Sew a Shift Dress with an Invisible Zip ✄✄


Pattern Design: Simple, sweet, and looks a treat! Perfect for any season. In cooler weather, make a larger size allowing for thick tights and a turtle neck underneath. When it's warmer, keep it light and simple.

A Shift dress falls straight from the shoulders, with the bottom being wider than the top, it will actually shift on the frame as worn. A shift has no defined waist and with it’s limited detailing and only a few pattern pieces it is a great project for beginners. Round neck and sleeveless, with facings to finish neck and armholes. The back closes with an invisible zip. Choose your length – short and sassy, or practically modest. While sewing yourself a shift dress, you’ll learn some important dressmaking steps – see the skills checklist below.

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Our patterns cover bust measurements from 88cm to 108cm. Please email us if your measurements is outside this range and we will grade a pattern ready for your workshop.

Photographed Sample: Our simple little shift has been made out of a cute love heart repeating print cotton perfect for Summer.  

Notes on supplies: A shift dress works in a wide variety of fabrics.  Consider; cotton lawn and rayon (for its beautiful drape), linen will also look lovely (but it will crease), for heavier weights look at cotton drill, chambray. For warmth try wool and wool blends. Cotton Sateen will give a small amount of stretch if you want a fitted shift. This pattern is not suitable for knit fabrics. As the simple little shift is unlined, avoid sheer fabrics or rough/itchy textures.

This shift dress is the basis of so many dresses, with the pattern in hand you'll make many many more to build your ideal wardrobe. Ensure you select a closed end invisible zip (not the very similar light weight open ended zip). This pattern is not suitable for knit fabrics. For directional prints, large prints and fabrics with nap you should purchase extra fabric. For best results - pre-wash your fabric to reduce shrinkage.

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What you will learn
  • Taking measurements and choosing the right size, pattern placement and transferring markings, cutting technique.
  • Finishing seams with an overlocker, and pressing for professional results.
  • Stitching perfect bust darts. Sewing an invisible zip. Rolled method for all in one neck/armhole facing.
What you will get
  • A shift dress made by you
  • Instructions to make the shift dress
  • A copy of the pattern

What to bring
  • 50cm invisible zipper
  • Hook & eye
  • Matching sewing machine thread
  • 2.5 metres of woven fabric
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄ Students who have completed Sewing Basics Weeks 1-3 and are confident enough to learn several more techniques


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Have you played with the idea of learning to sew? Do you day dream about making your own clothes? 

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew. There is no need to clear off a space and find somewhere to work at home. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to. Everything is right here. Students simply need to bring along their fabric, matching thread and notions like buttons, zips, etc.  Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.

Thread Den is located at Level 1, 329 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, or find your own unique style.

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

On occasion, Thread Den is forced to cancel a class due to low booking numbers. We really don't like to do this as we love to teach people to sew, knit and crochet, but if we don't cover our costs we can't run the class. In instances where Thread Den must cancel a class, enrolled participants will be notified 24 hours or more prior to the scheduled class and will receive a credit for a replacement class or a refund as required.

There are no refunds due to change of mind.

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellations of Bookings Policy

  • If you provide notice seven or more days prior to the start of your course, you will need to pay an administration fee of $10.
  • Cancellations or changes made with less than seven days notice before the start of a course, will forfeit 50% of the paid class fee.
  • Cancellations or changes made less than 48 hours prior to class commencement will forfeit the full course fee paid.

If you miss the second or subsequent sessions of course, you cannot be reimbursed for that session. You are encouraged to come in and use the Sewing Lounge during hours so you hopefully still finish your project.

Transfers of your course or workshop booking to a friend or family are fine.

Payment Policy:

Classes at Thread Den frequently become fully booked, so we require full payment to be made at the time of booking to secure your place. 

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30 July 2016 • Sew a Shift Dress with an Invisible Zip ✄✄

100% satisfied! I made my first shift dress. I've never made any dress before. the shift dress pattern was simple but super nice. i learned a lot! I highly reccomend this class.


13 April 2016 • Sew a Shift Dress with an Invisible Zip ✄✄

I really enjoyed the class as usual the ladies teaching and attending are lovely, friendly and supportive. A great way to learn new skills.