Yes, winter is indeed coming. Not in the Stark sense of impending doom but a prediction of cold Aussie winter. Summer heat has been replaced by cool winds and crisp air. It’s still a bit hot some afternoons but the days of scorching sunlight and burning temperatures are gone . I won’t complain too much. Cold weather is a much needed respite from maddening heat.
After last week’s successful attempt with the shift dress, I figured I should make the second dress from pattern Vogue 8945. This style comes with a bell sleeve and bateau neckline. I wanted a slightly fitted dress this time. That’s where using darts come in. I created darts for the first time when I made the shift dress but I still had excess fabric at the back. I had to figure out a way to increase the width of the contour dart at the back so I could get a fitted sheath dress.
I was looking for an easy, short dress tutorial when I came across this article on the history of the shift dress. Introduced in the 1920s, the shift dress is a simple, short dress that hangs freely on the body. I assumed that the name was derived from its looseness but the “shift’ also represents a cultural change from the restrictive clothing and corseted styles that emphasized the female form to more free-flowing, comfortable dresses.