Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tea Roses

My new tea dress is complete!  The pattern was fantastic to work with - I love simply everything about this design.

I am becoming obsessed with drapey sleeves, evidence of which may be seen here, here, and here.  And I am afraid this is not the last you will see of the design feature on this blog!  

But this dress does not set the sleeves in a simple armscye.   The yoke pieces extend over the shoulder, which is fabulous!

Oh, and I forgot to mention in my previous post . . . this is the first pattern I have ever constructed with 3/8” seams.  I am not sure how I managed to go this long with all of the vintage patterns I use, but before this, 1/2" is the smallest seam allowance I have ever come across.  To be honest, I was a bit concerned with this pattern feature, but my rayon responded favorably, so all is well.  If I ever make this dress up again in a fabric that is fray-happy, I will have to reevaluate how I feel about narrow seams!

The linked button closure was also a first for me, and I am sure the technique will come in handy.  Just look how perfectly it works on a jacket!

This dress is definitely not for a beginner, but that is why I love it.  Any project that challenges me, or teaches me something new is always appreciated.

And this dress is so comfortable!  I think it will get quite a bit of wear.  Although, the color says late Summer/early Fall to me, so it may live in the closet for a few months . . .

Dress:  Made by me, McCall 8997
Shoes:  Colin Stuart for Victoria’s Secret
Earrings:  Gift
Hair Flower:  Made by me


  1. I love it! I understand what you mean about liking that it's not for beginning, I'm always happy when a dress or blouse is a little more advanced because it's a fun way to challenge myself - outwear can be so tiresome sometimes!
    Can we see a close up of the collar and the button closure?? thanks!

  2. Strikingly, completely gorgeous dress. From the sophisticated floral print to the drapey sleeves (love them, too!) to the rich, autumnal colour palette, there isn't a single element I'm not crazy about here. Fabulous work on this very, very becoming, beautiful frock.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. I am dying of envy! I'm just starting to sew my own clothing, and that is so behind my skill level! It's lovely!! Your website has definitely inspired me!

  4. wow what pretty fabric! beautiful dress!

  5. Beautifully taylored dress. I like the way it draps.