Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cut Out Shift Dress Progress Report

I have finally made some headway with the cut out shift dress! So here it is.

First I started to make the shift dress. After a few trial and error attempts I ended up making a basic pattern for a dartless shift dress. My first thoughts were to make it quite loose fitting but trying this out I found that this would distort the pictures of the Paris printed fabric so I decided on a tighter fit. In the end this dress will be very slimming as the triangles will bring in the waist and give you a great curvy shape. That's the plan anyway!

Here a few pictures of the basic shift. The fabric I used is black twill with a 20% stretch. This will add some comfort to the dress - I like to use fabric with a bit of stretch for tighter fitting designs.



As you have probably noticed my dress form is slightly wonky so sorry about that! I don't really know how that happened! Still works. I have sewn up all the seams except from the left hand side which is where I intend to put an invisible zipper. 

Now for the hard bit - adding the cut out triangles in the right place. For this part I just started experimenting with placement and size to see what I like the look of. I haven't quite finished this part yet and just took a few snap shots of my first attempt. Still got some work to do...

The dress will eventually have two cut out sections just as soon as I decide on where they will go. I can be quite indecisive so this may take some time!!

Let me know what you all think of the first attempt and where you would put the second cut out piece. Are you as indecisive as me? Any help or comments are very welcome!


  1. Very cool! I used to do a lot of pattern drafting, maybe I should get back into it!

    I look forward to seeing the end result!

    1. Thanks Vanessa. I really like creating my own patterns so you can make a truely one of a kind dress!

  2. Looks great so far!! I love your idea to add cut-outs. I found your blog from BLT. Following :)

    1. Thanks! Hopefully it turns out OK! Followed back :-)

  3. Love your progress on this dress so far!
    So nice to meet you through Etsy’s Blogging Buddies Team.
    I am your newest blog follower! :)

    All the best,
    Mixed-Media Map Art

    1. Thanks Mary. Glad you like the dress! Love your arty blog - following!

  4. I love the third design! You're awfully talented, keep it up:D I love dancing too, I've been a dancer for over 10 years now, i started out when I was quite young:)
    I'm a new follower, found you on BlogLoveTherapy, do check out my blog too!

    1. Thanks Ash. What style of dancing do you do? My husband and I are entering a jive competition soon. Its soooo fast! Great workout. Love your blog - following!

  5. I love the 4th one! It looks great! Love the print! I'm a new follower, found your blog on BLT community chat! check out my blog and follow back if you'd like! xx
    Beauty by T


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