Recoleta Dress Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

(39 customer reviews)


The Recoleta is your lovely companion for the summer. The Recoleta is a relaxed woven dress with an empire waist. An empire waist is flattering to many body types, especially pear-shaped and petite figures. The Recoleta has a notched neckline that combines a scoop neck and a V neck; it is perfect for showcasing your necklace with a small pendant. With two sleeve options, short and 3/4 length,  the Recoleta will be a nice addition to your wardrobe whether you experience a tropical or temperate summer.

Recoleta Dress Features:

  • Options for cup sizes
  • Empire waist
  • Notched neckline
  • Side invisible zipper
  • Options for short and 3/4 length sleeves
  • Designed for woven fabric

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: 00 – 40 (See “Size Chart” tab below for detailed measurements)

Don’t want to print and tape paper together? The Recoleta 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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Additional information


00 to 40

Cup sizes

A, B, C, D & DD

Skill level


Knit or woven



Digital download


A0, A4 / US Letter



Seam allowances


39 reviews for Recoleta Dress Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

  1. Erin (verified owner)

    Original download didn’t include all sizes. Customer service was responsive and situation easily fixed.

  2. Rita (verified owner)

    Good fit. Good instructions. Pleasure to sew.

  3. Carol (verified owner)

    Love this pattern, easy to follow. Fits without having to put in a zip. For me personally I adjusted the bodice length by 1″ to suit me and also the skirt by 2″. Just have to put in the sleeve and done. Looking forward to wearing it

  4. Stephanie (verified owner)

    The DD cup bodice fit my friend perfectly!

  5. sabine (verified owner)

    Pattern very thoroughly designed! Very good instructions. I enjoyed every step of the work! :-))

  6. Lise (verified owner)

    I love this style. A Line is perfect for me.

  7. Lisa B. (verified owner)

    Excellent clear instructions!

  8. Ytmar (verified owner)

    Beautifully drafted with excellent instructions

  9. Isabelle (verified owner)

    Although it took me a bit of time to make the dress, it was a breath as the explanations were excellent. I made it with 2 different colours of linen and it’s gorgeous!

  10. Susan (verified owner)

    Love it comes in DD sizing save me so much fitting work

  11. Madeline (verified owner)

    I made the dress and it’s the first thing that I ever made for myself that fit perfectly, will be making more, thank you

  12. Eileen (verified owner)

    Lovely pattern and, as always, excellent instructions.

  13. Kerry (verified owner)

    This is a lovely dress for the warmer months. Very attractive style and fit. I love Itch to Stitch patterns as they suit me, being short in stature, I find the patterns easy to fit my size.

  14. Deborah (verified owner)

    Easy to make, and fit well.

  15. Betty (verified owner)

    Love it

  16. Addrea (verified owner)

    Itch to stitch patterns are perfection!

  17. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I love the silhouette and neckline of this dress.
    The instructions are easy to follow and thorough.
    The only thing that I would love to add, and would knock it out of the park, would be pockets!
    I can’t wait to make another version!

  18. Elsa (verified owner)

    If you want a dress that has stunning features and is easy to sew, do not hesitate! I did this dress in a vibrant purple brocade and it’s the right dress for a cocktail party. I had absolutely no troubles sewing it and the instructions for blending sizes are awesome.

  19. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Beautiful cross season dress with simple lines. Directions are detailed and easy to follow.

  20. Jacquelyn (verified owner)

    Couldn’t wait to make this. I am so pleased with the fit! Slight increase to bodice length based on apex height. Fits great!. Used midweight linen. So happy with this!

  21. Claire (verified owner)

    Initially I only bought this pattern for the long(er) sleeves pattern piece and the concave darts to insert/hack onto the Chai shirt dress. This worked very well. Have since made the recoleta in its own right and, as is the case with all Itch to Stitch patterns I found it’s well drafted, the instructions are very easy to follow and the inclusion of the different cup sizes is a game changer (when you’re a C-cup size you neither fit into the standard B nor the D-cup that you are sometimes offered. I really, really appreciate ITS going above and beyond).

