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Liberty Fabrics: Expert Inspiration

The Ultimate Shift Dress

The pattern-makers at Sew Over It share their tips for creating the Ultimate Shift Dress, and making it your own

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Inspired by our new season fabrics? The experts at Sew Over It have made their Ultimate Shift Dress in Artist’s Bloom fabric, a large-scale floral with an irresistibly bright colour palette. This classic shape comes with a belt for cinching in the waist, or can be worn without for a vintage feel.

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Careful Finishing

“Remember, neat and careful finishing is the key to a gorgeous garment. When sewing the neckline, make sure that you trim and clip the seam allowances all around the curves, before understitching and pressing beautifully. This will give you a super finish to be proud of.” – Alex, Sew Over It

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Denim is the perfect antidote to a busy print. Keep accessories to a minimum, and even this striking print is idea for laid back summer days. Dress it up with higher heels and a pashmina for more formal events. Alternatively, you can experiment with matching fabrics and prints to really make this design your own.

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Experiment

For the more ambitious, Alex at Sew Over It recommends experimenting with the details: “If you're making the sleeveless version, experiment with different finishing techniques for the armholes. Make your own bias binding from your fabric to bind them neatly, or add some interest by using a contrasting colour.”

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