HP 1136 Plain & Simple Essential Shift Dress & Top

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*This is the classic paper pattern version;
if you want the print-at-home version on
A4 sized paper, get it here; if you need
the print-at-home version on letter
paper, you can get it here.*

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-leg straight-cut pant.




Shopping List

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.




9 Reviews
  • 4
    A great casual dress

    Published by Lulu on 18th Sep 2018

    This was my first from hotpatterns. It was an easy make that I will use again. I suggest doing the topstitching after sewing the side seams because doing it before is two more lines that might not match up exactly, hence the four stars. I made a muslin, my first ever, because this is a new company to me. I’m glad I did - I ended up adding an inch to the back, making a perfectly comfortable fit. Also, the videos hotpatterns does to go with (many? all?) patterns are fabulous. They’re well done and entertaining. I’ve already bought and made a second pattern!

  • 4
    Very easy to wear dress

    Published by Unknown on 30th Dec 2016

    Great pattern. Good fit and also very easy to adapt the pattern to fit.

  • 5
    Excellent Choice

    Published by Unknown on 26th Oct 2016

    I looked everywhere for a simple dress pattern with a slightly dropped waist, and finally found it on Hot Patterns. It had multiple sizes in it which made it easy to customize. Dress was used to make a 1920's flapper dress with stretch satin, trim and fringe and it turned out fabulous!
    Thank You!

  • 5
    Classy! Comfortable!

    Published by Beryl on 19th Aug 2015

    I made a red med/heavy linen and lined it. Did the extra top stitching in matching colour which gave it the more expensive look.
    I needed to take it in down the side seams on my muslin, and shortened the sleeves.
    I absolutely love this dress and will be making it many times in many fabrics..I know!

  • 5
    wow! wow! wow!

    Published 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!!

  • 5
    Looks professional with not much effort!

    Published 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!

  • 5
    I give this 4.5 stars, nice design and very easy to alter if necessary and sew.

    Published by Sharon on 16th Nov 2012

    HP 1136
    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.

  • 5
    Plain and simple

    Published 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.

  • 5
    Sure to be a classic

    Published 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.

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