This is a sheath dress I made from my now TnT pattern that Beth helped me fit (thank you Beth!). It was the very first version I made after the fitting, and it was intended as a wearable muslin more than anything else. However, having worn both this version, and the more fitted one I already posted about, I think this one is the clear winner, since it looks good and it's way more comfortable. In fact, while I was on holiday last week, I altered that dress to be more like this one - I released the shoulder seam which I had previously raised.
Like all sheath dresses, this one is pretty simple as well - it is made in a cotton poplin I bought at John Lewis before I moved to Switzerland, so it's been in my stash for about 2 years. Being made in poplin, I simply used my pinking shears on the seams since poplin barely frays. I finished the neckline and armholes with a all-in-one facing, and added piping to the neckline only. For the hem, I turned and topstitched.
The only problem with this dress is the fact that I stretched the back neckline while sewing, as seen in this picture. Actually, looking at this picture, I see that also I could change the curve of the armhole. I'll check to see how the other two dresses made from this pattern look, but I don't remember this being the case on the blue/brown dress. Maybe I altered the pattern for that between making this one and that one?
The great thing about this pattern is that you can make it in 1m of 1.50m wide fabric. For this kind of dress you want something that does not have a lot of drape, and this poplin toes the line when it comes to that: it looks pretty good, but I wouldn't make this style in anything less drapey. It is very comfortable to wear, and I find that I can whip out one of these fairly quickly - the latest one I made took about 7 hours and I needed to change the pattern pieces as well.
What do you think? Is this the right path? I'm quite happy with the fit for this one, so after having worn both this one and the blue/brown one I reverted to the pattern I used for this version.