A modern classic that you'll make and wear forever, these gorgeous styles are designed for firm dress weight fabrics like heavy crepe, washed linen, heavy sueded silk, drape-y rayon, supple real or faux suede and lightweight denims.
Semi-fitted, slightly dropped waist Dress or Top has center front & back seams, and an optional center back or side seam invisible zipper and lining. For the bodice, choose from a gently scooped jewel neckline with horizontal bust darts, or a shallow V-neck with French darts, and add your choice of 3/4 or short two-piece sleeves. skirt is a gentle a-line, which finishes just below the knee on the dress; the top finishes with a hip-length peplum.
Wear this super-cool dress for work, for the weekend or a fun night out; and try the top with your favorite jeans, a killer pencil skirt, or a slim or wide-legt straight-cut pant.
For sizes 6-8-10-12-14-16 you’ll need around 2 yards/1.83m for the short sleeved dress, and 1 3/4 yards/ 1.62 m fabric for the 3/4 sleeved top; add the same amount in lining of you are lining your garment.
For sizes 18-20-22-24-26 you’ll need around 2 3/8 yards / 2.18m fabric for the short sleeve dress, and 2 yards/ 1.83 m fabric for the 3/4 sleeved top; add the same amount in lining of you are lining your garment.
You’ll also need around ½ yard / 46 cm of fusible interfacing; a 22" or 55cm invisible zipper (for the center back) or a 16" or 40cm invisible zipper (for the side seams) are optional.
All fabric amounts are for 60”/150cm wide fabric.
Posted by tamar stone on 17th Jul 2013
just made my fifth version of plain and simple essential shift dress
i have one more cut out and ready to sew. i have used rayon challis, linen, and silky polyester. it has worked well for all of them.
get the most wonderful compliments--many thanks!
i am 51, mother of many children and i work from home. it has been difficult to find comfy yet classic looking styles to wear, which don't make me look like an over-age teenager or frumpy matron. this one is the best!!
Posted by Karen on 19th Feb 2013
I did a great job with this pattern, if I might say so myself. It was the first time I did so much top stitching, and it worked out wonderfully. I almost skipped that part of the instruction, but am so glad I did.
I can't wait to use it again with a completely different fabric!
Posted by Sharon on 16th Nov 2012
I like this very much and made it into a dress. My only issue with the design is the horizontal line across the front is exactly where it accentuates my falling chest. I added another stitched line 3 inches above and approximately 3 inches shorter to the dress. It fits beautifully and is very comfortable.
Posted by Rose Sogge on 4th Oct 2012
I love the style, so I give it 45 stars. I was so happy when it came. However (big surprise!!)there were no instructions in the envelope. I'm an advanced intermediate, so I'll probably get the job done. But it is so much easier with guidelines. For instance, how do you sew the bust dart? Haven't unpacked it yet, so it might just be obvious.
BTW, I love your YouTube videos.
Posted by Margaret Folsom on 25th Jun 2012
I made this dress out of a medium weight linen print a couple of weekends ago, and wore it to work on Monday. I got compliments all day long. It looks professional without being stuffy, and is super comfortable. I pre-sewed a muslin, and a couple of very simple alterations made it fit like a dream. I just picked out a very different fabric to make another one.