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Mary Q Shift


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The Mary Q Shift is inspired by Mary Quant and all things from the 1960s. My mantra is "made in a day" so it's a simple pattern with no darts or zippers to slow you down. I wanted it to be beginner-sewing friendly, so have made up a photo tutorial on my website as well as 5 short, 2-3 minute videos of any bits that might look tricky. The only other way I could show you any better how to sew this, is if you came over to my house! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Sew a straight seam, backstitching at beginning and end SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Multi-size pattern in 8 sizes to fit bust 73cm (29") to 108cm (43")

Recommended with this pattern

  • OR 1.2m (1 3/8yd) of 150cm(60") fabric + same amount lining
  • 2.2m(2 3/8 yd) of 115cm (45") fabric + same amount lining
  • 1 or 2 (if making your dress reversible) large buttons

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