I have completed my promised shift dress! It turned out every bit as cute as I imagined. Honestly, since my first try at drafting a sleeve pattern (my second pattern-drafting experience ever), I have been scared off from undertaking anymore sleeve drafting. This time, I carefully followed the instructions in my trusty old pattern-drafting book, and what do you know— drafting the sleeve was a piece of cake! The sleeves are undoubtedly my favorite part about the dress. As closure for the dress, I inserted an invisible zipper in the back. There are so many different ways a dress like this can be worn. I especially like the option of wearing a belt or going more plain-jane. One of the most troubling I questions I had when drafting the pattern (Oh, by the way, a great way to recycle newspaper is to draft patterns on it.) was the question of darts. Through a lot of research and some helpful advice, I came to the understanding that shift dresses may or may not have darts. And when I pinpointed a dress that was the exact pattern I wanted and discovered it had no darts, I decided to leave the darts out of this pattern. But I think, if I ever want to adapt this pattern, I could add some darts to it. That is the best thing about drafting your own patterns: you can make a a simple, versatile pattern and then add or take away whatever details you don’t want. Hope y’all had a merry Christmas and have a great New Year!