Not-Your-Average Sheath Dress
Added Apr 29, 2011
This is a repost of a project that has mysteriously vanished from my studio. It’s a sheath dress with unusual details including a triangular bodice and curved raglan sleeves. This pattern is from a Burda Style special for Brides (Burda Style Novias, 03/11), and it’s model number 902. My version is made from recycled denim and a little bit of denim yardage where I couldn’t make the front skirt panels fit on what was left of the jeans, so it has a number of extra seams. The most notable is in the front bodice section; it should be one piece on the fold rather than two, but I don’t think it looks strange with the seam. I actually really like the panel effect the extra seams give the back. Note that there are only two pattern pieces for the back of the body, not four as my version makes you expect. This dress is both faced and lined, and I HIGHLY recommend that if you use a heavy fabric, you skip the facing. There were points where I was sewing through four or five layers of denim, and it was just too much. I made this as a wearable muslin for one of the options for my wedding dress, since I have always imagined getting married in a knee-length sheath. Upon completion, I’ve decided it’s a little TOO plain for what I want, but I have a new dress out of the deal!
Recycled denim, a worn-to-death fitted sheet my partner’s mom passed on and that made her laugh hysterically when she noticed it as the lining, and an invisible zip