DIY 3/4″ Sleeve Sheath Dress

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!

I have been taking full advantage of my motivation to sew. I must admit there are moments when I suffer from sewing burn out….even though I love it so. Having great fabric really helps to pull me out of my sewing slump rather quickly, though.


So let’s jump right into this sewing tutorial.

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About 1 -2 yards of knit fabric
A t-shirt (slightly loose fitting)
Coordinating Thread
Ball Points Needle


1. Lay your fabric as shown below. Cut 1″ away from your t-shirt and down to the desired length.




2. Now fold your fabric so you can cut out your second piece. Lay the 1st piece you cut out on top and cut around. No extra seam allowance needed.


You will end up with 2 identical pieces


3. Now it’s time to trace a sleeve. I forgot to take a picture of this step so I had to improvise. Trace the sleeve of the shirt you’re using adding a 2″ seam allowance all around onto pattern paper or whatever type of large paper you have on hand. Remember that you will need to extend the length of the sleeve to the desired length if using a short sleeve shirt or reduce the length if using a long sleeve shirt as your sleeve pattern. Fold your fabric in half with right sides facing and the wrong side facing you. Place pattern on the fold and cut out the sleeve. Repeat for the second sleeve.


4. Now take your dress and lay it with right sides facing and pin along the shoulder. Sew the shoulder’s using stretch or small zig-zag stitch and a 1/2″ seam allowance. Finish your seams with a serger, pinking shears, or regular zig-zag stitch.




Now cut your neckline to the desired measurements. You’re only cutting through one layer. So decided which will be the front and cut your neckline



6. Now it’s time to attach the sleeves. Open the dress up like so.


Attach your sleeve like so.

And sew using a stretch stitch or small zig-zag with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

It will look like this.


Finish the seams.

7. Now fold the dress with right sides facing. Sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance with a stretch stitch or small zig-zag stitch and finish the seams.



8. Hem the neckline by folding over 1/4″ and then 1/2″. Stitch with a stretch stitch or small zig-zag stitch. Hem the bottom of the dress by folding over 1/2″ and fold over again 1/2″ sew using the stretch or zig-zag stitch.

Now you’re ready to wear and style. I purchased the Ponte De Roma hounds tooth fabric from This particular fabric is sold out but is is available in brown, coral & forest green.


Thank you for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it!

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Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

33 thoughts on “DIY 3/4″ Sleeve Sheath Dress

  1. Pingback: Easy DIY A-Line Dress | sewloveable

  2. What? This seems really easy to make! Without a pattern too, really easy. Although, I guess your shirt that you trace from would have to be pretty long, right?

    I love this fabric…I always love a good houndstooth. I’ve never purchased from Girl Charlee before, though, I’ve just oogled their fabric from a far:)

  3. I love the dress. You have also inspired me to start sewing lessons. I want to try to make a skirt. But after seeing the Stella Jean skirt, i have been looking for someone to make me a copy lol.

  4. Pingback: DIY Sleeveless Dress in 6 Easy Steps | sewloveable

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