Donelle Top Dress Sewing Pattern (PDF)

(6 customer reviews)



multi-sized pattern :
(AU/UK)     6 – 28
(US)          2 – 24
(EU)          34 – 56

Cup Sizes Included – B, C, D, DD (E)

Advanced Beginner and Above Sewing Level

The Donelle is a beautifully Front Draped easy wearing Jersey Dress.

Offering 4 lengths – Peplum, Above Knee, Knee and Tea Length in both 1/2 and 3/4 circle skirts for that amazing twirl factor – along with a Fitted Pencil Skirt in both Above Knee and Knee Length.

The gorgeous Donelle also offers a choice of 4 sleeve lengths – Cap, Elbow, 3/4’s and Bell.

(note: this is a downloadable PDF pattern – not available in hard copy)


The Donelle is elegant and sophisticated but so easy to wear.

Choose from circular skirts for that twirl factor or a slim fit pencil skirt for a sassy and cheeky attitude.

To finish off this stunning look the front has an draped cross front extension that is twisted into a tri-slide at the centre front.

The Donelle pattern offers a choice of styling options:

1. Tea Length Skirt.
2. Pencil Skirt – Knee and above Knee.
3. Knee Length Skirt – 3/4 and 1/2 circle.
4. Above Knee Length Skirt – 3/4 and 1/2 circle.
5. Hip Length Peplum.

All of the above styles are completed with choice of:

1. Cap Sleeve.
2. Just Above Elbow Length Sleeve.
3. 3/4 Length Sleeve.
4. Bishop Length Sleeve with Elastic at wrist.

The construction of the Donelle Top and Dress is recommended for Advanced Confident Beginners and Above sewing level due to:size chart measure 1

  • Cup Sizes Included – B, C, D, DD (E)
  • Draped Front woven into purchased Tri-Slide
  • Cross-Front into a Shawl Funnel Neck
  • A very good knowledge of your own personal fitting requirements as the pattern offers the opportunity to fine-tune the fit of your garment – Cup Sizes included.




Suitable Fabrics:

Any weight jersey knit fabrics with some degree of drape are BEST with at least 50 % stretch across fabric and 25% going down the fabric.

  • Rayon and Rayon types
  • Silk and Silk types
  • Bamboo and Bamboo types
  • Cotton and Cotton types
  • Wool and Wool types


After purchase your pattern will be available to download. Ensure that you save your pattern to your computer before printing so you have access to it in the future.

You are purchasing the Donelle Top and Dress.

  • PDF Sewing Instruction Booklet. 25 pages for A4 and US standards.
  • PDF Trim Print at Home Pattern – 87 pages for A4 and US standards.
  • PDF Trimless Print at Home Pattern – 87 pages for A4 and US standards.
  • PDF A0 Copy Shop x 7 Sheets. (you will not need all 7 printed – refer to printing page in sewing instructions to ascertain what sheet you will need printed for your chosen style combinations and appropriate cup size)
  • PDF Supplementary Trim Print at Home Pattern for Half Circle and Pencil Skirt – 28 pages for A4 and US standards.
  • PDF Supplementary Trimless Print at Home Pattern for Half Circle and Pencil Skirt – 27 pages for A4 and US standards.

Layering Feature:

You are able to select one or several different sizes to print and “hide” the sizes you don’t need. Please ensure you check the sizing chart before deciding what sizes to print off.

Visual Help:

URL links and clickable page navigation to resources that help you construct the Donelle.


You are purchasing a digital PDF downloadable product. Due to the nature of this product refunds are not offered.
Please ensure you read the FAQ page before purchase if you are not sure.


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6 reviews for Donelle Top Dress Sewing Pattern (PDF)

  1. Genevieve Grossmann (verified owner)

    Looking at this beautiful design, I felt quite intimidated and wondered if I would ever be able to sew a dress like this, however, with the amazing instructions and following each step, I made Donelle. This is the most elegant dress I own.

  2. Dora Cristina Serrano (verified owner)

    The Donelle is an amazing dress that will make you stand out from the crowd no matter the fabric print you choose to make it in. It’s a gorgeous classic dress with a glamorous twist.
    Packed with options, the pattern has clear instructions and a great design.

  3. gcbnv (verified owner)

    This is a very fun pattern to make, and different than anything I have sewn. I enjoyed making it. I did not have o make any alterations, but I did size down 1 size to get the look I wanted.

  4. kim mcdonald (verified owner)

    Thanks Ann for another amazing pattern that is so beautiful and inclusive with the Curvy sizes included. The options are plentiful and perfect which I have come to expect from you patterns and design. This came together so easily and was so much fun and surprisingly not to difficult to sew. The addition of the buckle detail is so unique and is a great feature and a way to give this dress you own style touch as I see some testers with sparkles and other self covered which is brilliant. Off to find fabric to make a third as I realise 1 Donelle in your wardrobe is NOT enough. Thanks a million

  5. kateness76 (verified owner)

    This is such a fantastic pattern. I’ve made two so far, the first one being more of a wearable toile. But actually I barely needed to make any adjustments to my second version. The super detailed measurements table at the beginning of all Designer Stitch really helps you get a much better fit right from the start, compared to most other patterns. And can I just say how much I love the multi cup sizing. It saves so much time and for me is essential for knits just as much as in woven fabric. I’ll definitely be making more of these dresses because with all the various options you can make each dress / top look very different. My first two versions were short sleeved with 1/2 circle skirts, the next will be with the bishop sleeves and pencil skirt. I just need to find the perfect fabric! Oh and for the belt slider, I found some plain white basic ones on eBay and just use nail polish to paint them the colour I want. Worked really well, just leave them to dry for a decent amount of time.

  6. Vaida Balaseviciute (verified owner)

    I just adore Donelle! It was really a breeze to make, with just a few alterations – and I’ve already made three dresses, one for my 18 y.o. daughter, all three with cap sleeves and circle skirts, but I’m looking forward to making one with bishop sleeves for colder weather

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