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All About the Bryn Dress

Fabric resources, fitting details, and tutorials to help you build your skills. 

Build Your Wardrobe with the Bryn Dress

The Bryn dress is one part shift dress, one part pinafore. The sleeveless shift style is fully lined and complemented by a scoop neckline and French darts. The dress closes with an invisible zip for a nice fit at the bust and waist and has fish-eye darts in the back for shaping.

Wear it alone, layer with a jacket or cardigan, or style it layered over your favorite button-up or turtleneck. Sew it in medium-weight woven fabrics, such as denim, twill, canvas, suiting, corduroy, and faux suede.

Morgan is wearing a size 16 Bryn dress with a broad shoulder adjustment, 1″ removed to the bust, and full hip adjustment. 3 1/2″ were added to the length of the pattern. Her measurements are 43”, 37”, 48” and she is 5’11”.

Tutorials to Build Your Skills

Here are some tutorials to help you with a few skills you need to sew up the Bryn dress.

  • How to Sew an Invisible Zipper: This free tutorial from our Resource Center walks you through inserting an invisible zipper. It has both written instructions and a video!
  • How to Sew Darts: Seamwork members can watch a bunch more tutorials on our Resource Center, including this one that shows you how to sew darts.
  • Fabric Swaps for Any Season: Make the most of your patterns by learning how to vary your fabric choices for any time of year.

Learn How to Customize the Bryn Dress

A great fit starts with accurate measurements.

This month’s bonus variation omits the lining and adds a facing with buttons down the center front of the Bryn dress.

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Shop for Fabric

Choose a medium-weight woven for the main fabric and a lightweight woven for the lining. For the main fabric, pick from your favorite wardrobe-building materials, like denim, corduroy, twill, and faux suede. For the lining, you can stick with classic acetate linings or opt for rayon or silk.

Love the samples in this month’s issue? Here is where we sourced the fabric.

14 wale corduroy in Olive from

Denim in indigo from Modern Domestic.

Bryn Fit Details

Sizes 0-16

Sizes 18-26


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