I’ve noticed lately that the terms sheath and shift have been used interchangeably. I’ve always thought of them as vastly different styles, with sheaths being fitted dresses and shifts being almost shapeless a-line dresses.
So I did a little interwebs research and this is what I found.
“Shift dresses have no waist definition and are not snug against the body which makes them favorable for hot days as well as various body shapes. Theses dresses do a better job at softening the body shape by producing a sleek outline on the outside instead of aligning with individual body shapes. The dresses are easy to slip on and the comfort level is a total plus.” From www.womens-dresses.net/everyday/shift
“A sheath dress features a figure-hugging silhouette with a defined waist (no belt or waistband). From http://fashion.about.com/cs.glossary/g/bldefsheath.htm
This started me wondering whether wiggle dresses were sheath dresses or a class of their own. And here’s what I found.
“The sexier option for women’s dress was the wiggle or pencil skirt. The shape of the wiggle skirt is high and tight pleated waist, form fitting through hips, and slightly tapered through the knee.” From http://vintageclothing.about.com/od/1950s/tp/50s_womens.htm
Interesting, eh? So the woven dresses I have been making, B5147 are definitely sheath dresses. I guess I could make them into a wiggle dress if I tapered the skirt near the hem. Hmm… That might be a good idea for the dress I’m making for the wedding in a couple of weeks. And no, I haven’t started it yet. I am a very busy girl these days. I’ll tell you why later. 😉