What you’ve all been waiting for! My Tea House dress is done!! And it’s so pretty!!! Enough exclamation marks yet? I don’t think I can use enough to be honest. This has turned out even better than I pictured in my head.
I had originally bought 2.5m of the gorgeous chrysanthemum print cotton, and ordered another 1.5 so I would have enough for the big pattern pieces, and I’m so glad I went for the extra half a metre! Do not be tempted to get away with a little less in the meterage if you’re planning on making this dress, go with what it says in the requirements, or you’ll be cursing, promise. It’ll be worth it in the end.
The instructions are clear, plenty of diagrams too. For the details of how I got to this point, see my previous post about the toile, etc. The majority of this dress was done in one day, all I had left to do the next day was the handstitching I elected to do, and the hem. The instructions have you topstitch or edgestitch the front panel and the underlying facings, but I decided to handstitch the facings down on the inside instead. I also handstitched the cuffs instead of stitching in the ditch. I decided that I didn’t want stitching showing on the outside of the dress. Except the hem, that I machined.
I have to admit that while I was working I had a nagging suspicion that I was making a dressing gown….. Once finished and on Peggy (the dressmaker’s dummy), I couldn’t get rid of that feeling and felt a little down about the whole thing. Then hubby came home from work and asked why I’d made a dressing gown, as I don’t wear them… MAN! I went to bed a little dispondent, then woke up to a huge surprise.
I’d put a pic on IG, and it went mad, so much love for the dress! I had a little chat with daughter No1, which make me feel more positive about it. So I put it on – after fixing make-up and hair, and with suitable shoes…. And I love it! It’s gorgeous, way better than a dressing gown could ever be! The fabric is devine, the print perfect.
I love the sleeves, the neckline, the ties that give me a “waist”, and the length that seems to make me look tall! Woohoo! All the magic, in one clothing item. If you’ve ever thought about maybe making this pattern, can I just ask, “What on earth are you waiting for!?”