Sew a Shift Dress with an Invisible Zip ✄✄

What to Bring

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

What to Wear

  • Casual

Appropriate For

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

Sew a Shift Dress with an Invisible Zip ✄✄

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Six hours in duration.
  • Next scheduled in one session on Sunday 3rd September from 10am to 4:30pm (inc 30 mins for lunch)

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 Get

  • A shift dress made by you
  • Instructions to make the shift dress
  • A copy of the pattern


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. 

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.

Skills Checklist (what you'll cover):

  1. Taking bust measurements
  2. Choosing your size
  3. Pattern placement
  4. Tracing and transferring markings
  5. Cutting technique
  6. Sewing bust darts
  7. Finishing seams
  8. Inserting an invisible zip
  9. All in one neck/armhole facing - rolled method
  10. Top stitch hemming

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Jul 2016

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.

Apr 2016

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