Tea House dress

Tea House dress 1

This is a lovely pattern – exactly what I was looking for, something light, easy to throw on, a perfect three-season dress for those days that are sunny and warm, but not so much that I want to wear one of my sleeveless summer dresses.  The dolman sleeves are a nice stylistic touch, and they made this dress particularly easy to sew – no set-in sleeves!  I like both the style and utility of the pockets, and the wraparound tie gives me a waist and keeps the dress from looking too baggy or shapeless.

Pattern:  Sew House Seven Tea House Dress

Style:  Dress C – although I modified the length to fall between the “B” and the “C” lengths

Tea House dress 2

Size:  10 (although I had to take almost four inches total in on the side seams!)  Size 10 fit me perfectly in the shoulders and bust, but it needed a lot of adjustment in the side seams from below my bust all the way down to the hem.  Ultimately, I added darts in the back because otherwise the back side looked too gathered and bunchy when I tied the ties tightly enough to look good in the front.

Fabric:  Robert Kaufman Chambray Union Light – I’m not sure of the exact pattern/color, but this fabric weight was perfect for the drape that the pattern needed, and I absolutely love clothes in any shade of chambray!  I used 3 yards of 58-60″ wide fabric.

Tea House dress 3

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