How to cut and sew a shift dress with v neck and welt pocket

In this guide, I will walk you through How to cut and sew a shift dress with v neck and welt pocket. I will show you how to make a shift dress with without a pattern in the video attached. This classic design is versatile and can be customized to suit your preferences.

Before you start, ensure you have all the necessary materials and tools. Let’s get started!

Materials needed to Make stylish shift dress with a V-neckline and welt pocket :

  • Fabric of your choice (suggested: lightweight woven fabric)
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Ruler or measuring gauge
  • Chalk or fabric marker
  • Iron and ironing board

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Step 1: Taking Accurate Measurements

  1. Measure your bust, waist, hips, and desired dress length.
  2. Determine the width of the V-neckline and how deep you want it to be.
  3. Decide on the welt pocket’s size and placement.

Step 2: Drafting the Pattern

  1. Using your measurements, draft the front and back pattern pieces for the shift dress on pattern paper.
  2. Add seam allowances (typically 1/2 inch) around all edges except the neckline and center back (for the zipper).
  3. For the V-neckline, mark the center front and draw the V shape according to your chosen width and depth.
  4. Draft the welt pocket pattern, ensuring it fits the chosen placement on the front dress pattern.


Step 3: Cutting the Fabric

  1. Lay the fabric on a flat surface, ensuring it’s smooth and free of wrinkles.
  2. Place the pattern pieces on the fabric following the grainline, and pin them down securely.
  3. Use fabric scissors to carefully cut out the front and back dress pieces and the welt pocket piece.

Step 4: Preparing the Welt Pocket

  1. With right sides together, fold the welt pocket piece in half lengthwise, and sew the short ends together.
  2. Turn the welt pocket right side out and press it flat.
  3. Align the welt pocket’s raw edges with the marked pocket placement on the front dress piece.
  4. Stitch the welt pocket in place using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, forming the pocket opening.

Step 5: Assembling the Dress

  1. Place the front and back dress pieces with right sides together.
  2. Pin the shoulder seams and side seams, then sew them using a straight stitch and the chosen seam allowance.
  3. Finish the raw edges with a serger or zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.
  4. Try on the dress to check the fit and make any necessary adjustments.

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Step 6: Creating the V-Neckline

  1. Fold the neckline edge towards the wrong side of the dress by the chosen width of the V-neckline.
  2. Press the fold to make it crisp and even.
  3. Stitch along the folded edge to secure the V-neckline in place.

Step 7: Hemming the Dress

  1. Fold the bottom edge of the dress towards the wrong side by the desired dress length.
  2. Press the fold and pin it in place.
  3. Stitch the hem using a straight stitch.

Step 8: Finishing Touches

  1. Press the entire dress to ensure all seams and hems are crisp.
  2. Install a zipper at the center back seam if you didn’t leave enough room for the dress to slip on.
  3. Remove any remaining chalk or fabric marker markings.

Watch how to cut and sew a shift dress with v neck and welt pocket


Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a stylish shift dress with a V-neckline and welt pocket.

Feel free to experiment with different fabrics and dress lengths to make this design truly your own. Happy sewing!