Angela Kane's Very Basic Shift
Added May 26, 2012
by Angela Kane
London, United K...
I made this dress a while ago. The fabric is pure linen and I think illustrates what you can do with a very simple shape and a little imagination. The saddle stitching is just two strands of top-stitching thread, sewn by hand. You will be surprised how easy it is to get the stitching even. The crescent shaped pockets and the wide sash complete a look that is fit for all occasions.
I am working on a great Summer Coat pattern which I have made up in linen in several colours. This shift is a perfect partner.
Linen is the fabric of the moment. Don’t be put off by the fact that it is inclined to crease. I love the way linen is easy to care for and is so comfortable. There is nothing smarter than freshly pressed linen. To avoid creasing make sure you pick loose styles, unbutton coats and jackets before you sit and make sure you smooth the fabric as you sit down (just like you were told at Finishing School!)
I shall be adding a new video devoted to lining techniques shortly for my Full Members.
Please visit my site angelakane.com
Many of you, I know, are already Members. I believe that with simple patterns and techniques you can achieve stunning results.
The Classic Summer Coat pattern will be available very soon.
Linen is best if it is lined. You can make this with or without a zip. It is roomy enough to go over the head but if you would rather step in then add a zip.