Ultimate Shift Dress Sewing Pattern

From: £13.50


Want to start dressmaking but don’t know where to begin? The Ultimate Shift Dress would make an ideal first project!

The pattern is designed with beginners in mind, and will guide you through the basics of dressmaking. Learn how to create bust darts and attach all-in-one facings like a pro. With no tricky zips or buttonholes to master, simply pop the dress on over your head and fasten with a hook and eye. It even comes with a free maternity sewing pattern hack.

But don’t forget, with loads of options for customisation, including adding sleeves, sleeve frills and turning the dress into a top, there is plenty of scope for a more advanced dressmaker to play around and have fun!

For even more customisation possibilities, check out the Ultimate Shift Dress Add-on Pack with new sleeve, cuff and hem options!

Check out what everyone’s been making in the Ultimate Shift Dress Gallery and on Instagram with the hashtag #soiultimateshiftdress.

Sewing Level
The Ultimate Shift Dress is a Confident Beginner sewing pattern.

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 Intro to Dressmaking online class on Stitch School, our online sewing classroom. The class comes with video tutorials and illustrated written instructions, and is included for free in our Premium Stitch School Subscription.

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!

Fabric Suggestions
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!

Fabric Requirements
The Ultimate Shift Dress sewing pattern comes in UK sizes 6-30. See the chart for details on fabric requirements. 

Size Chart 6-20

Size Chart 18-30

Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.

Seen our free maternity hacks?
The Ultimate Shift Dress now comes with bonus free maternity hacks! Learn how to adapt the patterns for a baby bump with our free downloadable tutorials included with each purchase.

PDF Version

What will I receive?
The downloadable pattern file contains:

  • printable pattern (in both tiled print-at-home and copyshop format)
  • illustrated printable instruction booklet
  • copyshop permission letter

The Ultimate Shift Dress sewing pattern is 36 A4/US Letter size pages long or 2 A0 copyshop pages (sizes 6-20) or 48 A4 pages, 45 US Letter size pages or 3 A0 copyshop pages (sizes 18-30).

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 Copyshop 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!

Layered PDF pattern
The Ultimate Shift Dress PDF pattern files are layered, meaning you can choose to print only the size(s) you need when printing at home. Find out more here.

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