Sewing a stylish shift dress is surprisingly simple with this how-to from Summer Phoenix and Ruby Canner, owners of the Some Odd Rubies vintage store.

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Read step by step instructions after the video.

Resources: Singer 4423 Heavy Duty sewing machines are available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores or Amazon.

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Cut elastic waist from skirt. Lay skirt flat, and cut top edge with scissors or a rotary cutter to make even.

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Step 2

Measure 1 1/2 inches from top raw edge and draw a line across skirt.

Step 3

With a seam ripper or small pair of sharp scissors, open side seams 10 inches down from drawn line (this will create a 9-inch armhole).

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Step 4

Finish opened seam edges with a machine-sewn baby hem.

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Step 5

On one side of skirt, fold top raw edge down one half inch, then another half inch. Pin in place. Machine-sew across skirt, along bottom edge of folded "tunnel." Repeat on other side of skirt.

Step 6

Attach a safety pin to lengths of ribbon and thread through the tunnels you have created on both sides of top of dress.

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Step 7

If desired, tie a length of the same ribbon around middle of dress to create a belt.

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