Customised Ultimate Shift Dress

The other day I had one of my wardrobe revival sessions where I go through everything I have and pull out items I decide I no longer like. Most I save by reinventing and some go in the charity shop bag. This was one I saved….

This was a shift dress that I made last year. It used to have a lace peterpan collar on it which I decided I didnt like. The collar was too big and looked clumsy so I would often bypass it on a morning when choosing what to wear.

The ribbon I had used on a dress a few blogs back – to put round the waist of a grey knitted dress. Again, I decided I didnt like this so I recycled it for this dress.

I pinned it around the cuffs, folding over the raw edge to make it look neat. Then I edge stitched around the sleeve hem on the machine. I couldn’t get the top edge under the machine so I slip stitched this by hand.

The hem was even quicker as I could stitch both edges of the ribbon on the machine. It took me about an hour in total to do this (plus unpicking the collar and restitching the facing back down) It is a great project for a beginner sewist and for all of you who have bought the Ultimate Shift Dress pattern. Would recommend to all!


Just another mention that our sewalong for the 1940s Tea Dress is about to start – http://sewoverit.co.uk/1940s-tea-dress-sewalong/

For those of you who may have tried to get a pattern towards the end of last week – they haven’t sold out – this was just an error on our website. Sorry. You can get yours here. The first post on choosing fabrics and gathering supplies will be up on Tuesday 4th Feb. See you then!


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