Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress (Intermediate)

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Want to start dressmaking but don’t know where to begin? The Ultimate Shift Dress would make an ideal first project!

The pattern is designed with beginners in mind, and will guide you through the basics of dressmaking. Learn how to create bust darts and attach all-in-one facings like a pro. With no tricky zips or buttonholes to master, simply pop the dress on over your head and fasten with a hook and eye.

But don’t forget, with loads of options for customisation, including adding sleeves, sleeve frills and turning the dress into a top, there is plenty of scope for a more advanced dressmaker to play around and have fun!

Sewing Level

The Ultimate Shift Dress is a beginner level sewing pattern.

Fabric Suggestions

The Ultimate Shift Dress is an extremely versatile pattern when it comes to fabric. Most light or medium weight woven fabrics, such as cotton, linen, rayon, viscose, wool, crepe or even silk (if you’re feeling adventurous!) will work. Just remember that slippery fabrics are harder to sew!

Fabric Requirements

The Ultimate Shift Dress sewing pattern comes in UK sizes 8-20. See the chart for details on fabric requirements. 

Like all Sew Over It patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.

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  • 5
    Great pattern

    Posted by Cheryl Tappenden on 29th Jul 2017

    Loved this pattern easy to follow instructions, went together really well plan to make a lot more, really enjoyed making this dress.

  • 5
    Great Pattern

    Posted by Mo on 23rd Apr 2016

    This is a really good pattern for beginners or "improvers" to make. The instructions are very clear - a really good basic shift dress but with optional nice details at neckline & sleeve.