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Here’s our handy guide to the most popular shapes for dresses
as featured in Love to Sew

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From left to right:

Shirt, A-line, empire waist dress
Shift , tent or trapeze , princess-seam
Yoke, drop-waist dress, tunic, asymmetrical hem


Shirt dress – It’s styled as it sounds like a button through shirt.
A-line dress – Shaped like a capital ‘A’ in silhouette, and narrowing at the waistline to flare out to a wider hemline.
Empire-waist dress – A comfortable high waist dress that sits neatly under the bust.

Shift dress – Classic unfitted style made famous in the ‘60’s, featuring straight and simple lines. Usually knee-length or shorter.
Tent or trapeze dress – A pyramid-shaped dress that flares out to a very wide and flouncy hemline.
Princess Seam dress – Fitted dress is fitted with long front seams found that fit the body.

Yoke dress – This dress has a fitted area of fabric along the front and back of the shoulders.
Drop-waisted dress – A dress style where waistline sits on hipline.
Tunic style dress – A dress (or top) with a loose fit, worn slightly shorter and usually with leggings.
Asymmetrical hem dress – Uneven hemline either at the front or back or with different shape layers. Low high hemmed dresses are very popular at the moment.