The Leary Shorts & Dress: Release & Tester Round Up

Written by: Ashley Riley



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Hello fellow sewists!

If you’re on the hunt for a trendy, versatile, and totally customizable sewing pattern, the Leary Dress & Shorts PDF Sewing Pattern from PSCo may just be the one. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned sewist, this pattern is a loaded with all the things we love. With so many design options and sizing for both kids and adults, you can create everything from casual day dresses to chic evening outfits. 

Let’s check out why the Leary Dress should be your next project!

Leary Options & Features

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Square Neck, Princess Seam Bodice

"V" Waist

Twist Back with Keyhole

Micro Mini, Mini, Knee, & Midi Dress Lengths

Optional Front Slit for Midi Length

Pocket Shorts with Contour Waistband & Gusset for Comfort

2" and 3" Short Inseams

The Leary Dress is all about modern style and comfort. The princess seams give it a flattering fit, while the square neckline and V-shaped waistline add the kind of details that make Leary stand out. And let’s talk about the back—featuring a twist design with a keyhole detail, it’s a real showstopper!

Leary features four included lengths—micro mini, mini, knee, and midi. The midi length comes with two versions: a simple hem for classic vibes or a front slit for a bit of elegance. With these options, you can create the perfect dress for any event or mood.

Made for knit fabrics, the Leary Dress & Shorts is a super comfortable set that moves with you, making it perfect for everyday wear. Leary will work with a lot of different knits- anything from athletic knits to cotton lycra to bamboo and double brushed poly. Like with all knit fabrics, the type of fabric you choose can affect the fit, feel, and "vibe" of your garment. Choosing a drapey, dreamy floral print fabric can make the feel like a more romantic summer dress. Meanwhile choosing a sleek athletic knit can make this set perfect for the gym, the tennis courts, pickleball, or more!

The Leary Dress is available in sizes for both Kids and Adults. The Kids sizes includes kids 2T to 10 and Tween sizes 11-17. The Adult sizes ranges from sizes XXS to 5X and includes cup options from A to G/H, accommodating up to a +5" Full Bust Adjustment (FBA). If you want a little extra support, the Adult version offers an optional shelf bra!

Included with both Kids & Adults sizes of the pattern are optional shorties. These shorties come with a contour waistband, a gusset for extra comfort, side pockets, and two inseam lengths. Perfect for layering under your dress or rocking on their own.

How to Style your Leary Dress & Shorts

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The Leary Dress & Shorts is nothing short of versatile! The classic bodice style and separates option makes this a garment you could wear everywhere from the gym, to the mall, to a date night dinner! 

Let's explore how to style your Leary Dress & Shorts!

Casual Day Out:

  • Pair a knee-length Leary Dress with a denim jacket for a relaxed, stylish vibe.
  • Add a back pack to complete the look.

Evening Elegant:

  • Pick the midi length with a front slit for a sophisticated, glamorous look.
  • Pair with high heels, statement jewelry, and a clutch for a perfect evening ensemble.

Summer Fun:

  • The mini or micro mini length is perfect for hot summer days. Rock it with sandals and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Add sunglasses and a tote bag for a cute, sun-ready outfit.


  • Wear the shorties with a tank top and sneakers for a sporty, comfy look.
  • Pair with a crossbody bag for hitting the gym, running errands or lounging around.

Patterns to Pair

Tester Round-Up

As always, we could not make these fabulous patterns without the help of our amazing tester team! We are so grateful for all their help making our visions come to life. 

Let's take a look at all their gorgeous Leary Dresses!

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Meet the Designer

I hope you all love the new Leary Dress & Shorts pattern as much as I loved creating it! Happy sewing, friends!

Ashley R. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What sizes ranges is Leary available in?

The Leary Dress & Shorts is available in both Kids (2T-17) and Adult (XXS-5X) sizing. The Adult version of Leary includes cup sizing for A-G/H Cups (up to a +5" FBA).

What file formats are available for this pattern?

Like with all our newer patterns, you can enjoy A4/Print Pages, A0 File, and Projector formats. 

The projector file for this pattern includes a 1" grid for easy calibration and unfolded/mirrored pieces!

What type of fabrics is Leary drafted for?

Leary is drafted for stretch knits with 50% four way stretch. This pattern will work with lots of different fabrics, anything from an athletic knit to a double brushed poly! Like with most knit patterns, the fabric you choose will affect the fit of the garment so keep that in mind.

What notions needed for this pattern?

For the Kids and Adults version, you can use 1/4" clear elastic to add into the seams. This is optional but adding elastic helps keep the neckline, underarms and straps in place- especially for the Adult version! 

The shelf bra option for the Adults also needs 1" Elastic!