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How to Sew a Classic Sheath Dress

Threads magazine - 170 - Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014

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.

The silhouette is 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. Use whatever pattern works for you and fit it first.

Here, Helen Haughey will share her refined techniques for a beautifully sewn sheath dress, finished with couture details. It will look wonderful and last longer. Learn how to sew a carefully created sheath dress does in this article from Threads #170.

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  1. Alexandra4617 | | #1

    And I went looking for all the patterns, and I think only one was available on the Something Delightful web site. Perhaps the patterns can be found elsewhere, I didn't look, but perhaps when reprinting an article like this maybe new references should be added.
    Thank you.

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