Get Threads magazine!

Subscribe Renew Give a Gift

How to Sew a Classic Sheath Dress

Photo: Jack Deutsch

The sheath dress, so named for the way it fits, gives definition to the waist, has a fitted skirt, and typically is sleeveless and knee-length. Its popularity stems from its versatility. Pair it with a jacket and pumps for work and then transition it into eveningwear with jewelry and a flirty shoe. The sheath has been in style for decades. Jacqueline Kennedy was often seen in a sheath dress with a jacket and a pillbox hat. Summer or winter, it is a wardrobe staple.

Many women imagine only a slender model can wear a sheath dress. The silhouette is actually a wonderful choice for women of any size, because it skims the body without adding visual bulk. In contrast, the "tent" looks found in many plus-size patterns and ready-to-wear garments aren't flattering, chic, or elegant, but a sheath dress always is. Here, Helen Haughey will show you how to plan a stunning, custom sheath dress, starting with a commercial pattern, and finish it with couture details, so it will look wonderful and last longer. Helen Haughey will show you that a carefully created sheath dress does, indeed, flatter every figure in this article from Threads #170.

Comments (0)

Log in or create a free account to post a comment.