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I AM Patterns - Hermes Shirt Dress


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About the Shirt Dress

The I AM Patterns' Shirt/Shirt Dress is one of the most popular in their collection.  It is a versatile  dress, tunic, or a classic shirt pattern with back pleat and yoke, a collar and sleeve cuffs.  It fits all manner of occasions, and is a chic wardrobe staple.  

In an effort to reduce paper usage some pattern pieces overlap with each other, so you will need to trace the pattern on paper or using Cloth Edit’s Vilene Light.  It is fantastic for tracing patterns, and you can even sew it, which makes it great for fitting.  (Note - the overlapping is neither extensive nor hard to discern).

The packaging for I AM Patterns is beautiful but tricky to get into without ripping the lovely gold card that backs the pattern.  Our suggestion is to jiggle the pattern down as far as it goes, and neatly cut off the top of the pattern. You will need to snip off approximately 1.75cm, but take care to steer clear of the pattern itself.

The Fabric

Not only is the pattern versatile in itself, but the endless fabric options make this pattern wearable all year round.  Consider: poplin, batiste, cotton twill, cotton flannel, modal, or viscose.  The Cloth Edit also suggests lighter weight denims, soft drape light - mid weight woven cotton spandex, and washed linen.  

Fabric Requirements


1 3/4 yards by 55” wide for sizes 36 to 40

2 1/4 yards by 55” wide for sizes 42 to 46


2 1/8 yards by 55” wide for sizes 36 to 40

3 yards by 55” wide for sizes 42 to 46


2 3/8 yards by 55” wide for sizes 36 to 40

3 1/4 yards by 55” wide for sizes 42 to 46

The Notions

  • 8” x 60” of interfacing
  • Buttons of 1/2 inch diameter (1.2 cm):  Dress: 13 buttons; Tunic: 12 buttons; Shirt: 11


The Her-mes paper pattern has a size range of 36 to 46 (see sizing chart below).I AM Patterns women sewing pattern measurement chart

Level of Difficulty

I AM Patterns indicates that this is an 'intermediate' pattern.  The instructions are clear, with step by step illustrations. 


I AM Patterns is a very popular French independent sewing pattern company, owned by two sisters: Marie-Emilienne (founder and designer) and Blandine (marketing manager).  I AM Patterns’ designs are modern and push the boundaries, but they also include timeless pieces.  I hope you enjoy exploring their range.   

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I AM Patterns - Hermes Shirt Dress

I AM Patterns - Hermes Shirt Dress