9 Timeless dresses to sew

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Wrein – Colette Patterns

Building a handmade wardrobe can be overwhelming, especially when trying to find the perfect balance between trendy and classic. So while we all know most trends come and go, there are classic dress silhouettes that never go out of style!

Fit & Flare

With a fitted waist and a flared skirt; a ‘fit & flare’ dress is flattering on nearly every body shape because it mimic an hourglass. There aren’t any occasions that you couldn’t wear one. Even the classic sleeveless can be used layered over a turtleneck shirt.

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Burda Bodice + Flora Skirt – BHL

Wrap dress.

Designed by Diane von Fürstenberg in the 70’s. The  front closure is formed by wrapping one side across the other, and knotting the attached ties that wrap around the body at the waist. By defining the waistline it flatters so many body types. Faux wraps maintain the optical illusion without the ties making it perfect for layering.

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New Look 6097

A-line

This dress silhouette  is narrower at the top, flaring gently wider toward the bottom thereby resembling the letter A. Modest, yet sophisticated, if one dress style could stands the test of time is the A-line.  As this style flares out slightly works well on most shapes.

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Francoise – Tilly & Buttons

Shift dress

Shift dresses traditionally hangs loose from the shoulders with very little or no definition in the waist. Although these dresses can come in various sleeve lengths and hemlines. From the classic sleeveless+ knee-length version,to a mini 60’s + high collar or boat neck. Plain but not lacking in style.

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Laurel – Colette patterns

Sheath dress

The classic sheath dress features a close-fitting silhouette that follow your body with a defined waist. This is my favourite dress silhouette.

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Georgia – BHL

Sweater dress

When the weather gets cold, nothing beats a dress perfect for layering. Add tights, top it off with a nice knitted scarf, a coatigan… So versatile.

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Coco – Tilly and the Buttons

Shirt-dress

This dress borrows all the fun details from a man’s shirt: collar, a button front, or cuffed sleeves. Another magical number that works for all seasons and can be worn from casual to workwear.

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Bruyere – Deer & Doe

T-shirt dress

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Inari – Named

The most casual of them all: the t-shirt dress. Who can say no to secret Pyjamas, right?

Tulip dress

Slim dress with cinched waist, extra fabric around the hips, and a tapered hemline. The result is a unique silhouette resembling an inverted tulip.

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Florence- Named

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  • So many pretty dresses, what a great list!!

  • Dresses to sew, and sew and sew … love your selection of styles … J

  • I still love your Brasilia dress!

    • thats so lovely of you to say. thank you darling

  • I need to memorize the difference between a shift and a sheath; I thought they were the same thing but now I know they’re not!