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How to Sew a Designer Shift

Apr 22, 2012
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Don’t you love it when a garment does double or triple duty? Well, you’re in for a real treat. By following these instructions from Quick Stuff to Sew, Vol. 1, you can whip up a designer shift worthy of Coco, then wear it over a strapless or turtleneck knit dress, over a lacy slip, or paired with jeans or trousers and a blouse or T-shirt of your choice. This sewing project takes about two hours start to finish, and that includes drafting the pattern to fit your figure. Wool bouclé is the obvious choice, but the shift would also be lovely in a soft, shimmery silk, a mod print, textural linen, or even a transparent organza. Also, have fun with the side closures. Besides the button-and-chain closures shown here, ribbon ties, beaded loops, and corset-like lacing come to mind. The designer possibilities are endless.

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