Women's Shift Dress + Top Sewing Pattern
This loose shift is both comfortable and elegant, the perfect wardrobe staple. Choose from three different lengths: a cropped top, above-the-knee dress, or calf-length dress with side slits. The top has a plain back, while the dress has added fullness from back gathers. Patch pockets, waist tie, and three quarter length sleeve options are included. Neck is finished with an easy-to-sew facing.
Sizes: US Women's sizes 0-22. Model is 5'11" tall and a size 4 and is wearing a 4 in the top and a 0 in the dress (dress has more ease than top). The oversized fit makes it possible to size down, but the bicep needs at least 3" ease for comfort. Finished garment measurements are included in the pattern.
Printed pattern: tissue paper pattern sheet and 6.5"x 8.5" instruction booklet with black and white illustrations and color photos in a 7"x 9"recycled paper envelope.
PDF: links to download 4 files (expires after 5 attempts for each file)- instructions with color photos and black and white line-drawn illustrations, print-at-home pattern pieces that will print on US letter or size A4 paper and will need to be taped together, and copy shop versions for both 36" wide and A0 sized paper.
Materials (*yardage requirements shown in Size Chart*, see here for Metric):
-light to medium weight fabric with good drape, such as brushed cotton, gauze, voile, lawn, flannel, chambray, linen, silk crepe, charmeuse, silk noil, rayon
-1/4 yd lightweight fusible interfacing to add structure to neck facing (optional)
See here for an article on choosing your size that shows the Shift on different body types in different sizes.