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Let me tell you about Stella

Sweet Stella dress and top pattern is a lovely little number you’ll want to have in your wardrobe. The dress is perfect for weddings, lunches and evenings out. The little peplum top version is a very versatile sumer top that adds a little style to any denim and pairs well with our sweet scalloped shorts or any shorts for that matter. This pattern is suited to both silks and light weight fabrics.

We have thought hard about how to turn a simple classic dress silhouette into an interesting dress to both sew and wear. Stella features a gorgeous 3 tiered short sleeve, with a slight “puff” at the sleeve head. We have soft pleating through the waist of our bodice and skirt and used the same binding detail as the Drop Waist dress to define the waist. The dress closes with an invisible zip at centre back and we have finished the neckline with facings for a very clean look.

With this pattern you get options; flared peplum top? Dipped hem dress or a cute shorter straight skirt? You choose how you’d like to wear this style.

We have kept this dress fairly fitted with just the right amount of ease, the soft pleats are great at disguising and lengthening the figure, creating an elegant look.

Sewing Level:
We have labelled this pattern as an Intermediate level due to the layered sleeve. This dress does come together quite quickly and easily.

Drop Waisted Dress Up Close

The Drop Waisted Shirt Dress has a casual summery look going on, with its smart button up front and rounded baby collar and party down below with its full gathered skirt. We love that this dress is versatile and looks just as amazing in both lightweight casual cotton voiles and Ooh la laa out for dinner silks. You can wear this dress belted at the waist or left loose all nonchalant and cool.

We’ve included several little details that can turn this dress into something quite wow. With the inclusion of binding pieces defining the button placket that could look amazing in a contrasted fabric or by cutting a print on the bias. We have drawn attention to the dropped waist with the same binding detail and with our more formal black and white version, we cut it in plain black silk to match our contrast collar. The buttons are placed in twos instead of singularly and there are plain breast pockets on the front.
We have included contour waist darts at both the front and back to shape the dress through the body and reduce any excess gaping fabric, and to flatter the figure the side seams are gently shaped.


Sewing Level: 
While we have labeled this dress as a Intermediate sewing level, its really on the easier side, more like an advanced beginner. The 2 piece collar comes together easily and the armholes are finished with a facing and all the rest is simple straightish seams.

Shop the Drop Waisted Dress in our very own boutique or at the Etsy or Craftsy stores.


Coffee Date Dress Up close:

I am so excited about our new patterns and thought that each new style deserves it own individual post to showcase the details.

I wanted a cute vintage inspired but modern dress that would suit a wide range of occasions. Not too cute, but not too vintagey, (not quite a proper word!), not too formal with enough details to make it interesting to sew. Voilà The Coffee Date dress.

With a pleated front bodice and skirt, super cute pockets and a lovely fitted silhouette that finishes above the knee. We have keep the back of the dress quite plain, contour darts with all the attention on the cute and practical vintage style of kick pleat.

This dress suits a range of fabrics from silks to everyday cottons and I can’t wait to sew up an everyday version in a gorgeous liberty style of cotton floral print. Our new patterns are all available for immediate download in our Boutique. Coffee Date anyone?