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Sheath Dress with Bat Sleeves

Added Dec 30, 2017

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Kaftan Dress – Burdastyle 06/2010 #111

A great pattern although the dress is form fitting in other words tight lol as I’ve just had lots of Christmas feasts. I couldve easily made it a size or two up now I know its this form fitting. The kimono style sleeves are adequate, i love this style, so I can swath around a resort somewhere haha; it will be perfect over a swimsuit by the pool. I would sweat too much if it was just used as a normal dress..I didn’t use satin lining, and siimply just self lined the dress by doubling the sheer main fabric twice. The chiffon fabric moves a lot while sewing so its tricky at times to mark the pattern out too, I’d found a partial roll of the fabric in a charity store. I made the lining shorter than the outer layer by about 15cm. I actually haven’t finished it yet lol, as I still have to cut all the wild threads, I need to replace the interfacing, and Im currently just holding the back opening together with bulldog clips lol!

Update: I managed to tidy it up, and at the same time I added bright neon mesh strips which I had in my trims stash, to the bottom of each sleeve edge, as well as around the neckline.

Material Notes

grey sheer woven chiffon, sew-in interfacing, invisible zipper, neon yellow mesh strips (selvedge edge doubled over).




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Evening Wear, Romantic

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    Feb 1, 2018, 10.21 AMby sewing fanatic

    I just completed my bat sleeve sheath dress properly, and at the same time also added some strips of neon mesh, which I had lying around in my trims stash. It gives a somewhat sporty edge to it now haha, but I’m really hoping it takes away the grey dullness. I must say this pattern could do with a split or two in the hem, for walking better, and I wouldn’t cook on an open fire haha with those gorgeous bat sleeves. This is very fitting and I’m dieting as we speak so I can fit in it lol without effort. As it is tight all over coverage, I don’t think this is a summer season dress, well I sweat so much haha, so I would say its spring or autumn. Unless I put mesh/lace side air vents/panels in or something lol. Ok thats my pattern review lol.

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    Jan 9, 2018, 12.30 PMby ronnielee

    Hey Bad Gal. you have done a great job on this Batty Number!!! I’m not normally a grey kinda gal but this works so well with the chiffon fabric! HNY to you xxx

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      Jan 10, 2018, 11.55 AMby sewing fanatic

      Haha hey there ronnielee my mate, thank you I love those bat sleeve styles so much. I also am not a grey person either- i am thinking of embellishing it with gems lolz. HNYxx

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    Jan 8, 2018, 01.00 PMby lisascarolina

    Gorgeous statement dress with those sleeves! So pretty! Happy New Year!! :)

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      Jan 10, 2018, 11.53 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thank you lovely! Bat sleeve style, inclulding in sheer fabric, i just love that style haha- and a Happy New Year to you too =D

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    Jan 7, 2018, 10.56 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    What a great, edgy dress !!!

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      Jan 7, 2018, 11.33 PMby sewing fanatic

      thanks so much Elpida honey! =D

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    Jan 6, 2018, 06.20 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

    This is an amazing style. Looks great!!

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      Jan 7, 2018, 06.23 AMby sewing fanatic

      thanks Lindsay! i just have to diet so i can fit in it now the festive season is over lol! x

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    Jan 6, 2018, 09.28 AMby Madcinderella

    Supercool, I love it!

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      Jan 7, 2018, 06.23 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks darling, that means alot! =D

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    Dec 31, 2017, 05.45 PMby Mary Athey

    Lovely dress. I always wandered what this dress would look like made up Xx

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      Dec 31, 2017, 09.48 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanku darling I’m glad i went thru with it and have almost finished it lol. Happy new year:D x

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    Dec 31, 2017, 10.58 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! So Cool! :) Happy new year my friend! ☼

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      Dec 31, 2017, 11.22 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thanx my honey! Its just turned 2018 here. Happy new year to you :D

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    Dec 30, 2017, 10.47 PMby Alexandra Boucher

    Love it! :)

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      Dec 31, 2017, 03.12 AMby sewing fanatic

      thanks so much Alexandra! =D

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