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I posted a step by step illustration on how to draft a shift dress pattern last week. Click here for the tutorial.

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I made another shift green dress for myself with eyelet detailing and a ruffle bottom. It’s my new work/church dress. I love the texture of the fabric, so relaxing and hairy.

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Today, we are going to learn how to sew a shift A-line dress.

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What you’ll need;
2 yards fabric (I used cotton)
Sewing thread to match
Sewing machine
Contrasting fabric for the pockets
Sewing pattern
Scissors
Buttons or zipper

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1) The first step is to cut your fabric using your already drafted pattern. Use the same pattern to cut out your facing.

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2) Sew the front facing.

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3) If you want to use a zipper for the back, attach the zipper on the back piece and stitch. (Click here to see how to attach and sew a back zipper).
For a button back, cut out ½ inch fabric of 3 inches long (length) and sew. Use a need and thread to turn it to the front.

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4) Attach the hook fabric to the upper part of the back piece, place the back facing on the hook, pin and sew. (See pictures).

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5) Trim and turn the facings, press both facing to make it smooth.

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6) Sew the shoulders.

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7) Fold in the armholes and sew.

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8) For the pocket semi-circle, get a circle shaped object to create a perfect circle. I used a small bowl. Cut the pocket fabric and the facing.

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9) Sew the facing of the pocket circle on the right side of the fabric.
Note: What I did before attaching and sewing my pocket, was that, I sewed the side seams, wore the dress then position the pocket when I wanted it, pin the pocket whilst wearing the dress.

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10) position your pocket on both side of the dress, fold it in a little bit to form a semi-circle and then sew round.

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11) Sew the side seams of the dress.

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12) Hem the bottom of the dress.

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13) Use a needle and thread to attach the button to the back of the dress, where the hook is placed.

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Enjoy your shift dress.

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