Sunday, 17 April 2016

Maven Patterns - French Dart Shift Dress

I had been contemplating options from my stash for a new dress for my Mum's birthday party, and then came across the Maven Patterns French Dart Shift. All stashed patterns went out the window.

I was hopeful the french darts would lend some subtle shaping to the waist while still keeping all the wonderfully comfortable aspects of a shift dress.

I did a stash dive for fabric to try it out in, and came up with a polished cotton I seem to recall purchasing not long after I began sewing.

After making my usual alterations of a Full Bust Adjustment and a Full Butt Adjustment, it sewed up really nicely with all notches and seams matching as they should.
The instructions were excellent, with the option of both quick instructions or full instructions with pictures.

While I think this fabric was not the right choice for this dress, being a little too lightweight, I would definitely make this again something more weighty.


  1. Oh Wendy I do love that pattern - it would sew up lovely in a linen aye. Looks great on you. Love that you chose the cap sleeve.

    1. Yes, I think linen would be a much better choice. I can see this looking great on you too.