Kwik Sew Pattern 4261


“Dressing well is a form of good manners.” TOM FORD 

I’ve been dressing down during these pandemic times, but I believe we can dress down and dress well. One thing is certain……it’s always a good time for a sheath!

The sheath’s classic’s appeal caters to women of varying shapes and sizes and it’s streamlined simplicity lends itself to several fabrics and accessories from which endless looks are achieved. No matter the setting, a sheath is always appropriate! 

To me, transitional clothing is more about color than heavy fabrics due to our warm fall weather.

Should the weather turn cold, I’m good to go with a sweater, wrap or jacket. Meanwhile I can look like fall even if it feels like summer 😉

Making a muslin (blogged here) for this Kwik Sew Pattern paid off, and I do love the result. . My fabric is a stretch cotton from Gorgeous Fabrics which I bought last summer in Boston at the ASG convention. It was such a pleasure to meet Ann and get an upclose look at her truly gorgeous fabrics! I do not see this fabric on her website but have linked to all of her stretch cottons, here. Check out her fabrics and her fun Instagram feed.

I chose this small print because I knew the fabric’s pattern design would not be interrupted by the seam lines, and would camouflage the seam lines too.

In my last post, several readers asked why I began the alterations starting from my waistline. I apologize if I mislead you. After examining all of the pattern pieces, I selected the size that corresponded to my waistline. The first step I took after sewing the muslin was to fit the shoulders. Next I shortened the back bodice pieces, followed by altering the bust. The waistline needed no alterations and I slimmed the skirt just a little.

Hurricane Sally remnants forced us to leave the great outdoors and resume picture taking inside. Most outdoor pictures look like this…

however, I love this photo that shows the close fit of the back which is needed to keep the shoulders in place.

I made three changes to the pattern.

  1. I used an invisible zipper. I always use invisible zipper unless there is a reason not to!

2. I squared the neckline as a matter of preference.

3. I lined the dress using a JoAnn’s posh lining which I really like. It’s lightweight but substantial and has a nice non clingy texture. I almost always line sheaths.

Just another sheath? No way. I’ve got big plans for this pattern now that version 1 is complete, and any dress that goes with ALL of my neutral shoes is worth its weight in gold 😉

Stay safe, Dear Readers and many thanks for your helpful muslin comments!


Kwik Sew Pattern 4261