Today I’m so excited to share one of my very first printable clothing patterns! I’m so grateful AllFreeSewing picked it up and featured this shift dress pattern on their website HERE.
The shift dress is a simple, straight-cut dress that became popular in the 1960s. It was a departure from the fitted and structured styles of the previous decades and was embraced as a symbol of the youth-oriented, free-spirited counterculture of the era. This simple dress style was famously worn by style icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, and Twiggy. It works for basically all body types. Today, the shift dress remains a timeless and versatile piece in many women’s wardrobes, often updated with modern touches while still retaining its classic shape. Which I decided to do my own ruffly version of!
This little spring shift dress makes me so proud because I dreamed it up from start to finish, and then was also able to convert that pattern to a simple pdf form so you can print it off from any standard printer at home. All you need for this free sewing pattern is that printer, a sewing machine, and basic sewing supplies. It is the ideal first project for the beginner sewist learning the basics of dressmaking!
As a creative person (and not necessarily a techy person) learning the new software to create this shift dress pattern for you was all-consuming for a little bit. However, I’m so glad I did and am even more excited to make designs for you in the future. What should we create together next?
In the meantime, CLICK HERE to test out this free shift dress pdf pattern and let me know what you think!
Ruffle Sleeve Dress Details
This cute dress comes with a super-simple and free printable pattern and step by step tutorial that can be completed in about two hours. The waist sash defines your waist in a comfortable way that completely takes the guesswork out of sewing the perfect fit. No bust darts, or tricky zips and waist dart things to do. If you aren’t a fan of sleeve frills you can opt for simple short sleeves instead.
This diy shift dress is an extremely versatile pattern! You can also lengthen and shorten the hemline of this DIY dress for loads of options. You can create midi dresses, maxi dresses, and the mini dress pictured in this tutorial. That’s the joy in handmade clothes after all right? You get to add your own personality and hack the pattern pieces to make it your own pattern. There’s plenty of scope! This is the ultimate shift dress sewing pattern.
As for fabric requirements, a lightweight polyester, cotton, or linen will work beautifully and give you the best results. I chose a Crepe Satin to sew the photographed dress and love the drape and texture it provides. This digital pattern is going to be your new best friend.
-Get The FREE Dress Pattern HERE-
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