Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Do You Shift or Sheath? - Part II V8555 and M5818



Several months ago I blogged several months ago the question: Do you shift or sheath? I received some really great comments from my fellow fashionistas. Personally I like both styles. As I reviewed the garments that I've made over the past three years, the majority of them have been dresses. My goal is to find best fit as I'm two different sizes on top.

Each of us have an unique body shape, but in general we can see how our unique body shape fits into one of the standardized silhouettes. Today while research all things dresses, I stumbled upon Nordstrom's Fit Fundamental videos. Four neat little videos about fit and style.

The Vogue sheath is one of my favorite silhouettes. The black shift is my second dress made from M5818 Palmer Pletsch pattern. This is a great simple classic dress that is versatile and easy to wear. For the fall version I wanted a simple black dress that I could dress up or down. It's made from a nice poly from Hancock's (formal wear section). No additional changes wear made.


Last summer I had planned to plan the jacket as well but didn't get around to it yet. (Still on the "To Sew List".) I'm matching this version up with M5530-View A.

My DD made the perfect necklace to wear with this version.


My reviews are on PR. More pictures are on Flickr.

29 comments:

  1. The black is simply smashing on you! Very chic! I have that pattern, but haven't made it up yet, and now I'm eager to pull it out and try. Sheath, definitely sheath! So modern, so elegant!

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  2. Both dresses look great on you!

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  3. I think I might be a little confused about the difference.

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  4. They are both beautiful dresses and you look stunning in both. I love sheath too one is already on mtd list

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  5. The both dresses are gorgeous.So stylish,so elegant,so chic,so,so...Well,I want to say:I like them! :)

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  6. Both are beautiful on you. I especially love the color of V8555. Now I have two more patterns to add to my wish list.

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  7. You look so amazing and elegant in both dresses - with these two beautiful dresses you will be ready to go anywhere during the holiday season!

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  8. That black dress is stunning on you. The lines are perfect.

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  9. While both dresses look good on you, I am partial to the black one. Very chic and the fit is fabulous. They both really suit you though and your instincts about what flatters you is right on.
    Glad to see you back to blogging!

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  10. Fabulous - both of them! I think the key is proper fitting and proportion. You've done a great job at both. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. Absolutely lovely and the fit is superb

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  12. Both dresses are simply beautiful. I'm always partial to black.

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  13. These are both great dresses on you.

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  14. You look amazing in both of these dresses. You always look so gorgeous. The necklace is beautiful. How nice to have such a talented daughter.

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  15. Cennetta...I love both dresses, but my oh my, I love the burgundy-brown one...the color is perfect on you. You look gorgeous in both!

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  16. Thanks everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  17. I'm a little confused about the definition of "shift" vs. "sheath." In your previous post on the subject, you wrote that a shift "has no waist shaping or seam. In other words is comfortable to wear, kind to the waistline and very versatile."

    The black dress (according to the McCall's 5818 line drawing) has waistline darts as well as waist shaping on the side seams, which seems to me to make it more of a sheath dress than a shift. I guess I think of a sheath dress as any form-fitting dress, whether or not it has a waistline seam. But maybe that's just me.

    Both dresses look absolutely gorgeous on you, BTW!

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  18. Faye Lewis and Christine, My apologies for the confusion on the definition of the "shift" dress. There are two silhouettes classic and "A" line. My black dress is the classic version. Here's a link to a shift dress site that may help with the explanation of shift dress: http://shift-dress.com/work-shift/

    Thanks again, everyone.
    C

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  19. Both of these are so beautiful and look really great on you!

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  20. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Both the dresses and the model.

    By the way, you're spring version of 5818 was included in the latest Palmer/Pletsch Fashion e-magazine :-)

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  21. Both are great on you. Personally I like way the sheath flatters your curves. But why choose?

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  22. You look geat in your dresses.

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  23. Both dresses look great on you, but like Joyce, for some reason, I love black. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! :-)

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  24. Both are so beautiful, Cennetta! You're one of those rare women that can rock any outfit you wear.

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  25. I do like both dresses!

    And, thanks for the tip on the Nordstrom videos. I finally understand my shape!

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  26. As someone who is also a couple different sizes, I'm with you! I generally find a sheath (which I define as having a waist seam) is easier to cobble together in a way that fits my body, but you look great in both!

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  27. Both of these dresses are just stunning on you!

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  28. I sheath....I'm a girl of the 60's and Audrey Hepburn....but both dresses are killer great!

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