The Shift Dress
Posted on Friday the 24th March 2017 by Three Stories High
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.