Cadence Dress & Top

50 customer reviews


All Love Notions Sewing Patterns are digital downloads, you may print them at home or send to a copy shop. A physical pattern will not be mailed to you.

The Cadence is a shift-style dress & top meant for wovens. Darts at the bust give the dress shaping, while the ease through the waist and hips give you a comfortable, easy to wear fit. The neckline and arms are finished with facings for easy construction.

Cadence Dress Features:

  • Meant for woven fabrics
  • 3 lengths: shirt, knee length, and maxi
  • Knee length slits on maxi
  • Optional casing for drawstring or elastic
  • 5 sleeve options: tank, short, 3/4, flare and bishop
  • 2 neckline options: scoop and notched scoop
  • Full Bust option

Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Pattern Formats Included:

  • Print at home for US letter & A4 paper, trimless format with layers
  • Large format file for copy shop printing. This file will print on four A0 (33″ x 46″) size sheets. Be sure to instruct your printer to print actual size in black and white on their cheapest paper. We recommend PDFPlotting for printing the large format files.
  • A projector file is also included for those using projector technology

Read more about this pattern on our blog:

cadence neckline and sleeve hacks

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The Cadence dress and top instant downloadable sewing pdf pattern contains:

  • The Cadence dress and top sewing pattern contains pattern pieces for three views: top, knee length dress and maxi dress.
  • Five sleeve options: tank, short, 3/4, flare and bishop.
  • Two neckline options: scoop and notched scoop.
  • Included is a print chart to only print the pages you need for your desired style.
  • In addition to the print-at-home file, a large format file for copy shop printing is also included.
  • Projector file
  • 1 page to customize the fit.
  • 2 pages of inspiration photos from pattern testers.
  • Cutting guide.
  • Marked bust, waist & hip lines to make adjustments a breeze.
  • 9 pages of clear step by step black and white illustrations & color photos.
  • Links to two videos to help with tricky techniques.
  • Optimized for most tablets with links to each part of the pattern. Print only the pattern pieces and use a tablet or computer to read the instructions to save on ink and paper!
  • This pattern has the ability to print just desired size(s) and in addition features trimless pattern assembly! Open the PDF in Adobe, select the layer thumbnail on the left hand menu and then select the size(s) to print. See this tutorial for more information.
  • Designed for both letter and A4 paper printing.
  • Because we value work at home business, feel free to use this pattern in your home sewing businesses.

Size chart

Fabric requirements

Line drawing


May 2022– all files updated to include sizes XS-5X

2/27/2023– all files updated to change flared sleeve piece to be cut 2, no piecing or additional pieces required

9/5/2023– all files updated to fix the front piece labeling to be cut on fold instead of cut 2 mirror image

50 reviews for Cadence Dress & Top

  1. Trista

    So many options packed into one pattern. This is really the perfect dress pattern.

  2. Glenda (verified owner)

    I loved sewing this pattern up for summer. Let’s face it…sometimes you just crave an easy wearing shift dress out of a lovely woven fabric. I found the sizing to be spot on. I was also impressed with how simple the bust adjustments are to make! This is a classic pattern that I will enjoy sewing over and over again!

  3. Kaye (verified owner)

    I am so pleased with this pattern. I had all but given up wearing dresses, let alone making them for myself, until I tried this pattern. It is simple and yet looks good on. I have made 2 knee length, tank dresses and a tank top, with side splits, with a second tank top cut out and ready to sew. The full bust pattern piece makes such a difference to the fit. Thank you for such great pattern.

  4. Elizabeth (verified owner)

    Love this pattern! I made the maxi dress with elastic waist and it is so comfy and flattering. Thank you Tami for all your great patterns and for having such a great size range. As a plus sized customer, I always know your patterns will fit beautifully, be fun to sew and have great instructions and support.

  5. janefarris1 (verified owner)

    I just made my first tank from this pattern. I loves how it turned out. I’m very impressed with the fit, particularly the bust adjustment. The pattern was very easy to piece together. The instructions were very well organized and explained. The only trouble I had involved the tank facing. The link that demonstrates this is broken but I found a good alternate by “Threads Sewing” Other than that, I will be making more items from this pattern.

  6. Susan (verified owner)

    I love this pattern! I have made 2 dresses and a top so far. I will be making more, definitely. The directions are well made and it was an easy project. Highly recommend.

  7. lrain1 (verified owner)

    I love this pattern, I made a sleeveless shirt. The pattern went together very well,the instructions were clear. I will make a sleeveless dress next.

  8. Ronna Plank (verified owner)

    This was the first woven top I ever made and it came out beautifully. The darts and facings are well drafted and the instructions are easy to follow. I was intimidated by woven tops, but this pattern built my confidence and I can’t wait to make the dress version for a classy but simple and comfortable summer dress.

  9. Laura (verified owner)

    This is my go to pattern for summer tops and dresses, I absolutely love it and it is so flattering.

