Friday, 1 August 2014

The Secret Garden Tea Dress Now Available!

I'm so excited! I've put my new pattern up at Etsy and Craftsy for £7.50 (seems to be the standard price for indie sewing patterns, so I thought I'd test that amount). This is part of my hand-in, so I'm a bit late. (I would have been quicker if the printer at college had been more co-operative!)

This is what the dress looks like (just finished sewing it on Wednesday):

Design board for The Secret Garden Tea Dress
Design board for The Secret Garden Tea Dress
 
This dress is inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's story "The Secret Garden" and the happy, innocent childhood enjoyed by the characters. As the story is about change, this dress quickly changes from a day-dress to a party-dress when you arrive at the Secret Garden Tea Party, by the addition of a layered organza skirt.
The pattern instructions show you how to improve sewing patterns and draft a button-fly placket while the sewing instructions show you how to line a sleeveless garment completely by machine for a professional finish. The pattern does not include seam allowances. This allows you to better practice the pattern cutting techniques taught in the instructions and get a better result in your dressmaking with other patterns you use.
This design was created as part of my university project as I study to get my degree in Fashion Design, and build my indie pattern company. I hope you enjoy it!

Size range: 
3 years: chest 55cm  (21.6")        height 98cm    (38.6")
4 years: chest 57cm  (22.5")        height 104cm  (41")
5 years: chest 59cm  (23.25")      height 110cm   (43.5")
6 years: chest 61cm  (24")           height 116cm   (45.75")
(Conversions to imperial are approximate guides only.)
This pattern requires:
1m of the main fabric (in this case blue percale cotton) 
0.5m of the contrast fabric/lining (in this case white percale cotton).
1-1.25m of organza
a packet of 9mm wide elastic
2-3 spools of thread
a packet of fusible interfacing.
5-6 buttons, depending on size and choice.
Good fabric choices for this dress are soft cottons that will be comfortable to wear in the Summer, e.g. percale.

Sabrina