Melrose Top & Dress Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

(30 customer reviews)


You can make a casual top or an elegant dress with the Melrose pattern. The relaxed-fit top or dress has a wide round neckline and dolman short sleeve, and it is the perfect blank canvas to showcase your pretty fabric. The Melrose Top & Dress comes in A, B, C, D and DD cups for a better fit. The Melrose Top & Dress pattern has three views, and you can make one of each for different occasions!

Melrose Top & Dress Features:

  • All views include:
    • Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
    • C, D and DD cups have bust darts
    • Wide, scoop neckline finished with bias binding
    • Dolman short sleeves with cuffs
    • Unlined
    • Layers feature—print only the sizes you need
  • View A includes:
    • Dress with cinched waist and elastic through casing
    • Ample, functional, in-seam pockets
  • View B includes:
    • Top with cinched waist and elastic through casing
    • Gathered peplum
  • View C includes:
    • Short, boxy top with bottom band
  • 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? The Melrose Top & 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: 55 for all cup sizes (be sure to print only the cup size you need per the instructions)

Number of instruction pages: 23

See Pattern Release Announcement for more photos.

Size Chart

Melrose Top and Dress PDF Sewing Pattern Body Measurements

Melrose Top and Dress Dress PDF Sewing Pattern Finished Garment Measurements

Melrose Top and Dress Dress PDF Sewing Pattern Finished Garment Measurements

Choosing Your Size

  1. Determine your cup size—subtract the circumference of your over bust from the circumference of the fullest part of your bust. If the rounded difference is 1″ (2.5 cm), use A cup; 2″ (5 cm), use B cup; 3″ (7.5 cm), use C cup; 4″ (10 cm), use D cup; 5″ (12.5 cm), use DD cup.
  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 smaller size if you like your garment more fitted; otherwise, choose the bigger size.
  4. Compare your hip circumference (widest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that fits your hip best. If you are in between sizes, choose the smaller size.
  5. It’s OK to use different sizes for the bust and waist. See “Blend Sizes” in instructions for details.
  6. If you are taller or shorter than 5’6” (168 cm), you should consider lengthening or shortening the top (see instructions for details).

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


Primary Fabric Use lightweight to medium weight woven fabric with good drape. Rayon twill, chambray and linen are great choices.

Lining For View A: Use lightweight, stable woven fabric such as cotton. The dress is not lined, but the lining is used for the pockets. If your fabric is lightweight, you can use primary fabric as lining too.

Other Materials

  • For View A: 16” (41 cm) of 1/2” (1.25 cm)-wide fusible stay tape (or cut your own on straight grain)
  • For Views A and B: 5/8” (1.5 cm) wide elastic as long as your waist

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.


Melrose Top and Dress PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Imperial


Melrose Top and Dress PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Metric 

30 reviews for Melrose Top & Dress Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

  1. Paula (verified owner)


  2. battra (verified owner)

    Well-drafted pattern and quick to sew. My bust-waist measurements are size 2-4 but I size 2A fits well without having to grade.

  3. Hope (verified owner)

    All the patterns from here are so clearly written. I think a beginner can sew easily from them. Love them! Thank you

  4. Diane (verified owner)

    I love this pattern. The fit is perfect and instructions very clear.

  5. Janet (verified owner)

    Pattern pieces easy to assemble and instructions very good. I made the peplum version and made it longer to give me more coverage. I cut a 18D and it fitted me perfectly which was fantastic as I often have to adapt patterns to fit me. Sewed up easily. The only change I made was that I cut a facing for the neck and interfaced it as I find bindings don’t sit very well on me. All considered I was very pleased with this pattern and will be making it again.

  6. Carol (verified owner)

    Comfortable top with cute detail options.

  7. kathyhills22 (verified owner)

    I have made two dresses using the Melrose pattern. It’s a very versatile pattern with the opportunity to mix fabrics at the cuff, neckband or bodice/skirt (making it look like 2 pieces). I will definitely be making this pattern again. If you are looking for a classy, casual dress, this one fits the bill.

  8. Virginia (verified owner)

    Love this simple dress. I left the pockets out. Great for every occasion. Dress up or dress down, it always looks good.

  9. Donna (verified owner)

    So pleased your option of bust cup sizes meant I didn’t have to do a full bust adjustment. As a beginner sewest, I found the directions easy to follow. Made View B, but plan on making the full dress in the future.

  10. Lindy (verified owner)

    Nice pattern. Needed some adjustment.

  11. Elizabeth (verified owner)

    Great pattern! Easy to follow instructions. Love that I can just print out my own size.

  12. Jude (verified owner)

    Love the fit easy to make

  13. Pauline (verified owner)

    Very nice patterns, always very stylish and the fit for me so far has not needed any alterations

  14. Annette (verified owner)

    Perfect fit right out of the pattern (C-cup version). Love it – will be my go to pattern for tops and easy wearing dresses this summer!

  15. Maureen (verified owner)

    Great pattern

  16. Alison (verified owner)

    Brilliant Sewing Pattern, love it!

  17. Sandra (verified owner)

    I love the Melrose pattern. So far, I’ve only made one top, but I will be making many more!

  18. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Love love love anything I get from Itch To Stitch. Love everything about them

  19. Tammy (verified owner)

    Love what you are doing!

  20. Diane (verified owner)

    The Melrose is my perfect summer top. Fits well, looks good

  21. Elsa (verified owner)

    Such a quick sew for a very interesting top. A clever construction for the elastic waistband helps for a nice drape at the waist. I did the peplum top and really enjoyed the shape of it.

  22. Tracy (verified owner)

    I love this pattern and have made both the top (view C) and the dress (view A). I am short in the body, curvy and maturing and for many years have found that I need to make fit adjustments to any pattern – but not this time, what bliss. Having learnt to sew in the 1970s using the big 4 patterns I had not tried indie patterns until now and I am a convert. It was the dress with its relaxed style that drew my attention. However, I made the top first (size 10) to check for any fit issues. Surprisingly I found that I love this too and have already worn it on several occasions. The instructions are clear and felt like I was having my hand held all the way through, from picking the right size to finishing. I will be definitely be buying more itch to stitch patterns in the future.

  23. Bernice (verified owner)

    I love this design – loose and comfortable but with sleeves. Lovely pattern.

  24. Linda (verified owner)

    This is a lovely pattern to make, I made the top. The instructions were easy to follow and pattern sizing was perfect. I will certainly make this again. Another winner.

  25. Anonymous (verified owner)

    A classic styled top suitable for casual or dressy occasions. Love there are options.

  26. Brigetta (verified owner)

    Love the “easiness” of this pattern. I have already made View C, and will definitely be making the dress for summer in September.

  27. Lone (verified owner)

    Melrose is a really feminine dress and top and even though it is pretty simple, it has all the finesse and fine details of a typical Itch to Stitch pattern.

  28. victoria (verified owner)

    Perfectly designed for my body type – the dart placement is excellent, and the shoulder seams are perfect for slightly forward easy sew with a relaxed but not sloppy fit.
    Another excellent pattern from Itch to stitch!

  29. Helen (verified owner)

    easy to wear will be making a few of these

  30. rloharris (verified owner)

    Fun to make gorgeous dress which is comfortable too, and the top options are fab too. Add it to your collection!

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