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Another Sheath Dress

I'm now on my third sheath dress that's finished, but the one in this post is the very first one I made! Presented here with gorgeous Vienna backdrop, and unfortunately with no back picture since, well - sightseeing!

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.


  1. you look so stylish and cool - especially as compared to the denim shorts clad tourists behind you. Very chic! great fit and I am so happy you have developed the TNT pattern. I agree - a sheath dress is so versatile and you can change up the details. as for the upper back, perhaps you just need to take it in at the center back seam a bit. otherwise the fit looks very good.

    1. Thank you Beth! Yes, I'm excessively happy with the fit, and have fabric for loads more of these :) Including a very nice textured black cotton (?!) which I just picked up on my trip to Romania.

      Regarding the center seam, the other two versions don't have this problem at all. I think I just messed this one up when I attached the piping in the back, I wasn't careful enough while handling it.

    2. Also - I am getting started on the coat this week! Stay tuned :)

  2. It looks good! Well done!
    Where do you think you need to change the shape of the armhole? I'm curious now...

    1. Thank you! I really like it, and I find that it's easy enough to wear both at work and sightseeing. If you look closely at the picture that shows the back, you can also notice my bra is showing a bit at the armhole - that's why I think I need a bit more coverage there.

      Coming to think about it, I think I already did this alteration. I'll check my other two versions to see if the problem persists.

  3. Looks very stylish and comfortable!

  4. Very nice. I love "basic" sheath dresses. Or is it a shift dress? I can't tell because of the print.

    1. Thank you! It's a sheath dress, it has a full set of darts in the front (although indeed they are lost in the print)


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