  10. Margaret Eames (verified owner)

    Being in the fuller figure team, I have been reluctant to make tops with woven fabric but took the plunge knowing that Love Notions Patterns were more suitable to my build and had been recommended to me. I made a couple of minor adjustment and now have a lovely top ready for Summer …. or before if the opportunity arises.

  11. lindaclbc (verified owner)

    I made this into a beach cover up. Love it. Easy to make and fits great.

  12. Jaye Holland (verified owner)

    I love how this is so flattering for my figure! An easy sew and looking forward to making more!

  13. Leslie Clanin (verified owner)

    I am so excited to make another Cadence dress. I love it!

  14. Alicia Gutierrez (verified owner)

    A perfect staple dress, I made this several times last summer. Many more to come

  15. candis.wright (verified owner)

    I have made this dress in double gauze and cotton lawn (which I underlined) and I love them both. Easy to understand and thorough instructions made this shift a pleasure to sew.

  16. karilynpittman (verified owner)

    Very nice top for the summer. The darts make it fit nicely.

  17. beinnbhreagh (verified owner)

    I just made the Cadence tank top version using cotton eyelet. I am really pleased with the fit and I only had to make one minor adjustment (I moved the bust dart up about 3/4″). The only complaint I have is regarding the facing for the tank version, as it hits just above my bust line and given how thin my fabric is, it’s definitely noticeable. Granted, I did not shorten the facing pattern piece when I moved my bust dart. I think for thinner fabrics, I would actually make the facing longer in order to completely cover the bust and have the tank be at least partially self-lined. I am already planning ways to put my own touch on the top by manipulating the dart!

  18. Lrain (verified owner)

    This is one of my favourite LN patterns, I have made so many and also did a v neck hack and love them sew much, such a nice cool top for the summer…or under a jacket.

  19. Deb M. (verified owner)

    Great investment sewing. Can add details to make it your own. Tried Karina’s special hacks at Lifting Pins and Needles. I learned sewing techniques and ended up special summer blouses. LN patterns are such a pleasure to sew.

  20. Frances Campbell (verified owner)

    Love this pattern, it’s such a flattering cut and the instructions are clear and easy to follow!

  21. Kathryn King (verified owner)

    Flattering, simple pattern that is open to creativity. I’ve made a pleated version for my daughter and another one for myself using the sleeve hacks posted on the blog. Easy to assemble and finish, though I prefer a bias binding to facings.

  22. laurak4035 (verified owner)

    This is my go to woven tank top pattern and is a must have in my summer wardrobe. The fit is spot on and it is so flattering and comfortable.

  23. Deborah Corbett (verified owner)

    Perfect summer dresses. I have made at least 6 and the fit is perfect every time with LN patterns

  24. carolinep1984 (verified owner)

    Love thag i can dress this up or down, made for a shorter friend it worked just as well on her at 5.5” as me at 6”

  25. Gayle Brown (verified owner)

    I love the fact the there are so many options and size adjustments. I have several more patterns that I will be buying.

  26. janelleemsley (verified owner)

    Such an easy sew that looks great too. Fabulous instructions, made it in less than a day from start to finish.

  27. Ann Lesciotto (verified owner)

    Love this pattern! Have made several tops and just finished a dress. Such a comfortable fit. Love Love Notions patterns.

  28. mlgatward (verified owner)

    This is such a versatile pattern. I have made a summer dress, a sleeveless blouse and used the top to make summer pajamas with the Luna Loungewear bottoms.

  29. jennywood206 (verified owner)

    I love this top. I’ve made several to wear to work.

  30. Lori Jessen (verified owner)

    This pattern makes a lovely dress. The maxi length is just right on me.

  31. nancy-0938 (verified owner)

    Love this pattern. I’ve made several tops. The perfect well-fitting staple for your closet. All of mine have been in linen and all I can say is WOW. I even followed Lifting Pins and Needles suggestion to make a flounce across the back and this pattern is perfect for that. I’d say the Cadence is my most loved pattern of all in my collection.

  32. nancy-0938 (verified owner)

    Love this pattern. I’ve made several tops. The perfect well-fitting staple for your closet. All of mine have been in linen and all I can say is WOW. I even followed Lifting Pins and Needles suggestion to make a flounce across the back and this pattern is perfect for that. I’d say the Cadence is my most loved pattern of all in my collection.

  33. Liz Kebbell (verified owner)

    Stylish loose fitting dress, lovely in linen or viscose and easy to add a lining,

  34. ckbutch (verified owner)

    I love this pattern! I’ve made both tops and dresses, both with a v neck as my preference, plus added patch pockets to the dress. It’s a classic pattern, the perfect shift dress and top. I’d been looking for a pattern like this for a long time. Fit is perfect, no adjustments needed.

  35. Maria Martinez (verified owner)

    My favourite pattern so far, have made many tops with my hoarded stash of quilting fabrics

  36. laurak4035 (verified owner)

    Cadence in a light weight summery fabric is hands down the absolute coolest, and therefore most comfortable, item of clothing to wear on crazy hot days. I live in these dresses whenever the temperature gets too hot and seriously would not be without them in our aussie summers.