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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.

Material Notes

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.



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Garment Type
Beach, Business, Casual, Classic, Preppy
Corduroy, Cotton, Blends, Denim, Eyelet, Flannel, Leather/Fur, Linen, Polyester, Rayon, Silk, Suiting, Velvet, Wool

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    Jun 7, 2012, 10.09 AMby bohemiannow


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      Jun 7, 2012, 03.10 PMby Angela Kane

      Thank you very much!

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    May 31, 2012, 04.26 PMby Ravince

    fa——-bu—-loussssss. that s d word.

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      Jun 6, 2012, 09.09 AMby Angela Kane

      Thanks so much. These lovely comments are very encouraging.

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    May 29, 2012, 12.11 PMby RedDynamica

    love the effect!

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      Jun 6, 2012, 09.08 AMby Angela Kane

      Thank you so much. Yes I think it works well for linen.

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    May 28, 2012, 09.51 PMby libra-s

    It’s stylish and cool for sumer days!

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      Jun 6, 2012, 09.08 AMby Angela Kane

      Thanks so much for the comment.

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    May 27, 2012, 07.19 AMby janene

    I like this a lot…. and I love a linen dress!

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      May 28, 2012, 01.05 PMby Angela Kane

      Same here. I nearly always end up choosing classic fabrics – you just can’t go wrong with them.

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    May 27, 2012, 05.18 AMby ronnielee

    This looks fabulous! Just yesterday, I came across your site and enjoyed your videos on how to make the pinafore dress..

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      May 28, 2012, 01.04 PMby Angela Kane

      Thank you so much. Yes, the pinafore video was one of my first efforts. I have a lot planned and I think I have improved. I get lots of encouragement from BurdaStyle followers. I’m very grateful.

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    May 27, 2012, 02.24 AMby schnui

    This is a lovely dress and would be perfect for a Brisbane summer. I really liked your web page as well and I think the instructions and patterns are so well done. I think I will sign up very soon.

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      May 28, 2012, 01.02 PMby Angela Kane

      That’s great. Thanks so much. I will look forward to you joining as a Member at some time.

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    May 27, 2012, 12.48 AMby dottty

    Always love your stuff jj:)x

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    May 26, 2012, 10.54 PMby elloradanan

    It is so nice!

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    May 26, 2012, 08.41 PMby Hugs-and-Kisses

    I’d be terrified to do the top stitching by hand but I love the effect :D

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      May 28, 2012, 12.59 PMby Angela Kane

      It really is easy to do. Once you get into a rhythm it’s almost impossible not to do it evenly. It’s only tacking/basting stitches really.

      Use a sharp tapestry needle because the thread is thick and that will make a big enough hole so there is no tugging.

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    May 26, 2012, 04.50 PMby Mary Athey

    looks fab, well done x

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      May 28, 2012, 12.57 PMby Angela Kane

      Thank you for your compliment

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    May 26, 2012, 04.10 PMby Eva Iwakki

    revelation :)

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      May 26, 2012, 04.24 PMby Angela Kane

      Thanks so much for commenting.

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    May 26, 2012, 04.01 PMby Denim Skirts Etc

    I love this dress. Thanks for passing on the tips about saddle stitching – I was wondering how you did this!

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      May 26, 2012, 04.24 PMby Angela Kane

      Thanks so much. Yes, saddle stitch is really easy and always looks classy I think.

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    May 26, 2012, 03.43 PMby orchiddream

    Terriffic dress!

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      May 26, 2012, 03.51 PMby Angela Kane

      Thank you. It’s perfect for looking cool in the heatwave we are experiencing in the UK at the moment.

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