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I haven’t sewn clothing for years. Can someone please explain the difference between a Shift dress and a Sheath dress? Thanking you in advance. Jinnr

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    Dec 29, 2016, 02.58 AMby cowlady1990

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    Apr 19, 2018, 06.54 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    I’m pretty sure a sheath dress is fitted, so it fits you like a sheath does a sword; and a shift dress is less fitted at the waist. I think women used to wear them on their shifts at work, so they had to be comfortably fitting, but still smart :)

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    Apr 24, 2018, 07.50 PMby jenss-1

    A shift typically has very little fitting, except perhaps bust darts. It usually has no waist seam and may be more of an A-line shape. Think late 60s mini dress. A sheath is usually very fitted, with a fitted bust darts, possibly waist darts, and it may or may not have a waist seam. It is usually about knee length and emphasizes an hour-glass shape. Think of a slim and elegant 50s cocktail dress, as just one example.

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