A Peacock Blue Stretch Wool Sheath!

My preferred style of dress has always been a sheath dress.  I know a lot of women like skater styles or dresses with full skirts.  But I love a sheath dress.  And this pattern – Vogue 8872, which is a play off of the ever-so-popular Black Halo Jackie O Dress, is no exception.
My preferred way to wear a sheath dress is close-fitting.   Sheath dresses look elegant and slimming, especially when they’re form-fitting (not skintight).  This is something you must keep in mind when picking fabric.  I like fabric with a little bit of stretch for wearing ease.  That’s why the fabric I chose for mine is this gorgeous Italian peacock blue stretch wool (98% wool, 2% spandex).
I cut the size 14 because it was already in my stash.  I added 3 inches to the length of the skirt.  I like for my sheath dress hem to hit at the knee. I had to take in the bodice about an inch or so.  It’s lined in a white nylon tricot from my stash.  So understitching is a very important step to not skip in order to make sure that lining doesn’t slip out.
I self-lined the corset-style midriff.  Two layers of this fabric gave a secure, Spanx-like fit.  I can eat while wearing this dress!
Since the bodice is cut on the bias, it naturally has a beautiful drape.  I let it hang on the dressform for a few days and the neckline decided who it wanted to be.  I just went with it.  I left off the “shoulder wings”, they weren’t necessary for me.  And I also omitted the belt carriers.  If I decided I want to wear a belt, I’ll just add a thin one at the waist.
And my final alteration that I make to my sheath dresses (and pencil skirts) is to peg in the bottom.  My formula is that the hem should be four inches less than the hip point.  With a vent opening, it’s walk-able and the fit is perfect!
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Comments


  • Mary Beth
    February 2, 2015

    I’m loving the dress especially the bodice. The dress isn’t wnat I would pick out of the pattern line-up, but in the peacock blue, I’m rethinking…and I think this is a classic that could just as easily work at a cocktail party at night and with a jacket for work!

  • Lisa
    February 2, 2015

    Beautiful dress! I love the fabric and the fit is spot on!

  • Rachel
    February 2, 2015

    This is perfect. Beautiful patternr, beautiful fabric, beautiful color, and you look fabulous! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  • Manju
    February 2, 2015

    Gorgeous! Wouldn’t have looked at this pattern but you’ve made me rethink. Btw your arms look amazing :-)

  • Amanda S.
    February 2, 2015

    Lovely color on you and very elegant looking.

  • Pat
    February 2, 2015

    STUNNING!

  • Kimberly
    February 2, 2015

    Well don’t you and your dress look beautiful. :-)

  • Lynnette
    February 2, 2015

    Loving it!

  • Bella
    February 2, 2015

    Wow! What a beautiful dress. You look amazing in it.

  • Angela
    February 2, 2015

    Once again, you’ve done a wonderful job! The colour is stunning and the fit is perfect. Love it!

  • Ginger
    February 2, 2015

    Really lovely! This is such a great color on you!

  • Levone
    February 2, 2015

    Bravo Erica, gorgeous dress that you look fabulous in, as usual! I tried to peg my last dress and screwed up, LOL. Using your example, since you’re taking 4″ off at the hem do you trim an inch off the bottom left right of both the front and back pattern pieces then use your hip curve ruler to reshape the side seams?

    • Erica B.
      February 4, 2015

      I definitely use a curve ruler! Thanks Levone!

  • sallie
    February 2, 2015

    Wow! How stunning! This color looks exceptional on you, and the sheath is such an elegant, timeless look. I love the draped neckline and corset style waist for some added interest.

    • Erica B.
      February 4, 2015

      The waist is what sold me on this style too! Thanks Sallie!

  • Lori
    February 3, 2015

    I love this dress, Erica, you look amazing.

  • Cennetta
    February 5, 2015

    Lovely as always, Erica. You look fantastic. Classy and elegant all in one.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    February 7, 2015

    Gorgeous colour and shape on you, you always pick so well!

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 11, 2015

    You look fantastic in both the color and pattern Erica!

  • Dante
    February 14, 2015

    WOW! Erica this dress is gorgeous and you always look so sexy and elegant! I LOVE your style! The color is perfect and the stretch wool sounds divine!