Posted on Wednesday the 23rd August 2017 by Handmade by Lara Liz
Hi Everyone! This is Lara from Handmade by Lara Liz back for my second post as part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. Can you believe Summer is almost over already? My next project will transition us all right into fall with fall florals and a warmer weather dress!
The Sheath Dress Sewing Pattern from the Avid Seamstress is a drapey garment with a round neckline, elastic waist and an invisible zipper closure in the back. It has options for short or mid-length sleeves and with or without pockets.
The Avid Seamstress patters are unbelievably detailed and such a great pattern for beginner sewists. I sewed up the Day Dress Pattern when I first started sewing and it made sewing one of my first projects a breeze. Each Avid Seamstress pattern includes a full online tutorial as well that details each step even further which is such a great resource (and my favorite part of the independent pattern world).
The Sheath Dress comes together so quickly due to the dolman sleeve silhouette. The pattern only had 3 pieces because I left off the pockets (front piece and 2 back pieces). The pattern also requires a 40 cm/16” invisible zipper and 1 meter of elastic.
I chose this beautiful floal print Dressmaking Fabric that was a perfect fit for a fall dress. It would also work so well for any drapey blouses for fall as well. Nothing screams fall like these colors.
The Sheath Dress has a very relaxed fit which makes for very easy construction. This fabric has very little give to it so I was nervous about how it would fit as a dress, but due to the fit of the dress it wasn’t an issue but it might be something to keep in mind for more fitted garments with this fabric.
I chose to make the longer sleeve version of the dress. In a second version, I think I would try to slim down the sleeves so that they were a bit more fitted. I also left out the pockets in this version as well because I installed them on one side and thought they didn’t lay particularly flat so I left them out.
This dress can be styled with or without a belt but I thought that the belt added to the fall vibe of the outfit and made the elastic waist not noticeable. While the dress calls for an invisible zipper, I found due to the ease in the dress, I probably could have gotten away without it and therefore could have used bias tape on the neckline instead of the facing.
I would highly recommend this pattern for the beginner dressmaker and beyond. It is a great easy to make dress that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the fabric choice and the way it’s styled.
I’d love to hear how you’re transitioning your sewing to fall. What patterns are your favorite? What fabrics are you drawn to for fall? I’d love to hear from you on Instagram or on my blog or leave a comment here! Thanks for stopping by today!