Added May 29, 2012
by Angela Kane
London, United K...
This is another dress I made a little while ago. I thought I would promote the idea that you can do a lot with a basic shift pattern. A perfect dress for a summer barbecue or a beach picnic.
The printed Embroidery Anglais fabric (also known as Eyelet) was a bargain from my local fabric shop at under £2 per metre.
I used my Classic Shift Pattern No. 763. I cheated and just overlocked and turned in and machined the neck and armhole edges. I cut the remaining fabric into strips, 10" wide or so and joined them into one length and neatened the edges.
I quickly gathered it all using a gathering foot. Get one, they are brilliant. You can adjust the fullness by the length of the stitch and it just magically gathers as you stitch.
I then just draped the gathers from the shoulder and around the shift adjusting it to make best use of the flounce. I attached the flounce by machining from underneath the gathered fabric so that it stood away from the under-shift a little.
I finished with a floppy sash bow – I left a gap in the gathers to thread the sash through at waist level.
The Classic Shift pattern is one of 25 patterns available to Full Members of my Website.
I will be adding more patterns and in-depth sewing videos soon. It’s a great start for novice sewers and I think I have enough to interest more experienced sewers as well. My Summer Linen Coat pattern is nearing completion.
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