Watercolor Print Shift Dress

Cover Photo Shift Dress

Hello and Happy New Year! My first post of 2016 is about a  versatile shift dress that I made. Who doesn’t love to wear shift dresses? They’re simple, easy to style and comfortable to wear.

I chose to use McCall’s Pattern M6465. The color and fabric choices on the front cover of the packet aren’t what I would choose, but you have to look past that. The construction of the dress is simple and that’s what I was looking for. I also like the fact that you can make this dress with short or long sleeves, no sleeves or flutter sleeves…so many options!

M6465

Luckily my mom was visiting me when I decided to start this project last November, so I got some great one-on-one time with her as she helped me take all my basic body measurements and showed me how to alter the pattern accordingly. It was nice to see her in her element again.

I chose to make the dress with short sleeves so that I could wear it year round. I used a rayon challis to make my dress. The fabric is soft, lightweight, and doesn’t cling. I love, love, love the print of this fabric! It’s colorful and different, but nothing too crazy or weird. It instantly caught my eye when I  found it at Joann’s. I snatched up whatever was left on the bolt.

Overall, the fit of the dress turned out great. For this dress, I had taken in the width around the bust and redrew the arm inwards a little bit. The sleeves were a snug fit. I hemmed my dress so that it hit a few inches above the knee. So here’s how it turned out!

Shift Dress 1

Wear it with stockings and cute ankle booties for fall/winter.

 

Shift Dress 2

Add a blazer or a sweater…perfect for work!

Shift Dress 3

Do up your hair and pair it with heels or sandal wedges… Perfect for a party 🙂

As you can see I had a bit of fun styling this dress a few different ways. My cat, however, could not care less as she slept through the whole photo session. So far I’ve worn this dress to the Carribbean, to work, to church, and for a nice dinner…it’s great. I love pieces that have so much versatility!

Needless to say, I’m definitely sewing with this pattern again and maybe add pockets next time!

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