+ 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

Supplies:
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)
thread
scissors
pins
sewing machine
measuring tape

Instructions:
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!

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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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Comments

  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 :)
    http://www.daybydaycreation.blogspot.com

  11. This dress looks incredible and so festive for fall

    http://sincerelycharmaine.blogspot.com/

  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. :)

    http://aredesignedlove.blogspot.com

  16. Love it!! I’ve linked to your tutorial at Craft Gossip:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-contrast-back-knit-sheath-dress/2013/12/03/
    –Anne

  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 😀

  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. Looks easy. I’m wondering if this pattern is
    2 pieces front and back or 4 pieces with 2 sleeves
    or are there the sleeves part of the front and back?

    Thank you
    Cher

  22. Sarah Helene says:

    FAB sheath dress on you! What a clever idea: floral for the entire front and a solid color on the entire back! I’ve never seen this type of dress before. I agree with many comments, EASY sewing PLUS precise instructions and sharp line drawings. Fantastic trio of photos at the beginning! BRAVO! Your bright blue shoes add PIZZAZZ. Thanks for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

  23. Best pattern to date, as you can adapt it for making any pattern / any dress/ any style. Love it. and Thank you for sharing it. It puts the entire pattern industry into perspective, well it does for me…..thank you x

  24. Daniqua says:

    LOVE LOVE your masterpieces. im new to sewing so I browse everywhere and you have definitely given me some good tips and inspirations.

  25. This is great!

    I’m having a hard time drawing the pattern just right.
    Do you have any advice? I have the measurements, but how do I put them on paper so they turn out into such a cute pattern? Please help?

    Thank you so much for this!
    Larissa

  26. How kind of you to share this pattern. You’re a talented person.

    Cheers,

    Lyric
    http://www.sewlyricallyvintage.wordpress.com

  27. How hard would it be to add either 3/4 or longer sleeves?

  28. Hi, I have ridiculously big boobs what should I do to make a dress like this that will actually fit?

  29. i am now in yr10 at high school and this is the dress that am using for my textiles gcse coursework any advice???????????????

  30. Awesome tutorial. The dress looked amazing when it was finished. Would you say it’s easier to sew with knit fabric, suppose I wanted to use jersey fabric. (I’m an amateur who just got interested in sewing so I like to know as much as I can about fabrics.)

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  32. What fabric did you usually use? Is it stretchy and do you know if it works with a material without stretch?

  33. Love the dress

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