Welcome to the Tea House Dress Sew Along! We hand picked this pattern for a number of reasons: it’s modern yet timeless, comfortable yet chic and looks amazing in just about every fabric we’ve seen it sewn up in. And we LOVE the nod to the kimono silhouette! With variations, including multiple hem lengths, and a tie for subtle shaping, this piece is a unique yet versatile addition to your pattern library…and we hope you love it as much as we do! This week, we’re talking with Sew House Seven designer Peggy Mead about fabric selection for this amazing dress (and blouse!).
As for fabrics, you may choose a rayon challis, wool challis, linen, silk charmeuse, crepe de chine, cotton voile or lawn – just about any woven fabric that isn’t too stiff or heavy. If you do use a cotton, I prefer a light-weight cotton however, I’ve seen some nice ones in quilting cotton to my surprise. Quilting cotton is a bit stiff and so expect the sleeves to be a bit more stiff and less fluid however, it could be the look you are after. I find that the dress takes on quite a different look depending on what fabric is chosen.
Both dresses are the same length and red however, the dress on the left is in silk crepe de chine and the ties create a close fit through the rib cage. The dress on the right is a light weight cotton so the sleeves are a bit crisper and this tie version makes for a looser fit through the body.
When choosing fabric, I caution against solid colored fabrics unless they have texture, a heather, a shine or are dark in color. Lighter colored, flat fabrics tend to look a bit like medical scrubs because of the V-neck and sleeves.
Below are a variety of lengths and variations sewn up in an array of fabric types:
Thanks for your pointers, Peggy! Grab the pattern now and join us next week for Yoke Assembly Tips!