And now for something completely different.. and quite a large departure from my ‘usual’ style – whatever that is these days. Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea on me, that’s OK.
I fell in love with this dress when it was released by Tessuti Fabrics.
Described on the Tessuti site as: this stylish, pull-on sundress features narrow shoulder straps, bust darts, stitched-down pockets and above-the-knee side splits with wide hems and topstitched details. Suitable fabrics include medium to heavy weight linens or linen blends and cottons. Not suitable for lightweight or drapey fabrics.
I measure slightly above the Tessuti XXS sizing chart – however this is too large on me. Perhaps I could scale down the pattern when printing if I make it again.
I took up the straps a lot (sorry detail escapes me as I sewed this a few months ago – bad blogger – must blog faster).
Thoughtful design details
The pockets are beautifully inserted. I guess they are called ‘single welt side pockets’? They are much more complex to construct than the simple side pockets you get in many patterns – however the instructions are excellent (illustrated by photographs) and they are sewn to the front of the dress which is a nice detail. I did topstitch in a lighter topstitch thread around the pocket opening but then opted to make all the other topstitching less obvious as I rather like the denim-y plain look of this fabric.
You can perhaps see all the potential top stitching in this line drawing from Tessuti.
I love the mitred hem finish. My fabric is so dark it’s hard to see all the details so please visit the Tessuti blog post for more detail shots – and a much better model!
The neckline is lovely, square with narrow straps.
The simplicity of this design really appeals to me. It can also be worn with a tshirt on cooler days.
An absolute sack on me. Perhaps not the most figure-flattering shape on me… but does everything have to be? Some days you much want to mooch about in an extraordinarily simple linen dress.
I’m fond of it anyway. I have no desire to ‘cinch it in’ at the waist or belt it in any way. I prefer it as it is.
There is something lovely about slightly crumpled linen sack dresses that makes me feel happy.
A fun pattern, a classic shape and highly wearable on a warm day.
It’s hard to beat a Tessuti PDF Pattern at $12 – and the PDFs come with an A0 copy shop file – always a thumbs up from me!
Pattern: Claudia Dress, Tessuti Fabrics
Fabric: described as “Italian Linen” purchased many many years ago on Goldhawk Road, London