Ultimate Shift Dress by Sew Over It

A simple shift dress with bust darts and a neckline facing.

Pattern:Ultimate Shift Dress
Designer:Sew Over It
Categories:Cocktail Dresses, Shift Dresses
Difficulty:Intermediate
Recommended Fabrics:Rayon, Crêpe de Chine, Lawn, Quilting Cotton
required fabric:1sup>1/4 to 31/4 yards
Sizes:4 - 16
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Description

The Ultimate Shift Dress sewing pattern by Sew Over It is a great basic silhouette for many body types. This pattern features bust darts and a neckline facing for a professional finish. Add sleeves, sleeve frills or a neck flounce for more visual interest. Sew your Ultimate Shift Dress in a soft cotton lawn and pair it with flats on warm spring days.

Pattern Previews

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Pattern Details

Intended Paper Size:Not Applicable

Pattern Size Chart (inches)

Size46810121416
Bust33353739414345
Waist26283032343638
Hip36384042444648

Finished Garment Measurements (inches)

Size46810121416
Bust35 1/237 1/239 1/241 1/243 1/245 1/247 1/2
Waist34363840424446
Hip37 1/239 1/241 1/243 1/245 1/247 1/249 1/2
Back Length36 1/236 1/236 1/236 1/236 1/236 1/236 1/2

Fabric Required (yards)

Size46810121416
Version 1 (45" Wide)1 7/81 7/81 7/82 5/82 3/433 1/4
Version 1 (55" Wide)1 3/41 3/41 3/41 7/81 7/81 7/82
Version 2 (45" Wide)1 1/21 1/21 1/222 1/42 1/32 1/2
Version 2 (55" Wide)1 1/41 1/41 1/41 1/31 1/31 1/31 1/2
Version 3 (45" Wide)1 5/81 5/81 5/82 1/32 1/22 5/82 7/8
Version 3 (55" Wide)1 1/21 1/21 1/21 5/81 5/81 5/81 3/4

Recommended Fabrics

  • Rayon
  • Crêpe de Chine
  • Lawn
  • Quilting Cotton

Required Sewing Techniques

Required Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • Fabric Scissors

Optional Tools

  • Stitch Ripper
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Seam Gauge
  • Tailor's Chalk

Required Supplies

  • Hook & Eye
  • Thread
  • Universal Needle

Additional Notes

This sewing pattern includes all pattern pieces and step-by-step instructions with illustrations. Please note: the sizing listed in the tables above has been converted to US sizing. The sizing listed on the pattern packaging is in UK sizing.

Used this pattern for my very first make, very happy and motivated by the result. This dress is always a success when I wear it to work!


I am between sizes, so grading the pattern was a bit tricky (but that was my inexperience rather than a fault in the design). I made UK size 13 on top and UK 18 from the hips down. Got confused but got there in the end!