Ann Taylor inspired sheath dress

Added Sep 11, 2010

by feldmantcat

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Description

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.

Material Notes

polyester peachskin from Joanns, polyester lining

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

Season
Fall
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Business, Classic, Evening Wear
Material
Polyester

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