The Avid Seamstress Sheath Dress

The Avid Seamstress


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Buy the Sheath Dress sewing pattern from The Avid Seamstress. This classic dress features a rounded neckline, grown-on sleeves and subtle shaping. Choose between a sash belt or an elasticated waist, and in-seam or patch pockets. Add a button and loop closure or simply pull on. With so many options, the Sheath Dress is the ideal base to create your ultimate dress.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PAPER (next working day dispatch on orders and FREE UK delivery over £50)

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: Light to medium weight woven fabrics: cotton, cotton lawn, poplin, corduroy, chambray, denim, linen, tencel, and moleskin.

Fabric requirements: Allow extra fabric if pattern matching.

Dress with sash belt: 145 cm (57″) wide fabric: Non-directional, 1.8 – 2.5 m // Directional, 2.35 – 2.5 m.

Dress with elasticated waist: 145 cm (57″) wide fabric: Non-directional: 1.8 – 2.5 m // Directional, 2.2 – 2.5 m.

Sizing: UK 6 – 22 (approx. UK 6/8 – 22/24, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: 0.5 m lightweight iron-on interfacing; small to medium size button for button and loop closure option; elastic for elasticated waist option, max. 25 mm wide, 1 m for sizes 6-16 or 1.2 m for sizes 18-22.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; A4/US letter print-at-home pattern (40 pages); A0 copy shop pattern (2 sheets) // Layers: Yes // Projector file: No.

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Additional information


Cottons, Drape, Denim / Corduroy, Linen

Make time

All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52

Pattern format

PAPER, PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

40 Pages

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