Colette Patterns - Laurel - Top and Dress
This chic and simple shift dress is easy to sew, astoundingly versatile, and comfortable to wear year-round.
Edges are finished with bias tape, cutting down fabric requirements. Try a contrasting binding, or binding made from your fabric. Bound edges also give a clean look for sheer fabrics.
The fit is semi-loose with a fitted bust and back darts to keep the shape streamlined. The absence of front seams or waist darts makes Laurel an ideal choice for prints that normally may be difficult to work with, such as stripes, plaids, or large scale florals.
Version 1 includes yardage and instructions for underlining, so you may use sheer or lace fabrics.
Version 2 includes menswear-style patch pockets.
Version 3 features classic 1960s style gathered cuffs.
Version 4 is an easy pullover blouse with no closures.