The Tricia V neck shift dress comes with some details to spice up the staple shift dress – V notched sleeves, front slit and back waist darts to hug your figure. It is a must have in every minimalist’s wardrobe!
Let’s have more detailed look at the design:
As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL so you may find a suitable size for yourself. If you are not sure which size suits you, take a look at the measurement table before doing anything here: SIZE GUIDE.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.
My patterns are now made in both A4/Letter paper and A0 paper format so you can print at home or at any print shop!
For home printers, you can print this using your home printer and either A4 or Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit. I was informed by a reader that you can also print the pdf as image to get the right scale, however I never tested it on my computer.
You will need
- Fabric of your choice. This pattern is intended for woven fabric.
- Some light weight lining fabric
- 2 decorative buttons
- Invisible zipper (should be about 25inch – 60cm long, you can cut the excess off)
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern piece. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
The fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front: cut 2 mirrored
- Back: cut 2 mirrored
- Front Facing: cut 1 self + 1 fusible interfacing
- Back Facing: cut 2 self + 2 fusible interfacing (mirrored)
- Sleeve: cut 2 self
Place the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin the pattern pieces to the fabric to secure them in place. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the fabric pieces along the outer lines of the pattern. Take your time to ensure precise and clean cuts, as this will affect the fit and overall appearance of your garment.
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats, draw marks etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling.
2. Fold and sew the bust darts on Front pieces, the waist darts on Back pieces.
3. Place two Front pieces right side facing. Pin and sew from the neck toward the hem, stop and backstitch at the notch on the center seam. Press the seam open, fold the unsewn part of the center seam to hide the raw edge and topstitch the seam allowance to the sides all the way from the neck to the hem.
4. Place Front and one Back piece right side facing. Pin and sew shoulder and side seam. Repeat with the other Back piece. You can also add side seam pocket if you like. This is a tutorial on How to add an side seam pocket.
5. Place Front Facing and Back Facing pieces right side facing, sew the shoulder seam. Do it with both Back Facing pieces.
6. Place Facing and Main Garment right side facing. Match the seams, pin and sew to attach the facing piece to the main garment. Trim and clip corners and curves, topstitch seam allowance onto the facing piece.
7. Attach invisible zipper to the back of the dress and finish the center back seam. This is a guide on How to sew invisible zippers.
8. Fold the hem of the Sleeve to the right side of fabric, pin and sew the V shape as marked. Trim and clip the inside of the V shape. Turn fabric right side out and iron. Sew the underarm seam of the Sleeve. Attach the decorative button to the tip of the V notch.
9. Pin the Sleeve to the main garment, matching the notches. Sew to attach sleeve to the main garment.
10. Fold and sew the hem of the dress.
And here is the download link:
To download just click on the link above and choose “Save link as”. The PDF file will be downloaded to your device. An advertisement may pop up, just close it and continue with your download. In case some ads attempt to make you enter your personal info, just ignore and close it. I do NOT require any kind of information to download my pattern files.
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns or tag me on Instagram #tianasclosetsewingpatterns, I will be thrilled to see the garment in real life!