Mary Q Retro Shift Dress Sewing Pattern - Classic 1960s style downloadable pdf - Ladies multisized

The Mary Q Shift is inspired by Mary Quant and the 1960s. According to Erin McKean's book The Hundred Dresses, a Mary Quant dress "transports you back to swinging London in the Sixties, riding off on a scooter, late for a rock show."

The Mary Q Dress pattern is a classic and timeless shift that is reversible as it is fully lined. It is cut a little longer than the traditional mini skirt to flatter all figures. Clothesline Pattern's mantra is "made in a day" so this is a simple pattern with no darts or zippers to slow you down.

A printable instruction page is reinforced by a photo tutorial online at There are also links to five short, 2-3 minute videos of some steps that beginners may wish to follow along with.


  • Multi-size pattern comes in 8 sizes to fit bust 73cm (29") to 108cm (43")
  • Only two pattern pieces to assemble and cut out
  • Fully reversible dress for two different looks
  • Step by step photo tutorial online at
  • Includes five short videos especially for beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • 2.2m(2 3/8 yd) of 115cm (45") fabric + same amount lining
  • OR 1.2m (1 3/8yd) of 150cm(60") fabric + same amount lining
  • 1 or 2 (if making your dress reversible) large buttons
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An older neighbour once told me about how she would shop in the morning for a pattern and fabric, sew a new dress in the afternoon and wear it out that night. I love that idea! That's the spirit of Clothesline Patterns, simple clothes-making to be sewn in a single day.

Back in 2008, when I couldn't find the simple, speedy clothing patterns I was looking for, I decided to make them myself. Private patternmaking classes led to full time study in clothing design and technology at MSIT, a technical college in Brisbane, Australia.

I've worked in a number of creative industries - visual merchandising, graphic design, event styling - but now live amongst the sugar cane fields just outside Mackay in rural Queensland, happily making things for my website

Our motto at Clothesline : Be you. Everyone else is taken.

Carmen Hing Fay

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