Sewing a shift dress (in record time)

Sometimes I make dresses for myself. In fact, I sewed this one not so long ago and it’s become one of my absolute favourites.


If you were ever curious as to what my mum looks like, I’m doing a pretty good impression up there.


There’s not much to this dress. It couldn’t take too much panelling or detail because you’d lose that glorious stain-glass fabric. The trickiest part was deciding where to place the print, apart from that, I just sewed a basic shift from an existing dress.


Actually, the trickiest part was trying to make it home with the same amount of koalas attached to my wrap (that’s leftover Kung Fu Panda fabric by the way, waste not want not). I sometimes wonder why I fuss around so much with patterns when I’m much happier just free-styling.


with Glyn Fussel


About Vanessa

Sewing and assorted nonsense. For reasons that escape me, I left the sunshine and beaches of Australia for the crisps and glitter of London in 2001. I now live in the middle of some kind of feline drop-in centre in East London battling for space to make costumes and clothes. Over on twitter and instagram as @smittenness Email over here ------>
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6 Responses to Sewing a shift dress (in record time)

  1. Emma says:

    I know what you mean about patterns, so fiddly sometimes. I just had to reprint half the pages of a pattern for T-shirt dress because I’d got them mixed up and the pages weren’t numbered. That shift looks great.

  2. Amazing fabric, it really suits you!

  3. Great dress, looks great on. The fabric is lovely. Xx

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