HP 1201 DL Fast & Fabulous Montpellier Dress

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*This is the print-at home version on A4 and letter
sized paper; A0 and Arch E sizes coming soon.
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For easy everyday dressing, for low-key
off duty
chic, for those days when you have
look pulled together but you need to be
choose this fabulous throw-on-&-go dress.

style is perfect for fluid and drape-y woven
or knit
fabrics like a stable double or single jersey,
crepe, lightweight ponte, washed linen, crinkled
cotton gauze, sueded charmeuse or heavy rayon challis.

Semi-fitted, unlined, pull-on dress has a slightly slouchy
but controlled balloon silhouette, with side seam-underarm
panels for a trim bodice and superior fit. Dress features
Dior darts, a jewel neckline and below-elbow-length cut-on
sleeves with a slit; in-seam pockets & raglan shoulder pads
are optional. Dress finishes at mid calf with a narrow hem.

This effortlessly modern dress is one that looks gorgeous
with a flat or low heel, but it also works beautifully with a
chunky wedge of you prefer more height. Depending on
your fabric choices, this is a true year-round style, and it’s
super-simple to dress it up or down, you know how to do it!
Add some fab footwear, a soft oversized bag, your shades,
a billowy scarf & some low-key bijoux...then you’re easily
and beautifully dressed for your day & out of that door...

Shopping List

All sizes 6-8-10-12-14-16-18-20-22-24-26 will need around
2 3/4 yards or 252cm fabric; you’ll also need 1/4 yard/ 45cm
each of fusible interfacing and lining or similar for the pockets.

A pair of small (less than ½” or 1.25cm deep) raglan shoulder
pads are optional.

All fabric amounts are for 60" or 150cm wide fabric.


  • 4
    montpellier dress

    Posted by Tamar on 30th Mar 2021

    I had a piece of silk charmeuse that was asking for a drapey dress design. I found this pattern and thought the two would go well together. the only alteration to the pattern design that i wanted was to have longer sleeves. That was easily fixed, altho my fabric was only 50 inches wide, so i had to do some piece-work to make the sleeves long enough. the pieces went together very well. i didn't put in pockets as i thought it would detract from the silky drapey effect. once it was together, I noticed that the dart points ended further up on the bust than i preferred--which was odd considering that i have a 38D bust, so i thought if anything the bust darts would fall too short...since i only lengthened the sleeves as is, they came out wider at the wrist than i prefer, but this was remedied by putting in a bit of elastic, forming a very nice subtle bell-sleeve bottom. overall, i love the fit and the look. i am definitely going to dig into my stash for some drapey rayon and make this again.

  • 5
    Modern classic

    Posted by Beryl on 29th Jun 2016

    Interesting side panel that runs from hem up under the arm to sleeve hem. I love the hidden pockets. I made it up in a heavyish fabric to my regular length. Will make this again in different fabrics.

  • 5
    Great dress

    Posted by C Samples on 19th Apr 2016

    I finally found a pattern that is relaxed, yet sill lean enough to be flattering on my frame. I particularly found the Dior dart flattering. I've made this in a floaty silk and am planning to make others. The instructions were easy to follow.

  • 5
    Fun, fab and fast

    Posted by Anita Smith on 19th Apr 2016

    Great dress that works for a wide range of place to wear. Easy to sew and fit even for someone who is short under five foot like myself.