Yup, you read that correctly, a dress!!! Remember that gorgeous chrysanthemum print cotton fabric I got from Truro Fabrics a the beginning of July? And had to get more because I got a “reasonable” amount? Yeah, that will finally be a Tea House Dress, pattern by Sew House Seven. I traced the size 16, based on my bust measurement, and toiled the top version to see whether or not I’d need a FBA, and whether or not the pattern suited me and I even liked it!
So I bought a floral print duvet cover from the charity shop, I chose a printed fabric because my fabric is covered with flowers, and I wanted to get an idea of what it would look like. It went together rather well, the instructions are clear, with plenty of drawings for those who need visual input. There were only a couple of “whaaat?” moments. When attaching the ties to the centre front panel, you’re asked to “presew” them on. I’ve never heard that term before, usually the instructions say “baste”. Then, in the sewing on of the cuffs, you’re asked to “crackstitch” the cuffs to the sleeve. Say what? What-stitch? I checked the glossary and found they mean stitch in the ditch! I had such a laugh!
Anyway, apart from those wierd bits, the pattern is good. I like the shape, the ties are at my narrowest bit (not that it’s that narrow), and the neckline looks like it’s not going to be too revealing. I wasn’t sure whether I really need an FBA, or just to add length. Then I changed my bra to one that I’d be more likely to wear with the finished dress, and things fit a little better. So I’ve ditched the FBA, skipped adding length to the bodice and I’ve cut my fabric!!
I originally had 2.5m, but after I’d had a chance to think about what I’d make, I quickly ordered another 1.5m. And thank heavens I did! Because of the length and funny shapes of the pattern pieces, you really do need a lot of length. I have a decent amount left over, but not in any solid shape and size. I tried my best to place the pattern pieces so as not to waste the fabric. I’m not sure what I’d be able to make with the bits, but I’m sure I’ll eventually think of something!
Both daughters will be home this weekend for a visit, the first since Christmas! I’m sorta hoping to be able to wear the dress at some point over the weekend – so here goes!