Sheath Dress

The Avid Seamstress


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Buy the Sheath dress sewing pattern from The Avid Seamstress, a fantastic dress for a beginner maker. The pattern features a flattering neckline, elasticated waist and the dress has grown on sleeves. There are also options for in seam and patch pockets.

What we think: This dress is perfect for a beginner, there is little to do in terms of fit and the grown on sleeves make the construction really easy.

Suggested Fabrics: Lightweight to medium weight woven fabrics including cottons, rayon and crepe.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

Details: scroll through the images to see pictures of the front and back of the pattern envelope.

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Jersey / Knits / Scuba, Linen, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Silk / Satin / Sateen


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

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

All day

Pattern format


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    3 out of 5 Confusing instructions


    I love the finish dress enough that I want to make another, but I must say the instructions to attach the elastic casing are very confusing. I have been in touch with The Avid Seamstress and they have since clarified it somewhat but the way they chose to do it results in an inferior finish, in my opinion.
    The dress itself is lovely and well drafted. I really love this silhouette and it looks very sophisticated – so unlike me. 😆
    I made a size 2, which is their UK10 equivalent, and it fits me perfectly. Keep your measurements in mind though, as the dress is quite fitted around the hips so there isn’t a lot of ease there. I briefly considered sizing down but I’m glad I didn’t or it would have been too tight. For that reason, I omitted the pockets. I though they’d cause unnecessary bulk around the hips.
    The dress is supposed to have a centre back zip but I swapped mine out for a button and loop closure instead.
    I’m really pleased with the finished dress. It’s so comfortable yet stylish. It looks like I’ve made an effort when I really didn’t. 🙌

    You can find more photos and details on my blog:

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    5 out of 5 The Sheath Dress Pattern Review


    I feel very put together in this dress and yet it is is so simple to sew up. I’d say its beginner friendly definitely but advise checking your hip against the finished garments – the style is such that while it has the ease of a pullover style, the fit is close on the hip. More pictures on Saturday Night Stitch –

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    The Sheath Dress


    I really love this dress! I chose a size 3, which is a UK size 12 and it fits me perfectly. The dress is quite loose fitting and has an elasticated waist. I have never made a similar dress before and I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t like the elastic on my waist but turns out it is a lovely feature and adds a nice shaping to the whole garment.
    he instructions were amazing and very easy to follow, with detailed explainations for every step and every technique. This is one of the reasons I think this pattern is perfect for beginners!
    You can see more photos and read my detailed review on my blog:

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