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Simply Shift: The Everyday Reversible

Added Nov 21, 2014

by grosgrain

Harrisburg, Penn...






So I promised more versions of last Tuesday’s pattern. Get the full pattern and tutorial in that post! This is the newest version and there will be even more perhaps this weekend. I bought the fabric. It’s happening.

This is actually one dress, one reversible dress. I called it the “Everyday” frock because it’s made of knit and is super comfy. I decided to make it reversible because a lot of the knit I come across is very thin and see-through so you have to add some kind of extra material behind it. This kind of kills two birds with one stone.

Some things to mention about this reversible knit dress. When I sewed the contrasting stitches on the front I used a “knit stitch”. It looks like this on your sewing machine:

This way the stitches were more stretchy AND they showed up thicker on the material. Also, you can’t just follow the same directions of the original pattern. You’re basically sewing two dresses and then attaching them at the neckline. However you can’t sew the front and back bodices of each dress before you sew the necklines together. It’s a bit more complicated but in the end you have two completely different dresses which makes it worth it. I didn’t sew the hems to the other dress. That was just too much for my small brain. So I simply hemmed them separately and it was just fine. The only place where the dresses attach to each other is at the neckline.

I loved both looks equally. I usually have a favorite. I liked the contrast of the preppy black plaid and bling of the necklace. But for comfort I would choose the zigzag dress since you don’t wear any shirt underneath it. I bought the super cute knit fabric at JoAnn’s. It’s called Doodles Sofia. See it here. Online there’s only the orange, pink and grey version but my local store also had the turquoise, navy, pink and beige version I used for this dress.

Also, if it bothers you, be sure the pattern on your fabric lines up in the center when you cut your material. Otherwise it will be off centered like mine. I don’t mind but I can see why some might so I just wanted to mention it. Also, I found that this (below) was the best way to arrange your pattern on the fabric so that you don’t have to buy more than a yard. The back piece is on the fold and the front is along the edge. The sleeve just fits between them. Of course if you weren’t using patterned fabric you could turn the sleeve 90 degrees for an easier fit.

Material Notes

cotton knit




Spring, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Mod, Preppy

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    Nov 23, 2014, 10.11 AMby zora

    I’m not a huge fan of reversible clothes but I like both versions of your dress. And I’d like to thank you for the pattern, it looks very versatile.

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    Nov 22, 2014, 10.36 AMby floralgirl

    I like both these versions. – great lighting and photography too.

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