Throw On and Go Outfit – Naomi Shift Dress Pattern

What I’m Wearing: DIY Dress: Naomi Pattern // Fabric: APC Fabrics

Can I toot my own horn about the Naomi shift dress pattern, please? I think it’s my new favorite pattern because it’s so effortlessly stylish. I’m wearing the Naomi pattern view A.

Why You Should Sew A Shift Dress For Your Wardrobe

I won’t lie, I resisted shift dresses because I thought they were boring to look at. Yes, they are simple, but simple is definitely not boring! I now realize my love for simple silhouettes, like a shift dress because, it’s not restrictive. It’s the perfect style of dress that gives a slimming effect without calling too much attention to those “fluffy” areas. 😉

I am now a believer that you should have at least one shift dress pattern in your stash to sew. Although my Naomi is sleeveless, she can easily be layered with a light jacket for the cooler days without taking away from the simple beauty of the dress.

Believe it or not, but my dress is reversible! Say what?! Yes, girl. Two for the price and time of one!

How, Sway?

Although Naomi is a fast sew with only 4 pattern pieces, I only used 2. I didn’t use the lining pieces so my dress is the same length on both sides. I’ve already worn my dress on the other side to Sea World with my family this past weekend!

My fabric is this medium-weight lyocell fabric from APC fabrics that is a really great price and quality. I can see this fabric being used in home decor (curtains, maybe), but it’s still drapey enough to use in clothing. Now that my daughter is spilling less food on me, I wanted to venture back into making more white clothing. This fabric was a bonus because it’s got some lovely texture in it that made it pop. You can see my blue striped fabric peeking through on the shoulder straps. I found that in a clearance bin about 4 years ago in LA.

Styling My Shift Dress

I normally show you my pattern makes wearing some type of heel. But, I recently did a huge purge of my closet and donated most of my heeled shoes. I don’t wear them and they were literally collecting dust. So, I found them a new home (and made room for a huge shoe haul from Zara and Asos, tee hee!)

Today, I styled my Naomi shift dress pattern with a pair of comfy flat sandals that maybe came from Target (I don’t remember) and a cute spring-timey bag I got from Poshmark. I normally carry a black bag, so this bag just makes me feel light and happy. I thought it was the perfect accent to this look. Doesn’t this whole look say cute, but comfy!No matter whether you sew the Naomi pattern or choose another one from your stash, I definitely cosign that it’s a must have piece to add to your list. They’re usually easy sews and are endlessly versatile. Seriously, pick a shift dress pattern, like Naomi – 😉 or Simplicity 8451 (if you’re looking for a sleeved version), whip it up in 2 or three colors and call it a day! lol

What’s your favorite shift dress pattern? Comment below to share the pattern love!

Photo cred: Marrica Evans

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