I don’t normally wear dresses, but I’m gonna have to start since I’ve made three in the past month.
Remember when I went to Target and bought a set of clearance twin size sheets? They were $13.98.
Was hoping to have enough fabric to make the Sew House Seven Tea House Dress. Not only was that plenty, but I also made one of the endless combination of sewing patterns from Alison Glass Design Woven Essentials booklet – which was a collaboration with Karen LePage.
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SEW HOUSE SEVEN TEA HOUSE DRESS
Love the Tea House Dress pattern, but the facing was a bit tricky and bunches in the back. In hindsight, I should have used lighter weight interfacing and only applied it to the facing since I was making the dress out of a medium weight cotton.
There is a LOT of ease built into the sizes, so I cut out a size 6, even though my measurements were more suited for the 8.
When I ran into trouble with the neckline bunching, Sew House Seven actually direct messaged me on Instagram and offered some helpful advice. That’s one amazing thing about indie pattern companies. Super personal customer service!
Went ahead and ordered some new interfacing from FashionSewingSupply.com for future projects also.
WOVEN ESSENTIALS PATTERN BOOKLET
Really versatile series of patterns with endless combinations of skirts, a tunic top, and dresses.
I cut out a size D on top and graded to an E on the bottom. For the most part, this fit me well.
The booklet has tips on making a muslin, and how to adjust for various fit issues like bust and shoulders. Having small shoulders, I should have tried the tip of shaving off part of the shoulder seam at the neck to eliminate that gap where the neckline won’t stay flat. This really worked for me when I applied this to another pattern, so at least I know how to adjust this next time!
The creators have even made a website with photo tutorials for various steps of pattern construction. I referred to this resource several times, and greatly appreciated that it was made available to customers.
Did I mention these dresses only cost $6.99 each outside the cost of the patterns?
Stay tuned for dress #3 – the Megan Dress from Tilly and the Buttons book ‘Love at First Stitch’!
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