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Bloody Shift Dress

Hey there! I’m back to show you a dress that I made several weeks ago. On the hunt for my perfect shift dress I have stocked up on a few patterns – and am tempted by so many more especially Deer & Doe’s new Arum dress.

Simplicity 1609

For my first attempt I decided to go with Simplicity 1609. I like all the darts – bust, french darts to the waist, and fish eye darts in the back plus darts in the back neck. Combined with the center front seam this made it pretty easy to get a good fit while sewing. I even like the facings in this pattern and for once didn’t substitute bias bound neck/arm holes. I used a linen-rayon blend fabric though next time I may try something a little heavier. So – this was a pretty easy & satisfying project. But I still managed to make things interesting…


First a near disaster. This is the first whole garment I sewed on my new Bernina (yay!) and I was still learning to coordinate the knee release and pedal (uh-oh). I was feeding the fabric through and my finger got too close to the needle and I managed to sew right through my index finger! The Bernina handled it much better than my finger. I guess they should add that to the sales demo? Glad that the dress is red since I managed to bleed on it quite a bit… In case you’re wondering I’m fine now, but have gained some respect for the power of this machine.


Second I’m pregnant! I managed to survive the first trimester (boy that morning sickness totally kicked my butt). Now that I have some energy for sewing again I’m thinking about things I can wear for the next several months. Any suggestions for maternity patterns or ways to adapt existing patterns? I’ve got my eye on a couple Megan Nielsen patterns, but would love your ideas!

Details: Simplicity 1609, graded from sz 10 (shoulder) to sz 12 (bust) to sz 14 (waist) with corresponding darts, removed additional 3/4″ of width below each arm scye, narrowed back neck at zipper by 5/8″ on each side, and took in the front neck at the center seam 3/8 on each side, removed 2″ in length