The Amazing 1960's style shift dress

Jackie O via luck mag
    It is an iconic style that is comfortable and versatile: The 1960's Shift dress.   I am singing it's praises from the rooftops.  I have been pinning and planning a wardrobe of shift dresses for the spring and late winter.  I need some dresses to wear while sewing in comfort and cuteness.  The shift dress fits the bill without being too fitted on me!

André Courrèges, 1968
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 This vintage sewing pattern (Simplicity 8636) is an example of the different ways you can embellish a shift dress with trim.  I prefer making my dresses sleeveless and wearing them as a pinafore in the winter with a shirt underneath and leggings.  In the summer, I just throw on a cardi to keep warm in the air-conditioning. It is easier to make too!
There are so many different ways to change up a shift!

This is the Daisy shift dress in black denim that I embellished with white bias binding and a circle pocket trimmed in white bias.  I wore it with a t-neck and boots but it will look just a cute in the summer with sandals.  I blogged about the Daisy dress the other day.  It is a super shift dress pattern that I made using my regular Anne Dress bodice pattern and enlarged it at the bust and extended it to flare at the hip. It took several trys but now I have a working pattern that you will see many many dresses made in.
This was the inspiration for the black circle pocket dress!  Isn't it darling???

I am playing around with the dress front to come up with some valentine's day themed dresses.  I have some LOVE buttons that I want to use and I am playing puzzle to see where they should go.  

This is my next project!  I am appliqueing the LOVE to the bottom of the shift and adding a faux placket with my favorite rhinestone buttons.  The fabric is a tealish denim that I love to see with the red.  It is really different.  I will post on the finished dress when it is done.   

 Do you love the shift dress as much as me?  It really is a great dress for getting older too because as my waist gets larger, the dress will still fit me!  Yay!


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