Chai Shirt & Dress Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

(14 customer reviews)


The Chai Shirt and Dress is a classic fit-and-flare style that flatters everyone. You can use a floral fabric for a vintage flair, or use a bright fabric for a modern look. Whether on a family picnic or girlfriend outing, you will be sure to receive many compliments in your Chai Shirt or Shirt Dress!

Chai Shirt & Dress Feature:

  • A, B, C, D and DD Cups
  • Dress and shirt length options
  • Classic collar on collar stand
  • Sleeveless and gathered short sleeve options
  • Center front button closure
  • Easy-to-wear A-line skirt
  • In-seam pocket with dress option
  • High waistband that elongates the legs
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: 00 – 20 and A, B, C, D and DD cups (See “Size Chart” tab below for detailed measurements)

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

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Number of pattern pages: 57 for all cup sizes or up to 36 for each cup size (be sure to print only the cup size you need per the instructions)

Number of instruction pages: 22

See Pattern Release Announcement for more photos.

Size Chart

Chai Shirt and Dress PDF Sewing Pattern Body Measurements
Chai Shirt and Dress PDF Sewing Pattern Finished Garment Measurements

Choosing Your Size

  1. Determine your cup size. You can use the cup size you typically wear.
  2. After determining the cup size, compare your bust circumference (fullest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Using the corresponding row for your cup, choose the size that best fits your bust. If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size if you like your garment more fitted; otherwise, choose the bigger size.
  3. Compare your waist circumference (narrowest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that best fits your waist. If you are between sizes, choose the bigger size.
  4. Compare your hip circumference (fullest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that best fits your hip. If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size if you like your garment more fitted; otherwise, choose the bigger size.
  5. It’s OK to use different sizes for the bust, waist and hip. See “Blend Sizes” in the instructions for details.
  6. If you are taller or shorter than 5’6” (168 cm), you should consider lengthening or shortening the bodice and/or the skirt (see “Lengthen/Shorten” in the instructions).

I highly recommend that you check your fit by making a test garment with inexpensive fabric that has similar weight as your final garment fabric.


Primary Fabric Light-weight woven fabric with or without stretch, such as shirting, cotton, linen, lightweight denim, rayon twill and crepe

Interfacing Lightweight fusible woven or weft insertion interfacing

Other Materials

  • Eight (8) 5/8" (1.5 cm) buttons for the shirt option
  • Twelve (12) 5/8" (1.5 cm) buttons for the dress option
  • For sleeveless option only: 1 1/2 yard (1.4 m) of 1 1/2" (3.8 cm)-wide bias strip (purchased 1/2" (1.25 cm)-wide single-fold bias tape is an acceptable alternative)

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.


Chai Shirt & Dress PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Imperial


Chai Shirt & Dress PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Metric 

14 reviews for Chai Shirt & Dress Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Lovely pattern. Would rather have printed pattern

  2. melodie.kunegel (verified owner)

    I’ve already made two versions of this top. Very elegant fit

  3. julie (verified owner)

    Lovely pattern and easy to follow

  4. Kerolie (verified owner)

    I found the sizing runs a bit small. I have previously made another dress from itch-to-stitch and had no issues with sizing.
    This dress however does not match the published measurements for sizing, recommend going up 1 or 2 sizes to ensure a good fit that doesn’t look like it is trying to burst free.

  5. Loretta (verified owner)

    Love the pattern, great site. A+A+A+A+

  6. Michelle (verified owner)

    Great pattern with clear and simple directions. I made the blouse out of handkerchief linen before making the dress out of my expensive Liberty of London Tana lawn. I only had to make a few minor adjustments (I’m a 34E bust). I will add lining to the skirt when I make the dress and may change the gathering under the bust to a couple of darts for a smoother look for a fuller bust. Although the pattern doesn’t call for top stitching, I added it on the collar and waist band. It takes it from “homemade” to “handmade.”

  7. Suzanne (verified owner)

    I am sewing the shirt at the moment. I love that you can pick the bust size and the pattern size since it saves a lot of tracing. I am not very good on the computer so my husband had to print the pattern. It took him some time to get it done. I don’t know what I would have done on my own.

  8. Elaine (verified owner)

    The sizing does agree with the published measurements. I was worried it would run large (like “the Big 4”) but the size chart is accurate. Thank you! I wish I had chosen a larger cup size; I selected my usual bra size, but would like a little more room through the bust.

  9. Esther (verified owner)

    Detailed explanation. Pattern prefect. I recommend you.

  10. Kristin (verified owner)

    I love the pattern! The instruction is one of the best I´ve ever had – very clear and comprehensive. Because of the number of parts it is not a quick sew but easy to handle even for an advanced beginner like me. Next time (yes, I will definitely sew another one) I will play with the collar and sew rounded corners. I am really happy with this very feminine top.

  11. Anne (verified owner)

    Love this pattern have made a blouse and a dress. Made size 8 with just a slight adjustment to shorten for my 5ft 1in lack of height, otherwise fitted perfectly. I also like the fact that I learn a new technique with almost every one of your patterns.

  12. annick_campenaerts (verified owner)

    The Chai dress is so elegant! I definitely have to make the shirt option. The good instructions make the difficult parts of the pattern really clear. A must have …

  13. dalaimarmot (verified owner)

    Oh my, what a great result! As a 4 months in sewist, I was able to make this with no problem. I used a stretch poplin and made the dress with sleeves. The cup option saved my life! This was the first time I sewed something and didn’t need to make fit adjustments. As a short torso-ed D cup with narrow shoulders, such was my lot in life. No more! The only thing that would make this better would be a long sleeve option for chillier months. I can’t wait to make the shirt next.

  14. Leanne Miller (verified owner)

    I was impressed with the fit of the garment. Not having made a garment with cup sizes included in pattern pieces before this made the fit a pleasure to sew. Instructions included made it relatively easy to sew, having a different method of sewing on the collar made it easier to understand, the finished detail was definately worth the effort. Options included make this a versatile pattern, choosing the right fabric you can wear this garment from a more formal occasion to casual wear.

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