Lilly Shift Dress pattern – POTM

Sew your own designer dress using the simple Lilly Shift Dress pattern.  Ideas for designer style embellishments.

There is a certain designer store which is really popular here in Cayman, full of simple shift dresses in fun tropical prints – with exotic price tags to match!  As much as I admired the style, they simply weren’t within my budget.

So as people who love to sew, what do we do about that?  We make our own designer dresses!

Sew your own designer dress using the simple Lilly Shift Dress pattern. Ideas for designer style embellishments.

Sometimes a simple shift is all you need to look elegant.  Pick the right fabrics and trims, change up the length, and you can create a wardrobe of your own designer dresses in every possible style to suit your lifestyle.  Check out designer fabrics and trims for inspiration, and recreate the designer look for yourself at a fraction of the cost.

Sew your own designer dress using the simple Lilly Shift Dress pattern. Ideas for designer style embellishments.

Mix and match your shoes and jewelry and take this dress from beach, to shopping, to work, to evening wear. Check out some of the ideas below from our pattern testing team.

Features of the Lilly Shift Dress Pattern

  • Sleeveless
  • Fully lined
  • Invisible back zipper, or add an exposed zipper
  • Bust darts and back shaping darts
  • Just two pattern pieces
  • Layered PDF – just print your size
  • In sizes 32-46 inch bust, 36-50 inch hips

Pattern difficulty rating:

Intermediate (invisible zipper and lining required)

Sew your own designer dress using the simple Lilly Shift Dress pattern. Ideas for designer style embellishments.

Sew your own designer dress using the simple Lilly Shift Dress pattern. Ideas for designer style embellishments.

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Buy the Lilly Shift Dress pattern

You can download this pattern from my design account on Craftsy.  Add it to your cart and check out.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

 

The Pattern Tester versions and their comments

Judy

Judy at Stoney Sews – Pattern seems between Advanced Beginner and Intermediate because of invisible zip, being fully lined and the sewing of curves. I love the pattern Deby! 2 pattern pieces with a couple of hours and one has a new dress. This is the best and easiest way I have seen of attaching a lining to a dress. Thank you Deby for doing this pattern. It is all I could imagine and more!!

Sue

Sue at Fadanista – I loved the checklist idea in the instructions. The layered printing is also genius – I have never seen this before, and it was wonderful. The Lilly Shift itself is simple and elegant, and I can imagine making a few of them.  I didn’t embellish my first one as I had nothing appropriate in my stash. I think a lace one would be stunning.

I might add pockets to my next one…

Diane C

Diane of Two Chicklets – Your dress is gorgeous on you and I absolutely love this style. I knew immediately which fabric I would use for mine and have decided I need one for every day of the week! Yes, it’s that comfortable!  I shortened the bodice and the length for my height. The bust darts ended up a little too low. For the next one, I’ll have to adjust that a little.

Sarah

Sarah from Musings of a Seamstress – I like the dress. It is pretty basic so it has a lot of room for personal embellishment choices and possible variations.  I did a cursory glance at the instructions and mostly went by the quick reference list for experienced sewers.  Collage

EmmaLovely simple style, Just two pattern pieces which is really easy.  The pattern pieces went together perfectly, especially when I learnt how to just print my size!

Jemma – I thought it was a great pattern but I would have to lower the neckline for my preference. I also had to take the waist in a little and shorten the dress at the waist line but that is because I am under height and over curvy! Because this was only 2 pieces the adjustments were easy to do. I also had to narrow the final hem area a little as it looked better on me slightly less A-line.  You can see the dress in action at a wedding party!

Ruth – I love dresses and I love classic style, so this dress appealed to me immediately! Although it appears simple (only 2 pattern pieces!), there are definitely some techniques that require a bit more than basic skills. I haven’t done a full lining in a few years and this was a great refresher for my skill set.    I definitely plan to make several more!

