+ Very easy sheath dress tutorial (this one with contrast back!)

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IMG_6635c This sheath dress is so quick and easy to make that you will be tempted to make a million of them! I’ve refashioned some over-sized dresses into some before (here and here), but have yet to make one from scratch. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find how quick and easy it was to make! Perfect time to look pretty for the holidays? I think yes!

dress: self-made (tutorial below)   shoes: forever 21

1.5 yards of fabric (I choose knit so I didn’t have to add darts and it could have a comfortable stretch to it)
sewing machine
measuring tape

1. You can use either template, If you want to make a very accurate dress or paper pattern, follow the first template. If you want to make something quick ..follow the second.

Take the measurements listed in the template below, draw it out on paper, making a center line down the whole skirt pattern to help keep things perfect. After you get your measurements Add at least an inch of seam allowance to the waist, chest, and hips –> then divide these 3 measurements and the length around forearm by 2. You are only making 1 pattern of the front half of the skirt so these 4 measurements need to be divided by 2. Just for reassurance…I added a few inches around the chest, waist and hips for the first pattern, just in case. Draw out your measurements on a paper to look like the first image below! Add an inch to the bottom for hem and half inch to the sleeves. You will have this pattern to make many skirt over and over again. Tweek it if needed! If you want to do something even easier and quicker, skip to the next template!


2. Once you have cut out your front and back piece. Sew up the sides to the armpit, and the shoulder seam.

3. Align the side seams, and cut out how deep you want the front and back neckline, leaving 1/2″ for the hem.

4. Sew the sleeves and the neckline under.

5. Hem the bottom, I did a blind hem (tutorial here), but you can do a topstitch.

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  1. Where would recommend or find your printed knit? You always have the prettiest knits! Big fan of your tutorials, keep it up!

    • I usually pick them up at the thrift store of garage sales (like this one). There are a lot of online stores have pretty knits, you could try lowpricefabric.com or gorgeousfabrics.com

  2. Very clever. Good, clear instructions.

  3. Muy lindo!!!!

  4. beautiful dress<3

  5. I can’t wait to try this! Looks pretty simple, which I need! Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. This is my kind of pattern! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Brittany says:

    I am so doing this. I have been on the look out for a dress like this so I do not have to wear my favorite dress over and over. THANK YOU!

  8. This is such a cute dress! Thank you for sharing :) I am definitely going to be making

  9. marinella says:

    grazie infinite!!! spigazioni molto chiare. un abbraccio.

  10. Very beautiful!! I will try it :)

  11. This dress looks incredible and so festive for fall


  12. Thanks for providing such great tips on how to draft one of these. I am dying to try this!

  13. joanna o says:

    You did a beautiful job! I have had the worst time with my serged seams ending up wavy. I have my serger set to 4 4 4 4 for tension as I read that is ideal for knits. Can you offer any suggestions on what I may be doing wrong?

  14. So cute! Love ur blog!! Do u have any sewing machine recommendations for a beginner sewer? I wanna buy one but there’s soo many to choose from and I’m just like :-O

  15. I love this… and your blog! I will keep this in mind when I’m ready to go full into sewing a dress from scratch. :)


  16. Love it!! I’ve linked to your tutorial at Craft Gossip:

  17. I absolutely love your blog and I’m learning to sew and I’m definitely going to try this! It looks very easy. I already started looking for knit fabric! And I am obsessed with your shoes by the way…Love them!

    HomeschooledChic :D

  18. Lovely… cute cute!!!!!thanks for these idea!!!!!

  19. Did you use a zipper or would a knit be stretchy enough to not require a zipper?
    Great tutorial! I can’t wait to try it out!

  20. Great dress, Love the contrast panel, absolutely gorgeous!

  21. Rita cho says:

    ………but I want yours


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