This dress was completed just in time to wear to the Pattern Review weekend retreat in Los Angeles back in April 2015. Here is a photo of me and Deepika Prakesh (who is amazing and hysterical!), the founder of PatternReview.com, at the group dinner that weekend.
I met so many wonderful sewers and connected with them in a special way. Here is my new buddy Kristin that I also met on this weekend retreat:
I used Vogue 8995 pattern to make this fitted sheath dress with interesting seams:
I’m always looking out to expand my creativity with commercial patterns. I really consider this denim dress sort of another muslin version, a draft, to see if I like the dress and want to “move forward” with it, creating other dresses from this as standard. So fun! And good sewing practice too!
I really enjoyed making this dress. It took some time and planning, as I originally wanted to add metal studs to the shoulder yoke part of this dress, but then decided that would make it too limiting. I may go back and add the studs though and give it a bit of an edgy look. I did use a metal-look plastic exposed zipper for this dress to give it a little back interest. The dress looks actually kind of flat and the seams are not apparent in this dark fabric. perhaps some top stitching would have been a good idea for this to really help the cool seam lines “pop”. Next time….
I made up a muslin and asked my good friend and fashion designer Rachael to help fit it for me. She was great! I definitely will be using her fitting help again in the future!
The dress is made up of a dark wash stretch denim and a stretch silk lining. I serged the fabric edges of each cut out piece of the pattern for both the outer shell of the dress as well as the lining. I use my awesome Baby Lock Imagine serger to overlock and stitch seams as often as I can. It’s a beautiful machine!
I will like to make up this pattern again, but making changes to the neckline, carving it out a bit so that it is not quite so high. Also, I will taper the skirt to more of a pencil skirt.
The opportunity came up to have a photo shoot done at The Nines Hotel, a really lovely, luxury hotel in Portland, Oregon, and I grabbed it! An acquaintance of mine, Gina, has a photography business Afar Photography and wants to expand her portfolio, so asked me if I would like to have some of the clothes that I have made in the shoot. Heck YEA!!!!
Here are some of the great shots she got of me in this dress:
Of course, I have a little bit of fashion inspiration for this sewing project:
I love my new dress and thank my friends for helping me make this a great one!
11 thoughts on “Denim Sheath Dress”
You are amazing and your dress looks great! How lucky you are to have a photo shoot, and how lucky your friend is to have such a beautiful model!
Thank you so much my friend!!! I was lucky to get that photo shoot offer, and she wants to do more, so stay tuned!!!
Great dress! Your fit is perfect and I love the zipper. very chic!
Thank you so much!! I hope to make up more dresses like this, so easy to zip up and go!
It’s beautiful and the fit looks perfect! That is a pattern to use over and over…
Thank you! I most likely will use this one again, it’s a great pattern for a sheath dress.
Love the denim sheath!
Stephanie, I knew we were kindred spirits. Beautiful work!
Agreed Melanie! Can’t wait to see what comes of your collection in FF!
What a stunning dress. The exposed zipper on the back works perfectly. I especially love the denim sheath in doorway 🙂 That’s so cool that you got to do the Pattern Review retreat. Totally jealous!