Diane D collage

Diane – I have always loved a classic sheath dress and was anxious to try it. Seeing it was lined and had an invisible zipper, I was a little nervous but it was a simple make! I substituted an exposed zipper for the invisible one and everything else was a breeze!  Even though I usually make some adjustment to your patterns, Deby, I always learn something new, (this time doing a lining and the lace hem facing. And every technique you use is explained so well – thanks!

Linda

Linda – Great dress pattern! This dress is flattering and so comfortable for summer. It does show up woman’s curves so nicely. I love all the options of making it with a trim or without, in a nice print, a nice solid color or a combo of both. You can easily dress it up or down as you wish. I love the addition the option of printing only one size and the quick step by step checklist. Your instructions looks very professional and the pictures are great. I love all the tips for making the dress look very professionally done.

Stephanie

Stephanie – A classic dress! It’s great to find a simple silhouette that can be done with a woven fabric. I love that this dress can have so many looks based on the fabric picked and the accessories.

Sew your own designer dress using the simple Lilly Shift Dress pattern.  Ideas for designer style embellishments.

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Buy the Lilly Shift Dress pattern

You can download this pattern from my design account on Craftsy.  Add it to your cart and check out.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

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19 Responses to Lilly Shift Dress pattern – POTM

  1. Michele says:

    What type of lining fabric do you use for cotton dresses?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I always us cotton batiste, muslin or silk, try to find as thin as possible. do stay away from polyester lining.

  2. Tina says:

    Love the dress! Do you need any pattern testers?

  3. Ginger says:

    The trim on your dress takes it up a notch. So pretty. I just read this blog post, all about Lilly Pulitzer and thought about your dress that I read last night. Thought you might enjoy it. I’m not affiliated with Rhonda, I just enjoy her blog.
    http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2015/07/monday-morning-inspirationlilly-pulitzer.html

  4. Robyn says:

    Hi Deby, I have been waiting for a shift dress pattern and love it, but, because I am getting older I would love sleeves in it. I love the dress and would like to make it if I could just add sleeves.

  5. Rebecca says:

    Hi, Deby, just wondering what type of fabrics can be used for this shift dress? Maybe something in a knit or with a little spandex? I’m loving the comfort of some of the fabrics now and hope this one isn’t just out of cotton. 🙂 Enjoy your blog and an anxious to try some of your patterns! 🙂

    • Yes you can certainly use a fabric with some lycra so something like a stretch cotton sateen would be lovely. If you do that, then use a lining with give or stretch to it as well to get the full benefit. One of the testers did make it in a jersey knit, excluded the zip in the back and it fitted well without any alteration.

  6. stoneysews says:

    Deby, congrats on the launch of the Lilly Shift! Lovely pattern!!

  7. Angie says:

    Love the dress pattern. But, I’ve not sewn clothing or lined anything…ever. So, when lining was mentioned I don’t think I should proceed. Question: are those Dolphins in the swimming pool behind you?

    • Yes, but not real dolphins! Yes, if you’ve not ever sewn clothing before, then this probably isn’t the pattern for you to start because it does have darts, a lining and an invisible zipper. It’s not too hard, but probably isn’t right for your very first pattern. There a lot of simple ones to get you started on the free patterns page, maybe try some of those. Good luck.

  8. sooo i love your dress and i love the dresses made by your testers. Do you think your testers would agree to mention their measurements? i’m a busty gal and they all look so wonderful in their dresses i’m not sure if they have the same fitting issues as i do.

  9. Doreen says:

    Just what I wore in the 1960’s! I love the style and made three formal dresses besides the short sheath. I like that you show your patterns on all figure types with the testers’ comments. Unfortunately, I don’t go sleeveless in public anymore. Wish I could!

  10. Love the simple style! Looks like a cool and comfortable dress to wear in hot weather. Again, when time permits, I would love to start sewing clothing for myself, and this would be at the top of the list!

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