I have jumped on the bandwagon to make my own version of one of Michelle Obama's sheath dress.
The pattern used is Vogue 8593, View C. I prefer the 3/4 sleeve but have decided to be practical and made the full length sleeve to make this a dress for the coldest days. However the sleeves can be pushed up to get the 3/4 look.
Fabric is from Kerryn's fabric World and is a thick spongy blend of rayon/nylon/spandex. It may have been a little heavy for this pattern as the pattern calls for a lightweight double knit. However the neckline still seems to sit well, even with all the thickness of the pleats and the fabric means it is a lovely warm dress for the coldest days. The fabric was not loved by my machine either, I think because of the sponginess.
The only real variation made was to widen the sleeve at the bicep. I made a size 12 and it fits really well except for the sleeve width. However this seems to be a common alteration for me lately.
I was very happy with the invisible zip. We snapped these photos this morning before the Saturday chores started and my DH tells me I really need to wear hose with this dress as my legs look so white with this dark dress. When I wear it out, I plan to try a pair of skin-tone fishnet stockings.
I like this dress and think it will be a good, useful addition to the wardrobe. It is comfortable to wear and warm. I plan to wear it to a work dinner and a photography club dinner (DH's hobby) this month and think it will be vastly suitable for these occasions. I don't think the neckline is the best line for me but that would probably be my only quibble with this pattern. Not sure if I will make any more. If I get to like the neckline as I wear it, I may make a summer sleeveless version.
Review here .