Ann Taylor inspired sheath dress
Added Sep 11, 2010
Nashua, New Hamp...
I saw this fabric and it immediately reminded of the Abstract Print silk sheath dress from Ann Taylor – similar color and pattern. I used New Look 6643 for a basic sheath design. I did redraft the neckline of the pattern, and used the neckline from view A and the sleeveless bodice from view C. Instead of binding the armscyes and neckline with self bias strips I decided to fully line the dress with a plain black lining. I used this tutorial from Stitchy Witch to get a perfect seam with the lining and fashion fabric along the armscyes. I think the pattern called for a lapped zipper but I used an invisible zipper and bound the edges of that with black bias hem facing. I also used the hem facing for the hem and I think that this is probably the first hem I ever did that truly was invisible. The pattern is well drafted and only had two pattern pieces (front and back). I did grade it down slightly from the smallest size and had to shorten it at the bust and in the hem. What I particularly love about the pattern is that the center back seam is curved, so there is no excess fabric at the lower back which is a typical problem for me on dress patterns (I have a minor swayback). The fit is the perfect fitted silhouette for a sheath dress and did not require too many changes to fit my mutant short body.
polyester peachskin from Joanns, polyester lining