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Bias Sheath Dress?

opalmom | Posted in Patterns on

OK, I’ve been looking all over the net and the two fabric stores I have nearby (Joanns – gag and a really ratty Rag Shop)….and I cannot for the life of me find a Bias cut Sheath Dress.

Now, I have one I bought, and I’m going to try to make a pattern from that, but I’d like to have a “real” pattern for reference as well.

Does this not exist in the realm of this planet?  Anyone have any clue what I am talking about?



  1. HeartFire | | #1

    there was a recent post about a simplicity pattern, bias pull over dress (simplicity pattern 5190) its not a sheeth dress in the strict definition (no waist seams) but take a look and see if its what you want

    1. opalmom | | #3

      Hi Judy,

      That discussion is what started this mission I'm on (LOL).....Although if that is the closest I'm going to get, its time to get out pattern paper and implements and start adjusting.



  2. Elisabeth | | #2

    Did you look in the lingerie/sleepwear sections of the pattern books? I have seen a pretty bias cut gown in that section of the KwikSew catalog. Seems like the other companies, Vogue, McCalls, etc. would have one too.

    1. opalmom | | #4

      Hi Elisabeth (thats my middle name, fwiw, and I love it with the s rather than the zed)


      I did look in Simplicity and New Look and nothing there, but I will need to get busy in Mc Calls, Butterick and Vogue.



  3. carolfresia | | #5

    Kwik Sew has (or had, at least) a very nice, simple, bias-cut dress pattern, sleeveless with either a round or v-neck, center front and back seams, and a couple of darts, I recall. I used the pattern a couple of times and liked it quite a lot. I wonder if bias dresses tend to be seasonal, and if you'll have more luck with the spring/summer patterns come out?  BTW, if you can't purchase Kwik Sew locally, you can order them from http://www.sewsassy.com.


    1. sarahkayla | | #6

      I made myself several sheath dresses after reading the threads article on making a bias tube.

      I had a simple dress from the Gap that I used as my pattern. the dress was cut on the straight of grain...and had a couple of fisheye darts at the back waist..


      but i'm lazy..and am blessed with a fairly boxy shape...so I made no closures and no darts. those dresses make up most of my summer wardrobe. one has been worn to death and will have to be retired.



      sarah from nyc

      1. carolfresia | | #7

        For a simple dress like this, I think it's great if you can copy one that you own and like. You're almost guaranteed a good fit from the start....but it's worth remembering that fabrics all behave differently on the bias. I made one bias dress in heavy rayon twill, and it was fantastic. The second one was in a lightweight linen, and although the fit is fine, the fabric just doesn't flow and skim the body as nicely. I might retrofit that one with some vertical darts in back...


        1. ElonaM | | #8

          This is not a widely-availably style of pattern, for some reason. Here are a couple I found in searching the web:http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V7525=x&TI=20009&pageNum=6http://www.grandmashouse.ws/Patterns/images/PatM3414.gifHowever, I think I have seen some others in Vogue not too long ago. The trouble is that--amazingly enough--the print description sometimes doesn't tell you that a garment is bias cut, and the online catalogues don't show every pattern in the book. Occasionally, it's necessary to open the envelope to check the layout. Anyhow, some of the bias sheaths below, in my stash, are OOP (though searchable on ebay and elsewhere), but some may still be available, and a visit to the in-store big, fat pattern book may be necessary.Vogue 2051
          Vogue 9721
          Vogue 9924
          Simplicity/Style 9109
          Simplicity/Style 9980

          1. carolfresia | | #9

            Add Kwik Sew 3049 to the list, too. It is annoying, isn't it, when you can't tell if it's bias or not just from the envelope!


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