Printed Shift Dress
What is a Shift dress: A shift dress refers to a simple, short, above-the-knee dress. The bust is usually fitted with darts and the skirt is either cut straight or with a narrow A-line. The dress lacks a defined waistline and the neckline is usually a fairly high scoop neck or boat neck. The dress is typically sleeveless, although short-sleeve and long-sleeve versions are also popular. Courtesy of Ask.com
When I set eyes on this fabric, I immediately thought of a shift dress. A simple silhouette dress where I could showcase the printed fabric as well as the bordered hemline.
I used the top from New Look 6083 to create the look that I wanted. I wanted the hemline of the dress to stop above my knee showcasing the bordered hemline.
Alterations : I added 10 inches to the hemline and I also did my usual 3/8 " RB (round back) alteration.
Since my choice of fabric was a polyester crepe, which is very lightweight I needed to add a full lining to help the garment drape properly on me without clinging.
When the garment was partially constructed and I tried it on, I realized that it was too long and the border print would not stop above my knee as I wanted. So I decided to shorten the hemline by creating two horizontal folds (pleats) right above the border to shorten the dress. I folded the pleats and stitched it in place all the way around. This solved the problem instantly and added an unexpected design detail to this dress.
I love this dress and I am very satisfied with the outcome and it passed the wearability test with flying colors. I did use this pattern to my another Shift dress which I will post later this week. I will be using this pattern again in the near future.