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)
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.