Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Patterns we like: the Tessuti Alice


As soon as I saw the new Tessuti pattern, Alice, I knew it would be a great match for the  linens we have here at The Drapery. It's summery and loose fitting, perfect for linen weather.

Alice can be made as a dress (with in-seam pockets - yes!) or the top. The pattern is a nice straightforward sew, with no closures or potential fitting woes. There's a decent amount of understitching on the bodice and arms, and the finish is worth every minute spent.

I found the sizing in this pattern to be generous. I was on the borderline between small and medium according to bust measurements, but decided to go the medium to be on the safe side. Perhaps I should have used my upper bust measurement instead? In any case, next time (and oh, there will definitley be a next time) I will size down - perhaps even two sizes given all the lovely roomy gathers in this top.


 Yep - there's a little too much room under the arms there!


For this version of the top I used Vilnius Fog, a beautiful light-to-mid weight washed linen. The slight heaviness of this fabric and its lineny drape worked so well for Alice. We think Alice would also look gorgeous in either the Moss or Soot colourway, or any of the Merchant and Mills washed linens. Ah, linen... ;)

The Alice pattern can be purchased on paper or PDF here.

- Fiona & Jane xx

12 comments:

  1. Clem was looking over my shoulder and said "I like her necklace Mama" :)

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  2. It looks great - I just made one too, and had the same issue with sizing (yet I've been a Medium in all the other Tessuti patterns I've made). Will size down for my next version!

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    1. Thank you! Since making his I've read a few other people have had the same experience as well with the size. Good to know I'm not alone. :)

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  3. Love it! I have also purchased this pattern - cannot wait to try it out x

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    1. Thanks Jessica! It's a great pattern :)

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  4. This is a gorgeous version - and I too love the necklace :-)

    Thanks for the sizing tip - I traced it off yesterday (just before you posted this), and traced the L - looks like I may have to go back and do it again....

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    1. Oh, bother about the tracing! It's one of those patterns that is worth the re-trace, though. I'm sure you'll be happy with it when you make it up. Thanks for the necklace love - its an ever-trusty Elk one. :)

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  5. Oh, definitely a good pattern for linen! I'll think of this one when it's "linen weather" in my hemisphere again. :-)

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    1. Probably hard to imagine even wanting to sew up such a thing now when you are reaching for the wool! But, yes it's worth keeping in mind. :)

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  6. Just lovely, thanks for the inspiration.

    For what it's worth, i find all the Tessuti patterns err on the large size and have to adjust accordingly.

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  7. Fantastic experience of learning after reading your outstanding article. You are looking pretty in this top. Thanks for sharing this lovely pattern with us. And I want to share my blog with you Blouse Neck Designs.

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