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The Tea House Dress

Hi everyone! I´m so glad to be a part of the Minerva makers team. This is my second review and I´m already planning my next.

I went to a pattern drafting course this spring and had the opportunity to see a live example of the Tea House dress on one of the other participants. The dress has been on my mind ever since, and I have been looking for the perfect fabric for it. Immediately when I got home the Robert Kaufman Chambray Dots Denim Royal Blue, a couple of months later, I knew I found it!

The fabric has a lovely denim look to it. The dots in the pattern are woven into the warp so it’s as pretty on the underside as the face side. The underside is a bit lighter but still has the white dots. For a while, I thought I could use the underside to make some fun details on the pockets or the yoke, but I decided to keep the design simple.

The Tea House Dress from Sew House Seven is the perfect woven dress for a beginner. It has no zippers and buttons, but still some fun topstitching to do. It has the perfect pockets – the ones that don´t add any bulkiness or volume to the figure. The fitting is not a struggle, just tie the belts and adjust the fit. The dress is a loose A-line fit with a lot of ease. I was between two sizes of the size chart, and I made the smaller one. I had to grade it out two sizes over the hips.

I read a sew-along to this pattern and it recommended to double the length of the ties to be able to be brought to the front. I don’t know if they have changed the pattern since they made the sew-along, or if I got a little too eager when I cut, I didn’t exactly measure, but I would recommend checking your optimal length of the ties. Now I have three layers of ties, but it´s easy to shorten if I decide later.

I just love topstitching! And if you chose steady cotton like this one, it’s easy to get the perfect result.  I wanted the topstitching to be a nice detail in this dress, so I chose white. And it also saved me a trip to the haberdashery store. Those visits tend to be a lot more expensive than the original plan. You walk in to buy one single thread and end up with some more yards of fabric to pile up in your already loaded stash – typical fabric hoarder behavior ;)

I just love this dress! Is so comfortable but still has a flattering fit.

Thanks for reading!


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