The second pattern in my capsule collection with Sew News Magazine’s Sew With Me series is the Departure Shift. The magazine’s editor specifically asked me to design a shift dress, and despite wearing this kind of dress all the time, I actually hadn’t designed one this classic yet. So I was more than thrilled to oblige!
The Departure Shift is a classic shift dress. Unlike yesterday’s pattern, the Josie Sundress, the term shift is much more specific than sundress, so I knew I wanted to go completely timeless with this silhouette.
This pattern features a simple rounded neckline that’s not too wide, and not too tight–it’s just right–and it’s finished with bias binding that’s flipped to the inside and top stitched. The sleeves are simple fitted set-in short sleeves, very much like those on my Emery Dress.
The body of the dress is a classic A-line shape, fitted with bust darts and closed up the back with an invisible zipper. The dress hits above the knee and is a simple double fold and top stitched hem. It’s great on its own, but it's also wonderful over leggings, with tights, or even over skinny jeans! And just like yesterday’s Josie Sundress, this one is made better thanks to in-seam pockets.
The name comes from my travel wardrobe–I basically live in shift dresses when I’m abroad! (Can you tell that all of these garments were designed while I was on holiday?!) There’s nothing I’d rather wear on a plane or train, so in preparation for departure, a name was born!
The illustration inspiration stems from air travel as well–the classic 1960’s flight attendant uniform. I picked light blue for the background color, because I envisioned the cover dress made in light blue double knit, like uniforms of the past. This version is of course designed for wovens, but you get the idea.
I see this made in nearly any fabric for nearly any occasion, casual and fancy. I’ve worn it in quilting weight as well as canvas and rayon, all to equal success. It’s a wildly versatile garment! I hope you all love it!
Tomorrow, we will get to know garment number three–the Anya Skirt!