Thursday, August 27, 2009

Do You Shift or Sheath?


Fall! Fall! Fall 2009 Sewing is in the queue!


The shift dress can sometimes be mistaken for the sheath dress. Especially when there is a little more shaping in the waist area. The truth is they produce to very different silhouettes and more or less attention to the waistline.

Shift has no waist shaping or seam. In other words is comfortable to wear, kind to the waistline and very versatile.

Sheath is designed to tightly fit the body. Can be short and sexy.

I like both style of dress. But at times I find myself somewhere in between not wanting the dress to be too tight and a little more shapely than the average shift.

This fall/winter I plan to make two Vogue sheath styled dresses.
Vogue 1118


Vogue 8594


Which do you prefer? The shift or the sheath?

28 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Yeah but if you're plus size a shift and a sheath are the same thing - anything that hides that waistline works! *LOL* I make a mean sheath that has the "illusion" of a waistline but is probably closer to a shift dress!

Antoinette said...

For me, each has its place. If I wear a shift, I am more comfortable with a short hemline. If I wear a sheath I want it to extend to the knee. Incidentally, I find that my shifts are all casual, and my sheaths are all for work!

Carol said...

I don't like shifts on me, they end up look sack-like and shapeless. I love sheaths and find them much more flattering. I have Vogue 8594 in my sewing queue at the moment amd I think the waist detailing is lovely. I've even considered piping it for more definition. I prefer a fitted waist.

BetsyV said...

Sheath for me. I'm with Carol on this. Shifts look like tents on me.

I have the Tracy Reese sheath pattern too but no real plans for it yet!

Trudy Callan said...

I think the sheath is more flattering to the figure. I especially like the first one.

Adrienne said...

I like both for different reasons. I do have 8594 cut out and ready to sew. I LOVE that pattern.

Faye Lewis said...

I like both. The sheath is so classic and stunning. And like you said the shift is so comfortable and easy to wear. I agree with Antoinette, if its a shift a shorter length is better.

Cole's Corner said...

I agree with the other ladies... I like the shift. The sheath looks like a moo moo on me.

AllisonC said...

Sheath for me too. Both of those patterns are on their way to me already, looks like they will be popular!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I like your title :)

My preference would be sheath...I just like that style on me best...but I also like shifts :)
Great choices,these two are also on my list.

spottedroo said...

Hmm...I always thought I couldn't wear a shift dress because of the sack thing. But I'm finding that if its well-cut and has some shaping a looser dress can be very comfortable,especially for summer. Still love sheath dresses though. Probably my favorite style.

Opal said...

I like them both...

Dawn said...

Sheath! Sheath! I like shifts but only with belts, lol.

Eugenia said...

I'm both a shift and a sheath - depending on my mood and the state of my waistline! Like you I have just bought Vogue 1118 so I'm really looking forward to seeing how you get on with it.

Sharon said...

I like both, the shift because - as you said - of the comfort factor, but the sheath because it shows a bit more shape. As much as I like the waist definition I don't like anything that fits too tightly either. I was thinking about sewing Vogue 1118 also. Wonder how many others are planning on this one? Maybe we should do a sew along!

Elizabeth said...

Although my body is doing some shifting I still prefer the sheath. I just got my Vogue Pattern magazine and have been eyeing 8594 too.

Cennetta said...

Wow! Thanks for stating your opinions on this. Sharon I think the sew along would be great. The problem with me is I'm always going in ten different directions. Is there anyone else interested in a shift/sheath sew along?
Thanks,
C

Andrea said...

I like both. The Sheath is a timeless style that never goes out of fashion. At least not in my wardrobe and it's a great staple for the work wardrobe. The shifts are casual/comfy but, if made with the right fabric and an above the knee hem, it can transition into a very nice party dress.

Tamara said...

As I was reading this post I realized that I do not have either in my closet. I don't ever go anywhere that I would wear a sheath dress (I think they are beautiful on). I haven't made a shift because I am afraid of the sack o' potatoes look. I think they look really cute on other people though. I think I need a sheath dress but I am a little leery of the fitting. Both of your sheath dress patterns are very cute!

Sheila said...

I like both, but have only made shifts. I would love to make a sheath if I can get over the fear of inserting an invisible zipper, Which I have done before, but the experience was not memorable.

I would love to participate in a sew-along.

Uta said...

I never understood the difference between shift and sheath. Thanks for explaining!

Paola said...

Sheath for me too.It´s more flattering to the figure.

Gail said...

If you want to look like a bombshell, sheaf. If you want to breath and walk, shift. I'll leave it to your discretion.

alethia said...

I like both; however a sheat will be more flaterring to my figure.

ClaireOKC said...

Oh the Sheath - it will look stunning on you.

Lynne said...

Well, today I'm wearing a shift....belted! I do like a sheath as well. Sometimes the danger with a shift is that it can also look like a mumu if you're not careful!

Kat said...

Definitely the sheath if I'm feeling fit. Both are nice but it depends on where you intend to wear it. For example, a summer day? A shift would be nice. For a more elegant, sleek evening look? Then the sheath. \

Overall, I like the sheath. Anytime I wear anything like a shift, my DH asks, "Why are you wearing that pregnancy dress?" @!#*)!@*&#)$@#&* Men...

Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth said...

Sheath. I have HUGE boobs and would look completely pregnant in a shift

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