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Angela Kane - Having Fun with the Basic Shift Pattern

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.

Thank you to everyone from BurdaStyle who supports my site and my YouTube channel – allowing me to offer browsing and content free from advertising.





Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Rock, Romantic
Cotton, Eyelet, Organza, Silk, Taffeta, Tulle

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    May 31, 2012, 08.38 PMby dottty

    Very cute jj:)x

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      Jun 6, 2012, 09.10 AMby Angela Kane

      Thanks dotty. Yes, cute’s the word!

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