My all time favourite style of dress is the shift dress in its varies forms. By far the biggest selection of shift dress patterns I own, and use, are the 1960's shift styles - so many variations with collars, inseam pockets, different seam lines and sleeve lengths.

So it was definitely a shift dress style I needed for my Minerva make this month. I thought the fish on this Dressmaking Fabric would be smaller. I was going to make a seamed wrap skirt but I needed a pattern that would not break up the fish image too much. Who wants to wear a skirt covered in headless fish? 

The fabric is a linen and viiscose blend, perfect for a shift dress. I have not lined it but the facings and the bias binding hem all help it to hang well.

This pattern is a free shift dress pull out from a Prima magazine from years ago, but there are plenty of Shift Dress ewing Patterns to choose from at Minerva. I know when I cut this that all the darts are in the right place from the last time I made it.

My latest alteration to the pattern is to adjust for a swayback. I can do this regularly on patterns now at the cutting stage by folding a triangle wedge out of the waist on the back paper pieces. This fitting technique eliminates pooling around the waist and shoulders. You can find a tutorial for it here.

This is going to be a work staple and joins my other shift dress from the same pattern. That is me with my imaginary fishing rod - can you tell? - larking about in the bathroom trying to get a picture.

Thanks Minerva for some fine quality materials.

Jo xxxxx