A Flattering Sleeveless Shift Dress

Never get that perfect fit in a dress? We have the answer - a perfect shift dress tailor made for your shape and size. Make your very own gorgeous dress, which can be made time and again.

shift dress

Tutor: Wendy Turner

In this masterclass you will learn how to understand patterns, sew facings, insert concealed zips, and how to adapt the pattern for future use by changing necklines and sleeves for a different look.

The topics we aim to cover are:

  • How to measure yourselves correctly
  • Cutting of the fabric
  • Marking the pattern with darts and notches
  • How to sew darts professionally
  • How to attach a facing to the dress
  • Professional looking hems
  • Concealed Zip
  • The tutor will provide a basic pattern. Sizes 10 - 20, which you will be able to amend to fit more personally to your measurements. Please advise the shop of your sizes in advance.

Materials needed:

  • 2.20m of dress making cotton or similar weight of 110cm wide material or 1.20m of 140cm wide non directional pattern for sizes 10-18. Please contact us for fabric requirements either side of these sizes, thank you
  • 22 inch concealed zip
  • 2 reels of thread to match

All materials are available to purchase in our shop.

NB. To help us with the preparation of patterns in advance of the class please email your bust and hip measurement (taken with a tape measure around the fullest part of the bust and hip). Also the measurements from your nape of neck to waist to the length you wish your dress to be.

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We have sewing machines for you to use but if you would like to bring your own please advise us at the time of booking.


Tea, coffee and biscuits are included in your lesson, but for this lesson you will also need to bring a packed lunch.

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