I do like a quick project and I do like a shift dress.
Did you make that recently made a couple of fabulous dresses using the Ultimate Shift Dress pattern from Sew Over It. I had a free Saturday so one very wet day I sloshed my way over there. The shop is in North Clapham and for those of us who live in SE London it is also only ten minutes walk from Brixton station. Whilst I was there I could hear a class going on in the basement but I was in for fabric and a pattern! For a small shop they have a good range, beautifully displayed. I chose some teal triple crepe which is a very intense colour with a nice swing to the drape. I’m not usually a polyester sort of person but I suspect that’s a prejudice born out of my age, artificial fabrics have improved a lot over the years and it’s about time I started to use them.
I measured the pattern against my block and added in about 1.5cm for my broad back and shoulders and about 1cm for my fat arms. I am a very slow sewer and often it’s because I spend too much time faffing around with tracing pattern pieces and making toiles, however this time I decided to be brave and just dive into making the dress. Sometimes it’s important to take your time but this is a simple dress and shifts don’t take much fitting. I found my adjustments meant I needed a bit more fabric than the back of the packet called for – but fortunately I had bought a few extra centimetres so this didn’t matter.
So what did I think of the pattern? Well it’s very simple and quickly comes together. Sew Over It don’t recommend it for beginners but I think most people could handle it.
The dress has a nice shape, more feminine than most shift dresses. If you go to the Sew Over It vlog there is a post Lisa has done showing her shift dress collection which proves how versatile the pattern is. I like the idea of using a lighter material and adding a belt. I might also use it to make some blouses.
The dress is closed with a hook and eye which I have found comes open. I had to add a safety pin the first time I wore the dress but I think I will make a little tab for a button hole when I have a chance. It would be very easy to substitute a zip but I quite like not having one.
This will be a dress I wear a lot and you should expect to see others on this blog!