The Ultimate Shift Dress is a beginner level sewing pattern. No prior dressmaking is required, although if you want to have a go at something even easier, try the Ultimate Pyjamas.
Fancy some extra help?
If you’d like some extra help, the Ultimate Shift Dress (and two other patterns!) is also available as part of our Beginners Guide to Dressmaking online class on Stitch School, which comes with both video tutorials as well as illustrated written instructions.
Need a helping hand with your Ultimate Shift Dress, or fancy having a go at a pattern hack? Head over to our Ultimate Shift Dress Sewalong!
The Ultimate Shift Dress is an extremely versatile pattern when it comes to fabric. Most light or medium weight woven fabrics, such as cotton, linen, rayon, viscose, wool, crepe or even silk (if you’re feeling adventurous!) will work. Just remember that slippery fabrics are harder to sew!
The Ultimate Shift Dress sewing pattern comes in UK sizes 8-20. See the chart for details on fabric requirements.
Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.
What will I receive?
The downloadable pattern file contains:
- printable pattern (in both tiled print-at-home and copyshop format)
- illustrated printable instruction booklet
- imperial/metric conversion size chart
- copyshop permission letter
The Ultimate Shift Dress sewing pattern is 32 pages long or 2 A0 copyshop pages.
If you purchase the PDF Pattern + Copyshop Printing option, you will also receive your pattern printed on A0 paper in the post. Find out more about our PDF Printing Service here.
So what is a PDF pattern?
A PDF pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home on A4 or US letter paper. Alternatively you can choose to have the copyshop files printed on large A0 paper, and posted to you at home. If you’re using the A4 or US letter options, simply download, print at home, tape together and let the sewing begin! When you print the pattern, print at 100% (you might have to uncheck the scale box). Print page 1 first, the square should measure 10cm x 10cm.
Never used a PDF pattern before and would like some help? Learn everything you need to know in our handy Guide to Assembling PDF Patterns over on our blog!