Girls & Their Summer Clothes - Part 2

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 7/25/2014 to Sewing Projects
I hardly ever needed summer clothes when I was living in Seattle - there just wasn’t enough summer to warrant spending time sewing sleeveless tops and dresses. Here in Southern Oregon, however, there is plenty of summer left and I have been feeling like I need more warm-weather clothing. So, off to the sewing room... 

 Our customer Nanci posted a photo on Facebook earlier in the summer, of a dress she sewed with one of our crinkle fabrics (now sold out), using a Tesutti pattern called the “Eva Dress.” I loved the look of it and immediately wanted one. The pattern works best with crinkle fabrics and I had one in my stash that I had been keeping around for many years because I loved the brown color and the drape. So it looked like a perfect match.

I didn’t have quite enough of the fabric to cut the bodice pieces on a fold, so I had to cut half and add a seam in the middle, which does change the look of the dress, but not so much that I don’t like it. The Eva dress pattern couldn’t be much simpler and I love the shape that the center and bottom pieces create. It was an easy project of just a couple of hours of sewing. 

This is a loose-fitting, very comfortable dress, that is just the kind of thing I like to wear for warmer weather.

One thing to note about the Tesutti patterns and other downloads is that you can have it printed at a shop with large scale printing, but that is about $10, so added to the $10 that you paid for the download, that is $20 for the pattern. You can just print the regular printer version and tape those together, which most sewistas report is a good way to go.

 The Smuggler’s Daughter has some great fabrics that would work well for this dress including the Banana Republic - Botanical Burnout Dots on White Crinkle which is a great bargain and a pretty fabric for summer, and the Paris Stripes Paris Stripes - La BastilleParis Stripes - Le Marais and Paris Stripes - Les Halles .
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