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Making your own one-of-a-kind garment takes a heck of a lot more time that picking one up at a boutique. With all the hours spent making sure your seams are perfectly aligned and your hem just so, you want to get as much wear out of your sewing project as possible, right? Of course you do! Check out my favorite ideas for extending the life of one of our project patterns – a simple shift dress – and see fun ways you can rock this project all weekend long.

Friday Night: Cocktails with friends after work? With a sleek jacket, killer shoes and interesting accessories you can make your dress project stand out from the crowd.

Jacket by Smythe, shift dress (used throughout) by Michael Kors, necklace by Natalie Brown, shoes by Azzedine Alaia, rings by Natasha Collins and House of Harlow, clutch by Santi.

Saturday Afternoon: A backyard get together calls for easy pieces like flat sandals (or boots) and a cross body bag to hold all your essentials. Dress down your shift with a casual, lightweight jacket.

Bag from Debenhams, necklace from Urban Outfitters, sandals by Chloe, jacket by J. Crew.

Sunday Morning: Spend a Sunday celebrating mom with a classic look that’s dressed up but doesn’t skip on comfort.

Headband by Deepa Gurnani, bag by Gucci, shoes by Repetto, cardigan by Stella McCartney.

Check out some of the great ways BurdaStyle members have crafted their own shift dress projects! It’s amazing how versatile this simple style can be.

smurfette2010’s Flowery Shift Dress, tashmopolitan’s Catch of the Day Shift Dress and rifka’s Harwood Steiger Shift.

janesays13’s Navy Big Floral Shift Dress, sherrys’ Emerald Shift Dress (that is some seriously gorgeous fabric) and catfish101’s Kazakh Dress

Share the details of your dream shift dress – pattern, print, style. How would you dress up (or down) your shift dress project?

All mood board collages done via Polyvore


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    May 11, 2011, 07.16 AMby biljanamne

    Dresses should be an indispensable part of clothing. I love them lately!

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    May 9, 2011, 05.41 AMby dj1

    my next project im working on now a cream colored in roma ponte knit and a fuschia stretch cotton sateen on :)

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      May 9, 2011, 11.56 AMby rogue-cellist

      I look forward to seeing it. I’m always a little wary of bright colours but wish I was game enough to go with them. Stretch cotton sateen is a fantastic fabric for dresses. I scored enough for another dress in navy blue for $3 from the remnants box at my local Spotlight today :-)

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    May 8, 2011, 09.31 AMby rogue-cellist

    I’m in the middle of making a shift dress right now- in a black stretch cotton sateen (comfortable, breathable and chic) with red silk piping at the neckline and the 2 front decorative seam lines. I’ll be accessorising that one with a pair of black heels and my academic robes and mortarboard :-) Grad this week.

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    May 8, 2011, 05.49 AMby debbie777

    I liked reading this article. I like the use of different accessories and key clothing items to change the look of the dress :)

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    May 7, 2011, 02.53 AMby kelepso

    Love the styling and the embedded options to share and save photos. Very cool!

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    May 6, 2011, 09.42 PMby cooi

    Cool. Burda should make one available with a small circle skirt.

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      May 6, 2011, 09.46 PMby powpetje

      I’m currently making something like that with a circle skirt :)

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    May 6, 2011, 09.42 PMby cooi

    Cool. Burda should make one available with a small circle skirt.

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