It's been a while since I've had something to post, but I'm quite happy to be able to give you something other than just pictures: a tutorial!
I love to wear sheath dresses, and in the summer these loose pull-overs are just the most comfy for wearing in the hot, humid Maryland weather. I had made one of these a few years ago (about halfway down the page) but the fabric I used was really a little on the heavy side, so I decided to make another one in a lighter chambray that I picked up at Metro Textiles during my fabric buying trip last month.
This is a classic sheath draft, with armscye princess darts front and back, and a scoop neckline. I didn't use any facings, but rather bound the neck and armscyes with self-bias binding. I also decided to embellish it with some designs from Urban Threads.
One thing I did notice right away: I had trimmed the seam allowance from the neckline but did not trim them from the armholes. Hence the extra fabric folds at the front armscye. Next time I make the dress I will certainly trim the armholes. And yes, I'm planning on making several more of these; I love the way it feels!!
Here's the pocket detail:
I'm glad you asked. It's really quite easy to add a pocket to any princess-seamed sheath, and here's how. Now, I'm using Pattern Master Boutique and Pattern Editor to achieve this, but there's no reason you can't do exactly the same with pen and paper.
First, you need to draft your basic pattern:
Cut the pieces out of your fabric. If the fabric you're using is heavy, you can use a lighter weight fabric for the POCKET piece since it won't show. I just used the same chambray for all the pieces.
(Sorry; no pictures of this part!)
1. Place TOP and POCKET right sides together. Stitch along the LOWER edge. Serge the raw edge.
2. Flip the POCKET piece down so the right side is facing up. Place the top edge of the BOTTOM piece right sides together with the top edge of the POCKET piece. Sew the seam.
3. Press the seam open, then put the POCKET and BOTTOM pieces wrong sides together at the seam line. Press the seam and topstitch.
4. Lay the side piece on your work surface, aligning the pieces and smoothing them out so they lay flat. Pin at the side seams, then baste to hold the layers together.
5. Proceed with the assembly of the sheath, treating the side front piece assembly as a single piece.
I serged each piece around the sides and bottom before putting the sheath together; this allowed me to have the side slits on each side seam. The princess seams were pressed to the outside and topstitched to keep them laying flat.
I hope this tutorial helps you add pockets to your princess seamed garments!
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