Lyra Dress Paper Pattern - Tilly and the Buttons


If you want to swoosh around in effortless (and mega comfy) style, then meet Lyra, your new best friend! This ultra-cool shirt dress has an oversized, blousy bodice with bust darts, button front opening, two-piece collar and stand, and, of course, side seam pockets. The gathered skirt can be hemmed just above the knee, or add the midi panel for a trendy tiered look.

Choose between short sleeves for easy-breezy summer style or full-length billowy sleeves with elasticated cuffs. Wear Lyra loose and floaty, or add an optional narrow tie to cinch you in at the waist. Endlessly versatile, pick a cooling cotton for the heat, cosy needlecord for the winter or a drapey viscose for added swish!

Lyra includes Tilly and the Buttons' award-winning beginner-friendly instructions, with colour photos showing you each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.

Designer: Tilly and the Buttons

Skill Level: Improver

Size Range: UK 6-24 (US 2-20 / EUR 34-52)

Fabric Suggestions: Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics, such as cotton lawn, voile, seersucker, chambray, double gauze, viscose (rayon), Tencel (lyocell), lighter weight needlecord.

Fabric Requirements: 

150cm wide fabric
MIDI VERSION WITH LONG SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 – 3.1m (3 3/8yd) Sizes 6-10 - 3.5m (3 7/8yd)
MIDI VERSION WITH SHORT SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 - 2.9m (3 1/4yd) Sizes 6-10 –3.1m (3 3/8yd)
KNEE-LENGTH VERSION WITH LONG SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 – 2.6m (2 7/8yd) Sizes 6-10 – 3m (3 3/8yd)
KNEE-LENGTH VERSION WITH SHORT SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 – 2.4m (2 5/8yd) Sizes 6-10 – 2.7m (3yd)

115cm wide fabric
KNEE-LENGTH VERSION WITH LONG SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 – 3.2m (3 1/2yd) Sizes 6-10 – 3.7m (4 1/8yd)
KNEE-LENGTH VERSION WITH SHORT SLEEVE: Sizes 1-5 – 3m (3 3/8yd) Sizes 6-10 – 3.3m (3 5/8yd)

You Will Need:

  • Fabric
  • Matching thread
  • 0.5m (5/8yd) interfacing
  • 5 x 12-15mm (1/2-5/8in) buttons
  • Long sleeve version: Your wrist measurement x 2 in 10mm (3/8in) wide elastic, plus 2 safety pins
  • Sewing machine and basic tools, incl. buttonhole foot