  22. Mary (verified owner)

    Totally love this beautiful structured dress. Beautiful style.
    Brilliant instructions. Range of cup sizes. ❤️💕

  23. Carol (verified owner)

    A dress for all!

  24. Susan Wentworth (verified owner)

    Seriously, love this pattern. It’s a perfect dress in so many ways.

  25. Betty (verified owner)

    Very easy to sew

  26. renata (verified owner)

    LOVE this pattern, it is so flattering on, I could sew it without a zip and it still looks streamline, it works with all beautiful cottons too.

  27. Janet (verified owner)

    Absolutely love how this turned out and fits me nicely

  28. Sondra (verified owner)

    Love, Love The Recoleta Dress The dress was so easy to put together and the instructions are also easy to follow. If you have not tried any of Itch to Stitch Patterns, you need to. I would recommend them highly. Give it a try.

  29. Vignette (verified owner)

    Great fit 👌

  30. Azure L Owens (verified owner)

    It would be nice to see finished pattern on a fuller figure model

  31. Karen (verified owner)

    Great pattern super instructions

  32. Wendy (verified owner)

    Another great pattern from itch to stitch. Easy to sew, goes to put together and very stylish.

  33. Brigetta (verified owner)

    Beautiful dress, easy to follow instructions and fits like a dream. Very flattering.

  34. Cathy (verified owner)

    Your patterns are wonderful!!

  35. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Love this style!

  36. Lidia (verified owner)

    I love the dress now I’m thinking top with peblem a little flirty!

  37. Kate (verified owner)

    Clear and thorough instructions, lovely design, and I’ve been thrilled with every single pattern I’ve purchased at Itch to Stitch.

  38. Rosa (verified owner)

    Lovely pattern, clear instructions and easy to follow, as usual. Thank you

  39. Cathy (verified owner)

    I love this pattern!

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Primary Fabric Lightweight to medium weight woven fabric with no stretch such as linen, linen mix, rayon challis, charmeuse, lawn, chambray, poplin and sateen.

Interfacing Lightweight fusible woven or weft insertion interfacing

Lining Lightweight non-stretch lining fabric such as Bemberg, Batiste, lightweight non-stretch cotton

Other Materials

  • One 12” (30 cm) or longer invisible zipper
  • 24” (61 cm) of 3/8” or 1/2” (1 cm or 1.25 cm)-wide straight fusible stay tape (or you may cut your own using lightweight woven fusible interfacing on the straight grain)

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. The interfacing also needs to be pre-shrunk—soak and hang dry before using.


00 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Primary Fabric
Short Sleeve Option
54″ Wide yard 1 5/8 1 3/4 1 3/4 1 7/8 2 2 2 2 1/4 2 1/4 2 1/4 2 3/8 2 3/8
135 cm Wide cm 150 160 160 170 180 180 180 200 200 200 220 220
3/4 Length Sleeve Option
54″ Wide yard 1 7/8 1 7/8 1 7/8 1 7/8 2 2 2 2 1/4 2 1/4 2 1/4 2 5/8 2 5/8
135 cm Wide cm 170 170 170 170 180 180 180 200 200 200 240 240
All Options
20″ Wide yard 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 5/8 5/8 5/8 5/8 5/8
50 cm Wide cm 40 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 60 60
22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40
Primary Fabric
Short Sleeve Option
54″ Wide yard 2 3/8 2 1/2 2 1/2 2 1/2 2 5/8 2 5/8 2 5/8 2 3/4 2 3/4 2 3/4
135 cm Wide cm 220 230 230 230 230 230 230 250 250 250
3/4 Length Sleeve Option
54″ Wide yard 2 5/8 2 3/4 2 3/4 2 3/4 2 3/4 2 3/4 2 3/4 3 3 3
135 cm Wide cm 240 250 250 250 250 250 250 270 270 270
All Options
20″ Wide yard 5/8 5/8 5/8 5/8 5/8 5/8 5/8 3/4 3/4 3/4
50 cm Wide cm 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60