckline with six pleats
  • Empire-waist seam to visually elongate your legs
  • Shaped at natural waist to show your curves
  • Extended shoulders covering your upper arms
  • Lined upper front
  • Options to make a dress or a top
  • A-line flare skirt ends at knee
  • Layers feature–print only the sizes you need

Skill Level: Beginner++

Sizes: 00 – 20 (See “Size Chart” tab below for detailed measurements)

Don’t want to print and tape paper together? Kathryn Top & Dress pattern now includes an additional large format file (A0) that you can send to your print shop to print!

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Photo courtesy of Jamie F., Stoney Sews, Two Chicklets and Sew So Petite.

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Number of pattern pages: 23 (on A4 or Letter Size Paper)

Number of instruction pages: 13

See Kathryn Top & Dress Pattern Release Announcement for more photos

Size Chart

Kathryn Top and Dress Body and Finished Garment Measurements

Choosing Your Size

  1. Compare your bust circumference (fullest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that fits your bust best. If you are in between sizes, choose the smaller size if you like your garment more
    fitted; otherwise, choose the bigger size.
  2. Compare your fullest hip measurements to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that fits
    your hip best. If you are in between sizes, choose the smaller size if you like your garment more fitted; otherwise, choose the bigger size.
  3. It’s OK to use different sizes for the bust and hip. All you have to do is print the sizes that you need (see “Printing Instructions” and “Blend Sizes” in the instructions), and blend the lines from one size to the
    next from the bust to the waist to the hip.
  4. Keep in mind that if your fabric has a looser knit or more drape, your garment will be more relaxed and larger. You can consider a smaller size for a more fitted look.

I highly recommend that you check your fit by making a test garment with inexpensive fabrics that have similar thickness and stretchiness as your final garment fabrics.


Primary fabric Light to medium light-weight knit fabric with 60% to 100% two-way or four-way stretch is ideal. Jersey, interlock and French terry are great choices. If you use fabric with less stretch, you may choose a larger size. Conversely, if you use fabric with more stretch, you may choose a smaller size. The same fabric is used to line the top front. However, if your knit fabric is on the heavier side, you may choose to line the top front with a lighter-weight knit fabric. Jersey and tricot are great choices.

Facing Fabric A front neckline facing is used to support the pleats. This facing uses a stable woven fabric. Quilting cotton, light-weight twill, muslin and light-weight broad cloth are great choices. Do not use a loose weave woven or a fabric that tends to expand such as linen. Do not use knit fabric.

Interfacing Use light-weight woven or weft insertion fusible interfacing.

Other Materials

  • 7" (18 cm) piece of woven single fold bias tape
  • 7" (18 cm) of bias fusible tape or bi-stretch interfacing


  • Ball-point or stretch machine needles
  • Walking foot for your sewing machine (optional)
  • Serger machine (optional)
  • Cover stitch machine to finish your hems (optional)
  • Twin needles to finish your hems (optional)
  • Wooly nylon thread to finish your hems (optional)

Fabric Requirements

Most natural fibers shrink in the wash; be sure to have enough fabric. The requirements below assume that the fabric is already pre-shrunk.


Kathryn Top & Dress PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Imperial


Kathryn Top & Dress PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Metric 

8 reviews for Kathryn Top & Dress Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Lovely style, photos on website very clear and accurate

  2. Sarah (verified owner)

    A nice easy sew and a gorgeous dress at the end. I can see more of these in my future.

  3. melodie.kunegel (verified owner)

    Love this top

  4. Christina (verified owner)

    Love the neckline on this.

  5. Elizabeth (verified owner)

    I love the pattern & detailed instructions. It is so easy to download & print. I have a mac, however & haven’t figured how to just print my size but it’s not a problem. Thanks again & I love supporting indie business!

    • Kennis Wong (store manager)

      Hi Elizabeth, you probably opened it on the Safari browser only, so the layers feature is not available. You have to download the file to your computer (there’s download icon on the upper right of the browser). Then you can open it up in Adobe Acrobat Reader, where you can use the layers feature. Give that a try! ?

  6. Betty (verified owner)


  7. Tiffany (verified owner)

    The size chart is perfect for this dress

  8. itzdiane (verified owner)

    This top is one I’m getting ready to make again for the Sew Seasonal Wardrobe contest. I’ve made both the top and dress version of this pattern already and both are my favorite things to wear! This style is so very comfortable and I love the detail on the neck. Kennis makes top notch patterns and her instructions are detailed enough that anyone could sew up any of her patterns. Don’t hesitate to buy this one!

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