In my quest for the perfect easy-breezy summer dress, I think I may have finally found it in a simple shift dress custom made to fit me.
All About Fabrics married well. hehe
Itch-to-Stitch Belize Shorts were made from scraps when cutting this dress out. Double win! This dress takes @1 1/3 yards of fabric and I'd purchased 2 yards. :)
Ottobre 02/2016 No. 10 Glorious shift dress last year out of lovely linen red poppies fabric, it left me longing for a more 'fitted' shift dress, if that even makes sense! A shift dress is known for its shapelessness..... usually a simple A-line dress with bust darts and no shaping at the waist.
Nancy Zieman's (free) videos about her Pivot and Slide Method to achieve the perfect fit and applied some of what I learned here. This dress is a size 36 bust and waist graded to a size 38 hips using Nancy's method.
Carolyn's tutorial for the neckline and about the same for the armholes, other than sewed the binding on with all the creases already ironed in. Was sure to understitch all seams before turning and top-stitching. Used lots of pins and sewed ever so s-l-o-w-l-y when top-stitching. Pleased to see that all came out well with no puckers.
ShiftDress.com, it all started with Givenchy designing Audrey Hepburn's LBD in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. The website included an interesting little bit about Lily Pulitzer's humble beginnings as she designed a simple shift dress to wear while selling fresh squeezed orange juice at her husband's fruit grove stand in Florida. Her clothing empire took off from there.