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Learn to Sew – Project #5 – The Sheath Dress

Hello everyone! We’re already starting Project #5.  It seems to me that time is moving quickly.  We’ve made 3 skirts and a top.  Now it’s time to make our first dress.  If you are just joining the Sewing Course, please go to the “Learn to Sew” page, begin with Project #1 and progress through the lessons before starting this project. In each lesson you are learning new techniques needed for the next project. For those of you who have been following along, you will also learn several new techniques in this project:

  1. Sew Princess Seams;
  2. Apply Neckline & Armhole Facing;
  3. Sew Back Slit

Create the Look

Plus Size Patterns

To all my plus size sew sisters, I’ve heard your requests.  Today’s pattern only goes to a size 24W.  I did try to find one with larger sizes, but the options are very limited.  If you need a larger size, I’d like to make a suggestion for you.  In today’s video I’m referring you all to a certified fit expert.  She can teach you how to grade your patterns up to a larger size.  Check her out HERE.  Hopefully this will help you get the pattern size you need.  

Styling Options

The sheath dress is a classic.  I think every lady should have at least one in her closet.  It can be worn for many occasions.  Dress it up with diamonds and pearls and a nice pair of blingy shoes–and you’re ready for any semi-formal event.  Throw on a simple suit jacket and a pair of pumps–you’re ready for work.  Tie a sheer scarf around your neck, put on a pair of high heel sandals, and a hat with a big bow–you’re ready for the afternoon tea party.  Finally, let’s not forget about the special guy in your life.  Make him proud to have you by his side by slipping on a killer pair of high heels, some dangling earrings, and a statement necklace.  Oh HONEY, then step!

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Remember: “When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!”


Here are photos of the finished dress. You will find the video for Project #5 at the end of this post.

McCall's 6920 -

McCall's 6920 -

McCall's 6920 -

McCall's 6920 -

McCall's 6920 -

McCall's 6920 -

All Photos by CEMO!

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Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

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  1. Islam Berkemajuan

    Thank you for going above and beyond in providing such valuable information on this website. Your dedication to providing accurate and reliable information is greatly appreciated. The articles are not only informative but also engaging, making learning a truly enjoyable experience. I appreciate the depth and breadth of topics covered, making it a go-to resource for learning and expanding my knowledge. Sankyuu! ID : CMT-LIFQNTDWSGK1WG2Z2N

  2. Jessica Luna

    Hi, I just discovered your videos/blog and I am loving all of it. Just a quick questions regarding this dress, do you need a serger machine? I only have a regular sewing machine (Brother 17-Stitch Sewing Machine bought from Home Depot), can I still make this dress?

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Jessica. No, you don’t need a serger to sew this dress. Your Brother machine is just fine. Have fun sewing your dress.

  3. Rae

    I just watch your tutorial on this dress, thank you! I was agonizing over princes seams! you made it less scary for one to tackle.

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome Rae! I’m so glad you were able to follow along and get a better understanding of sewing a princess seam. Have fun with your next princess seam project!

  4. Lisa

    Another great video lesson! Thank you. And you managed to do it all and look cool during the heat, too. Thank you for blessing our lives and sharing so much of yourself with us.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Lisa, you are so welcome! I really appreciate your feedback and uplifting words.

  5. Joy

    Love the dress, the color, the fit. Looking forward to trying this lesson. I am so hoping that one day my sewing will come close to your creations. Thank you

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you, Joy! Just keep sewing! The more we sew, the better we become at it. The more I sew, the more I learn. Apply yourself to learning all that you can about sewing and you’ll get there. Have fun making your dress!

  6. LaToria

    Absolutely beautiful. You do beautiful work. I LOVE sheath dresses, they are for every figure. You can never go wrong with a sheath dress.

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, ma’am, you are absolutely right. I love them too.