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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Easy Shift Dress

Hello everyone,
Today I'd love to show you my new dress that I made last week. It is a lovely shift dress with pocket and easy to sew. The original pattern has triangle cutout in the front, but I skip it. Before I explain more about the detail, let's take a look of the final dress. I am wearing it today for MMMay'16 Day 12, the picture taken in one of the small streets in Old Taipa Village - Macau :)  

For the fabric, I used 1.75 yards of light weight denim jersey knit and for the pattern, I used BurdaStyle Triangle Cutout Dress 08/2014#117 size 36. Beside skipping the triangle cutout, I added 1.5 cm in the shoulder at the neckline and drew a new line of the neckline. Also I added 2 cm at the waist, then drew a new line from the armhole down to the hemline. As I want the dress length right on my knee, I added 3 cm from the original pattern with 2 cm hem allowance and 1.5 cm seam allowance in all edges.
image source from BurdaStyle
I really enjoyed sewing this dress, it was an easy process because the dress came with three pattern pieces, front-back and pocket.
The process started by sew both shoulder right sides together followed by sew inseam pockets. Then I sew the dress sides very carefully so I don't sew the pockets.
After the pockets done, I sew the sleeves by folded to the wrong side 1.5 cm and topstitched around.
For the neckline, I folded the neckline fabric to the wrong side 1.5 cm and sew around with twin needle.
After all above done, I sew the hemline with twin needle as well. In this case I used 2 cm hem allowance.
The dress finished! But after I tried it, I felt something was missing. Honestly, the dress doesn't have a shape, it looks like I am wearing a potato bag :)
Then I decided to sew two pieces of tape 60 cm long x 2.5 cm wide with pointy end. I inserted the tape 16 cm in the top of the pocket and sew it. After that, I tied them in the back, as shown in the picture below. 
Well, the result is great! It does add the volume in the dress :)
After all, I really love this dress! It is very comfortable and perfect to wear in summer. Beside this dress, I already made three tops based on this pattern with a little change in each top. I will show you in the future post.
Okay, here are more pictures of the finished dress. Front, back, side, the closer look of the neckline and pocket :)



Happy Sewing!

Resource:
How To Sew Inseam Pocket from Warehouse Fabric Inc.

29 comments:

  1. Hana, we are both wearing our shift dresses! Your fabric for the win! It just looks so chic, but I know how comfortable it must be!

    Love the belt at the back! xo

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    1. We are a team :) It is very comfortable and easy to wear, I can not get enough of shift dress :)

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    2. Thank you for a lovely comment, Sue :)

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  2. Just perfect - simple styles beautifully sewn, as yours are, always look good. And I love the setting - Old Taipa Village looks very pretty.

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    1. Thank you Sarah Liz. Old Taipa village is looking great now, shops and restaurants are growing like mushroom :)

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  3. Hello dear Hana!
    This is a very nice dress. You look very beautiful.
    Have a happy weekend!
    LG Carolin

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  4. Amazing post, dear! :)
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    1. Thank you for lovely comment and having time to read :) Have a lovely day, Vesna.

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  5. It looks lovely, the perfect easy to wear summer dress. You co-ordinate very well with the walls in Old Taipa too! Regards, Trish

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    1. Hello Trish, thank you so much :) It is perfect to wear in summer, especially I am living in the place with high humidity.

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  6. Hana, this is very pretty and suits you so well.

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    1. Thank you, dear :) Love your new dress as well.

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  7. It's lovely! and I like how you've photographed it against those lovely pink walls :)

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  8. Perfect little dress for your summer. I love the tie at the back and the neckline is just right.

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    1. Thank you Kathy. Have a lovely day and happy sewing to you :)

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  9. A lovely practical dress you will wear over and over. This style so suits you also

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  10. Simple yet stylish. This dress is very nice Hana and the tie belt at the back is a lovely detail.

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    1. Thank you Jean for a lovely comment 😊

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  11. What a pretty dress, and lovely photoshoot!

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  12. What a pretty dress! It looks comfortable, easy to wear yet stylish. The tie in the back really gives the dress a pulled together 'look' and was a perfect solution. Beautiful setting! Have a great day! :)

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    1. Thank you Lisa. I am enjoying your MMM outfit everyday. Have a great day and happy sewing!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a lovely day, Sara.

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  14. Cute dress! Fit looks great!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Welcome to Velvet Ribbon! :)

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