View PatternView PatternView PatternView PatternSewing PatternRia Shift Dress Dresses Garments The real wow-factor of this garment, designed by Julia Claridge, lies in the texture and slight sheen of the stretch velvet. It isn’t too tricky to work with, either. Simply finish the raw edges and work in a shallow zig zag throughout. Login to download PatternEssentialsStretch velvet*12mm single-fold bias binding, 70cm*Quantity depends on size and length. A size 10-12 (90cm hips) used 1.4m of 133cm wide fabric.Dimensions ListCustom-sizedCutting GuideNote: start by taking your bust and hip measurements. The largest of these will be measurement AFront/back panel: cut two (divide measurement A by four, add 3cm = width) x (desired length* plus 3.5cm) on the foldSleeve: cut two 24.5cm x 32cm rectangles*Side of neck to hem length1.5cm seam allowance used throughout.Create a shift dress1 Cut out all the pieces as indicated in the cutting guide. With the front/back panels folded lengthways, right sides together, measure 13cm in from the fold along the top and mark the side of the neckline on each piece. Measure 3cm, then a further 24.5cm, down from the top along the raw edges, then mark each point for the shoulder and armhole. Mark 12cm from the bottom of each raw edge for the side vents.2 On the back panel fold, mark 1.5cm down from the top edge. Use a curved ruler to draw to the side of the neckline. Repeat on the front, beginning 8.5cm down from the top edge. Cut the neckline on both pieces.3 Fold a sleeve in half, right sides together. Measure 5cm down the raw edge, then draw a curve from this point to the top of the opposite folded side (see diagram). Mark 18cm out from the cuff fold, then draw a straight line joining this point to the outer edge of the curve (the 5cm point from earlier) to taper the sleeve. Repeat on the second sleeve and cut both.4 Neaten the raw edges at the shoulder and side seams, then pin the front and back pieces right sides together and stitch each shoulder seam. Turn right sides out, pin bias binding around the neckline, matching the raw edges, then stitch along the binding’s fold line and turn it inside the dress. Pin in place, then edgestitch around.5 Lay the sleeve flat on top of the dress, right sides together, matching the centre to the shoulder seam. Pin, then stitch in place. Lay the front and back pieces right sides together, then match and pin the underarm and side seams. Beginning at a sleeve cuff, stitch in one continuous line to the vent marking. Clip the curves and press the seam allowance open.6 Neaten the raw base edge. Fold up 2cm at the bottom of each vent and tack in place before turning up and pinning the rest of the hem. Turn the dress right sides out and stitch around the hem and vents. Neaten the raw edge of each sleeve, then turn 2cm over to the wrong side and stitch around. Other Popular Makes... Stefani BlouseGarmentsDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)This loose-fitting top pattern works well in virtually any fabric, but when stitched in the elegant triple crepe used by Lisa Top and SkirtGarmentsDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)Both boxy tops and pencil skirts can be difficult to style individually, but together they create a balanced silhouette. Amanda Sheena PantsGarmentsDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)Stylish and versatile, harem pants can easily be dressed up or down and this flattering design by Amanda Walker allows Adele Pencil SkirtGarments SkirtsDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that are the sweetest, like this figure-hugging stretch skirt by Amanda Walker. Clara Wrap DressDresses GarmentsDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)Combining comfort and style, this lovely design by Amanda Walker features a flattering bodice with sweet cap sleeves and a Shakira Party DressChristmas Dresses Quick makesDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)This beauty by Amanda Walker is simply comprised of two nearly identical pieces that are finished with an easy neckband, PopularRecent Dave Dachshund Free Sewing Pattern Downloads Retro Mixtape Cushion Floaty Floral Three Quarter Sleeved Dress Stuffed Fabric Letters Art Gallery Fabric Unicorn Toy Sewing Bee Sleeveless Shell Top Sewing Bee Shift Dress Tweed Chicken Doorstop Make Your Own Bodycon Dress Wiggle Dress Roger reindeer Make a festive toy Stefani Blouse Lisa Top and Skirt Sheena Pants Ria Shift Dress Adele Pencil Skirt Clara Wrap Dress Shakira Party Dress Annette Wrap Top Eve Dress Fabric Christmas Crackers Millie Throw Cross-over Bag Get all of your sewing essentials sent straight to your inbox! Please keep me up to date with regular emails from Sew MagazineYou need to tick the box above to confirm you want to recieve emails We have sent you a confirmation email, please confirm it.