Simplicity 8292: DIY Black Stretch Woven Fitted Sheath Dress

Simplicity 8292 black stretch woven fitted sheath dress

Hey Everyone,

Getting caught up with outstanding blogging. Today I am sharing a dress I made before I went on holiday to wear for a meeting at work. I just wanted something comfortable, well fitting, easy to wash and wear, and smart. I had this textured stretch woven in my stash (mystery content) and decided to use Simplicity 8292, which I have made before. Having spent some time perfecting the fit on that version I knew what tweaks I would have to make for this version.

Here’s a quick flash back to the first version:

Simplicity 8292 flutter sleeve sheath dress in fuschia pink triple crepe

And here is my plain black version:

Simplicity 8292 black stretch woven fitted sheath dress
Simplicity 8292 black stretch woven fitted sheath dress

Fitting Notes

  • I lowered the neckline on this version by 1 inch
  • I removed 5/8ths of an inch from the length of the back bodice and added it back to the hem of the skirt at the back
  • I used the short sleeves that came with the pattern and did a 1 inch full arm adjustment
  • I drafted 2 inch deep facings to finish the neckline of the bodice and kept the bodice unlined
  • I interfaced the hems (3 inches deep), the left hand side back vent and the zipper opening (1.5 inches wide)
  • I ended up pegging the skirt, and removed 0.5 inches extra at the side seams below the hips and 0.5 inches extra below the bum at the side back seams
Simplicity 8292 black stretch woven fitted sheath dress

So that’s it for today: short and simple. I am glad to have this dress in my wardrobe to be honest: I know it will be pulled out for all manner of situations.

See you all soon and have a great week ahead!

Simplicity 8292 black stretch woven fitted sheath dress

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

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