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Tea House Dress

When I started thinking about what I wanted to sew in 2017 I decided I really wanted to focus on sewing some jackets and work on pants/jeans. We are five months into the year and I’ve made some progress on that goal but somehow 2017 seems to have turned into my Year of the Dress. I’ve made 8 dresses for myself this year and I’m really loving this most recent one, the Tea House Dress from Sew House Seven.

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I’ve been so taken with the amazing versions of this dress that I’ve seen on Instagram, the Indiesew creations gallery, and other sewing blogs. I had been dreaming about making it for a few months when this gorgeous agave green tencel fabric arrived in the Indiesew fabric shop as part of the Spring/Summer 2017 collection. I thought it would make the most beautiful Tea House dress. (This color is sold out but there is currently an olive green tencel twill in the shop.) I got my pattern here from Indiesew.

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The Tea House dress is like nothing else I have in my closet. I love the front princess seams and the v-neck. The long ties were really what drew me to this pattern. I love how they can be tied a variety of ways and give shape to this loose silhouette. And of course, there are those roomy angled front pockets. I love a dress with pockets! It a great design that feels elegant but is really easy to wear.

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I ordered 3.5 yards of the fabric and crossed my fingers that it would be enough to make the longest length of the dress. I was able to get the dress cut out with 1/4 yard less than the fabric requirements since this fabric isn’t directional and I could cut pieces every which way. I cut a size 8 through the bust, graded to a 10 at the waist and a 12 at the hips. My hips put me between a 12 and a 14 but there was plenty of ease for me to just grade to a 12.

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This was my first time sewing with 100% tencel fabric. It has such lovely drape! It’s more substantial than a rayon challis and feels a little bit brushed or sueded. I washed and dried mine in my machines before cutting my pieces. I will try to remember to line dry it after future washes but it’s nice to know the pre-shrinking is done in case of a laundry mishap.

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This dress is rated as an intermediate level pattern. It went together very smoothly but I found finishing the inner yoke to be a little fiddly. I struggled to catch the inner yoke edges when topstitching the yoke from the right side of the dress. I ended up unpicking it a couple of times before I got it right. Next time I might bite the bullet and hand baste it into place before topstitching. It would be an extra step but it would probably end up being a time saver in the end.

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I’m thrilled with my midi length Tea House dress! I love the feel of the Tencel swirling around my legs when I walk. Now I really want to make a skirt and some wide leg cropped pants from Tencel so I can swish around and feel glamorous on a regular basis. I also think I will be coming back to this pattern to make the top length version to wear with those pants/jeans I’m supposed to be making this year.

Thanks for reading!

~Teri

p.s. The fabric for this dress was provided to me since I am a part of the Indiesew blogger team. The opinions I expressed are my own.

 

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20 thoughts on “Tea House Dress

  1. Your dress looks great! I hand sewed all the facings on my two tops I made. Partially because I didn’t want to fuss with topstitching and partially because the rayons were too slippery to ensure that I would catch the facing all the way through. It was a pain, but something to do while I watched tv!

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly! I saw your red Rifle + Co Tea House top on Instagram and I absolutely love it! I have some of that same fabric– maybe I will use it for this pattern. Handstitching the facings is probably a really good idea. I might do that next time!

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  2. The color looks so good on you! I really like the look on you.
    And your description of working with tencel, makes me want to finally use my hoarded tencel. Somehow I’m afraid of using it.

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    1. Thanks, Anne! I think you should definitely cut into that tencel! Maybe use a tried and true pattern to make it less scary? You’ll be happy to have it on your body instead of tucked in your fabric stash!

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    1. Thank you, Lodi! It is very comfortable! I think that it would have a different look in a less flowy fabric. It might be more casual in a Cotton lawn. I would love to try that eventually!

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  3. Teri, Did you make the ties longer than the pattern called for? I looked at the blog tour, and yours look longer. (And I like your dress best!)

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  4. So pretty on you! I have been eyeing this pattern! I love tencel! I have found it to be pretty stiff when i line dry it. I usually hang it in the bathroom during showers after it’s dry and it softens a bit. I always use wonder tape for facings like that. It is a good reminder that hand sewing is an option though….

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    1. Thanks, Emily! I have never used wonder tape. I really need to get some one of these days! I’m sure it really would have helped me with this facing. That is a good tip about hanging the dress in the bathroom. I’ll have to try it!

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