Monday, September 25, 2017

Some More Shifts! Variations for fit and figure

I hope you will pardon me for offering another post on  shift dresses. I enjoy looking at all the options. I find it to be a comfortable dress for times when you don't want the more figure-outlining styles.  I think some of us are desiring to see some looser clothing offered and worn.  These are my suggestions for summer coolness and possible layering for winter warmness.  They are modest with high necks, sleeves, and hemlines below the knees.

You will notice that adornments are very simple.  It is an easy style to accessorize.  Check out  jewelry in the illustrations.  Jackets would certainly be an option for fall, winter and spring.  Sweaters worn under or over would work for layering.

There is such a variety of shift patterns available both from the major pattern companies as well as individual pattern designers.   One of the reasons that it is back in popularity is that it offers short skirts and ease of sewing.  Fortunately the skirts are adaptable to increasing the width and length at the hemline.

These offerings are not as quick sewing  as the jiffy dresses although they are simple in design and should not take long to put together.

Just surfing through a small amount of individual designers, I have found an endless variety  of shift  styles!  These again are designed for women of all shapes.  Some give more figure ease as well as style.

The Pleat Detail Dress

The Utility Dress

 The above are from The Maker's Atelier.She has other dress patterns offered that would work as shifts.

Anna Maria offers a couple fun styles!
A roomier style yet an easy pattern to make by Anna Marie Horner.
This hem could easily be lengthened.

The Cabin Dress

The Cabin Dress with angled pockets.

Cabin back view

Renovations to the Cabin Dress.

Here is a fuller-skirted dress with big side pockets.

The RushCutter

The pattern information is on this site.

This Fulwood Dress offers several variations.  The pictures below are from students who made this in the classes offered at the designer's shop.


The Trapeze Dress by Merchant and Mills

Anna Pattern available here

A few of the simpler styles below:

Suitable for complete beginners! Dress with kimono sleeves, subtly cinched thanks to princess seams in the back, adorned with a bust pocket.

This one is called the Arum Dress by Deer and Doe.

 It is a basic shift with fitted back seam.

Downloadable patterns from the Tessuti Site.


This skirt is slightly gathered at the hem.

The dress in this pattern was popular several years ago as it had neck variations.  Maybe some of you might have this in your pattern stash.

This dress has raglan sleeves similar to the one above but not a gathered neckline.

The Prism Dress

Back to basics again.

These 3 above are from the Colette Laurel pattern.  You can see how women have made them their own at this site.

The following  patterns for the Camber Dress are from Merchant and Mills.  You can check out the Pinterest site here as some of these dresses are from that site.

Below are examples from Pinterest of the Staple Dress from April Rhodes.

I hope you have been able to enjoy a shift dress.  I have a simple one in the making from New Look 6500 in denim.  It will be for winter wear as I like to layer for comfort.

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our  Lord Jesus Christ.  Galatians 1:3


R's Rue said...

Great color.

messy bessy said...

I really like the long dress, with the white belt, near the bottom of this post. You say it is a Staple Dress, but when I go to the April Rhodes site I can't find it. They are all short and of the "hi/low" variety. Please instruct!

Janet said...

I thought it looked very nice also. It is a Staple Dress, however, the seamstress used a long skirt pattern and attached it where the bodice has the shirring. I found this one the Pattern Review site:
If you are a member you can read her comments.