For Tribute August, I wanted to create a dress inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, Carolyn from Diary of a Sewing Fanatic. I love the beautiful garments she creates for herself, and in particular her lovely, work appropriate sheath dresses. A sheath dress has been on my sewing list for a long time. So I finally made one.
The pattern I used is McCall 2401.
The pattern envelope is pretty uninspiring, but I think this pattern is really versatile and will work with a lot of different fabrics. (Hopefully one day this will become a TNT.)
Although I made a muslin, I still have some fit issues with the shoulder/sleeve area to work out for next time. There’s a wrinkle of extra fabric running from the shoulder to the bust. (I did a narrow shoulder adjustment, but I don’t think it was big enough.)
The fabric is a linen/rayon blend I got from The Fabric Store in LA. It doesn’t come through in the pics very well, but the fabric has a slight sheen to it that is really pretty.
I underlined the entire dress with light cotton. I was hoping this would help with the wrinkle factor. I think silk organza would have been a better choice, but I find organza terribly itchy. So I went with the cotton. The dress is very comfortable, even if the hem is annoyingly wrinkly.
Here’s a few flat/inside shots.