Summer Shift Dress Tutorial

With the summer heat kicking into high gear, I have been
dying to create this simple, basic, t-shirt meets shift dress look.  It
is the perfect piece to add variety to my summer wardrobe This dress has been on my mental “to do” list for quite some time, and I must say, it’s everything I’ve imagined it would be.
Click through below for the tutorial…

  • Basic tee.  I used my favorite tee ever.  (I own at least 7 of these tops and rotate them regularly)
  • 1 1/2 yards of knit fabric.  (My favorite place to get knits online is here
    Most everything in this jersey knit section should work great this dress.  However, I would stay away from the tissue, burnout, and slub
    knits, as they are too see-through to be worn as a dress.  One other
    word of advice; if you see a fabric you like, jump on it as soon
    as you can, because fabric does tend to sell out quickly.)
  • Pattern/tracing paper (optional but recommended)
  • Matching thread
  • Double needle (optional)

 * I always create the patterns for my garments first rather than cutting right into the fabric.  It makes it really easy to make more of the same garment in the future because I know I will get the right fit.

 * You cut your neckband shorter than your measurement because it will keep your neckband from stretching and folding open while you wear it.  It is cut with the stretch running width-wise, so you will need to pull the neckband as you pin and sew.

 This will give you a nice pointed V.  I also clipped into the selvage a bit so that it would iron flat.

 * I stitched the ends together (R sides together) right before I attached the neckband.

Serge or straight stitch using a stretch stitch to attach the neckband.

* I folded the sleeves and dress bottom under about 3/4″ and stitched it with a double needle.

I’ve made 5 of these so far.  I can’t help myself!  They are comfy, easy to pull on, and super versatile.  I can’t wait to show you how I style the others!

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