I finished this dress last Friday – just before finishing the sleeves, neck and hem, I tried it on – first thing my darling hubby says “you know, if it was grey, you’d look Amish”. Hmmm…so not a fan then?
Anyway I persevered, took the back seam in by an inch, took 5″ off the length and now he thinks “it looks very comfy”. A step up, but obviously not his favourite.
I like it. I like the art teacher/bohemian look of it – and he’s right about one thing, it’s damn comfy!
The pattern (if you didn’t read my title) is the Pia Dress from Tessuti. A very new silhouette for me, but something that I thought might be suitable for my current living situation near the beach. It has also been stupidly hot and humid lately. The atmosphere has been heavy and revolting, the last thing I feel like wearing is my usual fit and flare dresses…I figured nude wasn’t really an option.
WARNING – if you print this on A4, be prepared to waste a lot of paper!! The total printout is 69 pages. If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, for some reason the XS and S back pieces are not nested within the other sizes (even though the front is). So depending on what size you need, you are wasting 15 or so pages for the back size you don’t need. On top of that are two sheets labelled “Sheet 1” and “Sheet 2” that seem completely pointless. All up I had 18 pages that I binned – what a waste! This could be much better optimized – something to think about Tessuti in this environmentally friendly world we are trying to create!!
The instructions also use Tearaway Vilene for the armholes and neck opening – I didn’t have this but am confident my stay stitching is fine and there is no stretching.
I used a lovely soft double gauze bought on my recent trip to Japan. This stuff is amazing, it feels like it should be used to make baby clothes. I love wearing it and wish I had bought more. I do have one more piece in a light chambray colour with white polka dots – seriously considering making another Pia Dress with it.
Size-wise this pattern is from an XS-XL. Based on my measurements, I cut the front in a medium in the shoulders grading out to a large in the hips. The back I cut a medium. Originally I omitted the centre back seam, but on trying it on it was too big, so I added a seam to take out the excess, so I guess the back ended up being a size small. Lengthwise the original pattern came to my ankles, I ended up taking it up by approximately 5″, I am only 5’2″.
There aren’t many seams or any closures so it is a pretty quick make (I made it last Friday night after dinner). I followed the instructions which seemed quite clear. The pockets are constructed kind of oddly I am guessing due to each of the pieces being a different size, but in retrospect I am not sure why they weren’t constructed similar to a side pocket on a dress. The process seemed more long-winded and confusing than necessary – anyone else found this?
This was my first Tessuti pattern and I have to say I am a little on the fence. I love their concepts and they do offer different shapes than what is out there generally, however I really think they need to think a little more about the pattern layout and conserve more paper. I don’t know anyone who likes sticking PDFs together – the less pages the better!
I find the fastest way is to use a glue stick, it works really well for those patterns with a 1″ margin around the page, and the glue lasts too. I also use a guillotine to cut the margins off several pages at once. I also don’t trace my patterns. Anyone got any other PDF tips?
Side note – the gorgeous necklace I am wearing was a present from the also gorgeous Lizzy