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Ultimate Shift Dress Sewing Pattern

Ultimate Shift Dress Sewing Pattern

PDF Pattern in sizes 6-30

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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.

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!

Pattern Sizes & Fabric Requirements

The Ultimate Shift Dress sewing pattern comes in UK sizes 6-30. See the size charts below for details on fabric requirements. 

Bundles, Pattern Hacks & Add-On Packs

For even more customisation possibilities, check out the Ultimate Shift Dress Add-on Pack with new sleeve, cuff and hem options! Get both patterns together for 10% with the Ultimate Shift Dress Bundle.

Stitch School Hack:
Ultimate Shift Dress Hack - how to draft a Peter Pan collar

Blog Hacks: Button-Back Crop Top - Button Loop - Sleeve Frill - Neck Flounce

Add a neck flounce to your Ultimate Shift Dress by following this blog.

Tutorials & Sewalongs

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 with our Premium Stitch School Subscription.

Learn how to bind the neckline and armholes (for the sleeveless version) with bias binding on the blog!

What will I receive?

The downloadable pattern file contains:

  • Printable PDF Pattern in sizes A4, US Letter & A0
  • Fully-illustrated printable instruction booklet

If you purchase the PDF Pattern + A0 Printing option, you will also receive your pattern printed on A0 paper in the post. Find out more about our A0 Printing Service here.

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

What is a PDF pattern?

A PDF pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home on A4 or US letter paper.

Choose to add on A0 printing and we will print the pattern on our A0 printers and post it to you so all you need to access digitally is the instruction booklet.

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 free tutorial How to Assemble a PDF Pattern

Is this sewing pattern layered?

Yes! This pattern is layered so you can print off just the size(s) that you need. Find out more about layering here.

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

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